Summer Wrap-Up: Readers Coffeehouse Giveaway

This past week I was able to participate in the big Readers Coffeehouse Great Big Book Giveaway. If you’re not familiar with Readers Coffeehouse, you can check out all their fabulous reader and reading posts on their Facebook page. With over 13,000 members and founded by a powerhouse group of authors (including Laura Drake, Kimberly Belle, and Catherine Ryan Hyde), it’s a meeting place online for anyone who loves books, loves talking about books, and loves to talk to other people about the books they’re loving right now (sounds like a perfect fit for the likes of you and me, right?)!

When I found out the Readers Coffeehouse was offering authors a chance to participate in their annual Giveaway, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interact with so many passionate readers. All the instructions offered to authors mentioned the importance of turning OFF your Facebook notifications for the day, as the response to the Giveaway is so strong that you’d be driven crazy by the constant pinging of likes and comments flooding in. Even with this reminder, though, I wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming (and awesome!) response offered by Readers Coffeehouse members to the Giveaways posted by myself and many other authors.

I decided to offer two giveaways: One for my first novel (A Flash of Red), and a second for my upcoming thriller out in November with Bloodhound Books (It Was Always You). For both, I received several hundred comments and likes, which was just incredible. Seeing them stream in over the day was such an affirming experience. Anyone who writes knows that it can often be a lonely and defeating slog, so having a day where I was able to interact with hundreds of readers who were excited about my novels was an absolute joy. Readers Coffeehouse is truly a special group of book lovers!


After contacting the winners (chosen randomly) at the end of the day, I prepped my packages to send out to the lucky five readers. For my debut thriller, A Flash of Red, I’ve included a signed copy of the novel, a bookmark, and a personalized note for each winner. Is there anything more fun than getting book mail ready to send?


I’m off to the post office to send them on their merry ways, heading out to Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, and North Carolina (even South Africa for one excited winner). I want to give a big thank you to Readers Coffeehouse for this opportunity to connect with readers–what a treat it has been!

I’ll definitely see you next year for the Big Book Giveaway…until then, Happy Reading!

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Big News!

It seems one can anticipate big news coming for an author whenever they update their author photos, and it’s true. . .I’ve got new author photos and NEWS!

First off, a big thank you to my very talented friend, Peter, for the lovely snaps he did for me to update my own head shot. The one below was my favorite, but my session with Peter resulted in several other photos where I look rather author-ly, and I’ve included them below for fun.


So, the news beyond the fact that my head shot now features me as a brunette?

Here it is:

I’ve signed with the indomitable Bloodhound Books!

They will publish my new novel, the thriller It Was Always You, in November 2019, with two subsequent books coming shortly thereafter. You can read the official press release here.

I am very excited for this next chapter of my writing career, and am grateful to have the opportunity to join ranks with so many other talented authors at Bloodhound Books.

This is my “What do you mean, you didn’t proofread your APA citations?” face. My students may or may not know it well. 🙂

If you’re not familiar with Bloodhound Books, check out their site here. Looking for a thrilling read? All their current books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in digital and paperback, and most titles also offer audiobook options.

Peter suggested this shot with the puzzle (my family always has one going at our house) as a metaphor for the twisty plots in my books. . .

If new author photos are a must when a new book deal comes through, so is an updated bio. I had a lot of fun writing mine up, and true to form, Bloodhound Books already has it up on their website. They are a crack team of publishing professionals, and collaborating with them so far has been a dream. I can’t wait to see what the next months have to offer, as we work through the final edits on It Was Always You.

And now, back to writing!