Tuesday, October 30, 2012

News Bits


First off, good thoughts to you and yours who have been affected by tropical storm Sandy. I’ve been glued to the news with a combination of horror and awe. Here’s hoping for power and safety for everyone, and soon.

--- Guest Posts ---

It’s been a busy time around the Hearth, what with deadlines coming up and two books releasing. The first is Deadly Row to Hoe which officially releases in trade paperback and ebook formats on November 8th but is already shipping from Amazon. So today Sophie Mae is a guest over at Killer Characters, talking about Love and a Full Larder.

And while my alter ego, Bailey Cates, doesn’t have a new book out until December, I/she was invited to guest post over at Sirens of Suspense. Stop by and learn how Halloween and witch costumes fit into the next Magical Bakery Mystery, Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti.

--- New Standalone Mystery! ---

I mentioned a new project in my last post, and here’s the deal – I’ve contracted with Midnight Ink for a (presumably) standalone western mystery called Shotgun Moon. It’s set in contemporary times in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. This one’s NOT a cozy, folks, and so no one will confuse it with my other books, I’m planning to publish it under the name KC McRae. It features Merry McCoy, a thirtyish woman who is coming home to her ranch and small town after a four-year stint in a Texas prison. It’ll hit the shelves and e-readers sometime next fall.

--- Goodreads Giveaway ---

If you’re a Goodreads kind of person and want a chance to win a free copy of Deadly Row to Hoe, I’m running a giveaway until November 15th. Just click on the button in the header above to enter. There are five copies on offer.

---Comment Moderation ---

Well, it’s finally happened: the spammers have tracked me down. There have been a series of odd comments, marketing comments on old posts that most people wouldn’t see, and downright evil links that either Blogger or I have removed before most anyone sees. But I’m getting tired of watching for them so have decided to start moderating all comments. Sorry for the short delays that might cause, but it’s for your Internet safety and my peace of mind.

--- Cool Wallpapers ---

I try to change the wallpapers on both of my laptops every week to keep things fresh and interesting. Most of them I pick up from Vlad Studios for free. Check out the site – they have hundreds of fun, creepy, odd, and beautiful illustrations. The Cheshire cat above will be my wallpaper until after Halloween. And no, they’re not paying me to say nice things about them.

Okay, I think that covers the news for today. Have a great Halloween, everyone!


  1. How on earth do you find the time to do all that you do? I need your secret recipe.

  2. Shotgun Moon sounds most intriguing, Cricket...I mean, KC. Can't wait to see what exciting project you come up with next.