So, Texas Gothic comes out today.
I'm just a little excited about that. I would like to pretend I'm all blasé about a new book release and ho hum, it's my fifth book so whatever.
But the fact is, I'm all tied up with nerves and hopes and fears and more hopes...
This is the book my dad and I plotted together when I was sixteen. This is the one I started first, the high school boyfriend I left behind when I went to college, but eventually met up with again. The setting is an eyes-open love letter to the place I grew up, not perfect, but beautiful and full of people and things that, good or bad, you won't find anywhere else.
There's so much of me in this book. There's spitfire romance and matinee adventure and family dramady. There's forensic anthropology and paranormal investigation. There's girl power and there's boy crazy. There's Sonic cherry limeade and Dr Pepper and Shiner beer and coffee and chocolate chip cookies. There's nods to Mrs. Radcliffe, Kathy Reichs, and Carolyn Keene. And yes, even to Scooby Doo.
Amy Goodnight is full of neuroses and awesome, who plunges into danger with a sense of righteousness and a bottle of Purell. Is it any wonder I feel so close to this book?
So, for me, book release day isn't just about "will the book perform well," or even about "will people like it." A book is a collaborative effort, in a way. I put all these things in there, and ask you, the reader, to come along to the story. You bring your own experiences, which enhance and nuance the story so it becomes unique to you, too. So the excitement, in a way, is anticipation of what readers will take away from the book, and hope that it's a wonderful shared experience.
Or, they will think I'm a nut. That's okay, too, I guess. As long as they enjoy the read.
You can get Texas Gothic at your local retailer. (Ask for it if they don't have it on the shelf. It may have sold out already and we want them to order more!) It's also available in all e-reader formats and from online booksellers. There's a whole list of online retailer links here.
Or ask for it at your local library! You don't have to buy a book to help an author. Letting your librarian know there's a demand for the book is important!
Here's a list of my upcoming signings and appearances!
Saturday, July 16th at 1pm: Barnes and Noble at the Parks Mall in Arlington, TX.
Saturday, August 6th at 2 pm: Barnes and Noble at the Shops at North East Mall in Hurst, TX.
Saturday, August 20 at 4:30pm: Murder by the Book in Houston, TX.
August 26-28: ArmadilloCon in Austin, TX
September 23-25: FenCon in Dallas, TX