Book tour info in one handy spot!

Here’s the book tour social share, all tidy and ready to go! If you can make an event, LOVELY–can’t wait to see you! If not, no worries–any of these fabulous booksellers is happy to take your pre-order info and ship a copy to you. Hope to see you on the road!

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Fab news–for you and for me!

First, I’m doing a little interpretive celebration dance (with jazz hands!) because A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION has been chosen as a LibraryReads Top 10 Book! Y’all know how much I adore librarians, so getting a nod from them is an absolute thrill.

And now for the good news for readers: Penguin Random House is doing a SUPERB Strong Historical Sleuths Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION (by me, obvs), Anne Perry’s TRIPLE JEOPARDY, and Alan Bradley’s newest Flavia de Luce, THE GOLDEN TRESSES OF THE DEAD. Entries open until Feb 25!

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Which sounds like you should all be hitting up your local watering hole for a jolly game of darts, but it actually means that A TREACHEROUS CURSE is out in paperback today! It’s perfect timing–if you haven’t caught up with Veronica’s latest adventure, you have a month to get this one read before A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION comes out on March 12.

I’m also supposed to mention that A TREACHEROUS CURSE is the one that was nominated for an Edgar which is A Very Big Deal. And here’s the thing: I knew it was a big deal for me. I ran through the house, screaming and crying when I found out. People sent flowers. There was wine. But I had NO CLUE how big of a deal it was for my publisher. I got so many lovely emails from them, and I was so excited that my agent and I had already scheduled a trip last week to visit their new offices.

What I did not expect was to enter the conference room to find all the Berkley employees gathered with champagne and macarons and flowers, hollering, “SURPRISE!” with a congratulations graphic up on the presentation big screen. And because I am a stupendous softie, I burst into tears. The president said some lovely things and I tried to reply but ended up crying again because I am a super-cool professional person. It turns out that my publisher hasn’t had a Best Novel nominee in a very long time–like ever possibly. Our beautiful Veronica adventure made a wee bit of history there, and I am beyond thrilled. Seeing all those faces of all those people who work so hard to make it happen? I was awed. There are dozens of folks whose names you will never hear, whose contributions you will never know. But they are all there, working so hard to make our books what they are. To get to celebrate with them was the most extraordinary privilege. (And massive shout-out to the deliciously reclusive art team who ventured out to show me the proofs of the cover for A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION–it’s going to be SO fabulous. I cannot wait to share
with you!)

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Get your calendars out!

So we have lots of great stuff coming up–including the paperback release of A TREACHEROUS CURSE on February 12! Haven’t caught up with Veronica’s latest adventure? This is your chance to get ready for A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION, out in hardcover March 12.

Also, we have book tour info! In addition to visiting the usual haunts–Poisoned Pen, Murder by the Book, the Fountain (woohoo!)–we are kicking off in a BRAND NEW CITY, LOS ANGELES! That’s right, y’all, I am FINALLY doing an event on the west coast. It all happens at the Ripped Bodice on March 12. There’s also an event at Parnassus in Nashville which I hope will make up for the fact that the snow kept me from seeing y’all last time! Details on the book tour are here and I hope to see y’all there!

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ANOTHER giveaway!

Check out this fantastic 5 book giveaway! A chance to win the latest from C. S. Harris, Victoria Thompson, Amanda Quick, Anna Lee Huber, and me–enter now!

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ARCs in the wild!

Here’s your chance to win a galley of A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION from Read it Forward! They’re giving away a LOT of copies and if you’re not familiar with Read It Forward, it’s a fabulous resource for readers sponsored by Penguin. Happy reading!

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See you in NY!

Are you in the greater NYC area? Then head over to Lady Jane’s Salon at Madame X on Monday, February 4! I’ll be reading and celebrating Lady Jane’s 10th anniversary. They’ve got a great line-up and I heard a rumor my publisher’s folks will be there with a little swag. Here are the details and I hope to see you there!

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Why, they’re just GIVING them away!

Hey, y’all! My publisher is giving away ARCs of A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION on Goodreads! You have a week to enter and 25 lucky readers will get their hands on this one early. Good luck!

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Y’all, I am BEYOND DELIGHTED to announce that we have a special partnership with The Fountain Bookstore in Richmond to offer pre-orders of A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION with a special bonus: a Veronica Speedwell journal entry! Hit up The Fountain by March 11 in order to reserve your copy. Oh, and did I mention all pre-orders will also be autographed? Go reserve yours now!

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Peeking behind the newsletter

Do you subscribe to my monthly newsletters? You can sign up on the landing page of the site or use the handy form in the right-hand sidebar of this journal. Your information is never shared, and I send one and only one newsletter per month. Here is a look at what I sent in January:

Dear Readers,

Happy 2019! I hope your new year is off to a wonderful start. I love the fact that January is a month named for the dual-faced god Janus. There’s the interplay between light and shadow, death and rebirth. It’s the month when we resolve to do things but are also recuperating from having done all the things in December. We have such good intentions! And we have fewer resources, it seems. So many of us—and this is a northern hemisphere thing I’m talking about—have less energy, less will-power, less determination. It’s so easy to slide into a post-holiday funk and just give in to the impulse to put on flannel jammies and flop in front of Netflix. (And if you’re going to do that, I recommend TRAVELERS or DERRY GIRLS.)

Some people start the new year with rituals, choosing a word to set an intention for the next twelve months. If I were going to settle on a single word, it would have to be “transition”. So much has changed, is changing, will change for us in the space of a single week in January. My husband has resigned his job in order for us to form our own company; our daughter is moving two and a half hours away, and I will be officially post-menopausal. All within three days.

These are all good changes, positive changes, changes that have—apart from menopause—come from choice. And it’s a privilege we don’t take lightly that we are able to decide to choose a different tack. We have no idea how any of it is going to shake out. We’re casting the runes and waiting to see what turns up. We’re gambling, not because we’re inherently risk-takers but because the confines of where we are no longer suit us. (There are appropriate metaphors I could use about butterflies and the chrysalis. Feel free to insert the Anaïs Nin quote about bursting out of bud here.) We’re creating a small earthquake of our own, but sometimes you have to make the tectonic plates of your life shift in order to create something new.

I said I didn’t choose menopause and that’s technically true. What I have chosen is my response to it. It’s odd that you can’t say you are in menopause except in hindsight. It refers to the year you went without periods for the first time, and you can only identify that when it’s finished. After that, you are post-menopausal. So it’s all a big guessing game, a chance to play “expect the unexpected” with your hormones, your body and mind. My strategy in living with the changes has been simple. I agree with all of it. Hot flashes? Fine. That’s my body sorting itself out. Moodiness? I recognize when I wake up prickly as a hedgehog and take that as a sign to be careful and kind with myself and others. I don’t fight tears and I don’t fight anger. I acknowledge and accept.

I have stopped dyeing my hair and discovered that my grey isn’t coming in grey at all—it’s silver. So now I just say I’m growing my own crown. I drink a lot of water and swallow my evening primrose oil and go to bed as early as I need. I lift weights and I do yoga, making my peace with imperfection and happy that it’s called a “practice” for a reason. Some days I fall out of camel pose; other days, I hold corkscrew, my heart lifted to the sky. I am a woman in transition and I have decided to thrive in the “unknowing” of it all. 2019 will bring questions and possibly answers, some endings and better beginnings. If you’re perched on a precipice, we’ll perch together. And then we’ll step out into the openness beyond. We’ll weave our own magic carpets and feather our own wings, and we’ll be just fine out there on the horizon.

Happy reading!



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