Wicked Wednesday: Dru Ann on Stick at Crime Bake

The fabulous book blogger and cozy mystery reviewer Dru Ann Love won our contest to accompany the Wicked Cozies to Crime Bake on a stick. (You can find Dru’s blog here and on Facebook here.) We’re happy to report that Dru Ann had a wonderful time. In fact, you could say she was the Belle of the Ball.

Here are but some of the photos of Dru-Ann-on-a-Stick at the New England Crime Bake.

Dru Ann arrives at Crime Bake and finds Robin Templeton, Liz Mugavero and Sheila Connolly at the bar.

Dru Ann arrives at Crime Bake and finds Robin Templeton, Liz Mugavero and Sheila Connolly at the bar.

Next Dru Ann spots guest of honor Craig Johnson talking with Julie Hennrikus.

Next Dru Ann spots guest of honor Craig Johnson talking with Julie Hennrikus.

 

Sherry and Jessie are so glad to see Dru Ann!

Sherry and Jessie are so glad to see Dru Ann!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roberta Islieb aka Lucy Burdette is so happy to see Dru Ann!

Roberta Isleib aka Lucy Burdette is so happy to see Dru Ann!

Shari Randall is surprised to see Dru Ann at Crime Bake.

Shari Randall is surprised to see Dru Ann at Crime Bake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dru Ann gets her sheriff's badge.

Dru Ann gets her sheriff’s badge.

 

Dru Ann talks with author Vicki Doudera.

Dru Ann talks with author Vicki Doudera.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dru Ann visits with author James Hayman.

Dru Ann visits with author James Hayman.

Dru Ann stops by to see the mock crime scene room and solves the case.

Dru Ann stops by to see the mock crime scene room and solves the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After seeing so many authors it's time for lunch.

After seeing so many authors it’s time for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dru finds Barbara Ross.

Dru finds Barbara Ross.

Then Dru runs into Barb's husband Bill Carito!

Then Dru runs into Barb’s husband Bill Carito!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a quick cup of coffee Dru decides it's time to get ready for the banquet.

After a quick cup of coffee Dru decides it’s time to get ready for the banquet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dru hopes to do some line dancing in her red boots.

Dru hopes to do some line dancing in her red boots.

On the way to the banquet Dru stops to have a drink with private investigator and author John Nardizzi.

On the way to the banquet Dru stops to have a drink with private investigator and author John Nardizzi.

Julie Hennrikus makes sure Dru has a cowboy hat for the banquet.

Julie Hennrikus makes sure Dru has a cowboy hat for the banquet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dru peaks over Craig Johnson's shoulder to watch the line dancing.

Flat Dru Ann and Flat Craig are looking for Flat Stanley to go have a drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dru shows off her bareback riding skills.

Dru shows off her bareback riding skills.

Time for the banquet.

Time for the banquet.

 

 

 

It's time to partee!

It’s time to partee!

Dru stops by to say hi to Hank Phillipi Ryan

Dru stops by to say hi to Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Sheriff Edith, Dru Ann, Shari Randall, and Kim Gray!

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Sheriff Edith cuffs Dru. What was the crime?

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Dru and the girls party down.

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All the Wickeds, regular guests, and fan Dru Ann!

 

After a long day Dru is happy to go to bed.

After an action packed weekend Dru is happy to go to bed.

Readers: Did any of you spot Dru Ann at Crime Bake? Who’s up for going on a stick to Malice Domestic?

Coffee, tea or…?

Sometimes you just need a little something to get you going in the morning. Or to keep you going in the afternoon. So ladies, which beverage is it that keeps you perky through long writing sessions?

Barb: In the morning it’s coffee, coffee, coffee. I drink two largish cups and they last all morning. I don’t care if it gets cold as it sits on my desk. In fact, I think I’m overly sensitive to hot. I have to drive for miles before I can drink a coffee I’ve picked up at Dunks or McDonalds. Unfortunately, if I drink anything with caffeine in it after 2:00 Glass_of_Iced_Teapm, that night it’s like the scene in the Big Chill where Glenn Close takes the cocaine. So in winter, afternoons are herbal tea, and in summer iced herbal tea or water.

Sherry: Too funny, Barb! I don’t drink coffee. And as the Wickeds well know I’ve quit drinking Coke Zero. Over the summer they got a day by day, blow by blow, description of my “Coke” withdrawals. Now I drink Chai or ice tea.

Liz: I was probably the biggest coffee addict around for years. I couldn’t make it out the door without out a pot of heavy duty, black Starbucks dark roast in my system. Then just over a year ago I started drinking Chinese Pu Er tea recommended by my Chinese healer doc. Without even meaning to, I stopped wanting so much coffee. I mean, it was crazy. So now I drink the tea (the darker the better), and can make it through most days with just one cup of coffee – and somedays, none. It’s kind of a miracle.

Kaffe_(4353137275)Julie: I drink black coffee in the morning. In the afternoon, I move to tea. I love Starbucks’ Chai Tea Latte with soy, though it is more of a drink than coffee. And I’ve recently discovered London Fogs–Earl Grey tea with steamed milk. Delish. I have to balance the caffeine in the afternoon–I try to stop by 3 so I can get some sleep that night.

Jessie: I start each morning with a couple of cups of black coffee, no sugar, the stronger, the better. By mid-morning I switch to water. If we happen to have any in the house, I love to pour a couple of fingers of grapefruit juice in to a tall glass and top it with seltzer. In the afternoons I usually have tea with my children when they return home from school. Peppermint is my favorite but I like black teas too like Earl Grey and PG Tips.

Edith: I learned to drink coffee as a seventeen-year old exchange student in Brazil,Coffee_Beans_closeup so I love a deep, rich dark roast coffee. But since I quit the caffeine habit twenty years ago, I’ve had to search out a deep, rich dark roast decaf. So now I fresh-grind and brew two cups of that (these days two-third decaf and one-third caf) and drink those with a little milk in the morning. After that it’s water all the way. Until it’s wine o’clock, of course.

Readers, which beverages bring a smile to your lips?