Here at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist, luggage is being packed, tickets checked and outfits mended, washed and ironed. Why? Because I am going on tour! Well…a blog tour, that is.
Several very talented blogger friends whose work I truly admire have been kind enough to allow me to make “tour stops” at their blogs to celebrate the release of B-Very Flat. Imagine! A tour without uncomfortable hotel rooms, exhausting and frustrating air travel, and lost suitcases! What could be better?
Here are the “tour stops” I’ve lined up so far. If anyone would like to host another stop, please do send me an Email (the button is to the right of this page) and let me know.
11 May – My tour kicks off in grand style with a profile on Chris Well’s terrific blog, The Thrill of it All. His blog is chock-full of crime fiction news, author profiles and much more. It’s well worth following.
21 May – I’m making a stop at Ingrid King’s wonderful blog, The Conscious Cat. Ingrid is a true expert on animals, especially cats, and her blog is a must-follow if you’re a pet-lover. She’s got so much valuable information and advice. I’ll be blogging there about cats in crime fiction. There are a lot of them, in case you didn’t know, and some of the stories are wonderful.
10 June – I’ll be visiting Elizabeth Spann Craig’s award-winning blog, Mystery Writing is Murder. As most of you know, Elizabeth is a highly talented mystery novelist whose Myrtle Craig series is one of my favorites. She’s also got a new series featuring restaurant owner Lulu Taylor. I’ll be blogging about story frames, and sharing the frame I used to build B-Very Flat. Writers, this is one of the finest writing blogs there is. Period.
16 June – I’m excited that I’ll be stopping at Mason Canyon’s wonderful book blog, Thoughts in Progress. Mason’s blog features a wide variety of guest authors, many of whom have been new to me, so I love “meeting” authors there. She also does terrific book reviews and always has interesting questions to ponder. Book lovers, this is a rich resource! Since my Joel Williams series takes place in and around the college campus setting, I’ll be blogging about campus settings, giving some examples, and talking about what a good context they are for mysteries.
21 June – On this stop, I’ll be visiting Alan Orloff’s very helpful A Million Blogging Monkeys. Alan’s novel, Diamonds for the Dead, has just been released, and he’s working now on his Channing Hayes mystery series, the first of which is scheduled to be released early next year. Alan’s blog is a must-follow if you’re a writer. He takes up all sorts of topics, from marketing, to E-books, to handling promotion, and more. At this stop, I’ll be blogging about., well, my blog. I’ll be talking about my own process of blog-writing. And, oh yeah, about B-Very Flat, too.
25 June – This stop will have me heading north to the home of Elspeth Antonelli’s wonderful writing blog, It’s a Mystery. Elspeth is a talented writer of mystery games and she’s also creating a terrific-sounding mystery series of her own. I look forward to reading it. Elspeth’s blog is an honest, funny, helpful, and supportive resource for writers. I’m honored that I’ll be there. I’ll be blogging about some of the “writing demons” we writers face, and that I faced when I wrote B-Very Flat. I’m hoping that what I did to conquer those “demons” will be helpful.
So there you have it. I do hope you’ll pack up your psychedelic-painted micro-buses and follow me. My hosts have assured me that tailgating is fine, provided you clean up after yourselves ; ).
*NOTE: The title of this post is a line from the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour.