We always exhale when an industry review comes in, and none more than Kirkus, which has a reputation for being critical. So when I found out they liked GIRL IN DISGUISE, I was pretty thrilled! I won't link to the review because it's jam-packed with spoilers, but here's the upshot, which I love: "A celebration of a singular woman's life that's guided by facts but features some inviting imaginings." Yay!
So most people have to wait for March to get my new book, GIRL IN DISGUISE, inspired by the life of Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective.
But if you win this Goodreads giveaway, you'll get your copy months early! Enter before December 23.
As I mentioned recently, I'm super-excited to be working with Legend Press for the UK release of THE MAGICIAN'S LIE. And I'm even more excited now that they've revealed their gorgeous, twinkling cover! The hardback is coming in April 2017.
Some days I feel like the luckiest writer in the world, and I've recently had a run of those days. Fall is the season for the American Booksellers' Association (ABA)'s regional chapters to gather for their annual tradeshows, and this year I got to attend two of them. SIBA (run by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association) was in Savannah, and the Heartland Fall Forum (a joint event for the Midwestern Booksellers Association and the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association) was in Minneapolis.
Two very different places and two very different shows, but both amazing and wonderful, and great places to meet or reunite with the people who put my books directly in the hands of readers from Alabama to Wisconsin. (Not to mention a couple dozen of my author friends, who I rarely see in person. Lots of shrieking ("Pam! Amy! Marie!") and lots of hugs.)
I signed a boatload of ARCs at both events, so Kate's out there in the world, making more friends by the day. And at Heartland I even brought props -- before or after getting their copies signed, readers could take a "#selfieindisguise" with paper mustaches, hats, glasses and more.
Could I resist getting in on the fun myself? (Especially when we ran out of books?) Of course I couldn't.
Delightful, amazing, wonderful news about THE MAGICIAN'S LIE. Not only will Legend Press be publishing it in the UK this spring, but they're doing so as their first-ever hardcover! Couldn't be happier to have Arden crossing the pond in this fashion. (You know, Adelaide Herrmann was born in England...)
Have you heard of Litsy? Fun app for book lovers? The saucy cousin of Instagram and Goodreads? The latest place to post reviews and quotes and thoughts about the books you're reading, and find the next read you'll love?
Well, it's out there, and I'm finally there. My username: theladygreer.
See you soon, fellow book fiends!
I didn't go to Book Expo America this year, but Kate (Warne, the narrator of my next novel) did, and a good time was had by all.
BEA is all about books. Books books books. Dozens, hundreds, thousands of books. It's hard to stand out from the crowd.
But miraculously, Kate's done it, because GIRL IN DISGUISE got a shout-out from librarians running the event's "Shout 'n Share" panel. Yay!
THE MAGICIAN'S LIE is one of nine (nine!) books up for grabs in a great Spring Book Giveaway, including Julie Buxbaum's new NYT bestseller TELL ME THREE THINGS, the highly anticipated third thriller from Mary Kubica DON'T YOU CRY, and Juliette Fay's historical THE TUMBLING TURNER SISTERS.
And spread the word, because there will be a winner for every 250 entries. You've got til May 31.
So, are you big on delayed gratification? (You should think about going into publishing!)
My next novel, GIRL IN DISGUISE, is coming out in March 2017. Yes, that's reeeeeeally far away. But just in case you might have some other things on your mind between now and then, you might want to add it to your Goodreads shelf! Then you'll get an email when it (finally) comes out.
No cover reveal yet, but it's coming...
Nearly fainting of excitement here at Macallister HQ. Not only has The Magician's Lie been optioned for film (incredible!), it's in the hands of the amazing Jessica Chastain, who has launched her own production company, Freckle Films, widely expected to put more women both in front of and behind the camera. Can't express how honored I am to have my book become part of that venture.
Here's one of the many articles on Freckle Films. My Google Alerts went kind of nuts over this.
(The other book optioned, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan, was one of my favorite reads last year. Chastain's got fabulous taste!)
YAY! It's officially official!
My next book, GIRL IN DISGUISE, about the first female private detective in the US, is coming out from Sourcebooks next year. Here's the Publishers Marketplace announcement:
Now that we're into 2016, most of the end-of-year lists have come out already -- so I was very pleasantly surprised to see THE MAGICIAN'S LIE pop up on a Library Journal list of Favorite 2015 Debuts.
They called the book "lyrical and mesmerizing" and suggested that "readers will root for Arden, even as they are unsure of whether to trust her." (Author's note: good, that's what I was going for!)
I CANNOT BELIEVE I FORGOT TO BLOG ABOUT THIS.
In December, guest judge Whoopi Goldberg (!) chose THE MAGICIAN'S LIE (!!) as the Main Selection (!!!) for the Book of the Month Club (!!!!)
You can watch a video of her talking about why she loves the book here on YouTube. I may or may not have seen it approximately 3284 times.
So thrilled to see the recent announcement that THE MAGICIAN'S LIE made School Library Journal's end-of-the-year list of Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2015! Thanks, lovely librarians!
You can see the full list of 22 books, including great company like Judy Blume and Joyce Carol Oates, at this link.
At long last, you can now subscribe to the Greer Macallister Author Newsletter. Not sure yet how often I'll send them out, but I promise not to flood your inbox, and it'll be the quickest way to find out about deals, big news (I have some I can't wait to share) and new releases (when is book #2 coming out? Subscribers will be the first to know!
Unrelated: I finally figured out how to add photos to the blog. Look, Arden's in Target!
We've had some stock hiccups during the first week of The Magician's Lie paperback availability -- booo! The good news is, they're all being fixed, so you should soon be able to order your copy of TML in paperback via Amazon and Target.
The even better news is, you can order it right now from Powell's and it'll be on its way to you in a day or two.
Also, some of the stock issues are caused by the fact that lots of people are buying the book, and believe me, that's never bad!
And buying in person at your local independent bookstore, Target, or Barnes & Noble is never a bad idea either.
Thanks for your patience! Just want to make sure readers can get their hands on this book in whatever way at whatever speed -- if you want a book, you should have it! Enjoy.
So I was on morning TV. And it was terrifying. But I think the finished product worked out pretty well. Right now it's near the top of this page -- no telling how long it'll last, so if you want to watch, watch soon!