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September 10, 2011

Darrell James—NAZARETH CHILD Launch Party

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 8:02 pm

The party, like the novel, was a class act, with plenty of action and intriguing characters. First, meet Darrell James the author (left). Below is an excerpt from  NAZARETH CHILD, the first in his 3-book thriller series starring female, FBI field operative, Del Shannon, published by Midnight Ink. All the launch-party action follows below.—Elaine Ash


THIS night, she had come for the fugitive Ruben Vazquez. The tiny house trailer, that sat at the river’s edge at the end of a long gravel drive, seemed a fitting end to the chase. Inside could be heard the whistling-shush of desert wind through the cottonwood trees, the nails-on-chalkboard screech of limbs against aluminum siding, the steady drip-drip-drip of the kitchen faucet. All of itthe sounds served to mark time.

Del Shannon sat alone in the dark, her back to the wall, facing the door. The waiting was always the hard part, but that was behind her now. Somewhere off, a dog had begun to bark. An owl, that had been roosting in the tree outside, had suddenly shrieked a hellish lament and flapped off into the night. Footsteps could be heard crunching down the loose gravel drive. Now boot-scuffs coming onto the metal porch. END EXCERPT


Sisters in Crime! (L to R) Travis Richardson, Ashley Ream, Sybil Johnson, Steve Kiser

Sue Ann Jaffarian, honored guest and author of the Odelia Grey mysteries, Midnight Ink

Darrell & Susan Kosar-Beery

Gary Phillips & Michael Mallory, wearing a straw Monte Christie panama hat, made by Baron of California, “Hollywood’s custom hat maker.”

The book table! Rebecca Fox (adorable) of Vroman’s, California’s largest and oldest independent bookstore.

Sarah Chen and Darrell

Scott Kilburn & Kwei Quartey

Craig Westerson, Jeri Westerson & Bob Levinson

Jeri Westerson (medieval noir author) and Darrell

A pretty dress, red shoes, a drink and a good book. Gayle Pool radiates bookish beauty.

James Argreaves contemplates the room. Behind him is the book table, beyond that, the buffet table of tempting canapes.

Beth McFarland in a stunning outfit, Darrell and Bobby Heege, swashbuckling voice actor and character rogue.



Denise Argreaves

Denise Argreaves

Dianne and Charles Emley

The life of the party: Bobby Heege, Beth McFarland, and Hostess with the Mostest, Diana James.

Diana and Darrell James. NAZARETH CHILD has Darrell’s dedication which reads, “For Diana, the Goddess of my universe.”



  1. Elaine – what a wonderful post, you’ve captured so many great friends in your photos. Such a treat to relive the party and enoy it all over again. Thank you, thank you!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — September 10, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

  2. Now that’s a party.

    Comment by charlesgramlich — September 11, 2011 @ 7:09 am

  3. A wonderful event for a great guy!

    Comment by Ashley Ream — September 24, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

  4. It was a great party for a terrific writer! Thanks for your wonderful article, Elaine.

    Comment by Dianne Emley — September 26, 2011 @ 8:24 am

  5. Hi Charles, Ashley and Dianne! Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your words of support.

    Comment by ashedit — September 26, 2011 @ 8:31 am

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