All right, troops. Would someone please explain to me where the entire freakin' month of October disappeared to? I mean, didn't I just do the book launch and signing thing at North by Northwest? How did an entire month go by so fast?
Seriously, this past month was a whirlwind. It started with a pro-level writing workshop here in town, where I helped teach every night after work. In the middle of the two-week workshop we had a very successful book launch, and at the end of the week a senior editor from my publisher came in as a guest instructor.
After which I collapsed - until my husband got sick, and then, well, see that last post about the glamour of the writing life!
One very cool thing happened just before the launch. I got a book release gift from a wonderful friend. Here's the explanation I emailed to our writers loop:
I just got the coolest, funnest "book release gift" ever! Last night Steve
showed up with a special gift from Cindie Geddes to celebrate the release of
SINK TRAP. She had arranged with him to pick up something she had ordered locally for me - and I was simply blown away.
Cindie, I have to say, this gift was unique and it made me laugh!!
What Steve presented me with on Cindie's behalf was a LARGE pipe wrench, which was pretty cool all by itself. But that wasn't all - she had managed to talk the local hardware store guys into engraving the release date for the book on the handle, and the name of my main character on the jaws!
Now, when I say a big wrench, I really mean it. Just look:
Is that totally cool, or what? The victim, er, student in the picture is Michael Bellomo. He wanted his picture taken with me and the wrench, and I really couldn't disappoint him, now could I? Somehow, I see another Georgie plot shaping up... Rest assured, Michael survived, and is now resting comfortably at home in California. He may even come back to Oregon. Someday.
And those books on the table? They have sticky notes on them because they were pre-ordered, which was a good thing, since Sheldon (McArthur, bookseller extraordinare) actually ran out of books and had to take backorders! Doesn't get much better than that.
Steve recovered from his flu, after sharing it with me, and I've recovered, too. There is news about LEAD PIPE CINCH (coming in April), and more maybe-news on the horizon. And maybe the next month won't disappear quite so fast.
Who am I kidding??
Critical praise for Christy!
For "Murder Hooks a Mermaid:"
"Author Christy Fifield creates the kind of characters that stay with you for a long time. Fifield’s new Haunted Souvenir Shop mystery, Murder Hooks a Mermaid has it all: a sunny, relaxed setting, captivating locals, delicious food, and—of course—murder! Delightful amateur sleuth Glory Martine is back with her wisecracking parrot and charming group of friends in this thoroughly entertaining adventure. Don’t miss it."—Julie Hyzy, National Bestselling author of the Manor House Mysteries and the White House Chef Mystery series
"A whodunit with a dose of the supernatural, "Murder Hooks a Mermaid" is a worthy successor to the series opener and showcases Fifield's talents for plotting, characterization and humor." - Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Quirky and unique, a heroine for whom you can't help but root. The story sucks you in." - The Maine Suspect
"With a lovable cast of characters, good conversations and a great setting, this well-written book is a terrific read." -- Dru's Book Musings
For "Murder Buys a T-Shirt:"
A refreshing new sleuth! - Lynne Maxwell, Mystery Scene Magazine
"A fun book that will make the dreariest of days a little brighter! Socrates' great Book Alert" - Socrates' Cozy Cafe
"An entertaining and clever Florida whodunit" - Harriet Klausner
"Hilarious! A great murder mystery with well-written characters" - Paranormal & Romantic Suspense Reviews
For the Georgiana Neverall Series:"Christy Evans will find legions of fans with this new series" - Sheldon McArthur, Lincoln City News Guard
"Funny and entertaining -- a solid mystery filled with likable characters." - RT Book Reviews"
Cute cozy mystery debute -- wry humor -- adorable dogs" -Publisher's Weekly
"Will have you giggling out loud! Four Stars." - Kathy Fisher, The Romance Readers Connection"The Book is good! Keep them coming, Ms. Evans!" - Mystery Scene
"Evans delivers a fast-paced mystery with admirable finesse!" - Sharon Galligar Chance, FreshFiction.com"Christy Evans has a hit on her hands" - Harriet Klausner, Bookreview.com
"Christy Evans is aces. I'll be very suprised if Sink Trap isn't an instant hit with cozy readers!" - CozyLibrary.com