Schulers Books in Grand Rapids

Day two had me back in Michigan at Schulers Books in Grand Rapids. This was the second time I’d been to this particular store, and though we didn’t have cake this time, we did have a lot of fun! Here I am with my roadies. Just click the photo for a high res picture for your own use. And thank you guys for coming out on such a perfect, Michigan evening.

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The tomato drive is going strong. This is soooo much better than ice water. And I left a LOT of signed, first-edition stock, so if you missed the event and are looking to snag one of these bad boys, Schulers has them.

We even had a few home-made “Team” shirts!

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The interviews and articles are starting to come in. First is a no-spoiler from Heros and Heartbreakers, and the second is from long-time reader Paul Goat Allen and B&N–also spoiler free.

 

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And so the tour begins!

And so the final Hollows tour starts! Here is a nice shot of my tour bus. (No! Just kidding. It was in town for the game, and I’d never seen it before.)

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Actually, I got into Cincy early on Sunday so to avoid that 3 am wake up/flight on Monday. My amazing publicist got me a media spot on Good Morning Cincinnati, and Shela was game to discussing vampires and witches in Cincinnati–though I could almost hear her thoughts when I told her most of the paranormals lived on the Kentucky side of things. ;-)

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I actually had time to go to the zoo and check out the African exhibit before the midnight release party. It wasn’t open in July when I was in town to do the tunnel spots, and it was so pleasant to be sitting above the savanna eating my fries and pink lemonade, watching the lions watch the ostriches. Ah . . . you guys don’t know how good you’ve got it.

And then the signing. “Mother pus bucket!” as Al would say. The midnight release party at Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati was amazing! I couldn’t believe the number of people who came out and lasted until we handed the books out at midnight.

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The roadies were awesome. I don’t think I’ve EVER seen so many tour ts in one spot–other than my dining room table, of course. We even had a burning bunny and pixy. (click for a high res photo for yourself)

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And then there were the tomatoes. You guys truly are the best. They will be going to the local soup kitchen, and are much appreciated. So thank you for making me look good. Honestly, I almost couldn’t pick up the one can of tomatoes. The woman who brought it in got a unique set of Hollows bus token earrings that the store made up for extra give always. We won’t have them for the other stores, but we will have the totes (which you can see in some of the pictures below) and a couple of tour t’s to give away at each stop. To see all the pictures, including the bunny cam, just click

Tonight I’m at Schuler’s in Grand Rapids, MI. Hope to see some of you there!

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Big party tonight in Cincy!

I’m getting ready tonight for the big midnight release out at Jo-Beth! Bring your canned tomatoes/soup, and be ready for some fun! I hear there might be a costume contest and a Hollows backdrop to take pictures at. ( I can’t wait to see it!) There are a couple of T-shirts to give away, and I think some one-of-a-kind Hollows book tote.

I came in late yesterday, missing the game but in time to see the weenie wagon–in person! I’m going to petition to take the weenie wagon next tour instead of planes. Then again  . . . na.

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But this morning had me cruising the streets before the sun was up, making the run into Good Morning Cincinnati for a five-minuite spot. Did ‘ja see it? (grin) Here’s a still shot of me and Shela. I’ve got a couple more radio interviews before I get to Jo-Beth tonight–and maybe a nap . . . See you there!

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Yes, those tunnels do exist. I have proof!

Check this out. Remember that week last July I was really quiet? This is why! I got the full tour of the Cincy tunnels–and then some, and I hope that more video that was taken end up online because it was a very fun  couple of days.


Nicolas2So, last night I went into Nicola’s to sign for the last time before I get back mid September. As you can see, there were a LOT of books again, and even some backlist. Pat is getting very good at finding those more rare hardcovers, but don’t even ask for a Fistful of Charms. (Gone, gone, gone!) We talked about the Hollows Farewell party on October 30th, and it’s shaping up nicely! There’s a throne involved. . . and I need to pick out a few 1-3 minute passages from the books for you guys to playact out. (fun!) I’ll have the full details probably next week, and since they won’t be passing out tickets until then (you can arrange them by phone) there is no rush.

SummerOverBut as you can see, summer is just about over. I think I’ll be ready for a long winter’s nap when it gets here. Phew!

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AMA Ask Me Anything Noon, EST

Focus on this . . .

