Giveaways!

Giveaways! Two of them!

The first is a Goodreads giveaway for IN THE COMPANY OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, now through October 20:

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Kirkus says: The range of the 15 new stories here is remarkable. One of the best, Sara Paretsky’s “The Curious Affair of the Italian Art Dealer,” is the most conservative, taking true delight in approximating Watson’s turns of phrase. Michael Sims retells “Silver Blaze” from the title character’s perspective. Cornelia Funke displays Holmes’ magnanimity toward a young thief who invades 221-B Baker St., and Nancy Holder provides a sad, spectral sequel to “The Beryl Coronet.” John Lescroart shows an aging Holmes helping out in the Dunkirk evacuation. Since Holmes can never die, Michael Connelly reimagines Dr. Watson as a deputy coroner working with Harry Bosch’s LAPD, and Jeffery Deaver, in a characteristically twisty tale, sets a Sherlockian wannabe against New York’s East Side Slasher. Holmes is only one among several inspirations behind Laura Caldwell’s “Art in the Blood,” Denise Hamilton’s “The Thinking Machine” and co-editor Klinger’s “The Closing.” Leah Moore and John Reppion resurrect Holmes in a fast-moving comic book, and Andrew Grant even more breathlessly abridges The Hound of the Baskervilles for social media. Harlan Ellison’s wild fantasia, the strangest item here, is more Ray Bradbury than Conan Doyle. And in the wittiest story, Michael Dirda unmasks Doyle as a Strand house author whose byline conceals the identities of many contributors.

 

To sign up for the In the Company of Sherlock Holmes giveaway, click on this word: Goodreads, or on this one: Facebook.

But wait, there’s more!

And to help you get all hot and bothered about Dreaming Spies, Random House are giving away a whole bunch of copies of Garment of Shadowsalso on Goodreads:

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Sign up for that giveaway here–and I hope you all win lots of copies!

A post-BCon post

I had a perfectly grand time at BoucherCon, an event Meg Gardiner calls summer camp for mystery lovers.  (Next year it’s in Albany, New York, just in time for the trees turning color–you can register now, here.)  Breakfasts with buddies, lunches with friends, dinner with the ragtag gang that call themselves the Friends of Laurie; panels galore, a couple of them with me onstage and aforementioned Friends of Laurie gathered at my feet (well, the stages are raised, the whole audience is at the panelists’ feet) and delicious raids on the book room.  My family is pleased at my having scored not one, but two copies of the ARC for Justin Cronin’s new book, so the quiet sounds of rapturous page-turning settles over the King household.

Which is a good thing, because at a meeting with my editor, she said that if I could possibly give her the finished book by early November… And since it’s about halfway to finished, that means October will be my personal NaNoWriMo, with a 2000 word per day goal.

Starting today.  I may not see you until next month, so completely wrung out of words that I’ll only be able to type odd little emoticons and random letters.  Wish me luck, and if you want to talk about Garment of Shadows, the Friends of Laurie are doing so over at the online Book Club.  Have fun!

LRK and the Bestsellers

Thank you, everyone who helped push Garment of Shadows onto a whole passel of bestseller lists, from the Indies to the Gray Lady.  That’s right, the New York Times has a spot for Laurie King, along with the Independent Booksellers of Northern California, and Southern California, and the Pacific Northwest, and, and.

Thank you.  I hope in return that you enjoyed your read.

Laurie

Where, oh where is my audio?

For those of you patiently (or otherwise) waiting for the audio of Garment of Shadows, I am told it will be up and available on Audible by the end of day tomorrow, at the latest.  Apparently it was a problem with getting them the metadata and images.  Whatever those might be.

Anyway, Recorded Books and I are both sorry for the delay.

Don we now our Garment of Shadows!

At last, the day we’ve been waiting for since…well, the last pub day: That’s right, today’s the release day for Garment of Shadows.  I hope some of you will be at the Scottsdale launch party tonight, although if you’re in a different time zone, you can log on here to participate in everything except the taste of the hummus.

And since I’m sure all of you who aren’t waiting for me to sign a book for you in Scottsdale tonight will want to rush out to your local bookseller when they open, I won’t set any more words in front of you.  But in case you’d like a few more images, how about some that move?
This is one of the pleasures of a book that involves real people–you can see what they actually looked like, catch a glimpse of their world.

People like Mohammed bin Abd el-Krim:

who also appears here:

And what about the man on the French side of the border, that fellow with some unexpected connections to Sherlock Holmes, Marechal Hubert Lyautey?  He’s here, in scenes filmed just weeks after the close of Garment of Shadows.

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Garment of Shadows will be in stores tomorrow!  This is the last daily image and excerpt of our countdown, but you might want to re-visit these daily posts after you’ve read the book.

“The older man on the other side of the brazier, dressed in a blue uniform with seven stars on its sleeve that even at this hour looked morning-crisp, was Morocco’s Resident General, Louis Hubert Gonzalve Lyautey.”

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The truck

Two days until  Garment of Shadows! To keep you busy til then, I’ll be posting images from the book, with tidbits of prose to go along.  You might even want to re-visit these posts after you’ve got your hands on the book.

“The torch revealed that all the wheels were inflated, the tool compartment on the far side was intact, and the cab held the usual complement of steering wheels and gear levers. There was no wind-­screen, but then, there never had been.”

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A piece of granite

Countdown to Garment of Shadows: three days to go!  Til then I’ll be posting a daily image from the book, with snippets of prose from the book to go along.  You might even want to re-visit these posts after you’ve read the book.

“Mohammed Abd el-Krim was a piece of granite, his feet rooted in the mountainscape, his eyes the gaze of the Rif itself.”

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Tents in the desert

Garment of Shadows will be out in four days’ time. Until you get your hands on the book itself, you can feast your eyes on the pictures and snippets I’ll be posting here daily.

“…he was scratching at the door of Madame’s tent.” (Photo by Mark Willenbrock.)

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Coffee

Until Garment of Shadows publishes — in just five days! — I’ll be posting images from the book, with tidbits of prose to go along.  You might even want to re-visit these posts after you’ve got your hands on the book.

“Black as hell, thick as death,” Holmes muttered in Arabic, watching the slim hands pour the liquid into the miniature cup.

Order yours from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Recorded Books, or a signed copy from Poisoned Pen.

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