Why I’m playing #WinAndYou’reIn

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Not just because I’d like a trip to the Breeders Cup at Del Mar and a possible meet-and-greet with jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert and a tour of the Del Mar backstretch.

That would be wicked cool.

I also figured the campaign would be good experience for me as an author who has to do her own marketing. Check it out:

Lessons from Lady Gaga and Lin-Manuel Miranda

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I’d just posted to Twitter’s #Fridayreads about a book titled MONSTER LOYALTY: HOW LADY GAGA TURNS FOLLOWERS INTO FANATICS by Jackie Huba.

Monster Loyalty by Jackie HubaOkay, the word “fanatics” suggests unpleasantness, but the word “fan” derives from it. We all are “fans” of a musician, an author, a sports team, chocolate.

Gaga’s fans absolutely love her, and she loves them in return. Her sincerity pulses in a current between her and her “Little Monsters,” in ways Huba describes in much of her book.

I admit, before I read the book, I only saw the tip of the iceberg that’s Lady Gaga: her music, her art, and her legacy — namely the Born This Way Foundation — to promote kindness.

Anyway, right after I posted my #fridayreads entry about Huba’s book, I saw this video Tweet from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda:

The 2017 SinCNE “Murder by the Minute” CT edition

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I read an excerpt from my short story “On Like Donkey Kong,” published this year in FISH OUT OF WATER: A GUPPY ANTHOLOGY for the Connecticut edition of a Sisters in Crime New England event.

Sisters in Crime New England holds a “Murder by the Minute” weekend in which each New England state hosts an event of readings of local authors. Author Steve Liskow, with help from SinCNE CT Board representative Tiger Wiseman, arranged for our program at the Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT.

I also took what I call “the big camera,” a not-new-but-serviceable Nikon D90. Here are some photos:

Celebrating Sasscer Hill’s FLAMINGO ROAD

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As her first Fia McKee mystery novel FLAMINGO ROAD is released by St. Martin’s Press, I want to share a story about my friend Sasscer Hill.

Over on The Horsey Set Net is a horse-centric post, especially appropriate because Sasscer used to breed, train, and race Maryland thoroughbreds. She was even a steeplechase jockey and broke her own colts. Her mystery novels are set in the world of horse racing, a world she knows well.

This post is about the first time we met in-person, instead of just online. So …

About seven years ago, in the courtyard of Saratoga Springs’s exclusive and historic Adelphi Hotel, Sasscer spoke to me as if I were a balky thoroughbred filly.

Happy Holidays 2016

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CJ told me to put more horses on this website. Howzabout horses in a holiday greeting? From my other blog, The Horsey Set Net:

May the holidays amaze you with wonder and joy.

Video: the seniors on the 2015-15 Ethel Walker School equestrian drill team.

For more from the Ethel Walker equestrian team, including video from this year’s holiday shows, check out the team’s Facebook page.