Focus on this . . .

If you missed yesterday’s Q&A at Goodreads yesterday,  (archived here) I’ll be doing an AMA, Ask Me Anything over at Reddit today, noon to about one. (EST) It gets a bit harry, but this time, I’ll be sharing the spotlight with Richard Kadery, (The Getaway God) Do get your questions in to me early, because I can only answer one question every 40-50 seconds, and that means the people asking right at the end don’t get answered. Oh, and check and see if someone already asked your question before you post. :-) Ple-e-e-e-ese. It really slows things down if I have to answer “Why tomatoes” six times. :-)

Richard and I will take craft questions directed at one or both of us as well as questions about our individual series. The link to the AMA isn’t generated until we go live at noon, but I’ve got a link below to their front door, and something should pop up right around noon. Alternatively, if you’re on FB, I will drop a link there when we go live. Reddit’s front door. Check it out. Bookmark it. See you at noon!

Oh! And I know I said the last chance to get your Nicola’s order for signed/personalized first-edition The Witch With No Name was yesterday, but if you get it in before noon, (EST) it will likely make it into the signing stack before I go. I’ll still sign the stragglers when I get back, but it will delay your shipment. B&N, however, has signed, first-edition books as well if that is your preferred outlet. :-)

. . . not this.

. . . not this.

As for me, I’m trying to get everything done as we count down the last few days before tour starts. It’s coming at an odd time, and I’m making the hard choice of trashing some of my hanging baskets rather than leaving them for Thing One and Thing Two to maintain. There’s enough to maintain already.

So I’m not only fighting the last-book-blues, but I’m also saying good-bye to summer as I begin the two-month long process of putting the yard and garden to bed. Oh, there’s still a lot of life in the garden (I’ve got phlox, yes phlox! trying to bloom again) but it feels as if everything is starting to button up. One joy this week amid the chaos was a brand new tree. It looks good, and I’m looking forward to watching it slowly grow in that new spot of sun that my lost tree left me.

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Go ahead. Ask me.

Nicolas400I’m going to be over at Goodreads today from noon to one, EST, to answer your Hollows or writing craft questions. If you miss it, I’ll be doing it again tomorrow over at Reddit and their infamous AMAs (Ask Me Anything). Reddit is open to everyone, but Goodreads is a little more exclusive in that you have to be a Goodreads member to take part. I like the threaded conversations that their system employes, so if you’re interested, pop over to hit the join link  this morning so you’re all set for this afternoon when there might be a rush.

I’ll be there!

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Also, if you missed it yesterday, chapter six is up. We are down to a handful of days!

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Last Witch With No Name chapter today!

It must be September. I see school busses and hear mom’s taking that First Day of School picture. But my big news is that HarperCollins decided to release one more chapter, bringing us to chapter six today! The link won’t go live until noon, but come back then. I’ll FB it then, too.

A-a-a-and it’s live! Go check it out: CHAPTER SIX

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If you missed the earlier chapters, they’re up right now.

Chapter Five

Chapter Four

Chapter Three

Chapter One and Two

The  Event’s page is finally updated with correct times/stores, so give it a look if I’m coming near you.

Want to preorder? There’s still time, and it will help increase your chances of getting that first edition with Al’s blue butterflies at each chapter heading. The only place I can guarantee a blue butterfly, first-edition is by preordering from Nicola’s or the signed edition of B&N, but your chances are good if you get it in the first week from just about anywhere. It’s up to the store as to when they order their books, and I fully expect to see second edition at the end of the tour. So if you want to pre-order . . .

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B&N is also available, and if you go to the right page, they also have signed first-edition books which I did earlier this year, each one hand lettered, not stamped or printed.

 

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Nicola’s  is also a first-edition 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 If you order before the 4th, your book will be signed and sent to hopefully reach you on release day. I will be going back after tour to sign anything later, but you’ll have to wait for your book at that point. 

Also, Nicola’s won’t be giving out line numbers/tickets to Nicola’s big Last Hollows Tour blow out until next Tuesday, so don’t panic and wait until then. They aren’t set up right now, focusing on getting your books ready to go out. I can’t imagine we’ll get to the 300 cap.

The  Event’s page is finally updated with correct times/stores, so give it a look if I’m coming near you.

 

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