Friday, September 27, 2013

Take This Survey

Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of The Descent have landed!

I need your feedback: dear readers, I'm gearing up for The Descent release in January and could use your advice. 

I remember reading many years ago that for the release of each new book, Lisa Scottline used to have a canvas tote bag made up with the cover on it and would give one to anyone who bought two or more hardcovers at one of her book events. She developed a cadre of fans who loved collecting the bags. Similarly, for years I used Clinique products because I loved getting the bonus-with purchase specials: the tiny make-up cases with samples. Even though I rarely used the little sample products, I bought Clinique religiously for YEARS because of this.

I always thought it would be fun to do something similar with my books, but I wonder if do readers care about that stuff these days?

Here's what I'm thinking: I'd give away either a mini tote bag imprinted with the full color Descent cover with every two books purchased, or a business-card sized magnet with one of the foreign book covers for every book. To get the presents, readers would have to send me proof of purchase (a photo of a paper receipt, or forward a copy of an electronic receipt). I would pay for postage and handling.

Would you like to let me know what you think?  Click here to take survey There's room in the survey to write in answers. Thank you very much!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Cover Reveal!

The Descent now has covers! The one on the left is the US book, which comes out January 7, 2014. The one below right is the UK cover, and the book comes out on January 2nd.

As readers you know that covers are very, very important. Care to share what you think of these two? What these covers say to you? Do you prefer one over the other?

The US will be release in trade paperback, not hardcover. The UK edition will be coming out in the smaller paperback size. They tell me it has to do with the economy, falling book sales, etc. I get it. I do over half my sales in ebooks; I don't mind about the format change.  I hope you don't, either.

Pre-orders are always very helpful. They send a signal to the publisher. You can order the US version on Amazon here, or the UK edition here, if you care to pre-order. Shortly before the book is released, I'll have a link on my website to a local bookstore in Northern Virginia who will be stocking signed copies of my books. Also, if you'd like a signed bookplate, send me your email address at 

Right now, I'm working through the copyedited pages of The Descent. It's one of the last steps in the production process. Your editor usually gives you two weeks to go through a paper copy of the typeset pages to look for typos or make any minor last changes. At this stage, you see what the finished book will look like. It's semi-exciting.

A little over three months out from release day. I'm looking for interesting ideas to promote the book--send me your suggestions! Expect news to pick up a little bit in the coming months on the blog and Facebook. Feel free to ask any questions. And as always, your support is greatly appreciated: please tell your friends, your librarians, your local bookseller.

Monday, September 9, 2013


Congratulations to Terry C-S, winner of COVER OF SNOW. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Thrill Me, Part Two: Win COVER OF SNOW

International Thriller Writers just opened registration early for next year's ThrillerFest and so I thought it was a perfect time to give away another great book I picked up at this year's conference. We gave away TL Costa's Playing Tyler last time; this time around I'm proud to be giving away a copy of COVER OF  SNOW by Jenny Milchman. Jenny is another member of this year's debut class. Her novel came out in January to rave reviews. About the book:

Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide.

The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them.

Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for an explanation—but finds a bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown . . . and its darkest secrets hidden.

Praise for Cover of Snow

“Well-defined characters take us on an emotional roller-coaster ride through the darkest night, with blinding twists and occasionally fatal turns. This is a richly woven story that not only looks at the devastating effects of suicide but also examines life in a small town and explores the complexity of marriage. Fans of Nancy Pickard, Margaret Maron, and C. J. Box will be delighted to find this new author.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Milchman reveals an intimate knowledge of the psychology of grief, along with a painterly gift for converting frozen feelings into scenes of a forbidding winter landscape.”—The New York Times
“Milchman makes [readers] feel the chill right down to their bones and casts a particularly effective mood in this stylish thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Milchman tackles small-town angst where evil can simmer under the surface with a breathless energy and a feel for realistic characters.”—The Seattle Times

“The plot unfolds at an excellent clip . . . ultimately rushing headlong to a series of startling revelations.”—San Francisco Journal of Books

“Milchman expertly conveys Nora’s grief in a way that will warm hearts even in the dead of a Wedeskyull winter.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The contest runs through midnight ET on September 9th. The winner gets a hardcover copy of COVER OF SNOW with signed bookplate and some ThrillerFest swag (a mini notebook and some pens). The contest is open to USA only. Tell your friends!

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