Monday, April 25, 2011

SORRY....for a *steal*!

I'm head down these days, working madly to finish up the third in my AFTERTIME series, but I just got a bit of news that's too fantastic not to share:

The folks at St. Martins have decided to do a little promotion to celebrate the third book in my Stella Hardesty series. So for a month before the release of A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL, they are going to be selling the e-book version of the tale that started it all for the tiny price of $2.99!

Yup that's right...From May 11th until June 21st, people will be able to buy A BAD DAY FOR SORRY for under three bucks. I'm hoping this might bring a few more folks into the Stella fold. If you know anyone who's been kinda-sorta thinking of giving the series a try, now might be a good time...

Here's a picture of me at my very first ever signing. I was so excited that day. It was at the RWA convention in the summer of 2009 in Washington DC, and I showed up early to...well, to be nervous. Guess who also got there early? Cherry Adair, and she was terrific. She made me laugh, right after I cried because I was holding my book in my hands for the very first time. The next person I met was Sheila Roberts, who's been a friend ever since.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

RomanticTimes Convention Report

I'm going to let the pictures do the talking on this one, as one always should at an RT Con. There are a few pictures I didn't snap that I wish I had - like the awards ceremony and the Bollywood party, and getting fall-down speechless around several legendary editors, and the time me and Jennifer Haymore tried to talk our way past the velvet ropes at a downtown club...but I think these pretty much summarize the last five days!


Road Trip! A crack of dawn departure with Juliet Blackwell and Rachael Herron

Of course I have to start with the man candy, or it wouldn't be RT! Love this mask...


Most memorable costumes - sorry I'm not much of a photographer. These ladies both sewed their gowns


Now for the author hobnobbing. I didn't chase Koontz down, but I found lots of amazing folks. This is me with Bill Link at the booksigning - Bill's the creator of Columbo and Murder She Wrote and lots of other shows.



This is Mary McDonough, who played Erin on the Waltons. I was moderating a memoir panel with her, but at this moment she was giving me makeup tips!!



This is our friend Gary Phillips, a crime writer from L.A.



Lee Goldberg and Lori Armstrong



Rachael and I found Jade Lee by the elevators - what a gracious lady!



I always have to take this exact same shot with Boyd Morrison, who is represented by the agency with me.


OK, now for the nitty-gritty after-hours report. Rachael and Julie and I had the, uhhh....fun room...


Martha Flynn was practically a fourth roommate - which would have been a very tight fit.



Julie giggling with Martha



Rachael with our darling beloved Nicole Peeler, who none of us can get enough of!



And even when we weren't partying, we were celebrating. This is an early morning breakfast fete in honor of Rachael, who received some good news while we were down there. Please note the candles, rose petals, and tiny cymbals...because when you are at RT you have to go big!



Rachael shares the joy!

Monday, April 4, 2011

PW loves A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL :)


My new Stella book, A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL, will be here in just a couple months! I kind of love this one - it cracks me up every time I think about it. I sure hope you like it too. Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly has this to say:

In Edgar-finalist Littlefield's lively third crime novel featuring feisty Stella Hardesty (after 2010's A Bad Day for Pretty), Priscilla "Priss" Porter asks Stella to get rid of a corpse. When Stella, who specializes in solving problems of the abusive husband variety in her small Missouri town, refuses to help, Priss threatens to go public with some very damning photos that could not only damage Stella's budding relationship with Sheriff Goat Jones but maybe even land her in jail. After Priss; her brother, Liman; and the photos vanish, Stella becomes the prime suspect. Stella and her assistant, Chrissy Shaw, decide to get the photos back themselves, but that's easier said than done when they run up against an oversexed female judge with ties to Priss and Priss's new business venture. Littlefield's eccentric cast of characters grows richer with each book, and Stella continues to dazzle with her wit, charm, and ease with firearms. (June)