Home again, home again, jiggity jig

I was pleasantly shocked with the state of my garden when I got home from my week away. No weeds to speak of, but the perennials that had been threatening to bloom had gone from bud to blossom. The Farmer’s Market the next morning was even better. Guy and I try to go every weekend, and I like watching the sparse offerings shift from maple syrup and butter, to raspberries, and then lettuce, followed by early squash, and then root crops. There was even some corn as one of the growers has a farm down in Ohio, and they will send up a truck until our own corn comes in.  It’s a pleasant pattern that you can eat. What more can you ask for?

PeanutBusterMaybe a peanut buster parfait! you say. Isn’t that a nice segue? Cause that’s what we did yesterday. I’d been saving my calories all day week–my treat for when I got back home from NY. It’s not just ice cream and peanuts with fudge, but a summer tradition that goes back a decade. (I can have one a year, and that’s it!) I used to go to that same store for a Mr. Misty after my brother’s Little League games, ice cream headaches and all. I never learned.

Today, though, is all about Peri, and I can’t wait. My week in NY was the first time I’d talked to anyone about her and Jack, and even though I didn’t say much, (actually, I hardly said anything at all about the story, just what my goals were with her) it got my thoughts focused on streamlining a few threads. Mmmm. This is the fun part.

Oh! and I have some times now to go along with the stores/cities. If you need to plan out a ways, this will help. There might still be some changes, so check back occasionally, but this feels pretty solid to me.

[ Final Hollows Tour ]


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Travel day means links!

I’m traveling today, which means my internet time is kind of tight. But I did want to share a few links for those of you who might have missed them over the last few weeks.

Chapters! We have sneak-peek chapters of The Witch With No Name. I’ll be releasing more, so don’t feel like you’re going to have to wait forever. I mean, seriously, summer is going to go by so fast. Read them now so you have something to ponder while you’re on the beach. ;-)WWNNhcCoverIS

Chapter One and Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

City list for the tour has gone up. It’s going to be a huge tour with lots of special events at the beginning, end, and everywhere in between with a long-running give-away that you have to go to an event to get in on. I can’t go to every spot that I’ve hit over the years, but my publicist and I have tried to get within a drive of everywhere. And I’ll be appearing with other authors in a few cases, so you get twice the bang for your buck.  [ city list ]

If your’e going to an even, or even if you aren’t, Guy has begun taking orders for the last Hollows Tour T. We usually offer these for a few months, but because of the early release, it has been shortened. If you want one of these bad boys, don’t wait too long. They will also get you into the family photo I try to take at every store. [ order Hollows Tour T ]

Pre-order buttons are live now for the major outlets.


B&N has a limited supply of signed copies. I signed twice as many as I did last year, but they won’t last forever. If you want one, again, don’t wait too long. They will be first edition, because that’s all I signed. [ order signed copy from B and N ]

Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor also has signed books, but these I can personalize to you if you ask when you order. International is okay, but email them at nicolasbooks@tds.net  for a shipping quote before you buy. [ order signed copy from Nicola's ]

I think that’s it for now. Have a great weekend!



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Serious buildings

I’ve gotten my country-bumpkin self  to NY a couple of times now, and I have to say that this is the trip I’m enjoying the most, even though I’m taking the least amount of time to do the “tourist” thing, and I think it’s because I’m spending more time seeing some of the older, unique buildings that NY has. This is the Flatiron building, named because it looks like an old fashioned iron. I saw a few pictures of when it was new, and it was the highest thing around and the time, making an impressive display that took up the tiny bit of space left by the roads coming together.


It’s still impressive, the prow looking out over the nearby park, and the line of sight from the top reaching a breathtaking, unexpected horizon. It gave me the feeling of space and light that’s hard to come by in the canyons the buildings make, sort of a set-apart feeling where you just have to reach out to be back in the thick of it. The city planners were smart to keep the surrounding buildings from encroaching too close, because to lose that impression would have been almost criminal–even if only a bare fraction of the people walking by notice.


