The SoNo Chili Fest raises money to help McKinley School in San Diego. The name comes from the location of the event, which is located between South Park and North Park. The event draws about 6,000 visitors, who all come ready to taste and vote for their favorite chili, try different beers in the beer garden, and listen to music. It was a gorgeous San Diego day, the kind the Chamber of Commerce boasts about—and the kind that makes visitors desperate to return. Here are a few photos from the event near and around our booth where our little band of San Diego authors were selling books.
Do you remember The Eagles? Don Henley and Glenn Frey were so good together. It must be 1976 all again because they’re back—and on tour. I can just hear them singing now…”There’s a new Snitch in town…” Oh wait, that was “new kid,” wasn’t’ it? Well, anyway, there is a new Snitch and it’s out today. And the Eagles really are back on tour.
This month “The Snitch” includes a “recap” scam tip about my visit to the Jungle Red Writers blog. Things began on the light side, then got progressively more serious as the comments during the day went on. People are very upset about scams and cons. Check out some of the high points in “The Snitch” this month.
There’s also a recipe for Baked Salmon with Maple & Mustard Glaze—really good, especially now that the days are cooling off. Or, how about the whopper of a Goodreads Giveaway that includes an iPad mini? Find all of that along with news about “Kauai Temptations” in the November edition of “The Snitch.”
Have you already seen this month’s edition? Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks!
Wilson McKenna has never written a bad check in his life. So how did he end up with $4,000 in returned checks from an island he’s never been to? Now, the bank wants their money and he’s determined to track down the crook who’s ruining his life. Before you can say “aloha,” he’s nearly arrested for impersonating himself, the woman who trashed his credit is dead, and he feels like he’s up to his ‘umi’umi in hot lava. McKenna had better watch out—some temptations can get you killed.
“Kauai Temptations is a fast-paced mystery with quirky characters and loads of island charm. Recipe for a great day at the beach: sunscreen, bamboo mat, mango shave ice, and Kauai Temptations in your beach bag!” — JoAnn Bassett, author of The Islands of Aloha Mystery Series
If you like book giveaways, here’s one for you. A soft cover copy of my new McKenna Mystery, “Kauai Temptations” is on giveaway at Goodreads through October 31. The first blurb came in from New York Times Bestselling author Jenn McKinley, who called it, “More delicious than a Coconut Mocha Frap (and that’s saying something), this rambunctious, character driven whodunit, kept me laughing out loud while I wallowed in the exotic locale beside the engaging amateur sleuth Wilson McKenna as he unraveled a timely case involving identity theft and murder. Terry Ambrose has penned a truly engaging, page turner of a mystery in Kauai Temptations.”
In an interview for the Mysteristas blog, I was asked what mystery authors I would invite to a dinner party. I chose a TV news reporter to keep things moving, a couple of recent Edgar nominees, and some perennial favorites. If you want to see the names, head on over to http://mysteristas.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/interview-terry-ambrose to find out. Oh and you can also find out what three famous characters I’d toss into the mixing bowl if I were going to mash them up and create McKenna. My choices may surprise you!
McKenna here, reporting in for Terry on the Duarte Festival of Books while he tries to sort out some sleep-pattern issues. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the hero in the McKenna Mysteries. I’m what Terry calls an amateur sleuth. Tell you what, I’ll let him have that one because the sun’s not up yet.
So, today is the festival in Duarte that the Friends of the Library sponsor to celebrate books and raise money for the library. It’s a long drive to Duarte from San Diego and it will begin with manly man hug from his buddy Brae Wyckoff for the drive up. On the way up, they’ll make a stop in Fallbrook to pick up that hot little British writer, Jenny Hilborne. With any luck at all, she’ll cop another quick feel when we meet.
In Rolling Stone, playwright/writer/actor Sam Shepard described Duarte as a “weird accumulation of things, a strange kind of melting pot – Spanish, Okie, Black, Midwestern elements all jumbled together. People on the move who couldn’t move anymore, who wound up in trailer parks.” Okay, so we’re going to this melting pot to talk books. And speaking of books and a melting pot, Terry’s going to be sharing a table with another San Diego author, Matt Coyle—who must have some sort of covert arrangement with Vroman’s Bookstore because he’s been talking about making trips between their table and the bookstore. . .sounds fishy to me. And then there will be the other members of the Murder, We Wrote group of authors. They’re reuniting for the day in Duarte. There are lots of panels and Terry’s on one of them to talk about “Who Dunnit?” Personally, I think his best bet is to sit back, shut up, and let me do the talking. We all know he’s not the fastest car on the track. Terry says he’s going to take pictures and twit or tweet them, but once he starts fumbling around with his equipment, well, we all know how that goes. Enough of this, it’s off to Duarte. Aloha, McKenna.
Just north (or is it west?) of Kapa’a is Kealia Beach, where the waves are good for surfing and boogie boarding.
The walking path that extends for more than 11 miles goes all the way around the bay and past the beach then along the coast.
We went here to picnic on a couple of different occasions and loved it each time.
Looks just like another perfect day in paradise.