Monday, August 30, 2010

Cold Kiss in the UK


In three days, Cold Kiss is going to be released in the UK. It’s already available on Amazon, and starting this Thursday, September 2nd, you’ll also be able to find it at Waterstones, Sainsbury’s, and hopefully everywhere else.

Since I can't make it over to the UK this time, I'm not going to get a chance to see the book in the stores (yes, it's still exciting to see). So, if anyone wants to email me a pic of the book on the shelves, I'd love to see it.

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Well, my first official book tour is over. I had a great time visiting all the stores, meeting booksellers, friends, and readers, and I have to say that a part of me is sad it’s over. But, I have another book coming out in two months, so I’ll be going out again around the holidays. Probably only a couple stops this time, and all of them in warmer climates (Sorry, but you won’t find me in Minneapolis between October and April). I’ll post the dates and destinations when I know them. As of right now, all I have scheduled is Bouchercon in October, and Noircon in November. If you’re going to be at either convention, make sure you say hello. It's safe to assume I'll be in the bar.

Not much going on right now. I started putting together book #4, but I’m holding back on the actual writing until I see the edits from Simon and Schuster for Book #3. Once I’ve got those done, I’m going to tear through Book #4. This one has been in my head for a few months, and it’s screaming to get out. I can't tell you too much about it other than it's going to be dark (maybe the darkest one yet), and that it all starts with a kidnapping.

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I’ve had a lot of people come through on The Grove Giveaway, and I want to thank everyone who stepped up and blogged about The Cold Kiss, or reviewed it on Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever else. I’ll be putting together a list of my ten favorites and mailing out ARC’s of The Grove towards the end of the week. I am notoriously bad about getting down to the post office, so if you haven’t received your copy in the next couple weeks (and I told you one was coming) email me and remind me. I wish I could send one to everyone who took part, but unfortunately I only have a few copies left.

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That's it for now, but here are a few links to things that popped up over the last couple weeks.

-Keith Rawson posted a video interview we did when I met him at The Poisoned Pen in Phoenix.

-Vince Keenan has a great review on his blog.

-And Keith B Walters just posted one of my first UK reviews.


I hope they're all as good.



Friday, August 13, 2010

Last Stop... Houston.

The last time I was in Houston, I came home with a particularly vicious strain of food poisoning that kills babies and the elderly and has been known to cause paralysis in healthy adults.

I’m fairly confident this trip will be better, but let’s face it; the bar is set pretty damn low.

All that aside, I'm super excited about visiting Murder by the Book. I’ve heard great things about the store, so it should be a lot of fun. If you’re in the Houston area and want to stop by, I’ll be discussing the book and signing copies at 5:00 on Saturday, August 14th.

This is going to be my last out of town stop on the book tour. I’m doing one more signing at The Bookworm in Omaha on Wednesday, August 18th, but that’s it until Bouchercon this October in San Francisco. As happy as I am about not having to fight through airports anymore, part of me is sad to see it come to an end. I’ve had a great time visiting the stores, talking to people about the book, and meeting new friends. I’m already looking forward to doing it all again for the next book.

In other news, we’re 20 days away from the UK release of COLD KISS, and I can't wait. I was hoping to get over to London for the release, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen this time around. The good news is that Simon and Schuster UK is publishing two more of my books in the next year, so I’ll definitely make it over for at least one of them. If you’d like to download a sample of COLD KISS, you can get one through Simon and Schuster, here.

There were also a couple great reviews for The Cold Kiss that came in this week. There’s a review of the audio book that you can find here, and a very thorough (and slightly spoiler-ish) review of the book here.

Now, off to Houston... Wish me luck.





Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Grove Giveaway

Here’s the deal.

I have ten ARC's of The Grove to give away, maybe more. If you want one, all you have to do is help me spread the word about The Cold Kiss. Blog about it, review it, whatever you want to do to help promote the book.

Be as creative as you'd like.

Send the link, the review, the photo, or whatever you’ve got (along with a shipping address) to john@thecoldkiss.com

At the end of August, I’ll pick my ten favorites and send each a signed ARC.






Sound good?





Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lost in L.A.

Last night I finished the latest round of edits on the new book, so it looks like I finally have some time to post about my L.A. trip last weekend… The good and the bad of it.


To be honest, the bad wasn’t all that bad thanks to friends like Stephen Blackmore who picked me up at LAX after my flight was delayed in Denver for four hours. It was close to midnight when I arrived, so the fact he offered to drive out to get me because the rental car company had closed for the night says a lot about the guy. He also has a book coming out next year through DAW, and I talked him into sending me a copy. I can tell you, when this one hits the streets, you’re definitely going to want to pick it up.


Day two in L.A.: Still no car, and two signings scheduled. Luckily another friend, John Lopez, was kind enough to rearrange his plans and drive me out to Mysteries to Die For in Thousand Oaks for an 11:00 signing, then back to L.A. for a 1:30 signing at The Mystery Bookstore, where I was thrilled to learn they'd selected The Cold Kiss as their August Discovery Club's Book of the Month.


If John or Stephen had been busy, my first trip to L.A would’ve turned out a hell of a lot differently. But, thanks to them, I made it to both signings on time, met some great people at the stores, and got to hang out with a couple friends I haven’t seen in a while, Stephen Jay Schwartz, and Christa Faust.


Stephen’s first novel came out last year, and it's now available in paperback. His second novel, Beat, comes out this September in Hardcover.


Christa also has a new book coming out in March called Choke Hold. It’s her second with Hard Case Crime. Her first, of course, being this little gem.


After the signings, Christa gave me a ride back to the hotel and I got to hang out in the bar with her for a few hours before locking myself in the room to work on edits until my flight left the next morning.


And that was L.A.


Thanks to some very generous friends, and a couple fantastic bookstores, I really had a great time. I can't wait to go back for the L.A. Times Festival of Books in 2011.


Up next: This Saturday, August 7th, I’ll be in Minneapolis at Once Upon A Crime. I get to drive to this one, and it'll be nice to get a little break from crowded airports. Then next week, August 14th, I'll be in Houston at Murder By The Book. I hope everyone can make it out.


In other news, we’re only a few weeks from the UK release of Cold Kiss, and there seems to be a nice buzz building. Here’s a great pre-pub blog post from Liz at My Favorite Books, along with a link to a sample of the book you can download through Simon and Schuster.


And finally, look what I got in the mail last week…








I think this means it’s time for a giveaway.


Stay tuned…