Lots of news and good stuff this time out.
First up, MaryAnn and I will be in Tucson, AZ, this weekend, exchanging the huge piles
of snow in our neighbourhood for cacti, desert and warmth. The sad part is we have
to leave the pup and cat behind, but they'll both be well looked after. MaryAnn and I
will probably have more separation anxiety than they will. The good part is that we
get to meet however many of you who are planning to attend the first Tucson Festival
of Books on the University of Arizona campus. This is a huge book festival with
340 authors in attendance. Here's our schedule:
My latest novel, The Mystery of Grace, is being released on March 17th and,
although the Tucson festival takes place a few days before that, copies will be available at the festival site.
Tor and H.B. Fenn, my Canadian distributor, are doing all sorts of cool promo for this
book. Tor has produced some lovely bookmarks, which we'll have with us so, even if you
can't pick up a book at the time, drop by for a free bookmark.
The Mystery of Grace is featured in the March Tor e-newsletter, where you can read a short interview with me about the book:
Tor has also invited me to write a blog while we're in Arizona, so starting next weekend, you'll find my daily musings at:
Hmm. Regular updates from me in a timely fashion—that's going to be a change!
On Wednesday, April 8th, at 7:30 pm, my Canadian book distributor, H.B. Fenn, is pulling
out all the stops for a way-cool book launch at the Cadillac Lounge in Toronto. Apparently
the venue is full of all sorts of hot rod memorabilia, so it's the perfect setting
for the event. MaryAnn and I will play a short set of music, then I'll talk a bit
about the novel, after which I'll autograph copies. They've also hired Sarah
Blackwood (from The Creepshow) to play while I sign. This is great, because the
band was one of the many I was listening to while I wrote the book and even
got mentioned in my author's note (who knew!). H.B. Fenn will also give a nod
to the book's Southwest setting by serving Mexican hors d'oeuvres at the
event. We hope to see my Toronto readers out to join in the fun.
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On another note, but still related to The Mystery of Grace, the first commercially
available merchandise from any of my books is now available in the form of a T-shirt from
Sanchez Motorworks, the place where my main character Grace Quintero works. Lou Bank and
his team at Ten Angry Pitbulls put the design together and I just love it.
You can place an order here:
I don't make anything from the sale of the shirts. All profits go to PROTECT (the National Association to Protect Children), a national pro-child, anti-crime membership association, founded on the belief that our first and most sacred obligation as parents, citizens, and members of the human species is the protection of children from harm. You can read their full mission statement here:
They also have other great designs available, taken from the books of Andrew Vachss, Dennis Lehane, Nick Hornby and Chuck Klosterman.
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Can't afford a copy The Mystery of Grace right now? Well, here's a chance to win a free copy,
courtesy of Robert Thompson's Fantasy Book Critic blog:
Thanks to Robert and Dot Lin at Tor for making this possible.
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Right after the Tucson festival, we'll be linking up for a working vacation with Charles Vess and Karen Shaffer. Little,
Brown has contracted Charles and myself to expand A Circle of Cats, so we'll be putting our heads
together to add to the story of Lillian, the Apple Tree Man and the Father of Cats.
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Charles Vess and I will also be hanging out together as Guests of Honor at this year's FaerieCon, November 6-8, 2009, at the Baltimore Hunt Valley Marriot.
Visit www.faeriecon.com for details.
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I don't Google myself, and I really wouldn't think to search my name on iTunes, but
I was recently told that audio versions of my books would soon become available on eMusic
and I thought, well, why not on iTunes, too? Then I realized that maybe they already
were. So I did a search and sure enough, you can get copies of Dreams Underfoot,
The Onion Girl, Memory & Dream and Moonheart there. Upcoming
is the audio version of The Mystery of Grace. If you'd rather get the CDs, point your browser to:
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Many of you know that I'm on MySpace. I'm also on
Twitter now. If you have access to any of them, come say hello. And if you miss my music recommendations in this newsletter, you'll find lots of them on those sites.
I hope to see some of you in Tucson later this month. Everybody else, take care of each other! There are plenty of people and critters out there that can use a helping hand.