Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cover Reveal: House of Glass

I'm delighted to unveil the cover of my new thriller, out next February from Mira!

HOUSE OF GLASS is the second novel I worked on with editors Erika Imranyi and Leonore Waldrip, after GARDEN OF STONES. We really gave it our all, and I can't wait for you to be able to read it.

Jen Glass has worked hard to achieve the ideal life: a successful career, a beautiful home in an affluent suburb of Minneapolis, a seemingly perfect family. But inside the Glass house, everything is spinning out of Jen's control. Her marriage to her husband, Ted, is on the brink of collapse; her fifteen-year-old daughter grows more distant each day; and her five-year-old son barely speaks a word. Jen is on the verge of breaking, but nothing could have prepared her for what is to come…. 

On an evening that was supposed to be like any other, two men force their way into the Glasses' home, but what begins as a common robbery takes an even more terrifying turn. Held hostage in the basement for more than forty-eight hours, Jen and Ted must put aside their differences if they have any hope of survival. They will stop at nothing to keep their family safe—even if it means risking their own lives.  

A taut and emotional tale of a family brought together by extraordinary forces, House of Glass is a harrowing exploration of both the lengths a mother will go to protect her children, and the power of tragedy to teach us what truly matters. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Great Reviews for GARDEN OF STONES Audiobook!

The audiobook cover
We've been getting some great responses this month to the audiobook of GARDEN OF STONES.  I'm so grateful to my wonderful reader, Emily Woo Zeller, and Sarah Rooney and the Tantor Audio team.

You can read a Library Journal interview between me and Emily.

Or read the nice reviews below!

I'll be giving away two copies of the audiobook in next month's e-newsletter, to randomly chosen subscribers. (Sign up here for the newsletter.)

Emily Woo Zeller, narrator

“On the eve of her daughter's wedding in 1978, the once beautiful Lucy Takeda recounts the horrors she faced as a teenager in a Japanese internment camp. The events of the war years left her both physically and psychologically scarred. Emily Woo Zeller's expressive performance quickly draws listeners into Lucy's world, capturing their interest from the opening murder scene in Lucy's youth and maintaining it to the surprising revelations in the closing chapters. Although her narration is sometimes marred by breath sounds, Zeller's consistent and varied characterizations are impressive. Especially noteworthy is her ability to convey Lucy's growing awareness of the underside of camp life and her transformation from a happy, confident schoolgirl to a lonely, guarded young woman.” - Audiobook

“In Littlefield's ("Aftertime" trilogy; A Bad Day for Sorry) latest stand-alone, three generations of Japanese American women are affected by the forced internment of Japanese citizens in California during World War II. In 1978, with the war long over, Patty is temporarily living with her mother, Lucy, when police arrive to question Lucy about the suspicious death of a man who was a guard at Mazanar, where she and her mother, Miyako, were residents. When they were sent to the camp, Miyako and 14-year-old Lucy were still grieving the recent death of Lucy's father, and the move to the camp marked the end of Lucy's childhood. The camp is rife with corruption and abuse, and the beautiful Miyako is targeted in ways that have tragic consequences for both herself and Lucy. Told through flashbacks, Littlefield's novel vividly describes camp life and the hardships and deprivations of a shameful and often forgotten episode in American war history. Emily Woo Zeller is an excellent narrator, clearly differentiating the voices of the various characters. VERDICT Recommended for fans of historical fiction.” - Library Journal

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Raffle Winners - and a few Stella reviews

Thanks to all of my newsletter subscribers! If you're not already on my list, you may join here - and be eligible for occasional giveaways. 

 To celebrate the release of A BAD DAY FOR ROMANCE, I did a drawing for three sets of the AFTERTIME trilogy. The winners were Maxine Sessions, Cara Guerrieri, and - of all things - my dear friend Cheryl's sister, Denise Kuhn. I love small world reminders like that - I swear it was a totally random drawing but somehow I managed to pick out someone to whom I have a connection. 

 Thank you also to everyone who's reading A BAD DAY FOR ROMANCE. Here's a sampling of what readers have to say: 

 "It was fantastic, with all the terrific character-based humor I've come to expect." - In One Eye, Out the Other 

 “A rollicking adventure with a dash of mystery thrown in…a great enjoyable light read.” – Mysteries Etc. 

 "I'd say Ms. Littlefield got my won't want to miss this one." Book Faerie

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Happy Stella Day!

Labor Day is the perfect day to laze about reading a book, right? If you're searching for something new to download to your reading device, how about...
A BAD DAY FOR ROMANCE, the fifth in the Stella Hardesty mystery series. It's out today!

Many thanks to my agent and editor, Barbara Poelle and Abby Zidle, for their help with this one - we had a great time putting the gang through their paces. Especially the spicy bits! :)

There's buy buttons and an excerpt over on my web site - and here's a synopsis: 

That’s no cupid, it’s a bridesmaid with a crossbow. Stella Hardesty is a seamstress with a sideline job in vigilante justice in this entertaining ebook in the Edgar-nominated and award-winning Bad Day series.

Two days before her best friend gets married, Stella Hardesty has nothing more pressing on her mind than fitting into her fluffy pink bridesmaid gown, mixing her next cocktail, and enjoying a romantic weekend with her sometimes beau, BJ Brodersen. Just as she’s headed to the bridal shower, word comes that BJ and smokin’ hot sheriff Goat Jones have gotten into a dustup over Stella’s affections.

Before Stella can recover from this startling development, more bad news comes along. The minister’s niece, the hard-to-love pageant princess Divinity Flycock, has been arrested for the murder of her fiancĂ©. The bride begs Stella to clear Divinity’s name so that her minister will be able to perform the nuptials. When Stella starts digging into the case, however, she uncovers a world of jealous nightclub singers, firearms dealers, and the ugly underbelly of reality TV. Hot on the trail of the truth, she’s distracted by the arrival of the sheriff, who finally seems ready to make a claim for her affections.

I love this cover so much! (Thanks to the arty folks at Pocket Star!) In fact, I'm going to hang it on my dining room wall. Here's my son, who's enjoying his last few days of freedom before heading back to college by snoozing on the couch. I tried to wake him up to pose with the picture, and as you can see, he got about halfway there before falling back asleep.