Saturday, June 27, 2009

This Week's Roundup

It was a crazy-hectic week! A new Monday Mystery Backlist, an interview with Gregg Hurwitz, new 6-word memoirs, and a visit from James LePore for his blog tour for A WORLD I NEVER MADE. Whew! Oh, not to mention that Gregg Hurwitz's TRUST NO ONE and Chris Grabenstein's MIND SCRAMBLER both came out as well.

Speaking of MIND SCRAMBLER. I have a winner to announce! The lucky recipient of a signed copy of MIND SCRAMBLER is Cathy from New Hampshire! Congratulations Cathy.

Now I'd also like to add a comment in here. MIND SCRAMBLER could possibly be the last book in the John Ceepak series. St. Martin's Press does not wish to pursue more in this series. So all of you out there who have emailed me and left me notes about wanting to start this series - now would be a GREAT time to do that. And I'm saying this in a purely selfish light. This is one of my absolute favorite series. I just discovered it last year. I'm not ready to have to say goodbye to it already. The Ceepak series has done nothing but get better with every book. You know there are many series out there that should have been stopped long ago, but this isn't one of those. So, let's buy MIND SCRAMBLER and show the publishing world that we want Ceepak to stay!

O.k., some other things to share with you. Many of you know that here in Ohio our libraries are presently being threatened. The governor wants to severely cut funding to our libraries. People have been up in arms for several days, trying to get the attention of our law-makers. At a time like this I'm not sure how they can think that library cuts are the answer to anything. So, Ohioans, contact your representatives. Let them know this is unacceptable. We NEED our libraries now more than ever.

I received a couple of emails this week with some information to pass along to you. CJ West has a free download of his book SIN AND VENGEANCE available here. It has been optioned and adapted for film, so this is something you may want to check out before it hits the big screen.

St. Martin's asked me to pass along information about a new book that's out called SWORN TO SILENCE by Linda Castillo. You can win a copy by entering here.

There's a new blog in town. And it's a good one. If you haven't checked out 7 Criminal Minds, I highly recommend you do so. On 7 Criminal Minds, 7 crime fiction writers respond to a weekly question related to crime fiction in some way. The 7 criminal minds are: C.J. Lyons, Kelli Stanley, Rebecca Cantrell, Sophie Littlefield, Shane Gericke, Tim Maleeny and Gabrella Herkert. Very interesting stuff over there. I've added them to my blog list...which reminds me, I need to catch up on my blog reading!

For those of you in the Northeast Ohio area, Michael Koryta will be around in August to promote his new Lincoln Perry novel, THE SILENT HOUR. On August 11th he will be at Fairview Park Public Library and on August 12th he will be at the Rocky River City Hall Umerley Center. That's at 7:00 both evenings. Since he'll be taking a bit of a hiatus from Lincoln after this novel, I'm not sure how much we'll see of him in this area for awhile. You may want to take the opportunity to see him while you can. Fairview Park has a registration for his event, which you can find here.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something that I should be passing along, but tonight my brain is fried...or maybe it just wants to get back to the excellent book I'm reading now. I have a slew of reviews to catch up on this weekend, so hopefully at least a couple will show up! I also attended Les Roberts event on Tuesday, so I have some fun details to share from that. In the mean time...

Happy Reading!


Corey Wilde June 27, 2009 at 9:24 AM  

I'm very surprised by the news about the Ceepak series. That seemed to be one that was just gathering steam.

Jen June 27, 2009 at 10:00 AM  

I know, Corey, that's why I say if there's folks out there who have been saying they want to read this series - get on the bandwagon now or it will be gone!

Kelli Stanley June 28, 2009 at 2:37 PM  

Jen, thanks so much for the shout-out about Criminal Minds! :) We're having a lot of fun with the whole "virtual panel" concept.

The best part is getting to hear from awesome, super-informed readers like you. :)

Thanks again, and take care!


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