Pre-Orders: The Early Bird Gets the Autograph

Pre-Orders: The Early Bird Gets the Autograph

Pre-Order Girl Waits with Gun now and get a bookplate signed by the author AND the girl who waited with the gun! If you pre-order a print edition of Girl Waits with Gun and send a copy of your receipt to email hidden; JavaScript is required, I will sign one of these cool bookplates with both my signature and a rubber stamp of Constance’s signature. (see below for more about that.) You can put it in your book when it...

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Tour dates!

It’s official! We’ve got tour dates all worked out. If there are any updates or changes, I’ll post them right here. The only thing that matters on book tour is to fill the room with friendly faces–so if you’re in town, I hope you’ll stop by, and bring your friends. Hope to see you out there! (NOTE–updated–Copperfield’s event is now in Petaluma, and we added a Houston...

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An Author and Bookseller’s Perspective on Banned and Challenged Books

An Author and Bookseller’s Perspective on Banned and Challenged Books

This week, David Goldenberg wrote a piece on the FiveThirtyEight blog about the American Library Association’s list of banned and challenged books. I’m a writer married to a bookseller, so you can imagine the kinds of discussions that an article like this stirs up around our dinner table! My husband responded with this post about why our bookstore doesn’t celebrate Banned Books Week, and a second post on what a banned book...

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My Chickens Love a Good Novel!

My Chickens Love a Good Novel!

Chickens are naturally curious about crime fiction, and hens in particular do love a story about a plucky lady crime fighter.  (Oh, did I really just say that?) Well.  We’re doing a giveaway on Goodreads through June 22, and I hope you’ll enter to win a free advance copy of Girl Waits with Gun! It’s based on a true story of three sisters who fight back against injustice in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared. You...

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Now All We Need is a Cocktail!

Now All We Need is a Cocktail!

We’ve only just begun to plan the book tour for Girl Waits with Gun, but I’m already working on a cocktail I can serve. (Book tour planned for Sept/Oct 2015; dates to be posted here.) After weeks of historical research and multiple trips to the liquor store, I think I’ve got it. The significance of the automobile might not be obvious to you until you’ve read the book, but I have to say that I am quite pleased with myself...

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The Big Reveal!

The Big Reveal!

Happy day!  I have a new book coming out, and the book has a cover!  I’ll be putting lots more on my website in the weeks to come, but for now, please meet Girl Waits With Gun, a new novel based on a true story coming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September 2015. Yes, there will be a book tour (dates to be announced later this year), and yes, cocktails will be served! Here’s a little blurb about the book. Stay tuned for more...

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Calorie Counts on Menus, 1915 Style

Calorie Counts on Menus, 1915 Style

As I’m working on my next novel, I’m spending a lot of time in 1915–and it turns out that absolutely nothing has changed in 100 years.  Here, for instance, is a big announcement in the New York Times about a brand new idea:  Put calorie counts on menus! It’s only one restaurant–the lunchroom at the Department of Health–but the hope was that the idea would spread. “It might not be possible to state the...

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Every Author’s Secret Weapon: A Brilliant Book Publicist

Every Author’s Secret Weapon: A Brilliant Book Publicist

Friends, I am so pleased to share the news that my former publicist at Algonquin, Michael Taeckens, has formed his own agency and is now accepting new clients. Michael was my publicist for my first four books.  You would not think that a book about earthworms, or poisonous plants, or the flower industry, or a little garden in California, would get much attention in this over-saturated, short-attention-span world. But Michael managed to get my...

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Boozy Review: Just Add Hammock

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh My rating: 5 of 5 stars Is it wrong to do a boozy review of a children’s book? Well, this review is not for children, and as it turns out, the book is a delightful read for adults as well as kids. I hadn’t read it in a few decades, but somebody just mentioned it to me and I picked it up again. Let me tell you: Reading Harriet the Spy as an adult is like watching Rocky and Bullwinkle as an adult. You...

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Nobody’s Perfect. Especially This Drink.

Nobody’s Perfect by Donald E. Westlake My rating: 4 of 5 stars Donald Westlake’s Dortmunder novels are really all equally funny and surprising. if you haven’t read them, you have many hours of smart, witty, lighthearted reading ahead. But what to drink with them, you ask? Well, here’s the thing: the characters in the Dortmunder series (a bunch of sometimes-bumbling, sometimes-competent criminals, much like you’d...

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