Monday, June 09, 2014

A Little Tooting of Horns

Patty here

In 2004 or maybe it was 2005, shortly after my first novel was released, my publicist called to ask if I would speak at a writers’ conference at a convent near Los Angeles. She had inadvertently double-booked another of her clients for two events on the same day.

Are you kidding me? A convent? Of course, I said yes. The event turned out to be hilarious, due in part to another guest speaker, the very entertaining Lee Goldberg.

As it turned out, my publicist’s other client was Jacqueline Winspear. I later met Jackie in person at an AAUW author event where we were on the program with fellow authors Barbara Seranella and Stephen J. Cannell. After the event was over, Jackie came up to the table where I was signing books and in that charming British accent of hers, thanked me for “saving her bacon” by stepping in for her that day at the convent. I was touched by her courtesy, but I should have been thanking her. Thinking about that gig still makes me chuckle.

When I began to entertain the idea of starting a group blog, I went to the Oracle (Paul Levine) to ask if he thought it was a good idea. He said, “How bad could it be?" and agreed to come along for the ride. Soon after, he recruited Ridley Pearson and the talented and irrepressible James O. Born.

It was Elizabeth George, who had read and blurbed Maisie Dobbs, who suggested I ask Jackie to join Naked Authors. When I emailed her with the proposal she said, “Sure...What’s a blog?”

As many of you know, Jackie has written a new novel, The Care and Management of Lies, set for release on July 1st. It is not a mystery. It is not a Maisie Dobbs book, though it is about WWI.

She'll be leaving soon on a book tour, and knowing how shy she is about tooting her own horn, I’m going to toot it for her. The link below lists her appearances. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hello. For those of you who get our posts via email, forward the information to your friends. You can also share this or any of our posts on Facebook or Twitter by clicking on the “MORE” drop-down menu at the upper left edge of the blog. Please join me in giving Jackie a rousing send off.

Here’s a list of her appearances: 

And while I'm tooting horns and you're clicking on links, please click on over to Jim Born's new novel BORDER WAR and Paul Levine's latest Jake Lassiter novel STATE VS. LASSITER.



  1. from Jacqueline: Wow, thanks, Patty! And I remember that double-booking so very well, and in fact, I was very much looking forward to an event in a convent - but you certainly saved my bacon! And thank you for tooting my horn! I am a bit better with the technology now, and use Facebook to announce my posts here on the blog, though I am not a Twitterette. Give me time to get my head around it! I remember when the blog was launched - I asked to go on Friday so I could see what my fellow nakeds were up to first. I had no idea what I was going to say, and it was quite nerve-wracking! Thanks again for this shout-out, Patty - it's so good to have you on my team, along with the rest of the gang!

  2. James O. Born6/09/2014 12:29 PM

    I'm looking forward to Jackie's novel. I also appreciate the plug. It is funny how fate bumps us into each other. Paul read a post I had on my Amazon blog and asked me to join.

    1. And we are SO glad he did. You are a joy to behold.

  3. James O. Born6/09/2014 3:07 PM

    Is that sarcasm? I'm not good at picking that up in text. Regardless, I love you guys.

    1. Not sarcasm. Total sincerity.

    2. James O. Born6/09/2014 5:56 PM

      Again, I'm not sure if your reply is more sarcasm.

      This is a stumper. How to convey sincerity in text?

    3. Okay, let me try again: WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!

    4. James O. Born6/10/2014 7:05 PM

      Do you?

  4. Do you tweet as well as you toot?

    1. How I wish I did but how can you make sense of messages like this:

      RT @Jake_Lassiter #kickasslawyer #the oracle #messydeskofPaulLevine.

  5. Just learned a new phrase today "you saved my bacon". Like that phrase. Now I will try to put that in my WIP. I also like "toot my horn." First time I heard that phrase was when my surgeon said that at the conclusion of my surgery (it was really minor).

    Exciting news about everyone's new books in the stores soon. A relative introduced me to Maisie Dobbs a long time ago. I lived in England for a couple of months and I read History at University. I find myself reading the series again and again. Look forward to reading the stand alone. It resonated with me because my grandfather went off to fight in World War I as an American arriving in England. I found my grandfather's journals or "logbook" from his WWI experiences. Mostly photos than words, though.
    My generation had grandfathers in the second World War.

    Have a wonderful book tour, Jackie.