two months of Kate!

Well, GIRL IN DISGUISE has passed the two-month mark, and at the same time, it also hit 200 reviews and 600 ratings on Goodreads! Nice when these milestones cluster together!

A huge thanks to everyone who has read, shared, praised, discussed, and/or bought the book in these early days. It makes a world of difference, honestly.

If you haven't rated the book on Goodreads, you can do that right here.

Also, you don't have to buy the book from Amazon to give it a review there, so please consider that option as well!

Thank you, thank you, and again thank you. Writers have nothing to do without readers.

new interview at Spine Magazine

I love good book cover design, so it should be no surprise to hear that I love Spine, a magazine that focuses on book covers. They also interview writers about their process and practice -- of course I was tickled when they asked to interview me.

Here I am talking about my real life (so boring I can't write about it), my writing process (sloppy as all get out), and my next book (click on the article, won't you?)

The Greer Macallister interview at Spine.

follow me on BookBub!

I'm generally reading at least three books at once: one paper, one audio, and one e-book. I get a lot of my e-books from BookBub, and if you do too, here's a way to make sure you'll never miss a deal on a Greer Macallister e-book: "follow" me there.

Here's where you do the clicking/following thing.

My current e-book is for research, but here's what else I'm reading right now: CELINE by Peter Heller (we're on a panel together at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 20) and THE BOOK OF SUMMER by Michelle Gable (it just came out today!)

Read on!

how I became a detective

Writing fiction takes you in many directions. For my first novel THE MAGICIAN'S LIE I got to explore the world of stage magic, and how novelists are illusionists who work in words. For GIRL IN DISGUISE, about the first woman in the US to become a detective, I got to explore the similarities being being a detective and being a writer.

Here's an article about that process -- it's also a nice introduction to Kate Warne and how the story I tell about her in GIRL relates to the historical record... what there is of it.

Enjoy!

 

THE MAGICIAN'S LIE movie news!

Ooh, this is just too exciting. Tucked snugly into this Deadline article about the new production and development head at Freckle Films is the name of the screenwriter who's working on the film adaptation of THE MAGICIAN'S LIE! I love this stuff. The movie is a far cry from being in theaters quite yet, but this is an encouraging sign.

Read the update in Deadline here.

(And the adaptation of my friend Camille Pagan's novel LIFE AND OTHER NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES has a screenwriter AND a director! So awesome!)

 

two great deals for your e-reader!

Happy Friday -- celebrate with a double deal! THE MAGICIAN'S LIE is on BookBub today, so you can buy the e-book on any e-reader platform for only $1.99.

Grab that here!

And if you're a Kindle person, looks like GIRL IN DISGUISE is down from $10 to $5.99 -- not a bad deal, and I don't know how long it'll last!

Click here for that deal!

Already got both books? If you enjoyed one or the other or both, please spread the word and tell your friends about the discount -- the more the merrier!

happy birthday, Shakespeare!

Just a quick note on a Sunday to say this: it happens to be Shakespeare's birthday, and I contributed a little something to this feature on Books That Shook Us about fierce heroines from Shakespeare and what we love about them. I am a Beatrice (Much Ado) fan from way back, so of course I chose her. She's witty and flawed and she loves with a grown-up love... well, read it and you'll see.

Check out all seven featured heroines here.

one whirlwind month of GIRL!

Where did the time go? It's already April 21, which means that GIRL IN DISGUISE has been out in the world for exactly a month. It's been a whirlwind, to be sure, and I can't possibly sum it all up in its entirety here. But I can give you a few highlights, and thank readers profusely -- thank you, thank you, thank you! -- for giving Kate Warne's story such a warm welcome.

A few link-y highlights:

And then this, always this: while in Chicago, I spent some time at Graceland Cemetery, paying my respects to Kate, who is buried in the Pinkerton family plot. The big obelisk here is Allan Pinkerton's, and off to the far right you see three tall tombstones: a generic "employees of Pinkerton's National Detective Agency" stone, one for Timothy Webster (an obvious inspiration for Tim Bellamy in GIRL) and one for Kate.

