Upcoming Events for June

I will be attending the following author events this June.

Triangle Writer’s Group – Book Club Discussion – Monday, June 3 – 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble Triangle Town Center
5959 Triangle Town Blvd Unit 2107
Raleigh, NC 27616
POC: Tara Lynn Groth, head of Triangle Writer’s Group.


Fox Morning News Greensboro – Live TV interview – June 4 – Morning after 9am.


Greensboro Public Library – Mystery Book Lovers Social – Author Program with Deborah Coonts – Tuesday, June 4 – 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Greensboro Central Library
219 N. Church St.
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
POC: Beth Sheffield


Flyleaf Books – Author Interview with Patch – Tuesday, June 25 – 7:00pm
752 MLK Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
POC: Jamie Fiocco





Upcoming Events for May

I will be attending the following author events in May.

UPDATE: Added new event, Triangle Writer’s Group on May 23rd.  See below for more information.


Malice Domestic Convention – Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th
Hyatt Regency Hotel
7400 Wisconsin Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814


Monroe County Public Library – Author Meet-and-Greet -Tuesday, May 14th – Late Morning
700 Fleming St.
Key West, FL 33040
POC: Norma Kula


Paupers Books – Sunday, May 19th, 2:00-3:00pm
11731 US HWY. 70
Clayton, NC 27520


New Bern-Craven County Public Library – “Lunch and Learn” – Monday, May 20th – 11:30am
400 Johnson St.
New Bern, NC 28560
POC: Sue Payne


Triangle Writer’s Group – Book Club Discussion – Thursday, May 23 – 6:00-9:00pm

Sola Coffee and Cafe

7705 Lead Mine Road

Raleigh, NC 27615



POC: Tara Lynn Groth, head of Triangle Writer’s Group.

Upcoming Events for April

I will be attending the following author events in April.

Pomegranate Books – Group Author Event with Jenny Milchman – Monday, April 1st – 7:00pm
4418 Park Ave
Wilmington, NC 28403
POC: Kathleen Jewell, Owner
*With Jenny Milchman


Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library – Author Event – Saturday, April 6th, 1:30 to 4:00pm
100 S. Church Street
Clayton North Carolina 27520
(919) 553-5542
POC: Debbie Ragland


Fiction Addiction – Group Author Event – Thursday, April 25th – 5:30-7:30pm
1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5
Greenville, SC 29607
POC: Jill Hendrix, Owner
*With Susan Boyer and Vicki Lane

Hiding Gladys review in April edition of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine

We are excited to announce that Hiding Gladys was reviewed by Robert C. Hahn in the latest issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine!


AHMApril2013webHiding Gladys review by Robert C. Hahn

Amateur sleuths can come from virtually any profession but there aren’t very many whose primary field is geology. Lee Mims’s debut novel Hiding Gladys (Midnight Ink, $14.99) introduces geologist Cleo Cooper, who shows considerable promise as a series character who can carve her own audience niche. The forty-five-year-old geologist, while prospecting on her own in spare time from her consulting business, has made what might be a rare and valuable find of granite and has made a contract with elderly land owner Gladys Walton to drill and test on her property.

A series of incidents that begins with a rattlesnake in her Jeep, followed by a stray shot that wounds her dog, Tulip, followed by the discovery of a body dumped in a well near a tenant house on Gladys’s land ought to be enough to tell Cleo that things are not going to be easy. Add to that the fact that not only is Gladys not home when she tried to call on her but her obnoxious adult children Robert Earle and Shirley make it clear that they don’t want her around.

But things get even more serious when an accident sabotages the expensive test drilling and some of the core samples are stolen. Cleo is smart enough to seek legal help to make sure her contract with Gladys will hold up, regardless of her children’s efforts, and to take steps to safeguard her claim but with the drilling costing about thirty dollars per foot—roughly thirty-five thousand dollars per day—delays could exhaust her funds before she can provide proof of a million dollar granite mine.

A couple of handsome men provide Cleo with a combination of distractions, attractions, help, and advice both good and bad. One is ex-husband Bud Cooper and the other is fellow geologist Nash Finley.

Cleo is a bit slow to recognize just how greedy and how evil people can be, but once her dander is up and she realizes that the missing Gladys is in as much danger as her mining claim, she shows courage, initiative, and resilience. Readers will want to see more of this spunky geologist with a streak of independence and a passion for her profession.

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine – April Issue – Booked and Printed Section

Hiding Gladys is available for purchase at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

Quail Ridge Books Author Event – Feburary 8th

I will be at Quail Ridge Books doing an author event with fellow mystery novelist, Jenny Milchman, on Friday February 8th at 7:30pm.  We will each spend some time talking about our books and then take questions from the audience.  After we both speak and take questions we will have a book signing session.  So come out and join us on February 8th at Quail Ridge Books.

Meet the Authors at Quail Ridge Books

Location: 3522 Wade Ave. Raleigh, NC 27607
Date & Time: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:30pm

For more info, visit the Quail Ridge Books website.

My novel Hiding Gladys is now available for purchase

Hiding Gladys novel coverMy book, HIDING GLADYS, the first of three mystery novels to be published by Midnight Ink is out today, January 8th.  You can purchase a copy at the following websites:

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