Welcome. If you’re reading this, it’s because you’ve followed a link from my old blog, The Memory Project; Facebook (my personal page); or Facebook (my author page). As the song says, this could be the start of something big.
On Aug. 23, I have a new book out, The Most Dangerous Thing — my 16th novel, my 19th work overall, if you want to give me credit for the one I edited. And you know what? I want to reward my longtime readers. Heck, I want to reward my first-time readers. It always cracks me up when someone at a conference says: I’m just a reader. Just a reader? JUST a reader? I don’t think so.
Anyway, for all you “just” readers out there — oh, and those who moonlight as writers, too — here are some of the things planned for the next few weeks:
1) Right now — as in, RIGHT NOW — you can enter this contest at BookPerk to win an iPadII with my backlist. (No jokes about the term “backlist,” please. I’ve heard them all. Mostly from Mr. Lippman, but then — my backlist is so much larger than his.)
2) A year ago, I made a rather rash promise to throw a pizza party for readers if they would vote me on to NPR’s top 100 thrillers list. I say “rash” because I never thought it would happen. Well, it did, and I’m no piker. From Aug. 8-Aug. 15, people will have a chance to sign up for a pizza party, to be held Aug. 22, the night before The Most Dangerous Thing goes on sale. Free pizza! Free beverages! But there’s a small catch: To limit attendance to the fire marshal’s specs (it’s a small restaurant) I’m asking that those who want to attend go online and pre-order the new book through a specific link that will be set up the week of Aug. 8. Cheesy? Well, so is pizza!
3) The week the book goes on sale, I am going to have daily give-aways via random drawings. Some items will be small and silly — a T-shirt, a toy robot. Other items will be quite nice, such as a robot made by Sally Colby, the Western Maryland artist who fashioned my Facebook avatar.
My robot self
A tour of sorts will also accompany the release of the new book, but it will be limited in scope.
But — psst — there’s a fourth thing. Provide feedback on this new site and I’ll enter you into a drawing for a FREE signed copy of the new book. This is what you get for reading all the way to the end.
Also this: A woman’s gotta do . . .
P.S. This post was a way for me to try all the things I have to learn to do on WordPress: insert hyperlinks, photos, videos, adhering to a consistent style. Be kind. I’m a very old dog to be learning these new tricks.