Crime Bake On A Stick 2016

thankful-for-our-readers-giveaway-3img_1749Today we are giving away goodies from Crime Bake! It includes a Crime Bake tote bag, a filled out bingo ice breaker card (with author and attendee signatures), a folder with tablet and pen, a copy of The Writer magazine, a Crime Bake survival kit, and a moose tea candle holder (our table won it in the limerick contest — William Kent Krueger picked the winner!) Here’s our winning limerick:

At Crime Bake having a ball
We met a strange moose named Saul
We thought he was dead
From the hole in his head
But 🎹 he’s going to make it after all🎹  (we sang the last line to the tune of the Mary Tyler Moore show theme song). Leave a comment for a chance to win.

Ginger Smith was the winner of our Fan On A Stick contest and here are some of her adventures:

img_1738Ginger arrives at Crime Bake!

The first person Ginger meets is author Donna Andrews!
The first person Ginger meets is author Donna Andrews!
Ginger runs into Liz and Jessie at her first panel.
Ginger runs into Liz and Jessie at her first panel.
First panel -- Our Big Guns and How They Got There with Joseph Finder, William Kent Krueger, Leslie Meier, B.A. Shapiro and moderator Sharon Daynard
First panel — Our Big Guns and How They Got There with Joseph Finder, William Kent Krueger, Leslie Meier, B.A. Shapiro and moderator Sharon Daynard











Ginger happens by the bar and meets Barb, Lea Wait, Edith, and Kate Cone. Then she spots Julie and Sheila. But wait there’s more — there’s Toni L.P. Kelner and Sid!

Ginger meets Susan Oleksiw.

Ginger takes a break and goes up to her room. What a view!



Back downstairs Ginger runs into the Wickeds again and author Ray Daniel.

Then it’s time for the banquet Let Loose With The Moose at the Pinewood BroilerΒ  — a salute to William Kent Krueger’s books and Minnesota.

There’s even a dinosaur (Rhonda Lane)!Β img_1694

Ginger finds Sherry and author Shari Randall wearing their plaid. But who is that? It’s Rocky and Bullwinkle aka Hank Phillippi Ryan and her husband Jonathan!


Ginger out on the dance floor with Hallie Ephron and Lucy Burdette. She bumps in to author Marian Stanley and agent Paula Munier. Then finds authors Eleanor Carwood Jones and Diane Vallere. And oh my there is William Kent Krueger and his lovely wife!


After a wonderful day and evening Ginger is all tuckered out!


Thanks for joining us, Ginger!

Readers: Do you have a favorite event that you attend? Leave a comment for a chance to win the Crime Bake swag!


75 Thoughts

  1. What a fun event! I loved the limerick! I am from MN, so the MTM reference is easy to bounce thru my head. Perhaps for Krueger too!? I haven’t attended an event like that, but our family reunions are always a ball. Less swag, of course! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. I think the MTM reference is what did it for us. Plus, Julie had the great idea that while we sang the last line that we should toss a hat up in the air! It put us over the top.

  2. That was so great!! Really enjoyed looking at all of the pictures.

    I can’t say I have a favorite event that I attend each year, but I have fun going to RV and car shows, and of course any event where books are involved.

  3. I had a fabulous time being the guest on a stick! I met so many favorite authors — and a few creatures, too, it appears. Thanks for making certain I attended all the fun events, relaxed in the bar, and got my beauty sleep. Thanks for a fun weekend! Where to next?!?

  4. Such a fun blog post today! I love looking at the pics and videos from author events. It’s like Where’s Waldo but instead of looking for Waldo I’m looking for Wickeds! My favorite was the video someone had posted from the Bouchercon NOLA parade! Everyone dancing down the street! So great! Seems like Ginger had a blast and met some fabulous people! Lucky her! And lucky whoever wins today’s giveaway prize!! Maybe it will be me! Fingers crossed! Thanks for all you do and sharing your fun at Crime Bake!

  5. What fun at Crime Bake with Ginger!

    Every year our family attends a fall and a summer event at our local library. One is a Harry Potter and the other is a Star Wars themed event. The whole staff gets dressed up and there’s a ton of activities, potion making, stories with Darth Vader… We even had Billy Dee Williams come out this year.

  6. Great little song and I love the fan on a stick idea. I’ve never seen that before. My yearly event I go to is ICE. It is a warehouse filled with 2 million pounds of ice based on a Christmas theme. This years is Charlie Brown. I hope to do a yearly book event someday soon but for now I’ve got Ice in Florida. πŸ™‚

  7. I love going to Christmasfair every year and checking out all the vendors to see what I can buy for Christmas gifts. Looks like Crime Bake was fun!

  8. Oh, what fun you must have all had, especially Ginger on a Stick! Thanks so much for sharing your and Ginger’s enjoyment. About every 5 years, the Toronto-based Arthur Conan Doyle Society has a big to-do get-together (not really a conference or other easily defined event) celebrating some aspect of Sherlock Holmes. I’ve gotten to three of them. A weekend of immersion into a wonderful fantasy world that is treated as if it is real. It’s where the lawyers/doctors/MBAs, etc. take off their regular hats and don deerstalkers. Lots of serious research goes into the papers that are presented, and a lot of silliness is perpetrated as well.

    I would love to win the swag from the Crime Bake so I could feel as if I was a participant of that great sounding event, as well.

  9. Since Bouchercon, 2016 is the only writer/reader event I have ever been to, I have to say it was my favorite. But, I look forward to going to more events in the future.

  10. Wow — looks like Ginger had a blast at Crime Bake! Y’all know how to show someone a really good time, and I know she’ll cherish her Ginger on a Stick, and what great pictures. When I lived in Dallas, I always looked forward to Christmas Bazaars because I had friends selling their wares there. I look forward to one day being able to attend Malice or Boucheron!

  11. Gee Ginger sure gets around. lol! It’s a blast to see all the fun you all have at these events. My favorite event to attend is at Christmas time. We like to go to see the lights in our neighborhood and travel to see lights.

  12. It looks like a great time was had by all (especially Ginger!), Hmm I always used to like going to the Knitting and Stitching shows, I wonder if I could hire a wheelchair and persuade my OH to take me (with his credit card lol)

  13. Thanks for sharing all the photos–it looks like so much fun! I’m partial to knitting conferences, but definitely have mystery/writing events on the calendar for 2017.

  14. The Crime Bake looks like so much fun! I would love to go to Boucheron next time.

  15. I’m still trying to get to my first Crime Bake. Maybe next year. I do enjoy Killer Nashville. It’s a great conference and within driving distance for me.

  16. Too funny! It looked to be a very exhausting day for Ginger! Last image should have been Ginger in bed with eyes closed. πŸ™‚

  17. Wow looks like lots of fun. Thanks for sharing with your readers. I enjoy reading so much!

  18. I love the limerick, and Ginger’s adventures. It looks like everyone had a fantastic time. I’ve never been to any signings, but I would love to go to one someday. Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚

  19. Fave event? Thanksgiving dinner. I guess I have turkey and stuffing on my mind today.

  20. I love to go to Davis Ca. Avid Reader when Catriona McPherson is signing her latest. All the local authors attend so get to see 6 or 7 more. John Lescroart is almost always there and I’m so in awe of him I can never get up enough nerve to say anything to him. Hope LLC returns to Sacramento in my life time.

  21. Looks like Crime Bake was so much fun! I would love to attend a writer/reader event if there was one in my area. Thanks for the chance.

  22. I wish I did but we are more home bodies these days. Works for me though. Love reading about your fun!!

  23. Love your limerick! I did a lot of fun things when my kids were little, but not so much now that I’m retired!

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