Friday, January 7, 2011

Alaska-Based Mystery Author, Legal expert, Sci-Fi Juggernaut, Former Special Ops and FBI Agents, and more!!!

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February 1
in conversation with Diana GabaldonDiana_Gabaldon_2009 
Stabenow signs Though Not Dead (St Martins $25.99) and a hardcover reissue of her FIRST Kate Shugak novel, A Cold Day for Murder (Poisoned Pen Press $24.95)
Dana Stabenow, award-winning author of the Kate Shugak mysteries, the Liam Campbell mysteries, and three science fiction novels, also writes an acclaimed column for Alaska magazine. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was born and raised.
Dana has literally, always been ahead of here time. Her first novels were science fiction, and she continues her fascination with the future by staying on the cutting edge. She was the first author to be webcast live from The Pen. (It may have been her idea..) She was also one of the first authors to write a post for our blog.
Visit her website to find out more… 
This event will be available online as a webcast!

February 2
Jance signs Fatal Error (Touchstone $25.99), book six in the Sedona-set Alison Reynolds series
J.A. Jance is the New York Times-bestselling author of the series featuring Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady; the J. P. Beaumont series; three interrelated thrillers featuring the Walker family; and Ali Reynolds series. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona

This event will be available online as a webcast!

February 8

*LA Times Book Prize Winner*
signs Cypress House ($24.99 Little, Brown)
Michael Koryta (pronounced ko-ree-ta) is the author of six novels, most recently So Cold the River. His work has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Great Lake Books Award, and St. Martin's Press/PWA Best First Novel prize, and has been nominated for the Edgar, Quill, Shamus and Barry awards. His novel Envy the Night was selected as a Reader's Digest condensed book. Koryta’s books have been translated into nearly twenty languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta graduated from Indiana University with a degree in criminal justice.
This event will be available online as a webcast!

February 9
Goldstone signs Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Civil Rights 1865-1903 (Walker $26)
“A furious indictment of the Supreme Court as an accessory to the anti-democratic machinations of Gilded Age elites.”—Kirkus Reviews
Despite a seemingly incurable tendency to say what's on his mind (thus mortifying wife Nancy), Goldstone has been widely interviewed on both radio and television, with appearances on, among others, "To the Best of Our Knowledge" (NPR), "The Faith Middleton Show" (NPR), "Tavis Smiley" (PBS), and Leonard Lopate (WNYC). His work has also been profiled in The New York Times, The Toronto Star, numerous regional newspapers, as well as online venues such as Salon, and Slate.

February 10
Willig signs The Orchid Affair (Dutton $25.95), a new adventure in the Pink Carnation series (of spies during the Napoleonic wars as studied by a modern scholar)
Lauren Willig is the bestselling author of seven previous Pink Carnation novels. She received a graduate degree in English history from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
This event will be available online as a webcast!

February 12
Ellis signs Breach of Trust (Putnam $25.95)
David Ellis recently served as the House Prosecutor who convicted former Governor Rod Blagojevich in the impeachment trial before the Illinois Senate. He is currently the Chief Legal Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.  A 1993 graduate of Northwestern Law School, Dave worked in private practice for thirteen years, focusing on constitutional law and commercial litigation. 

Line of Vision, Dave's first novel, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. Since then, he has published Life Sentence, Jury of One, In the Company of Liars, Eye of the Beholder and The Hidden Man.

