Monday, March 5, 2012

Author Spotting

There really isn’t much to report today.  I’m chipping away at the second book in the Asylum Tales series, which is due to my editor on the first of April.  It’s going to be a close one.  This book just doesn’t want to reveal its secrets to me all at once.  I’m pealing back layer after layer to get to the center of all things.  While the process is a bit nerve-wracking, I can’t complain too much as the journey has been exciting for me.  I’m learning so much about the characters and their world.  It’s all proving to be much bigger than I had ever expected.

In the meantime, I was goofing off on the internet a couple days ago, reading updates on the blogs of my fellow authors and friends when I discovered something wonderful.  The amazing Vicki Pettersson will be coming to my hometown this summer as part of her book tour.  She will be promoting her new series Celestial Blues and the release of its first book, The Taken.  In June, she will be passing through Cincinnati, Ohio – her only stop in the Midwest.  If you loved her Zodiac series, then you should stop by and see her when she hits a town near you this summer.  For more information on her upcoming tour, please click here.

This naturally got me thinking.  What other authors are currently out and about, promoting their books, answering your questions, and generally causing mischief wherever they go?

Kim Harrison is in the process of finishing up her tour and you may still be able to catch her on the West Coast.  She is celebrating the release of her latest book, A Perfect Blood.

Another great author who has announced her schedule for most of the year is Kelley Armstrong.  Click here to get a peek at her plans.

Don't live in the U.S.?  The ever-traveling Rachel Caine will be wandering around Europe this year before enjoying a couple spots in the U.S. again.  Click here to see her schedule.

Want to see a bunch of authors at once?  Check out the upcoming Romantic Times Convention in mid-April in Chicago.  If you can't make it to the entire conference, there is a Giant Book Signing on Saturday, April 14 that is open to the public.  It costs only $5 at the door to get in and you have a chance to meet hundreds of authors in an enormous room.
Finally, Locus Magazine is a great place to get listings of authors who are currently touring.

When an author who writes in a genre that you enjoy comes to town, you should definitely make an effort to pop by their event.  It is a great way to not only support that author but also the local bookstore.  At most events, authors will read excerpts, answer questions, divulge interesting insight and secrets, and autograph books.  You can always make a great night of it.  Grab a significant other or a group of friends.  Meet for dinner before the event or have drinks afterward so you can talk about your favorite scenes in your favorite books.  The authors and booksellers will love you for it.

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