Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red - interview, Tour Stop #4





Omnimystery News interviews me today on Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red and my "Double V Mysteries" series.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red - Blog Tour Stop #3


Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red featured today at Chloe Gets a Clue blog here.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red - Blog Tour Stop #2



My guest post on writing mysteries set in the post WWII period and Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red appears today on Brooke Blogs here.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red - Blog Tour Stop #1



Stop number one on a blog tour today with Kate Shannon at Rantin', Ravin', and Reading blog discussing my cozy mystery Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red.  See here for the interview.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On Tour with "Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red"

For the next two weeks my cozy mystery novel, Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red, the first in the "Double V Mysteries" series is going on a tour of several wonderful blogs for review and discussion and giveaways.  The lineup is listed below.  The tour is hosted by Cozy Mystery Marketing, and you can learn more about the novel and the tour here.

The story is set in Hartford, Connecticut in 1949, where a wealthy, and very recent widow, teams up with a recent ex-con to solve the disappearance of his child, and the murder of her artist husband.




June 24, 2013 – Kate Shannon
June 25, 2013 – Brooke Blogs
June 26, 2013 - Chloe Gets a Clue
June 27, 2013 - Omnimystery
June 28, 2013 – Saving for 6
July 1, 2013 – Thoughts in Progress
July 3, 2013 - The Self Taught Cook
July 5, 2013 - Kaisy Daisy’s Corner
July 6, 2013 - A Blue Million Books

Cadmium Yellow, Blood Red is available in paperback through Amazon and CreateSpace, or directly through me.  The eBook is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Smashwords, and other online dealers.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Oscar Shaw Performs at the Court Square Theater - Springfield, Mass.


 
 
With Broadway's Tony Awards just come and gone, we continue in a theatre vein with a new road show touring New England in 1932, "Hot off the griddle from Broadway" as the ad above says.
 
 
Everybody's Welcome was a musical comedy that played the Shubert Theater in New York from October 1931 through February 13, 1932.  It arrived with its Broadway cast at the Court Square Theater in Springfield, Massachusetts, two weeks later in March.
 
 
 
 
The Court Square Theater Building, a grand old battleship of a building that mostly still stands in Springfield, once housed the Court Square Theater, where so many greats played.  The local Springfield paper carried an interview with Oscar Shaw, who played the male lead.
 
 
 
 
I'm particularly taken by his assessment of the stock "juvenile" roles, which in theatre-speak at the time meant the charming young heroes, not children.  When Mr. Shaw first trod the Broadway boards in 1915 -- With Very Good Eddie, and went on to perform in several popular shows of the day like Leave it to Jane, and a stint with Ziegfeld -- he noted the "witless sort of fellow" roles had changed through the years.  "Dramatists now invest him with a sense of intelligence and give him some of the attributes of an honest to goodness human being."  Mr. Shaw was about 44 years old when he appeared in Springfield with this musical comedy.  One imagines he was looking over that steep precipice from male "juvenile" to character actor with a sense of discomfort.
 
 
 
Oscar Shaw would have a few more Broadway roles come his way, even a handful of minor roles in films, though in 1932, his peak years were behind him.  You could see him at the Court Square Theater, if you had a buck for the cheap seats or $3 for orchestra.