Omaha Public Library Author’s Fair

February 25th, 2014 → 10:41 pm @

The third annual OPL Author’s Fair brought with it some familiar encounters, some welcome opportunities and some surprises. It is an event that seems to morph with each new year.

Some of the same characters made the rounds. Some waxing philosophic and others looking for shelter from the cold on a February day. Luckily, there were some who were fascinating and others who were entertaining.

There were aspiring writers looking for detailed information on the writing process and fellow authors looking for tips on book marketing. There were talk show hosts looking for authors to interview.

I loved sharing with my fellow authors – some were so inspiring and incredibly encouraging (one was trying to make me feel inferior – I don’t need her for that!). I really enjoyed meeting the aspiring authors, they were so genuine and eager to learn – and they really seemed to be listening.


I bathed in the glow of praise for my title and my cover art. This crew had an awesome sense of humor!

But for me, the brightest and most shining of moments were those few occasions where people came up to me and said they loved my first book and are anxiously awaiting the release of my second book. That was awesome!

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A Talented Photographer Can Make Your Book Cover

January 21st, 2014 → 9:27 pm @

I feel very fortunate. Being in the ad business I have access to many very talented artists. When it came time to design my book cover, my designer strongly recommended commissioning a photograph by the incredibly talented Scott Drickey. Scott read the book, asked a few questions and then came up with a cover photo that offered mystery and intrigue. It created a visual tension befitting a suspense-filled story about murder, yet it maintained a whimsical posture which enabled it to pave the way for the comedic nature of the book.

And Scott managed to convey all of these things within an extremely sophisticated framework.

It fit the book to perfection!

So many of my cozy mystery colleagues select covers that are exaggerated and cartoonish in nature. I’m not sure how that trend came about – but I knew right from the start that it did not fit my work.

I relied very heavily on my designer, Jill Rizzo, to find a “look” that would convey my brand accurately, and with the help and talent of Scott Drickey – my expectations were far exceeded!

 

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Review from Granite Cove Mysteries author Sharon Love Cook

January 7th, 2014 → 5:46 pm @

By Sharon L. Cook on September 11, 2013

Format: Paperback Amazon Verified Purchase

The title alone tells you this isn’t a cozy about embroidering or making fudge. The central character, Donna Leigh, isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. But even when she finds herself in trouble, she never lacks for a witty response. This amateur sleuth compares herself to Miss Marple, albeit a “younger, hotter ” Jane Marple. And though she may unwittingly do ditzy things, such as propping a ladder against the dead woman’s house, thereby attracting the attention of the police, she is a savvy businesswoman. In fact, part of the book’s charm is the insider look at the world of advertising. Author Robin Leemann Donovan is part owner of a high profile advertising agency in Omaha, Nebraska, the setting of this mystery.

There’s something for everyone: fashionistas will love the descriptions of clothes worn by Donna Leigh and colleagues, a coterie of women who aren’t afraid to pile into the car and go investigate a murder. And though they’re bold and daring, they don’t always think before they act. Impulsivity runs rampant in that office. Nonetheless, they’re fiercely loyal, the kind of friends any woman would love to have in her corner–providing they remain in the corner.

Is it Still Murder Even If She Was A Bitch? is brimming with madcap fun, dark deeds, humorous musings and asides and old fashioned suspense along with a victim you love to hate. The protagonist is a whirling dynamo who never slows down, and never lets the reader down either.

 

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Sold Out on Amazon?

December 30th, 2013 → 6:06 pm @

For the first time ever: Is It Still Murder Even If She Was A Bitch? is listed as unavailable on Amazon.com. I emailed my publisher to tell her something was wrong.

She said there’s nothing wrong – it just means that they need to order more copies for their warehouse. Does that mean my book is “sold out” on Amazon? Why do I find this so hard to believe?

I’d love to believe that they just can’t keep it in stock – but I’m having trouble convincing myself. If experience has taught me anything – I’m more inclined to think there’s a technical glitch.

That said, please check out amazon.com and let me know what you find. If my book is truly sold out – I’m going to celebrate more than just the New Year!

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Thanks again Council Bluffs for a very nice Library Author Fair

November 26th, 2013 → 5:51 pm @

This past Sunday was my second Council Bluffs Library Author Fair, and it was even better than the first. Although it’s set up as a sleepy little surprise for local library patrons, it has a whole other set of surprises for some of the attending authors.

Sure, it’s always nice to sell a few books, but Sunday’s Fair also enabled me to meet and reconnect with other local authors. It enabled me to meet some aspiring authors that might be looking for a little bit of mentoring to get through some of those new author/not completely edited jitters, and possibly best of all, it enabled me to meet some of my readers – that was awesome!

