Instead of fighting the crowds on Black Friday, consider ordering signed books from your local independent bookseller. 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 Suzanne. She’ll ship them to you in March when the book is published.

And on December 6 from 4-5 PM, I’ll be helping Loganberry Books in Shaker Square (Shaker Heights, Ohio) celebrate their 20th anniversary. Cake, coffee, and books! Who could ask for anything more?