Wednesday, February 25, 2009

This Week in My World

I'm blogging at Romance Bandits today! I hope you'll come by and say hello!

And if you're in the San Diego, California area this week, I'll be signing Homicide in Hardcover at Mysterious Galaxy Books on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., with Rosemary Harris, author of The Big Dirt Nap. Hope you can make it!


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Saturday, February 21, 2009

It's the New York Times, baby!!!

I'm absolutely thrilled -- and stunned! -- to announce that HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER hit the New York Times Bestseller List!!! (#34 on the mass market paperback extended list for March 1st, 2009!)

I received the call from my agent Christina earlier this week while I was at the mall. She asked if I was sitting down and, well, no, I wasn't. But as soon as she told me the news, I immediately found a bench and sat. My knees were weak and in danger of giving out. When I was finished screaming and laughing with her, I hung up the phone, looked up -- and saw a See's Candy shop right in front of me. Talk about good luck!

So, thank you to everybody who went out and bought HIH. Thank you to the booksellers and librarians and friends and family and all my online friends and family for buying the book and talking up HIH. Somehow, all your lovely talk and interest and purchases generated enough sales to land my little debut mystery on the NYT list! How does that happen??? It's like lightning striking! It's crazy. And wonderful.

And check out these photos that PJ took at the Barnes & Noble in Huntersville, North Carolina. There's my book, third row down, next to Rosemary Harris's PUSHING UP DAISIES, which is next up on my TBR pile. I'm thrilled and honored to be appearing with Rosemary Friday night, February 27, at Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego, California.

And just above my book is Diane Emley's CUT TO THE QUICK, the third in her Nan Vining series. I'd say I'm in good company, wouldn't you? :-)

And isn't PJ gorgeous? (I'm coveting that cute jacket of hers!) She also wrote a fantastic review of HIH for You can read it here. Thanks, PJ!

And thank you, all! I'm so grateful. Shocked, stunned, thrilled and grateful!


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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Winnah!!

The random number generator has chosen the winner of the Homicide in Hardcover Book Launch Prize Package! And the winner is ...


Congratulations, Helen!! Write me at with your snail mail address and I'll ship your goodies to you right away.

Thanks to everyone who commented last week! I appreciate all your good wishes and I love all the fun photos you took of my book on the shelf. Keep them coming! I feel the need for another contest soon. :-)


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Saturday, February 07, 2009

More Pics!

Here are three very fun photos sent by Lezlie in Odessa, Texas. She told me she asked for my book at Hasting's. They didn't have it out yet but they had several copies in the back. She told the clerk that it was my first release so the clerk put my book on the New Arrivals shelf!

So check out my neighbors on that New Arrivals shelf. Can you see?

Let's get closer.


Hello! That's right. I'm there, in between Charlaine Harris and Stephen King. Hi, neighbors!

Yo, Stephen, high five, dude!

Thanks, Lezlie! This is very cool! :-)

Reminder: I'll be picking at random the winner of the HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER Book Launch Prize Package tonight and will announce the winner tomorrow!!


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Friday, February 06, 2009

Homicide in Hardcover - First sightings!

Here are the first sightings of Homicide in Hardcover!! I know I'm a geek for showing all the pics, but hey, it's my first time. :-)

Here's what Homicide in Hardcover looks like on the bookshelf at my local Borders in LA!!

And now I'm holding it in my hot little hands.

And here's my friend Julie, holding her very own copy.

Silver James sent me these pics from Oklahoma City! This one's from the Barnes and Noble on N. May Avenue...

...and this one on the right was taken at the Borders on Northwest Expressway.

You might've noticed that the shelf is empty. I think Silver got the last copy. But the clerk said they'd be re-ordering. Yeah!

More pics tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Come to My Launch Party!

I'm at Romance Bandits today! We're having an elegant party in the country and I'm giving away books! Oh, and there's a murder to be solved.

Dear Uncle Cuthbert is dead.

Who done it?? Join us and help solve the crime!!

And hey, have you seen my cool book trailer? It's on my website Books page. Check it out!

I'll be picking a random winner for my Book Launch Party Package later this week!



Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Today's the Day!!!

Not that I'm excited or anything! But today is my official publication day and my books should be on book shelves in bookstores everywhere!

Go forth, my friends, and buy!!!

There was a sighting in Florida yesterday. And I'll be checking out my local Borders to see if it's there. I'll take a picture.

If anyone sees the book and takes a picture, I'll post it here on the blog!

And don't forget to check out my book trailer here!

And YIKES! Pay no attention to my website this morning. It's been taken over by a friendly poltergeist. We've got the Ghostbusters on the case!