Not only am I thrilled that it's nearly springtime after a very long winter, but I'm ecstatic that I'm finally able to share some great news with you all! Since the re-boot of Blue Blood in mid-December did so well, hitting the USA Today Best Selling Books list, Avon has asked for a sixth Debutante Dropout Mystery. Yes, for those of you who've been asking through the years, "When will there be another Andy & Cissy book," I'm here to say VERY SOON! I'm in the process of writing Say Yes to the Death, which will likely be out early in 2015 in paperback. I'm also working on a new cozy series—the River Road Mysteries—for Avon's Witness imprint to be released in digital first, starting with To Helen Back in May (yep, this May!). Two more titles, Mad as Helen and Not a Chance in Helen, will follow in July and September. Those will begin life as e-books and then paperbacks will be available shortly thereafter. And let's not forget Very Bad Things, my YA mystery debut (and my first hardcover original!) due out in October from Delacorte. So after about six years away, I'm diving into the mystery waters head-first! Ah, it feels good to be back.
My husband thinks it's hilarious that I vowed to take time off to be with Emily (who's now 20 months old) and suddenly I have four books coming out in 2014. Well, you can't keep a crazy brain quiet for long. Sometimes it's when you say, "I'm slowing down," that the most interesting (and insane!) things come to pass.
I already have the very cute cover for To Helen Back so I'm sharing it here! What do you think? I love the green! Go bright or go home, I say! Here's the scoop on the "Helen" books: they feature a sleuth who's a cross between Miss Marple and my grandmother, and they're set in a tiny town on the Mississippi River. I just wish my grandma had lived to read the stories. As she was a true mystery aficionado and puzzle enthusiast, she would have gotten a huge kick out of them.
Keep checking back here for more information on the upcoming titles.To see what I'm up to on a day-to-day (or at least week-to-week) basis, find me on Facebook at Susan McBride Books for book-related stuff. Or if you'd prefer more everyday chatter and lots of pics of Emily, friend me at Facebook instead. Either way, I'll see you soon!