Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Spotlight on -- Molly Weston!

What scares you? Serial killers? Tornados? Axe murderers? Vampires?

As a character in the Domestic Diva Mysteries, I can tell you that while killers are frightening, book reviewers are terrifying. Let’s face it. If a book reviewer complains about the fact that I wear my hair pulled back in a ponytail -- it’s likely to be cut. If a book reviewer thinks I should give Humphrey, the pale mortician looking for love, a chance -- dear heaven, he’s likely to coming trotting right over to my house.

Consequently, I was a little bit nervous when Krista took me along on a Molly Weston Tour. I’d heard that Grace had been on one, and she seemed none the worse for the wear, but still, you never know what a book reviewer might say.

Well, turns out Molly Weston is a hoot and she loves cozy characters. Whew! Molly would insist that she’s not a domestic diva, but we know that the most important quality of a domestic diva is making our guests comfortable, and she certainly knows how to do that. She invited us to her charming home, nestled in the shade of trees, and was the quintessential hostess, followed constantly by her adoring Lhasa Apso, Rags, who would have nothing to do with the rest of us.

If you’re lucky enough to live in North Carolina, look for Molly’s author panels, especially at the Cary and Apex libraries. She fooled Krista by never asking the same question twice. That means no canned responses from those lazy authors! Molly’s presentations pack the house, and the library hosts are lovely. But if you’re Hannibal Lecter or Stephanie Plum, forget about the Molly Weston tour. Molly only invites mystery characters, uh, authors who aren’t best sellers that everyone has already heard about. Molly delights in finding new mystery authors and telling the world about their books.

Molly shares her new finds at her blog Meritorious Mysteries, where she reviews mysteries and invites authors to guest blog.

~ Sophie Winston
Domestic Diva Mysteries

19 comments:

  1. Sophie, I'm so glad you were able to take part on one of Molly Weston's famous book tours. As you mentioned, I was there in February, and I have to tell you, I had the most wonderful time. My author, Julie, took me (she brought Ollie Paras too and we got along just fine), and we all were just delighted to hang out with Molly. Julie was surprised, too, that Molly never asks the same question twice, but boy that sure keeps everything fresh and everyone on her toes. Our memories of that weekend are wonderful. Molly is truly the best.

    Grace

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  2. Sophie, it sounds like you had a wonderful time with Molly and the other characters, uh, authors (who have slight tendencies, I have it on good authority, toward being characters themselves, from time to time...)

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  3. Wonderful Post! I'm just popping in to raise my hand as one of the many Molly Weston fans! She's the best.

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  4. Molly is the best! I've been on two tours with her and would go again in a heartbeat.

    Skye Denison

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  5. I am glad I dropped by to read a great post. Another TBR to add to my list.

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  6. Sounds like you had a marvelous time, Sophie! I can't wait to meet Molly next April. My author's a big Molly fan and we're both excited!

    It can be a lot of fun being a character!

    Charlotte Adams

    Closet Confidential: a Charlotte Adams mystery

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  7. Molly is the best, Grace. She never once said anything about Humphrey, but she did have a few choice words for Natasha.

    Janet, you're so right. Our authors are characters! Even you!

    Kaye, I couldn't agree more!

    Denise, I feel the same way. But this time I'm bringing Daisy so Rags will have someone to play with.

    Babs, check out Molly's reviews. I think your TBR pile will grow!

    Charlotte, as long as we keep our authors in line (no romantic ties with Humphrey -- Krista, are you listening?), it is fun being a character. Our lives are so much more interesting than those of our authors.

    ~ Sophie Winston
    Domestic Diva Mysteries

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  8. Rags here. Mom typing. My goodness! Mom is flat out having the vapors after reading this lovely post. She's gonna forward it to her family so they'll see that other people don't think she's as mean as they do. (Of course, I KNOW she's wonderful—she just got through giving me sugars and rubbing my belly!)

    She says she's gotta stop taking dictation now and get back to reading those wonderful crime fiction books. I don't mind about that 'cause I get to sit in her lap while she's reading!

    Bye now,
    Sir Rags, the Lhasa

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  9. Sophie, thanks for telling us so many nice things about Molly--but then, her site is SO wonderful, we knew she had to be, too!

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  10. Molly is THE BEST! What a wonderful lady. Rags--you are one lucky Lhasa!

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  11. Rags, you're deserving of the spotlight--you're a star!

    And Molly is the best for setting up such a great tour for us and being such a wonderful hostess! Thank you!

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  12. Molly, thanks for doing so much to connect readers and books!

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  13. Molly, you really are the best - you know my little girls Caley and Riley love you - but that Rags just won't give us the time of day either! Great tour at Eva Perry - you picked some entertaining authors to introduce us to.

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  14. My oh my! These author tours sound pretty fantastic! The review thing, not so much. My author keeps threatening to give me even more cats, and I don't want anyone whispering in her ear about that. Sherbet's all I can handle, thank you very much.

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  15. What a great post. Molly is definitely the best, and Rags is pretty great too!

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  16. I'm glad you had a good time on your tour with Molly.

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  17. Aw, Molly, how sweet that Rags was willing to do the typing for you! You are a doll and we were lucky to have you as our hostess.

    Avery

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  18. Well, wouldn't you know. My brother and his family USED to live in Apex, but they've since moved. Rats! I would have loved to go on a tour with Molly.

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  19. What a lovely review of what sounds like a wonderful tour!! I need to find Michigan's Molly and Rags so that I can meet some of my favorite authors in person!!!!

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