A number of months back, I blogged about various irons in the fire that weren't hot enough to discuss yet. Well, a few of them are finally scorching, so it's time to share.
*First up, from publishing industry deal watcher Publishers Marketplace:
NYT bestselling author of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls; and the Holmes on the Range mysteries Steve Hockensmith and tarot expert Lisa Falco's THE WHITE MAGIC FIVE & DIME, a new series featuring a reformed con woman who discovers she has a talent for tarot card reading (and amateur crime solving) when she investigates the death of her mother -- an unreformed con woman who scammed the gullible by posing as a psychic, to Terri Bischoff at Midnight Ink, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, by Josh Getzler at Hannigan Salky Getzler (NA).
The gist of all that: I've got a new mystery series! There are a lot of details to iron out still, so I don't know when the first book will be available. But as soon as I know, you will, too. (Assuming you keep coming back here to get the news.)
*Next, we've got this via Publishers Lunch: an announcement about the new series of middle-grade mystery/science books I'm doing with Science Bob Pflugfelder. So anyone who's ever called me childish...well, maybe you were onto something, but at least I'm finally making it pay off. Oh, and ignore that cover, by the way. The fine folks at Quirk Books have cooked up something much cooler -- which I hope to reveal here soon.
*Don't think I've forgotten about you, "Holmes on the Range" fans! There are irons still warming in that particular fire. The one I can talk about is this: An audiobook of the "Holmes on the Range" short story collection, Dear Mr. Holmes, is on the way courtesy of some generous help from the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX). ACX helped me rope in the narrator I wanted -- a talented gentleman by the name of Barry Campbell -- and very, very soon you'll be able to hear his unique approach to Big Red and Old Red. You can go here to get a feel for Barry's work. It was his take on Macklin's Women by J.R. Roberts that won me over.
*And finally, the opposite of news: a look back. In honor of National Library Week, I've written an essay for the Quirk Books blog about my favorite library in the world...one that now only exists in my memory (and the memories of anyone else who grew up in my little corner of Southern Indiana). It might not be the hottest link I've posted here today, but it's the one with the warmest spot in my heart....