Last blog post, I confessed that I have no future in professional landscaping. Well, I have a confession of a different sort today.I know — all writers with blogs know — that our readers don’t care how we write. Much like a gemstone or a perfect meal, you/we (because writers are also readers) don’t want to hear about the millions of years of pressure, the raw ingredients (especially if they’re eggs), or the hours of staring at the screen. We just want the dazzling results on our finger, our plate, or our #TBR (To Be Read list). And yet, blog posts about writing keep sneaking through, in the guise of story updates or sharing research or funny anecdotes. Wily buggers, aren’t they? Maybe. But I have another theory, which I’ll share at … [Read more...] about The Solution for Troublesome Timelines? Driving Epiphanies, and Cheap Therapy
Sydney Brennan Mysteries
Congratulations to T.F. from California, the winner of the Sydney Brennan Investigations mug from last blog post’s Giveaway! If you entered and didn’t win, better luck next time. And there will be a next time. I’ll be giving away more Syd and Dead Hollow goodies over the coming months, some just to my Reader Group (that’s a plug to sign up for my monthly newsletter), but others will be for everyone so watch this space. I'll also be gathering those designs into a little Swag Shop, so if you can’t wait to win something or know you [Eeyore voice] never win anything, you can buy goodies directly.In other news, I'm trying to get the final book in the Dead Hollow trilogy, Heir, to my beta readers this weekend—woo hoo! For Dead Hollow fans, … [Read more...] about Giveaway Winner and Where Things Stand, Including the Slightest Smidge of Sydney Brennan Tease
Hey Mystery and Thriller Fans! Did you know International PI Day was this week? Pipe down math geeks--not Pi Day, which would be March 14th. Instead, Tuesday was International Private Investigator (P.I.) Day. I usually do a blog post, but this year I thought we'd do something fun to celebrate.But first, let me get a quick bit of housekeeping out of the way. If you thought you saw a post a few days ago, say on Facebook or Twitter or in your Inbox... yeah, about that. I'm traveling this week and have had some tech issues trying to embed pretty things in this post. Apparently I couldn't preview Java without logging out, yada, yada, yada. So I ended up publishing something just to see it, thinking I was the only one who would see it. And I … [Read more...] about To Celebrate International PI Day, how about some Free Sydney Brennan Swag?
River Bound, the sixth Sydney Brennan book, is now available as an ebook! (Fingers crossed, the paperback may be available by the time you read this or shortly thereafter.) Woo hoo! Happy writer dance! A novella, River Bound is a quick, fast-paced story that's perfect for taking a break from all the holiday crazy by reading about someone else's pretend, life-threatening crazy. ;) You can find out more about it here, or purchase it at these retailers: Buy From: Amazon US/UK/CA | Kobo | Nook | iBooks | Smashwords | Scribd | Inktera | 24Symbols [For other stores try this Universal Link] At the risk of being Northern Hemispherist, for many of us yesterday was the Winter Solstice--the shortest day of the year--and for everyone … [Read more...] about The Latest Sydney Brennan Book is Live; Win a $25 Ebook Gift Card to Celebrate!
The latest Sydney Brennan, River Bound, is well on its way to hitting your hands and ereaders before Christmas. The manuscript is in its third and final copy edit pass, with my editor and I currently engaged in a profanity hyphenation debate (smart-ass or smartass, with both of us arguing both sides). And I haven't forgotten you Luddites (I say that lovingly, having spent last weekend moving heavily laden bookshelves)—the paperback cover is on order. I mentioned before that I’m not setting a solid release date. This time of year, there’s a bit of spinning-the-wheel quality to when non-Preorder books go live on different platforms, but I’ll be sure to announce here and on social media when River Bound is available. If you missed it, you can … [Read more...] about A Sneak Peek at the New Sydney Brennan Book, and a Quick Dive into the World of Dialect