Ack, I shouldn't have whined about missing snow in St. Louis, as we ended up getting almost 6” this past weekend. Although it's really pretty to look at, I don't figure it'll stick around long. Tomorrow will be in the 50s. I am starting to dream of warmer temps and getting my hands dirty, working on landscaping. In the meantime, I'm having fun with Emily and sneaking in work in any spare (ha!) moments.
Some very fun news to share: my young adult mystery, Very Bad Things, which came out in hardcover from Random House last October, will be released as a trade paperback this October! I'm excited that folks who don't buy HCs—and don't like e-books—will have a chance to read this one in soft cover. Booklist raved about VBT's "dramatic, twisting revelations and a white-knuckled climax" and Publishers Weekly called it "fast-paced…absorbing…a tightly-wound mystery." So I hope, if you're a mystery fan, you'll give it a read!
More happy news on the book front: I've got the final cover for Say Yes to the Death, and I'm sharing it with you here! Say Yes is the return of (bumbling) mother-daughter sleuthing duo, Cissy & Andy Kendricks from my Debutante Dropout Mystery series (out September 29, 2015 from HarperCollins). Don't you love it? I recently returned the copy edit for the book, and I am so, so pleased. If you're a diehard Deb Dropout reader or a new reader, I think you're going to like this one! It'll be out as a mass market paperback and e-book simultaneously, and you can pre-order either right now. Hop on over to my Books page for links!
Though I swore I wouldn't do gigs this year, my lovely editor at HC invited me to appear at one of Avon's KissCon events coming to St. Charles, MO, on March 28. So I will have to tear myself away from Emily for an afternoon, but it sounds like a lot of fun. Here's a link to more details and, if you're in the area, I hope to see you there!
Finally, I'm still working through edits on Gloves Off, the third of my non-mystery Debs series from Random House. It's taking me a little longer than I thought, but I want it to be perfect since readers have had to wait so long for its release. Stay-tuned for more info on the cover art and a pub date. Those should be coming soon!
I hope you're braving the winter and gearing up for spring. I have a feeling we're all ready for the sunshine (and flowers and trips to the park!). For more up-to-the-minute scoop, you can like Susan McBride Books and/or friend me on my personal page at Facebook (where you'll find lots of pics of Miss Emily!).