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Pre-Orders: The Early Bird Gets the Autograph

Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Fiction | Comments Off on Pre-Orders: The Early Bird Gets the Autograph

Pre-Orders: The Early Bird Gets the Autograph

We’re celebrating FOUR starred reviews for Girl Waits with Gun! “Hardened criminals are no match for pistol-packing spinster Constance Kopp and her redoubtable sisters in this hilarious and exciting period drama by bestseller Stewart (The Drunken Botanist). This is an elegant tale of suspense, mystery, and wry humor… An exhilarating yarn.” — Publishers Weekly, STARRED  “Engaging…. a welcome addition to the genre of the unconventional female sleuth. Colorful, well-drawn characters come to life on the...

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Tour dates!

Posted by on June 25, 2015 in Book Tour/Events | Comments Off on 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...

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

Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

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 really is. (warning: it’s disturbing.) The topic flared up again at breakfast when we read about...

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My Chickens Love a Good Novel!

Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Fiction | 2 comments

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 can see why it appeals to the hens. Click here to enter–and good luck! Oh, and here’s a...

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Now All We Need is a Cocktail!

Posted by on January 31, 2015 in Book Tour/Events, Cocktails, Fiction | Comments Off on 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 for coming up with a drink made entirely with ingredients that would have been available in 1914,...

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The Big Reveal!

Posted by on January 8, 2015 in Fiction | 4 comments

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 details. From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling...

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Calorie Counts on Menus, 1915 Style

Posted by on December 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 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 food values in a large restaurant where there was a varied menu,” admitted Dr. Bolduan, the...

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Every Author’s Secret Weapon: A Brilliant Book Publicist

Posted by on July 4, 2014 in Media/Reviews | Comments Off on 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 books into the hands of journalists, producers, book reviewers, and readers who took the time to read...

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Boozy Review: Just Add Hammock

Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Cocktails | Comments Off on 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 realize that 90 percent of it got right past you when you were a kid. This book is smart, funny,...

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Nobody’s Perfect. Especially This Drink.

Posted by on March 8, 2014 in Cocktails | Comments Off on 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 find in any workplace, only this is a New York-based crime ring), always meet in a bar to plan their...

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