In this entire book writing/publishing experience, I guess it just never occurred to me that there would ever be strangers coming up to me to enthusiastically tell me that they’d read my book and/or heard me speak. If felt really good!

 

 

 

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Now on Nook!

November 13th, 2013 → 10:20 pm @

Is It Still Murder Even If She Was A Bitch? is finally on Nook! And it’s on sale!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/is-it-still-murder-even-if-she-was-a-bitch-?dref=2207&keyword=is+it+still+murder+even+if+she+was+a+bitch%3F

 

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Thank you, Janet from Ft. Smith, Arkansas and your book club!

October 8th, 2013 → 9:56 pm @

I was so excited yesterday when I received an email out of the blue from Janet at the University of Arkansas Dean’s office in Ft. Smith, Arkansas! Janet had written to tell me that her book club had selected my book for their next meeting!

I think that may be the furthest book club to have chosen my book to date. But if you know of one further away – please let me know!

And thanks for all the great support!

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Check out my author listing on Cozy Mysteries Unlimited!

August 22nd, 2013 → 2:19 pm @

I’m thrilled to have my author listing included on the Cozy Mysteries Unlimited website!

Check it out!

http://cozy-mysteries-unlimited.com/content/donovan-robin

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Hail to the Queen of the Cozy Mystery!

August 1st, 2013 → 9:49 pm @

Sharon Love Cook is a breath of fresh air for cozy mysteries! Where others can be sloppy and leave gaps in their reasoning, Cook ties up the loose ends and is not guilty of leaving you wondering.

Why would a “big city type” reporter end up in a small hamlet? It’s simple, it’s on the shore north of Boston, it’s humbly lovely and her infirm father is in a home there. Enough said.

The big city reporter mentality clashes with the small town “society editor” mentality of the paper’s management. So there’s friction. Rose McNichols wants to be a hard core reporter – when the locals are really more interested in Bertha’s mac and cheese recipe than they are in corruption lurking in their one-man government. Who’s right – the hard news reporter or the gentle society editor pandering to her subscribers? You decide. But you get why these conflicts arise. And you care!

Cook also brilliantly juxtaposes a flawless murder victim with a pleasantly flawed but frustrated reporter. Is the murder victim, though dead, still superior to the overreaching reporter? Thought provoking.

Cook’s use of humor is a delight. Because the household hints columnist wants to cut back – the society editor assigns the column to the hard news reporter who has no interest or knowledge in the subject and suggests she “have fun with it.” Cook’s protagonist glibly comments that she is – but readers have yet to notice. That subtle wit is peppered throughout the mystery and never disappoints!

A cozy mystery that is well written, holds together and provides sophisticated humor is such a welcome relief from the sloppy, slap dash examples that are clearly not thought through. Thanks Sharon – we want to read more about Granite Cove.

 

 

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Alzheimer’s Association in my spare time or Meet the Stars!

June 20th, 2013 → 7:50 pm @

In addition to writing cozy mysteries, I spend a lot of time on activities relating to my board position with Alzheimer’s of the Midlands. Last week I had the rare opportunity to attend a small cocktail event sponsored by the association. They were welcoming Erich Hover and Brett Cullen, two Hollywood actors who will be in an upcoming movie about Alzheimer’s being filmed in Omaha late this summer.

Selfless Stars

Selfless Stars

Hover is an Omaha native who went to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. He has appeared in films such as Moneyball. While pursuing his career Hover learned that his Dad, still living in Omaha, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Once he realized the need for both research funding and public awareness, Erich jumped at the idea of creating a film that could provide both.

His experience in the film industry enabled Hover to solicit a script telling the tale of his Dad’s journey and recruit well known actors for the project.

Actor/Filmmaker

Actor/Filmmaker

Cullen, who was featured in recent film 42 and appears in the weekly program Person of Interest has great enthusiasm for the project, in part because he is currently the primary caregiver of a Mother with dementia, and he is intrigued by the difficulty of the role. He will be playing Erich’s Dad, the Alzheimer’s patient.

It is the hope that this film will significantly help raise public awareness; in addition a percentage of the proceeds will go directly to Alzheimer’s research.

The Alzheimer’s of the Midlands, with their new Executive Director, Viv Ewing and her staff, joined the actors and researcher Dr. Bonasera in celebrating the beginning of a much needed project in the history of finding a cure.

CullenIt is only recently that the legislature and a small segment of the public have begun to realize the massive toll that Alzheimer’s will take on the medical community as the Baby Boomers continue to age.

 

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