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With the release of Riot Load just under a month out now, I figured the timing is perfect for an update of what’s been happening and what will happen with my second novel (that never gets old to say).
So let’s start with the big news first: My finished copies of Riot Load arrived yesterday.
Once again Jason has done an excellent job of putting out a really high-quality product. Their arrival was actually kind of a surprise which was fun. I got home late last night after a rather rotten and depressing day and saw a couple of boxes of books on the porch. I’m involved with a project that has seen a lot of books being mailed to me recently so I didn’t think anything about it until I cut into the first box and saw these babies looking up at me. My day was immediately better. I held it and ran around the house with it and showed the kids where their names were in the acknowledgements. This whole thing still feels pretty unreal to me.
But it is real, and it will be out in the world in less than a month. I will be doing a substantial blog tour for this book, The schedule is still being finalized but I can confirm there will be guest posts at Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds site, John Scalzi’s Whatever, and Criminal Element among others. There will also be interviews at The Big Thrill, Steve Hockensmith’s site, Steve Lauden’s site, my own local paper, The Canton Observer, and a special appearance to talk books and college sports with Dave White at the Rutgers sports blog On The Banks. When the schedule is finalized I’ll post it on my appearances page .
The first interview out of the gate is live now and that’s a rather unique interview I did with Dan Malmon over Facebook that was posted to the Crimespree Blog.
In addition to online events, I’ll also be popping up several places in person. The tour will kick off June 11-12 in Chicago, IL for the Printers Row Lit Fest where I will be doing panels and book signings with the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America as well as interviewing debut author Shaun Harris. Then it’s off to a trio of amazing indie bookstores: Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ on June 14, Murder by the Book in Houston, TX on June 16 with debut author Gina Wohlsdorf, and Seattle Mystery Bookshop in Seattle, WA on June 18 with non-debut author Bill Cameron. My local book launch will be at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor where I will be appearing with wine and cake in addition to fellow Polis Books author Patti Abbott. If you’re close to any of these stores, I’d love to see you and sign your books. If you can’t make it when I’m there, be sure to contact any of these store in advance to order a signed (or the more rare and valuable unsigned) copy. Again, info is available on the appearances page of my website.
For anyone concerned about what they’ll be in for when buying a copy of Riot Load, the first chapter is available to read for free on this here website.
Finally, these things always seem to end with recommendations of things the author has experienced that they enjoyed and I have a few of those. In books I’ve really been enjoying Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum. This hits the sweet spot for me between computers and author interviews. In music I’ve been listening to Wynonna and the Big Noise. I’d been out of country music for a while because the mainstream stuff was just so awful and I had no idea how to find the good stuff I knew was being produced. Thankfully I found Outlaw Country on my XM radio and that opened a big new world to me. In addition to reacquainting me with one of my favorite artists it’s helped me find great new artists like Derek Hoke who reminds of the great voice, great guitar, and happy-go-lucky spirit of Vince Gill.