It's been an exciting week for Team Hockensmith! (Team roster: Me.) One project after another has begun to bear fruit. In fact, it's been so bursting with project-fruit around here I feel like a regular cornucopia! I almost expect the Fruit of the Loom guys to come popping out of...wherever they'd pop out of me.
Ew. That took a disturbing turn. Let's just get to the plugs, shall we?
Fruit #1 (the apple): Dear Mr. Holmes, my collection of Holmes on the Range short stories, is finally available as an audio book. You can give it a listen via Audible.com if you go here. The narrator, Barry Campbell, did a great job bringing Big Red and Old Red to life, and anyone who enjoyed the audio books of the novels won't want to miss his fresh take on our heroes.
Fruit #2 (the purple grapes): The new middle-grade mystery/science series I'm writing with Science Bob Pflugfelder has its own Facebook page. Check it out here, "Like" it and leave a comment about your favorite childhood science project and you'll be eligible to win an ARC (advance reader copy) of the first book in the series, Nick and Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab. Or, if you don't feel like taking any chances, you could just go ahead and pre-order the book here.
Fruit #3 (the green grapes): The publicity folks at Quirk Books are so on-the-ball they've already organized a drawing for ARCs of the second book in the series, Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage...and I only finished writing the danged thing, like, two days ago! Go here to throw your metaphorical hat into the cyber-ring.
Fruit #4 (the leaves...though leaves aren't fruit by any stretch of the imagination -- shouldn't the fourth Fruit of the Loom guy be a banana?): After a long absence, I've returned to the pages of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. My story "Sugar" appears in the mag's August issue, which should be on sale any day now. The story's a sorta-kinda prequel to The White Magic Five & Dime, my tarot-themed mystery-for-grownups that'll be published by Midnight Ink next year. Why do I say it's a "sorta-kinda" prequel? That's for me to know and you to find out...assuming you actually read the story and the novel, that is.
Fruit #5 (Wasn't there briefly [so to speak] a fifth Fruit of the Loom guy who was actually a Fruit of the Loom gal? You know -- an actress dressed up like a gourd or something? I half-remember a commercial along those lines, but maybe it was just one of the dumber dreams I've had in my life.): I'm very pleased and excited to announce that...oh, wait. That one's not quite ripe yet. I'll just let it hang on the vine till the next harvest time....