Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What I've Been Up To

Oh dear, I seem to have lost a week there. I feel like that happens whenever I go off to Bouchercon. I return just entirely good for nothing.

Dog pix are so utterly gratuitous, but who can resist?
But I haven't been completely idle. I'm revising the hell out of a book, for one thing. Also, I *installed a light fixture.*  This might not sound like much to all you handy types (looking at you, K-kins and Julie and that amazing woman at Bouchercon who built a house from scratch with her four kids) - but for me, this was a HUGE accomplishment. For one thing, I had to spend an entire day worrying about electrocuting myself. I talked to a bemused Lowes man about it at length, to be honest. 

After that, I felt I'd earned a night out with the twisted H. sisters. There were TACOS FROM THE BEST TRUCK EVER. They let you bring them IN THE BAR. Seriously? There can be no better evening than that. Keep your La Grenouille, your La Folie....I'll take La Baggy's any old day.

Well, after that, things got a little vague. *Somebody* turned fifty so we *had* to party zombie style. Or something. I'm not sure what we were doing here.

Oh - and this happened. :) Probably I'll wear them to Educator's Night at Copperfields this Thursday. They'll make me look smart, don't you think?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

BLOOD BOND Cover Reveal & More!

Next month, on November 20th, the first book in my new mystery series featuring Pakistani-American detective Joe Bashir will hit the electronic shelves.

BLOOD BOND is my first book with Pocket Star and my first project with editor Abby Zidle and I couldn't be more delighted on all counts.

I've got great news for readers, reviewers, and anyone who's watching their book budget:

  • Readers can check out an excerpt on my web site - read the first chapter!
  • Reviewers and bloggers can request a free advance reading copy at Edelweiss - click here!
  • The book will be offered at $1.99 at first. Not sure how long that will last, so I hope you take advantage of the savings! You can pre-order now from all the usual suspects...

Monday, October 8, 2012

GARDEN OF STONES - featured at Netgalley!

If you've checked out Netgalley recently you'll see they've made a few changes - not least among them, featuring GARDEN OF STONES among the titles on their home page!  I was thrilled to see the book front and center, and now reviewers and bloggers can request it here.

GARDEN OF STONES will be out in January of 2013. You can read more about it here.

I can't wait to hear what you think of the book!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Just a Few More Thread Reviews

I'm off to Bouchercon! As I type this, I am on hold with United waiting to see what delightful solution they come up with for my cancelled flight. Yay! Meanwhile, I thought I'd share a few more reviews for HANGING BY A THREAD:

"The story is written very well, and the details fall into place at just the right times...a great book for both mystery fans, and fans of paranormal books." - Unabridged Bookshelf

"This author has done a great job of combining a YA with all levels of romance, friendship, and the harshness of returning to a small town when you’ve tried so hard to leave it behind - with the ultimate chilling mystery that readers will never guess. Outstanding on all levels! - The Feathered Quill

"A great mix of suspense and mystery, and a little paranormal mysticism...will keep you turning pages past your bedtime!" - Cat's Thoughts

Monday, October 1, 2012

stAy, A's

I know I'm the worst kind of fan, a jane-come-lately who doesn't know a thing about the game, but I had the best time yesterday at the A's game against the Mariners! I had lived in Oakland for about thirteen minutes before I realized I was home like no other place has ever felt like home before, and I mean to make it mine.

So I suddenly kind of care a lot that our team doesn't go elsewhere. As you can see, we are a pathetic lot who didn't even bother to wear team colors (except for Ty), but I'm on it - green and gold for everyone, including Grampa and Gramma.

These folks know what they're doing - and the bleachers were absolutely the best seat in the house.

A little A's history and a plea - read more here and buy the T-shirt:

Oakland has a proud history of professional baseball going back to the 19th century. Teams like the Live Oaks, Colonels, Larks, and the Black Colored Giants established a tradition of baseball in the east bay since before our grandparents were born. This great inheritance is under threat however, as it has been many times before. The Athletics, who first won the hearts of Oakland with their string of 3 World Series championships starting in 1972, are threatening to leave town for somewhere with better demographics and a bigger appetite for luxury condos. Luckily, fan organizations like BaseballOakland and Let's Go Oakland! are working to make the A's stay. At the moment though, it's impossible to know the outcome, with so many moving pieces and heavy hitters involved. The best way to avoid the fate of Montreal, is to show your love for the A's, and your desire for them to stAy.