February 13
Bova signs Leviathans of Jupiter (Tor $24.99), The Grand Tour #13
A living legend of science fiction, Dr. Bova’s accomplishments, awards and experiences are too numerous to list … He was the science analyst on CBS Morning News, taught science fiction at Harvard University, predicted the Space Race of the 1960s, solar power satellites, the discovery of organic chemicals in interstellar space, virtual reality, human cloning, the Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars), the discovery of life on Mars, stem cell therapy, the discovery of ice on the Moon, and electronic book publishing.
He is also the bestselling author of dozens of classic science fiction novels. For a complete list, please visit Bova’s website:  
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February 15
Rosenfelt signs a new thriller, On Borrowed Time (St Martins $24.99). He'll be back with a new Andy Carpenter in the summer. Publication Party with Cake and Prizes.
Rosenfelt graduated New York University then decided to work in the movie business. After being interviewed by his uncle, who was the President of United Artists, he was hired and worked his way up the corporate culture.[1] Rosenfelt eventually became the marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures. He married and had two children during this period.[1]
Rosenfelt left the corporate industry and wrote screenplays for movies and television. He turned to writing novels and has become quite successful in that genre.[1] In 1995, he and his wife started the "Tara Foundation" which has saved almost 4,000 dogs. He is a dog lover and supports more than two dozen dogs.[1]
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February 15
Zeltserman signs Outsourced (Serpent's Tail $14.95)
In the space of a few short years, Dave Zeltserman has established himself as one of the reigning masters of hardboiled crime fiction.  Novels such as SMALL CRIMES, PARIAH and KILLER helped put Zeltserman on the map,
combining the intensity of Pelecanos and with the raw psychosis of Jim Thompson.  Now, with OUTSOURCED, Zeltserman takes common ingredients from our failing economy - a group of out-of-work computer programmers, and sets them on a doom-ridden course of crime and wreckage....what's not to like?"  
Dave Zeltserman lives in the Boston area with his wife, Judy. He is a die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan, and when he's not writing crime fiction, he spends his time working on his black belt in Kung Fu.

February 19
Stanley signs The Curse Maker (St Martins $25), second in her Roman Britain series set in the spa town of Bath
Kelli Stanley is an award-winning author of crime fiction (novels and short stories). She makes her home in Dashiell Hammett’s San Francisco, a city she loves to write about.
Kelli earned a Master’s Degree in Classics, loves jazz, old movies, battered fedoras, Art Deco and speakeasies. She is walked daily by a Springer Spaniel named Bertie. She credits Raymond Chandler, Ernest Hemingway, Cornell Woolrich, Dashiell Hammett and Thomas Hardy as some of her major influences.
February 22nd
in conversation with Jim Sallis
McDonald signs One True Sentence (St Martins, $25.99)
Edgar®—nominee Craig McDonald is an award-winning journalist, editor and fiction writer. His short fiction has appeared in literary magazines, anthologies and several online crime fiction sites.
His debut novel, Head Games, was published by Bleak House Books in September 2007. Head Games was selected as a 2008 Edgar®—nominee for Best First Novel by an American Author. Head Games was also a finalist for the Anthony, Gumshoe and Crimespree Magazine awards for best first novel.
His nonfiction books include Art in the Blood, a collection of interviews with 20 major crime authors which appeared in 2006, and Rogue Males: Conversations and Confrontations About the Writing Life, a second collection of interviews published by Bleak House Books in 2009.
McDonald was also a contributor to the NYT's nonfiction bestseller, Secrets of the Code. He recently won national awards for his profiles of crime novelists James Crumley, Daniel Woodrell, James Sallis and Elmore Leonard.

February 23
Signs Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree (Viking $24.95)
Nancy Atherton is a dark-haired American with a generally unwrinkled face, a beaming smile, and befuddled hazel eyes, who lives in a plain white house in a tranquil, rural corner of Illinois. She comes from a large, gregarious family (five brothers and two sisters!) and enjoys socializing as much as she enjoys solitude.

February 24
*Former Special Ops and FBI Event*
Taylor signs One Rough Man (Dutton $25.95)
Boyd signs signs Agent X (Morrow $25.99)
Brad was born on Okinawa, Japan, but grew up on 40-acres in rural Texas.  Graduating from the University of Texas, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry.  Brad served for more than 21 years, retiring as a Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel.  During that time he held numerous Infantry and Special Forces positions, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta where he commanded multiple troops and a squadron.  He has conducted operations in support of US national interests in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other classified locations.
His final assignment was as the Assistant Professor of Military Science at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.  He holds a Master’s of Science in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, with a concentration in Irregular Warfare.  When not writing, he serves as a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies.  He lives in Charleston, SC with his wife and two daughters.
Noah Boyd (aka Paul Lindsay) graduated from MacMurray College in 1968 and served a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Marine Corps infantry officer. He later joined the FBI and worked in the Detroit office for twenty years. He is the author of five other novels -- Freedom to Kill; Code Name: Gentkill; Witness to the Truth; The Fuehrer's Reserve; and Traps. He lives in Rye, New Hampshire.
This event will be available online as a webcast!