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A New Yorker for the week

I’m a New Yorker for the week! Okay. Not really, but having a Metro Card and riding the subway (with my real New Yorker agent) lets me pretend. I won’t be throwing the card away when I head home on Friday. My agent says I’ve got the knack for running it through the reader . . . so I’ve got that going for me. (grin)

NYerBut my big news today is the city list for The Witch With No Name has been finalized to the point where I’m reasonably sure it’s not going to change much. Can I just say Wow? I’ve got four timezones to cover, and I think the stops are pretty well spaced. We added one more in CA, which I’m pleased about. I’ve got them listed here below, but go to the website for the details.

·         9/8/14: Joseph Beth Cincinnati / midnight launch
·         9/9/14: Schuler’s Grand Rapids, MI
·         9/10/14: BN Carmel, Indiana
·         9/11/14: BAM Arundel Mills, Annapolis, MD
·         9/12/14: Quail Ridge, Raleigh, NC
·         9/14/14: BN Orlando, FL
·         9/15/14: BN Tampa/Carrolwood, FL
·         9/16/14: Joseph Beth Lexington – (unconfirmed but close)
.         9/16/14: Warren Public Library, Bowling Green (Louisville/Lexington market)
·         9/17/14: BAM Birmingham, AL
·         9/25/14: Powell’s Portland, OR (with Richard Kadrey)
·         9/26/14: Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch (Denver, CO) – (with Richard Kadrey)
·          9/27/14- Copperfields Bookstore, Petaluma, CA (with Richard Kadrey)
·         9/29/14: Poisoned Pen, Phoenix, AZ (with Richard Kadrey)
·         9/30/14: GRRM Theater, Santa Fe, NM
·         10/9 – 10/10/14: New York ComicCon (Guest of Honor)
·         10/11 – 10/12/14: Friends of the Plano, TX Library “Buns and Roses” charity fundraiser – keynote speaker
·         10/13/14 – BAM Tulsa, OK
·         10/28/14: Murder by the Book, Houston, TX (with Ilona Andrews)
·         10/30/14: Devil’s Night Tour Finale – Ann Arbor, MI



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I hear air conditioners. I must be in NY!

If you missed Friday’s post, I’m in New York this week, talking to people about what comes after the Hollows. I’ll be honest, it was surprisingly difficult to get started because I’ve been forcing myself to be closed-lipped about Peri for so long, and I’m still hot and heavy about getting the last Hollows book out to you and am sensitive about stealing Rachel’s thunder.

Ideas are a dime-a-dozen. Ideas that have the potential to reach and connect with a reader on a gut level . . . those that combine the unique with the recognizable? Those are more rare, and I’ve held Peri so close for so long, that it is difficlt to let go. But let go I did.

It was hard to find sleep last night. It’s been a long time since anyone was excited about something new from me, seeing the potential that I do, willing to entertain possibilities outside of the known and safe.




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The Witch With No Name chapter four (and one and two and three)



Chapter four! Go ahead. You know you want to read it! I’m so excited to share this with you–you have no idea. Enjoy!  Chapter four

If you missed chapter three, it’s still at Harper’s  website, click here:


And Chapter One and Two are at my website if you missed them.

If you’d like to preorder, We have options!

There is the ever-present Amazon.Amazon


B&N is also available, and if you go to the right page, they also have signed books 


Click to order

Nicola’s  is also an option, and I can personalize these with a note if you pre-order and tell me who to sign it to in the comment section when you order. International is okay but email them for a quote at nicolasbooks@tds.net



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Happy 4th, (And a heads-up for chapter 4)

It’s the 4th of July, and here in the States, that means fireworks, hotdogs, and time with friends and family! I’ll likely not be posting much here next week as I’ll be in NY talking to people about what comes next after the Hollows, but I did want to let you know that we are ready for chapter four of THE WITCH WITH NO NAME to be released on Monday!

If you missed it, here is chapter one and two, and then three. :-) Come back Monday for the fourth.



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