When Van Halen or AC/DC or whoever went on tour back in the day, it was probably like Sherman's March to the Sea, only with more booze, bigger hair and "Jump" for an anthem instead of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." (The amount of burning, looting and pillaging stayed about the same, I'm guessing.) When I go on tour, it's a little more demure. There's no booze (unless you're drinking some right now), the hair isn't especially big (though I could use a trip to Supercuts) and the anthem is...I don't know, actually. "Paperback Writer"? "Everyday I Write the Book"? (If only I could write that fast. Sigh. For me it's more like "Everyday for About Nine Months I Write the Book.") "Love Theme from 'The Price Is Right'"?
Or maybe the anthem should be "Our House," because when I tour these days I don't leave mine. Instead of hauling my ass from semi-empty store to semi-empty store to sign stock and read excerpts to the embarrassed staff member assigned to keep me company, I do all my "events" at book blogs. Throughout April I'll be popping up on various websites to flog my newest novel with Lisa Falco, Give the Devil His Due: A Tarot Mystery. Which is bad news for my poor brain -- it's hard enough coming up with enough to say once a month so I can keep my own website reasonably fresh -- but good news for you.
The fine folks at Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours organized Hockenpalooza '17, you see, and they've made sure that each stop includes fresh content and a giveaway [update: now ended] for copies of Give the Devil His Due. So get ready to rock, Cleveland (and everywhere else)! Here's where you can find me:
- Babs Book Bistro: review
- Island Confidential: guest post on writing with a partner
- Teresa Trent Author Blog: interview
- Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf: review
- Sleuth Cafe: guest post offering other writers free ideas for cozy series
- A Holland Reads: guest post on being a dude who likes cozies
- Bibliophile Reviews: review
- StoreyBook Reviews: guest post on writing advice (and how much I dislike it)
- Varietats: review
- Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book: interview
- Under Cover of Midnight: guest post
- I Read What You Write: review
- A Blue Million Books: guest post on the inspirations for the Tarot Mystery series
There'll be one extra-special bonus stop: the equivalent of Van Halen playing a surprise "secret show" at some grungy club. It'll include not only another giveaway [update: now ended] -- this one for Give the Devil His Due and more -- but an exclusive sneak preview of my next book, as well. And only subscribers to my email newsletter are invited. Which might sound mean, but hey: You could always sign up for the newsletter, you know.
Did you like my use of bolding in the previous paragraph, by the way? That's a trick I picked up from direct mail solicitations. Who says I don't know anything about marketing!
Oh, wait. I do.
Anyway -- goodnight, Cleveland!