The newest additions to my cultural-icon series are now available as e-works–FRANK SINATRA: THE ARTIST AND HIS MUSIC and NELSON RIDDLE: THE MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC.
My novel THE NAKED EDGE is now available in a print edition. Previously it was an e-book only.
My three Cavanaugh short stories are now available together as one e-work, THE ATTITUDE ADJUSTER, continuing Cavanaugh’s adventures from THE PROTECTOR and THE NAKED EDGE.
My novelizations for RAMBO (FIRST BLOOD part II) and RAMBO III are now available as e-books with revised texts and in-depth introductions. They feature the plots that the films might have had.
May 1 (Wednesday)
Placitas Women’s group
At 9 am, I’ll give a talk about my new novel MURDER AS A FINE ART to the Placitas Women’s Group (details to follow).
MAY 3-4 (Friday and Saturday)
Kansas City, MO
Romantic Times Booklovers Convention
On Friday, I’ll be on a thriller panel and will also give a writers workshop at this exciting conference. On Saturday, I’ll participate in a book signing for MURDER AS A FINE ART. This is my first time in Kansas City, MO. Also it’s my first visit to a Romantic Times conference. I gave a writers workshop at a regional RT group in Orange County. Now it’s an honor to do the same at their national conference. Many of its members are thriller writers in a genre known as romantic suspense. MURDER AS A FINE ART has a real-life main character, the notorious Victorian Opium-Eater, Thomas De Quincey. He inspired Edgar Allan Poe, who in turn inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create Sherlock Holmes. Arguably De Quincey is at the start of the detective genre. In Murder as a fine art, his real-life daughter Emily (21 years old) is a unique character who serves as De Quincey’s Watson. I thought that this conference would be a great way to introduce Emily and kick off the book’s publicity tour.
May 7 (Tuesday)
Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ
1 pm Sun City library, talk and signing
7 pm Poisoned Pen Bookstore (Scottsdale), talk and signing
4014 N. Goldwater Blvd. #101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
A big day for me. Mulholland Books/Little Brown will publish my upcoming novel MURDER AS A FINE ART. This hair-raising thriller is set in 1854 London and deals with a series of true-life mass murders that rivaled those of Jack the Ripper for terrorizing London and all of England. I spent a year researching 1854 London–you’ll believe you’re there. To celebrate publication day, I’ll give a talk and sign books at The Poisoned Penn bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ at 7 p.m. This event will be streamed so that if you can’t come to the store, you’ll be able to see the festivities on your computer. Poisoned Pen specializes in mail orders, whether domestic or international. Many of its customers live outside the United States. I’ll be happy to inscribe a copy any way you request. It’s too soon for the book store to have full details on its website, but here’s the address nonetheless. www.poisonedpen.com
Poisoned Pen’s phone number is 480-947-2974. Toll free, it’s 888-560-9919.
Priot to the Poisoned Pen event, at 1 pm, I’ll give a talk and sign books at the Sun City library (details to follow).
May 13 (Monday)
Santa Fe, NM
Collected Works Bookstore
202 Galisteo St.
6-7 p.m. talk and signing
This is my hometown bookstore, always a favorite place. If you can’t be there but you want a signed book, please call 505-988-4226.
May 15 (Wednesday)
603 North Lamar Blvd.
7-8 p.m. talk and signing
This is my first-ever signing in Austin. I’m really looking forward to it. If you can’t be there but you want a signed book, please call 512-472-4288.
May 16 (Thursday)
Murder by the Book
6:30-7:30 talk and signing
This is one of my favorite stores. McKenna and her staff are wonderful. If you can’t be there but you want a signed book, please call 713-524-8597.
May 21 (Tuesday)
2526 East Colfax Ave
7:30-8:30 talk and signing
This is one of the major bookstores in the US. It’s been 8 years since I was there. I’m really looking forward to returning. If you can’t be there but you want a signed book, call please 303-322-1965.
June 14-15 (Friday and Saturday)
New Orleans, LA
Horror Writers Association conference
Horror is an emotion, a mood: fear. It doesn’t need supernatural elements. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is considered a horror novel. I’ve written many “eerie” thrillers (THE TOTEM, BLACK EVENING, CREEPERS, SCAVENGER, and THE SHIMMER) and a number of horror elements are in my other novels, such as FIRST BLOOD (the bat-cave scene) and THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG (the stalking scene in the blizzard). HWA has been kind enough to give me 3 Bram Stoker awards (1 for CREEPERS) as well as 2 further nominations. In June I’ll be at their annual conference (this time in New Orleans) where I’ll be on several panels and will give a reading from MURDER AS A FINE ART, whose harrowing 1854 London streets qualify as horror. Please go to www.stokers2013.org for details.
July 10-13 (Wednesday-Saturday)
New York City
Grand Hyatt Hotel
Thriller Fest (the annual conference of International Thriller Writers)
I co-founded ITW with Gayle Lynds and the help of a dedicated group too numerous to mention. Each year in July, we have our annual conference, Thriller Fest, in NYC. While we’re a writers organization, we welcome readers. You have the chance to meet more thriller-writing stars than you can imagine. There are multiple signings, panels, and social get-togethers. It’s truly a blast. This year’s Thriller Master is Anne Rice. For full details, please go to ITW’s website, www.thrillerwriters.org. Or Google “Thriller Fest 2013″.
Sept. 27-28 (Friday and Saturday)
Oklahoma City, OK
Rose State College
I’m pleased to have been asked to be the keynote speaker at the Rose State Short Course on Writing just outside Oklahoma City. I’ll probably give a couple of other talks. The details are still being finalized. I’m really looking forward to being there.
Oct. 9 (Wednesday evening)
Manchester Literature Festival
details to come
It’s been a long time since I gave talks in England. Thomas De Quincey, the notorious main character of my novel MURDER AS A FIRE ART, was born in Manchester. I’ve been asked to give a talk about him as part of the Manchester Literature Festival. I’m really looking forward to seeing places associated with him and to being back in the UK. We’re still working out the details. Stay tuned.
Oct. 11 (Friday evening)
Dove Cottage, Grasmere, England
details to come
Thomas De Quincey, the notorious main character of my novel MURDER AS A FINE ART, stalked Wordsworth and moved to Grasmere to be close to him. When Wordsworth moved from Dove Cottage to accommodate his growing family in a larger house, De Quincey moved in so that he could eat and sleep where Wordsworth had lived. The UK Lake District is an almost mystical place, and I am eager to visit. The details are still being worked out. Stay tuned.
Nov. 8, (Friday)
Santa Fe, NM
Tony Hillerman Writers Conference
Hotel de Santa Fe
I often teach at the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference, which is based in Santa Fe, NM, where I live. One of the events I enjoy there is called WRITING WITH THE STARS, in which an agent and I listen to the first page of manuscripts by various conference attendees. We then offer our reactions. It’s a two-hour session that is always dramatic. Please got to www.wordharvest.com for details.
Nov. 15 (Friday)
Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico History Museum
introduction and film
The New Mexico History Museum is showing a series of films about cowboys, and I’ve been asked to introduce the 1958 western COWBOY, which stars Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon. COWBOY’s exteriors were filmed in the Santa Fe area, so there’s a local connection. Ford is one of my favorite western actors and one of the best actor/riders, usually classed with Ben Johnson and Joel McCrea. Ben Johnson in fact taught Ford to ride. It’s be a fun evening.