Here's a funny little writing moment no one told me about - the day you get an Amazon alert telling you you might be interested in your very own book.
Now let me jump in quickly and say I really, really hope that you are remembering to support your local indie book stores when you're doing your holiday shopping. There is one way to hold onto these local treasures and that is by shopping there. Mystery lovers in particular can click here for a list of folks who really know their stuff and can help you find the just-right book for you or anyone else.
But meanwhile, back to the subject at hand, Amazon does have its place and I know of no author who sneers at sales racked up there, and I myself am a frequent customer, though my last purchase was a beautiful pair of knee-high black suede-and-leather boots.
(Oh, I just had the most amusing thought. Do you suppose the folks at Ma & Pop's Shoes are sending around emailed reminders to their loved ones, imploring them not to buy their shoes at big box stores and online? Are there passionate hand-sellers of pumps and sneakers and sexy platform heels? I know just who to ask - my pal Daisy.)
Blah, blah, blah. This is a very undisciplined and meandering lead-up to this very fun alert I got from Amazon. I have this friend Brad. He's a writer. We share an editor, and generally we also share a great number of beers at every writing event we show up at together. We've only known each other a year or so, but as is generally the case with writers, a little preliminary chit-chat led quickly to a dropping of all etiquette pretense and fast, if occasionally undisciplined friendship. So imagine how tickled I was to receive this.
Ah, universe, thank you for today's gift of serendipity. :)
Dear Amazon.com Customer,
We've noticed that customers who have purchased or rated A Bad Day for Sorry: A Crime Novel by Sophie Littlefield have also purchased Faces of the Gone: A Mystery by Brad Parks. For this reason, you might like to know that Faces of the Gone: A Mystery will be released on December 8, 2009. You can pre-order yours at a savings of $8.84 by following the link below.
Faces of the Gone: A Mystery
List Price: $25.99
You Save: $8.84 (34%)
Release Date: December 8, 2009
Four bodies, each with a single bullet wound in the back of the head, stacked like cordwood in a weed-choked vacant lot: That’s the front-page news facing Carter Ross, investigative reporter with the Newark Eagle-Examiner. Immediately dispatched to the scene, Carter learns that the four victims—an exotic dancer, a drug dealer, a hustler, and a mama’s boy—came from different parts of the city and didn’t seem to know one another.
The police, eager to calm jittery residents, leak a theory that the murders are revenge for a bar stickup, and Carter’s paper, hungry for a scoop, hastily prints it. Carter doesn’t come from the streets, but he understands a thing or two ... Read more