A bead bazaar turns bizarre when jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell discovers a body beneath her sales table. Everyone assumes the death of famous bead artist Saundra Jameson is an accident—until homicide detective Tiffany Houston arrives, ready to drag Jax off to jail as her top suspect. Jax and her friend Tessa must scramble to find the killer among the fanatic jewelry shoppers, eccentric vendors, and Saundra’s many enemies.

While trying to solve the mystery, Jax and Tessa have their hands full with a scumbag show promoter, hipsters in love, and a security guard who wants to do more than protect Jax from harm. Adding to the chaos, Jax’s quirky neighbor Val arrives unexpectedly at the dilapidated—and possibly haunted—hotel where they’re staying, and she’s brought trouble with her. Can Jax untangle the clues to find the crafty killer before she’s arrested for murder?

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A Bead in the Hand, Book Two in the Glass Bead Mystery Series

Bead Society of Northern California
7PM, September 20th, Courtyard Marriott, Emeryville CA

If you’re new to social media and aren’t sure how to begin, or are looking for ways to optimize your online presence, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

Social Media Marketing for Creative People

Presented by Janice Peacock
Sept 20, 7PM, Emeryville CA

Janice Peacock is a glass beadmaker who became an author in 2014 when she published her first novel, High Strung, A Glass Bead Mystery. As a new author, Janice discovered that writers must do a great deal of self-promotion in order to build their readership. She’s spent much of the last two years learning all she could about marketing through social media, one of the best ways for authors—and any creative person—to promote themselves. Recently she has applied what she has learned about self-promotion as an author to her role as a full-time glass beadmaker and is ready to share this knowledge with other creative people.

In this presentation, Janice will start with a discussion about why marketing with social media makes sense in today’s online world. She’ll introduce several of the most important social media sites that every creative person should be part of, which ones to avoid, how to optimally set up your online presence, and how to automate the process of participating in several online communities. 

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High Strung, Book One in the Glass Bead Mystery Series

After inheriting a house in Seattle, Jax O'Connell is living the life of her dreams as a glass beadmaker and jewelry designer. When she gets an offer to display her work during a bead shop’s opening festivities, it's an opportunity Jax can't resist—even though the store's owner, is the surliest person Jax has ever met. 

The weekend’s events become a tangled mess when a young 
beadmaker is found dead nearby and several oddball bead enthusiasts are suspects. Jax must string together the clues to clear her friend Tessa's name—and do it before the killer strikes again.