What’s up

Wow, October was quite a ride! I had 5 new releases! Bones fans got a new installment, as did fans of the Gothika series. Brute soared up the bestseller lists in France, which delighted me. Some of you joined me in being Stranded.  And just the other day, my holiday story “The Festivus Miracle” came out. You guys were great in helping me spread the word about it. Keep up the good work–I hope to have a hefty donation to make to Doctors Without Borders next month.

November will be a little quieter, but there’s still plenty afoot:

  • The Fieldingpalooza quiz contest is still going on. It ends November 10.
  • I’m participating in Amber Kell’s Birthday Bash. This means that soon I’ll have a new little birthday story up–and it involves the guys from Speechless, Travis and Drew. I know some of you have been hoping to see a little more from them. I’ll be doing a book giveaway too.
  • Two of my books–The Tin Box and Stitch–have made it to round 4 of the Rainbow Awards cover contest. This is amazing, because there were over 450 original entries and now we’re down to 30. You can vote on this round until November 15.
  • Also as part of the Rainbow Awards, Elisa Rolle is doing a pre-party. Each day she posts 4 book excerpts; you guess the books. There are books to be won, including my Motel. Pool.
  • This weekend–November 7-9–I’ll be at Bent-Con in Burbank. I’ll be on a couple of panels and I’ll be signing books, so come see me if you’re there.
  • Sprachlos–Speechless in German–releases from Dreamspinner on November 18. You can preorder it now.
  • Dreamspinner’s Advent Calendar package is now on sale. This means you get a holiday story each day in December. One of them, Saint Martin’s Day, is mine. You can also buy the stories individually beginning December 1. Here’s my blurb:

Five years ago, Neno Kova? fled California, graduate school, and his lover, Toby Cowan, to return to his native Croatia. Since then, he’s led a quiet life as a librarian—until one November afternoon when Toby, who has never stopped loving Neno, shows up in Zagreb. When he left the United States, Neno wasn’t ready to give up his home and family to take a chance on a long-distance relationship. But Saint Martin’s Day has arrived, the day pressed grapes turn to wine and autumn turns to winter. Perhaps it will be a day when other changes are possible as well.

So that should keep up busy, right? I’ll also have some guests visiting, and in a few days I’ll be posting a poll and asking for your feedback. In the meantime, I think it’s time to hunker down somewhere cozy with a good book. Don’t forget that all my royalties from The Festivus Miracle go to Doctors Without Borders.