February 26
Lisa McMann
Lisa McMann, is the locally based author of the New York Times bestsellers WAKE and FADE. The third book in the trilogy, GONE, is scheduled for February of 2010. This trilogy is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Janie who gets sucked into other people's dreams.
Lisa grew up in Michigan and now lives in Arizona with my husband, two kids, dog, and cat.

February 28
signs Gideon's Sword  ($26.99 Grand Central) the first book in his new series co-authored by Lincoln Child.
Douglas Preston was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1956, and grew up in the deadly boring suburb of Wellesley. His first job was as an editor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. His stint at the museum resulted in his first nonfiction book, Dinosaurs in the Attic, as well as his first novel, Relic, co-authored with Lincoln Child, which was made into a movie by Paramount Pictures. Relic was followed by a string of other thrillers co-written with Child, many featuring eccentric FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast. Preston spends his free time riding horses in New Mexico and gunkholing around the Maine coast in an old lobster boat. He counts in his ancestry the poet Emily Dickinson, the newspaperman Horace Greeley, and the infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough.
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March 1 Rhys Bowen 
signs Bless the Bride (Minotaur $24.99) at a Champagne Launch Party (OK, maybe we'll add green beer for Irish color)
Rhys Bowen's mysteries have been nominated for every major mystery award, including the Edgar for best novel, and she has won nine of them. She currently writes the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring a feisty Irish immigrant woman. In 1997 she began a new, lighter series, this one about a minor royal in 1930s England. The first book was called Her Royal Spyness. It has been described as Bridget Jones meets Charade as told by Nancy Mitford and described in a Booklist starred review as "A smashing romp." The first book has appeared on many bestseller lists and award nomination slates, including the Dilys award for the book that independent booksellers most enjoyed selling.

March 2 Joanne Fluke

signs Devil's Food Cake Murder (Kensington $24)
  While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as: a public school teacher, a psychologist, a musician, a private detective's assistant, a corporate, legal, and pharmaceutical secretary, a short order cook, a florist's assistant, a caterer and party planner, a computer consultant on a now-defunct operating system, a production assistant on a TV quiz show, half of a screenwriting team with her husband, and a mother, wife, and homemaker.
   She now lives in Southern California with her husband, her kids, his kids, their three dogs, one elderly tabby, and several noisy rats in the attic.

March 3 Rick Goeld

signs Sex, Lies, and Soybeans ($13.95)
Rick Goeld was born in New York City, and grew up in Miami, Florida. He earned an engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and then went into the field of high-tech electronics. “I was a nerd, with slide rule, pocket protector, and coke-bottle glasses.” He eventually “outgrew his nerdiness” and became the vice president at two different companies.
“A few years ago, the corporate flunkies got tired of my act and put me on the street. I asked myself: Self, what should I do next? Since my main interests were sex, sports, reading fiction, sex, old-time rock-and-roll, classic movies, and sex, I decided to become a writer. I started out writing short stories, but you've got to be "literary" to get short stories published, and, anyway, there's no money in them, so ... I decided to write novels.”

Signs Night Vision (Putnam $25.95). Note 5 pm time to allow baseball fans to come after spring training games
Randy’s novels featuring marine biologist Doc Ford and quirky pal, Tomlinson, have enjoyed a growing cult following since the first book appeared in 1990.  Randy was a light-tackle fishing guide at Tarpon Bay Marina, Sanibel Island for 13-years, did more than 3,000 charters, and draws heavily on those experiences for his novels about Dr. Marion Ford and friends at Dinkin’s Bay.

  Randy’s sixteenth novel, DEAD SILENCE, was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in the Spring of 2009 to reviews that cemented his position as "one of the hottest writers in America" (Booklist).

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