Blind Date Released!

Blind Date Released!

So Blind Date, A Hunter and Tate Mystery hit the shelves on March 1st. A year’s work now available to readers around the world. That sounds … ambitious … hopeful?…  but I’ve learned that when you put your book out there, you can’t control who reads it or where. I also know that word of mouth is the best form of marketing 🙂

Some good feedback. Reading, Writing and Riesling, an Australian review site posted an early 5-star review. A number of people have let me know that they’ve received their copy. Carol Gage took this photo at Perfect Books on Elgin yesterday when she went to pick up the book, which is nicely surrounded by two of my favourite authors, Gail Bowen and Ann Cleeves:

Crime fiction writer Dietrich Kalteis interviewed me about Blind Date on his blog Off the Cuff and you can read the post here. I also got word from the Russell Public Library that they have a waiting list already for Blind Date!

I forgot to mention in last week’s post that I submitted a short story for consideration in a Crime Writers of Canada anthology to mark its 40th anniversary. Three people blind-judged the entries and mine was among the chosen! The book will be out later this year, and I have to say that I’m really pleased to have a story in this book, which will feature some of the best crime writers in Canada – here’s the news release.

My Blind Date narrator is making terrific progress, and the audiobook should be released by/in April. I plan to reveal the narrator at my virtual launch on March 15th at 7 p.m. EDT. For those who’ve asked or are yet to ask, you can tune in to the launch without being a Facebook member yourself. The event is open to the public. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/BrendaChapmanAuthor

I’ve continued to work away on book two in the series, completing a review, making chapter notes and a character list, and writing another thousand words. I’m well into the last third of the book and starting to tie up the strands. Still miles to go, but I expect this latest will be out spring 2023.

I can’t end this week’s post without saying how truly horrified I am at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the terrible and unprovoked destruction of a country. The bravery of the Ukrainian people is the only light in all this darkness.