It’s been super crazy awesome here in my world, but I’m soooooooo tired! It’s hard having so much fun.
And speaking of fun, I’ve fleshed out a few more appearances for this summer. First off, for those of you in the Pittsburgh area, I’ve organized a proper release party for my final Jane book. I haven’t had one since I left Shreveport and the great people at the Barnes and Noble there, so this is very exciting for me.
It’ll be at the fabulous Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA, on May 28th at 7pm. There will be cookies and wine and me doing some deliciously spoilerish readings for those of you taking the book home with you that night. Stay tuned to my Facebook page for more info and an event invite!
Then I’m heading back to Texas. As with all things organized by Jaye Wells, Mark Henry/Daniel Marks, Liliana Hart and me, what was supposed to be one simple signing in Houston at Murder by the Book has turned into a week-long debauch in which we’ve threatened each other with midget rodeos, stripper tears, and upping our famed-erotic readings with EROTIC INTERPRETIVE DANCE.
Naturally enough, one signing in Houston became a signing in Dallas AND Houston, then it became Dallas and Houston AND Austin, where we may sign or we may just burn that mother down. There will be more details forthcoming for these events.
Anyway, I’m super excited to go on this trip for so many reasons. For those of you new to my world, Jaye, Liliana and Mark were the very first authors I met when I signed with Orbit in 2009. I was living in Shreveport, LA, at the time, and Orbit put me in touch with Jaye, another author they’d recently signed from Dallas. Jaye invited me to hang out with her, Mark, and Liliana at the conference Dreamin’ in Dallas, where I’ll be a guest later this year.
It was love at first snark. I nearly peed myself about 100 times, and I continue to consider diapers when hanging out with these kids. I love them best for being SO MEAN LIKE THE BEST MEAN GIRLS EVER, as evidenced by the fact that IMMEDIATELY after meeting me for the first time Mark Henry publicly shamed me by putting this video up on YouTube:
In the immortal words of Stevie Wonder, that’s what friends are for–mocking you because your version of singing is making dolphin sounds while fluttering your T-Rex arms, and then posting a video of it on the internetz.
The best part of this video is Mark’s demonic chortle and the faint strains of “oh my god” whispered throughout.
I really do love these guys and I’m so very grateful they’re still in my life. And hopefully we’ll be joined by my very patient and long suffering friend, Mary Lois White, who is playing bass behind me while I “sing.” Love you ML!