Monday, August 4, 2014

Winners—No Losers at Book Signing

The book signing event at the Franklin Art Crawl on Friday, August 1st,
was a great success. A good many fans stopped by the signing location at the law firm of Stites & Harbison that is located in historic downtown Franklin at 604 West Main Street.  In addition, an impressive number of new mystery readers purchased their first Mark Rollins adventure—a signed hardcover copy or the new audio edition.

Ed Binkley won the drawing for a 28-year-old claret from my private cellar. Two people won the opportunity to have a character named after them in my next mystery, Nancy Hagen and my friend Janet Jones.  If my memory serves me correctly, both Ed and Nancy purchased the audio edition of The Claret Murders during the event.  Janet is a long time friend and the wife of Ray Tarkington.
Previous character name winners at other signing events include:
Connie Maynord
Kathie Fuston
Mick Hendrickson
Edwin Myers
Sue Hadfield

Connie Maynord has a busy career as an actress and model. This past month, her on camera roles have ranged from a fun loving mature age Aunt Jackie, to a ghost/wife who has come back to a husband who is dying, to a happy Golden Girl!  She has been cast in the upcoming productions S.O.U.L. as Nurse Hazel and Candles as a News Reporter, and Connie is also an associate producer on Candles. In addition, Connie has had several appearances in commercials.  To learn more about Connie Maynord check out www.conniemaynord.com.

The new mystery is about one-third complete and has the working title Diversion. Diversion deals with drug diversion -- legal medications diverted for illegal purposes and all the bad things that surround addiction and drugs. Our character winners could be drugged out teenagers or just someone who can't get off their pain medication and has no way to get them except on the street -- from very unpleasant people. Alternatively, the winner could be a DEA hero who saves a teenage druggie from a horrible life or an undercover cop posing as an unpleasant person on the street selling happy pills. They might turn out like Kathie Fuston who in the early draft is a pregnant, unwed mother in the visitor section of the Manchester Jail waiting to find out if her man is going to be released.

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Tom Collins’ books include his book on leadership, The Language of Excellence, and his mystery novels including Mark Rollins’ New Career, Mark Rollins and the Rainmaker, Mark Rollins and the Puppeteer and the newest mystery, The Claret Murders. For signed copies, go to the author’s online store. unsigned print and ebook editions are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online bookstores. For an audio edition of The Claret Murders go to http://amzn.com/B00IV5ZJEI. The ebook edition for the iPad is available through Apple iTunes’ iBookstore.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Literary Murder and Mayhem in Franklin

I will be bringing literary murder and mayhem to Franklin, Tennessee this
Friday, August 1st, as a part of the city’s First Friday Art Crawl. The crawl, which invited me to attend and sign copies of my adventure mystery The Claret Murders, features over thirty galleries and studios which all showcase a variety of magnificent works ranging from books to blown glass.

The Claret Murders is an exciting mystery that takes place during Nashville’s devastating flood.  It's Nashville…with  a beautiful lawyer, a deadly secret, and wine to kill for. The novel is my most recent installment in the adventure series which also includes Mark Rollins’ New Career, Mark Rollins and the Rainmaker and Mark Rollins and the Puppeteer, all which feature Nashville as a backdrop.

The week’s First Friday Art Crawl will run from 6-9pm and complimentary wine and hors d’ouevres will be offered at many of the participating locations. The Downtown Franklin Association puts on this free event each month to showcase Franklin’s beautiful downtown core and the local talent that surrounds the historic hotspot. I will be signing copies of The Claret Murders at Stites & Harbison, located at 604 West Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064. For more information on Friday’s event, visit www.franklinartscene.com.
Stop by the book signing location, Stites & Harbison,  and enter your name for a chance to win a 28-year-old Claret, 1986 Chateau Certan, from my private collection.

For those of you who regulary follow The Language of Excellence Blog, I have taken a little time off from the blog to work on a new mystery, DIVERSION. I have finished about one-third of the book.  It deals with drug diversion in and around Nashville. Yes, there is trouble; I say trouble, right here in Music City.
Drug diversion is legally prescribed pain medication diverted for illegal purposes. It is a big business, and it spawns other illegal businesses. One tragic off-shoot in the world of drug diversion is the disappearance of young girls who are seduced by drugs into a life of prostitution. A life that only profits the sex traffickers and drug lords.

 If you have had experience dealing with this subject, your suggestion and insight is welcome. You can email me at tom.collins@i65n.com.

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Tom Collins’ books include his book on leadership, The Language of Excellence, and his mystery novels including Mark Rollins’ New Career, Mark Rollins and the Rainmaker, Mark Rollins and the Puppeteer and the newest mystery, The Claret Murders. For signed copies, go to the author’s online store. unsigned print and ebook editions are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online bookstores. For an audio edition of The Claret Murders go to http://amzn.com/B00IV5ZJEI. The ebook edition for the iPad is available through Apple iTunes’ iBookstore.