Back in the saddle again!

After five weeks of dealing with pertussis, I have advice: if you're over 50, get a tetenus-diptheria-pertussis booster. Immunity from childhood vaccines evidently wears off after a few decades and the disease is making a big come-back. However, I am well now and we've rescheduled the canceled Epitaph tour events on the west coast. For the new dates and venues, click EVENTS! In the meantime, here's a link to a fun interview about Epitaph at the Jesuit magazine America.   ...
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A personal favor?

If you were planning on coming to one of my tour events, please go to the store anyway and buy a copy of Epitaph from them. I am so distressed by having to cancel on these great stores. Please support them! Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchemere Blvd., Shaker Heights OH Powell's Books, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton OR University Bookstore @ UWashington Club, 4020 W. Stevens Way NE Seattle WA Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena CA Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto CA Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco CA Copperfield's Books, 775 Village Ct., Santa Rosa, CA 95405   ...
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Epitaph tour events canceled, March 23-28

If you've followed the Epitaph tour on Facebook, you'll know that I've been traveling sick and getting sicker by the day. I joked about having the Doc Holliday Memorial Cough, but by the time I got to Denver, it was clear that I couldn't keep going. The diagnosis is pertussis, a serious respiratory illness that can last many weeks. The cough is exhausting and painful -- so bad, my doctor did in fact consider it necessary to rule out TB as well. I've been forced to cancel next week's events in Beaverton, Seattle, Pasadena, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Santa Rosa ...
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Apology and tour update

My web guru is trying to consolidate two lists of blog subscribers. The effort seems to be generating random re-sends of earlier blogs. Sorry about that. We'll get the issue sorted out soon. The Epitaph tour is half-completed. I'm now home for a week. Here's a link to the upcoming events ...
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Epitaph Book Tour

Take a look at this schedule!  It's going to be a marathon, but it's a privilege and an honor when a publisher sends an author out on tour. HarperCollins/Ecco is putting some muscle behind Epitaph and I am eager to visit as many stores and book festivals as possible. If your city isn't on the schedule, you can still order signed and personalized copies of all my books from Mac's Backs. If you've ordered Epitaph already, the book will ship on Monday, March 2. Owner Suzanne DeGaetano will continue to take orders for Epitaph while I'm away. I'll get them signed ...
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New book, new look, new content!

March 3 is the official publication date for Epitaph and that was an excuse to reorganize and redesign this website. I wanted something simplified, clean-looking, and easy to navigate. My web designer, Etsuko Dunham, delivered the organization; her artist, Jessica Sandy, came up with quirky, fun graphics. Many thanks to both of them! The book tour for Epitaph begins on March 3, 2015. All the venues and dates are listed on the Events page. The Novels page divides neatly into 19th Century, 20th Century, and 21st Century, with two books each. We have galleries of Historical Figures for all of the overtly ...
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Wow. Just…wow.

My redesigned website will be launching in a week or two, but I couldn't wait to share this review of Epitaph with you -- and with everyone else in the world I can think of, frankly. I have been FLYING since I read it this morning. Publishing a novel is a glacial process. After the final manuscript is submitted to the publisher, there are still dozens of little decisions and tasks for the author. A whole team of people becomes involved with the project -- artists and graphics designers create the look of the book, inside and out, while copy editors ...
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First two reviews of Epitaph!

Have to admit, I flinched at the first sentence, thinking I'd get slammed for too much tedious detail, but then...   Library Journal Starred Review January 1, 2015 In this follow-up to Doc, Russell is on a mission: she will leave no stone unturned, no seemingly tangential character undeveloped, no political maneuver unexamined in order to chip away at the pristine image of Wyatt Earp, Western Law Man. Unlike Earp’s Vendetta Ride, though, her motivation is not vindictive; instead, she uses what must have been a staggering amount of research for something nobler. She wants to reveal truth where it has been obfuscated for ...
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Small Business Saturday: November 29th

Instead of fighting the crowds on Black Friday, consider ordering signed books from your local independent bookseller. IndieBound.org has a list of authors signing books at stores around the country on Small Business Saturday. I won't be in a store on Saturday, but my local shop is Mac's Backs -- Books on Coventry (Cleveland Heights, Ohio). Owner Suzanne DeGaetano can provide you with signed and personalized copies of my novels. Click that link and leave instructions for personalization in the Comments box at the end of the order screen. You can also pre-order signed first edition, hardcover copies of Epitaph from ...
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Writer Tech: Not an Easy Game to Play

Have you ever had that dream where you signed up for a college course and forgot about it until you had to take the final exam? Last night, I had the more mature version. I'd forgotten that I was supposed to give a lecture about new research in cognition. I was frantic because I hadn't prepared anything and wasn't an expert, but I had to speak to a big academic group in a few hours. What set that off? Probably last week's trip to Chicago to speak at the Illinois Institute of Technology. My talk was about The Sparrow, but it ...
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