Save the Date!

Save the Date!

My big news this week is that I’ve locked down the details of the Ottawa book launch for Closing Time, which is due out the end of March 2020. Save the date: Saturday, May 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Granite Curling Club, 2026 Scott Street. I’m excited to have the Haughian Brothers Band returning to provide the entertainment with Perfect Books on hand with copies of the book for purchase. This should be a fine party to cap off the series and everyone is welcome.

Last week, I completed the second review of that thriller manuscript I’ve been writing all year and I’ve now sent it off to four readers to get their input. I’d picked the title The Stranger in My House, and then saw essentially the same title for not one but two books within a two week span. So, shelved that one and am still pondering another. Picking a good title is hard work.

Since completing the manuscript, I’ve decided to take the month of December to get ready for the holidays and to recharge while I await the feedback, but I’m already running ideas around in my head for another series or standalone – not sure yet which way I’ll go. I guess I still have the writing bug:-)

Next on the publicity agenda is the Capital Crime Writers Christmas dinner where Barbara Fradkin and I will be interviewing each other. I’ve come up with some questions and will contact Barb this week to work out how we want to organize things. We’ll be in a restaurant, which from past experience, leans toward the noisy side so this is a factor.

Barb and I were interviewed by CBC Radio host Giacomo Panico at the Ottawa Public Library this year.

Then in January, I’m scheduled to be at the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference in Toronto where I’ll pitch Closing Time to librarians at the Crime Writers of Canada booth/stage – a list of authors each have two minutes to give a spiel – and then I’ll sign copies at the Dundurn booth. Dundurn is investigating an additional event, but I’ll have to wait to see if anything materializes.

And the end of November is in the books, and a grey, chilly week it’s been. The coating of snow we had disappeared in the rain and a cold wind has been blowing. Ahh well. Time to get into the Christmas spirit with some family dinners and get-togethers to look forward to. I’ve already ordered the turkey and written my Christmas cards and will starting to hit the stores for gifts this week. Lots to do to take my mind off the gloomy weather!

Have a wonderful week, everyone.