UPDATE: Time announced for San Antonio signing

The schedule for the Writers’ League of Texas booth at the San Antonio Book Festival was released over the weekend, and I will be selling/signing books from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on April 6 at the WLT booth at the San Antonio Central Library, located at 600 Soledad St.

I will be at the booth with Jessica Hagemann, who recently released Headcheese, and Joan Moran with her novel, An Accidental Cuban.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of the San Antonio Book Festival, and I hope that those of you in the area on April 6 (a Saturday) can get there early and come see me!

Announcing my Spring 2019 Texas Book Tour!

We’ve been working to finalize the details, and while one time is still not quite scheduled, I’m incredibly pleased to announce the schedule for my Spring 2019 Texas Book Tour!

I will be signing copies of DEEP BACKGROUND (and giving one discussion) in two of the biggest cities in the lone star state, two book festivals, a Barnes & Noble and one of the hottest new local bookstores in West Texas.

I really can’t wait to get started seeing folks I know and meeting new friends on the road starting March 23 and going almost every weekend through April!

Tour dates

BREAKING: The audiobook for DEEP BACKGROUND has been released!

I’ve waited months to say this: The audiobook for my debut novel, DEEP BACKGROUND, is finally available!

You can find it on Audible, the website and mobile app that’s considered the top distributor of audiobooks in the world. Audible is an Amazon company, so you can also buy it there.

Longtime stage and voice actor Steve Zarro narrated the audiboook, which was published by New York City-based Beacon Audiobooks. Its runtime is 6 hours, 46 minutes.

So, to recap, Deep Background is now available in paperback (in stock at Burrowing Owl Books in Canyon and Barnes and Noble in Amarillo; on all major bookselling websites; via my publisher, Black Rose Writing; and on my website, where I’ll sign and dedicate it to you), Kindle (Amazon), and now audiobook.

Right now Audible and Amazon are where you can get the audio version (which is a unique experience, even if you’ve read it; I’ve done that with a few books now and enjoyed it), but you’ll also be able to get it direct from Beacon Audiobooks and on iTunes soon.

This is the biggest news today, but not the biggest news I’ll be announcing this week! I would do it at the same time, but I wanted to give this announcement its own day, because I am overjoyed right now.

A Friday of firsts

As a longtime print journalist, I admit my relationship with TV news channels was, at one time, somewhat antagonistic. We wanted to scoop them, and we weren’t happy when they reported something we didn’t have.

But as an author, the TV news morning shows, which tend I think of as their version of the newspaper’s Arts & Entertainment section, are important. So when the opportunity arose to be on NewsChannel 10’s 2nd Cup at 9 a.m. on Friday, I was excited. It would be my first appearance on television promoting my fiction (or for any reason at all).

I am fortunate to have had some training in public speaking, though this wasn’t exactly the same. And, while I used a few too many “likes,” I am happy with how it went. I think having a great host like Ali Allison was important.

One of the main reasons I wanted to be on a local TV morning show was to plug my signing at Barnes & Noble later that night.

The signing at Barnes & Noble wasn’t my first. But it was my first at the world’s largest bookseller, so there is, at least in my mind, a major prestige factor involved with signing at a Barnes & Noble.

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I will make my television debut on Friday morning

I will be leading off Amarillo’s NewsChannel 10 2nd Cup morning show at 9 a.m. Friday.

Stashed away among the cobwebs of my brain is the memory of being one of many children in a local television commercial. It was likely in Maine or New York. I also remember doing a short interview, along with some friends, on a local radio station in one of those locations. I believe I was on the local Little League All-Star team. I said my favorite hobby was sleeping.

As an adult, I have been behind a cellphone trying hard to frame out the covered body behind a detective sergeant holding a news conference at a homicide scene. I have also gotten footage of a tractor-trailer half hanging out of the McDonald’s on Amarillo Boulevard.

But I have never been in front of a television camera for any reason.

Until Friday at 9 a.m.

I was booked this morning as a guest on Amarillo’s NewsChannel 10 (KFDA-TV, local CBS affiliate) 2nd Cup morning show. I will be leading off the show at 9 a.m. and speaking with Ali Allison (left in the image at the top of this post). We will discuss my debut novel, Deep Background (https://amzn.to/2MIWQPn), my signing that night at Barnes & Noble (https://www.facebook.com/events/2275373845828045) and whatever else we want to.

I am mostly excited, but also a bit nervous. But I’m determined to enjoy this new experience. I’m not sure if they put out video clips of segments or not. If they do, I will be sure to post it. Either way, I will write about it and let you know how bad the butterflies got before they counted down behind the cameras.