Her name is misspelled on her stone as Kate Warn. I couldn't help correcting it, if only temporarily.

back home again (but also everywhere)

Ahhhh, the comforts of home. (But ohhhh, the laundry.) After another whirlwind week on the road -- flying and driving and talking and signing in five states this time! -- I'm back safe at home and hunkering down again. For at least a little while, my interactions with readers will all be virtual. Which I enjoy almost as much as the in-person ones, so don't be a stranger! You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Litsy as @theladygreer and on Facebook under Greer Macallister.

And here's one of my favorite book tour photos: beautiful heaps of signed copies of GIRL IN DISGUISE waiting for readers to come and get 'em.

 

As of this writing, you can buy signed first edition hardcovers of GIRL IN DISGUISE at the following stores. Buy all you want, I'll sign more!

  • Atlanta (Woodstock) GA: FoxTale Book Shoppe
  • Boston, MA: Brookline Booksmith
  • Boston, MA: Porter Square Books
  • Boston, MA: Trident Bookstore & Cafe
  • Chicago, IL: Abraham Lincoln Book Shop
  • Chicago, IL: Women & Children First
  • Chicago (Winnetka) IL: The Book Stall
  • Decorah, IA: Dragonfly Books
  • Fairhope, AL: Page & Palette
  • Hudson, WI: Chapter2Books
  • Madison, WI: Mystery to Me
  • Minneapolis, MN: Once Upon a Crime
  • Minneapolis, MN: Magers & Quinn
  • New Orleans, LA: Garden District Bookshop
  • NYC: Mysterious Bookshop
  • NYC: The Strand
  • NYC: Barnes & Noble Tribeca
  • NYC: Barnes & Noble 5th Avenue
  • NYC: Barnes & Noble Union Square
  • St. Louis (St. Charles) MO: Main Street Books
  • Washington, DC: Kramerbooks

(it occurs to me I have been a LOT of places in the past six weeks and perhaps I could use some sleep now)

win my latest UK and US releases on Instagram

I've been enjoying Instagram more and more lately. This week I even Instagrammed a picture of a quinoa bowl. Who have I become?? In any case, if you're not following me there at @theladygreer, now's a great time to start -- I'm running a giveaway for one copy of the new UK release of THE MAGICIAN'S LIE and one of GIRL IN DISGUISE. Follow me on Instagram and comment on the contest post to enter! And you can get an extra entry by tagging a friend.

Have at it! By midnight on Sunday, April 16.

see you in St. Louis (and points north)

I'm on the road again! This week it's my Midwest barnstorming leg of the GIRL IN DISGUISE tour, with stops in St. Louis/St. Charles MO (tonight!), followed by Decorah, Iowa; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Chicago, Illinois. Thrilled to be back on home ground, and excited to have the chance to pay my respects to Kate Warne, who is buried in the Pinkerton family plot in Chicago. It's going to be a heck of a week, and I hope to see you there! Details on my Events page, as always.

(Won't make it to Michigan this time, but wearing my Michigan pin just because!)

 

 

GIRL IN DISGUISE is a Midwest Connections Pick!

It's no secret that I love independent booksellers everywhere, but having been raised in small-town Iowa, the Midwest is dear to my heart. And I'm incredibly pleased to see that GIRL IN DISGUISE has been honored by the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) as a Midwest Connections Pick for April!

THE MAGICIAN'S LIE was similarly honored and it made a big difference in getting that book in front of Midwestern readers. Hoping we see the same results with this one.

Thanks, MIBA!

You can see all four April picks on the MIBA site.

today's Arden Day in the UK!

I know I've been talking a lot about GIRL IN DISGUISE lately, since it's my new US release, but today I want to bring some attention to THE MAGICIAN'S LIE! Why? Because Legend Press is launching an absolutely gorgeous hardcover edition of TML today in the UK. I'm so excited that UK readers will finally have Arden's story on their shelves. I would absolutely love to see a photo of someone reading it on the Tube, but in the meantime, I feel welcomed to Britain by a reviewer who referred to an unpleasant character in the book as "a right piece of work."

Enjoy, UK readers!

one week in the world

I meant to mark the one-week-a-versary of GIRL IN DISGUISE yesterday, when it had actually been exactly a week, but... well, you see how that worked out. Sure has been a crazy eight days! The NPR review was a particular highlight, and my launch event at Kramerbooks, and all the fun outpouring of support on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. It's unreal when a book finally emerges into the world after such a long wait, and this week has been unreal in all the best ways.

And this was a highlight too -- but if things keep going this well, #20 will be only the beginning!