Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Borders in Dekalb - January 9th

I'll re-post the Book Launch Party information as we get closer, but today I want to post notice of another book event. This one will be held at the Borders in Dekalb, IL on Friday night, January 9th. I'll be signing books there along with Michael A. Black - and in between, we'll be introducing the eight bands scheduled to perform that night.

The evening is billed as a "Couples' Night Out" in Dekalb. and it truly looks like it will be a special event. Even though Mike and I are not a "couple" (Curt would have a little to say about that - LOL), we're thrilled to be part of the "entertainment" (oh, and I promise not to sing!)

Visit the MySpace page for more information:

January 9, 2009
Borders Dekalb
815-758-8771 (for more information)
The fun starts at 6:00

Mike and I will be signing copies of DEAD RINGER and we will both be signing copies of our individual books as well.

Thanks! Hope to see you there!
Bring a date ...

Monday, December 29, 2008

You are invited!

You're invited to my book launch party for HAIL TO THE CHEF, the second in the White House Chef Mystery series:

Saturday, January 24th
Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison
Forest Park, IL
2:00 - 4:00-ish


In addition to HAIL, Augie (independent bookstore owner extraordinaire) will also have copies of DEAD RINGER available.

Even though the book was released in December, I realize that most people don't have time to attend a booksigning during the holiday season. I postponed this launch in the hope that everyone can make it. We'll have Ollie- approved appetizers and snacks and maybe even some wine.

I hope to see you there. If you feel like it, drop me a line and let me know if you can come!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Book of the Week!!

Wonderful news today!!
David Montgomery named Hail to the Chef as his choice for Book of the Week on his Crime Fiction Dossier site. Take a look:

I'm really excited and I hope you get a chance to take a look and leave a comment. I'm sure David will appreciate that! I know I love it when people leave comments here. Which reminds me -- I wish I could e-mail new folks who leave comments, whose e-mail addresses I don't have. (Hi, Jen! a/k/a Homebrewer)

Hope you're enjoying the season!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Just a reminder - Bucky's Brussels Sprouts

For first-time visitors - here's a hint: If you're interested in the recipe for Bucky's Brussels Sprouts (yum!), which didn't make it into State of the Onion - please check out this blog's archives for August. The recipe is there.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Manuscript is In!

Now I can truly appreciate the holiday season. The manuscript for book #3 of the White House Chef series is turned in and I'm feeling relaxed. (Well, except for the fact that I haven't done any shopping yet!)

Book #3 will most likely undergo a title change, but I turned it in as EGGSECUTIVE ORDERS and it takes place leading up to (and including) the White House Easter Egg Roll. This one was a little bit different from the prior two because I was able to explore Ollie's family. Her mother and nana come in to D.C. from Chicago (no, not for the inauguration), and get caught up in Ollie's adventure.

As I mentioned before, President Campbell is still running the country in this series, but if I get the opportunity to write more Ollie stories, I'll take her through an election and transition. Should be fun.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy this beautiful season!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Hail to the Chef releases today!

I'm very excited. And nervous, of course. Bringing out a new book is like sending the baby to kindergarten. You hope everybody likes her and she doesn't get picked on ;-)

This is also the beginning of my December blogging. I've changed my color scheme to "decorate" because this blog will be part of the "Parade of Sites" sponsored by Writerspace.

I hope to figure out a few more cool things to add, as we get closer to "parade" day.

But in the meantime ... I'm just excited. I plan to visit the bookstore today. Fingers crossed that Hail will be there.