Meanwhile, have I reminded you recently that CLAWED, the 4th Gin & Tonic mystery, is coming out next month? I haven't? Well. Silly me...
CLAWED at B&N
CLAWED at Amazon
And CLAWED for all your indiebound needs (and so Maryelizabeth Hart doesn't puppy-eye me)
Or, you could just go to my website and make the click to your Store of Choice from there...
And lo, after much waiting... okay, it's been eight months since FIXED, I'm hoping you've been waiting! It's here!
When Ginny Mallard and her sometimes-partner Teddy Tonica are asked to look into the situation of an old man about to be evicted, the part-time investigators think it’s just a matter of sorting out misunderstandings. But this is no simple landlord-tenant spat, bringing them headfirst – and nose-deep in trouble – into the world of back-room fights and animal rights…
And this time, Ginny’s shar-pei, Georgie, and the bar cat Penny are the only ones who can get the truth out of their sole witness: a puppy named Parsifal!
Normally, I don't mind much if you buy a book the day-of-release, or if you buy it a week later, or even a month later, when it comes up in your budget rotation. But right now, with this book? Really good week-of-release sales could be important. So, yanno, if you're planning to pick it up, you might want to do it now.
The kittens and the time-share puppy would really appreciate it.
Here're some places you can buy it.
( Read more... )
And here. Have an excerpt.
2. I have copies in my own greedy little hands of DOGHOUSE (Gin & Tonic #3)!! There will be a contest, most likely next week when America's recovered from our three-day holiday weekend and picnic-a-thon. But you know, you can order your own copy now, too...
3. The new iPad mini has officially been named. We ran through a number of suggestions and ideas, including Dum-E, Loiosh, Bucky, Jeeves, etc, but I finally determined that the iPad Mini has just enough evil in its brilliance, just enough petulance in its helpfulness, and is just wee enough that it really needs to be…
So yeah, becauseofstress my sense of competence is pretty low right now. One of those days where all the patpats and theretheres in the world won't do fuck-all, but one unexpected positive review in the media would refill the well. Not that I don't love y'all and I know you're passing fond of me, but this isn't about me it's about the work.
I guess there's a downside to being able to separate the two, huh?
this too shall pass. this too shall pass. this too shall pass. this too shall pass. this too shall pass. this too shall pass. this too shall pass. this too shall pass. this too shall pass. this too shall pass.
And did I mention that DOGHOUSE launches in three weeks? I might be recovered enough by then to do more than kick it out of the house, but no guarantees.
And she and Ginny are just as much fun to write in-conversation as ever.
“I know that you would not interfere with a police investigation. And I know that you have at least enough sense to be aware that you’re a person of interest, by virtue of [plot redacted].” Asuri held up a hand. Her nails were cut short, polished with a dark red that, on her, looked professional as hell. Ginny was envious. “Yes, I am aware of your claim that [plot redacted] and I’m also aware that you have no reason to trust the local police to believe you and so might be contemplating investigating this on your own, to cover your own ass.”
Ginny tried to come up with a suitable “never would I ever” response, but came up blank. Because the agent was right, of course. On all counts.
But it also reminds me that hard pushes are a thing I should use judiciously, because this morning my brain was still hurty, and my enthusiasm for butt-in-chair was low. Writers, remember: aftercare is important!
( Potentially spoiler-y excerpt, here... )
and in other projects, this afternoon I had to rewrite an entire chapter of the mystery, because the wrong people were in it. *headdesk*
Look! A Cover!
Amateur sleuths Ginny Mallard and Teddy Tonica and their furry partners prove that twelve legs are better than four when it comes to solving a risky new case in the third novel from L. A. Kornetsky’s “entertaining” (Library Journal) Gin & Tonic mystery series.
(coming July 2014)
At her favorite Seattle bar, professional concierge Ginny Mallard can always count on a perfectly mixed gimlet and a friendly welcome for her shar-pei, Georgie, from resident cat Penny. But on this visit, Ginny gets an unexpected bonus: One of the regulars asks her and her sometime partner, bartender Teddy Tonica, to save an old friend who’s facing eviction.
This is no simple landlord spat. Rumors abound of an underground dog-fighting ring on the premises—a crime guaranteed to get Gin’s hackles up. Gin and Teddy want to believe the old man is innocent of all charges, though a new piece of evidence suggests otherwise. Penny and Georgie keep their noses to the ground as they help their humans investigate the vicious animal rights case. But the truth is buried deep, and digging it up will unearth dangerous complications for owners and animals alike.
pre-order now and have it ready for beach reading (or when you're hiding from the evil summer sun....)
L. A. KORNETSKY’S “CHARMING” (Publishers Weekly)
GIN & TONIC MYSTERIES
And yes, for those of you paying attention - DOGHOUSE will be available in mass paperback! Same mystery goodness, half the price!
Occasionally, this book fucking guts me. Those are the good writing days.
Averaging about 10k/week on this, and another 5K/week on the 4th Gin & Tonic. I'd like to do more, but then I'd be falling behind on other (editorial-ish) deadlines, and that's a no-go. Still, if I can keep this up reasonably well, the deadlines will come at an easy trot, not a mad, heart-thumping dash.
That would be a nice change.
(boo, my animated gifs are not animating in LJ. LJ, some days I swear...)
Look what came today! (shown with the US edition, for comparison). The Japanese translation of COLLARED (translated by Momoko Wani)!
I really love the cover - the expression on the cat's face is SO Mistress Penny-Drops, and the gentle touches on the shar-pei say "Georgie" to me so beautifully....
I really wish I read Japanese. Do you? Do you want a copy? Tell me why you need it, and if you can convince me, it's yours.
"I sure like the opportunity to read mysteries that aren’t all shoot-’em-up or violent, so the calm and cerebral investigations L.A Kornetsky offers are refreshing. To my way of thinking, it’s a plus that Ginny’s dog and Tonica’s companion cat are quietly driving forces in the team’s investigations, not that the humans are aware of it. I’m enjoying Ginny and Teddy a lot, and continue to be interested in their tentatively growing friendship."
Want your own copies? Start here!
And there's a contest to win a copy of FIXED (in both digital and print!)
PLUS! I will be doing an AMA (ask Me Anything) later today at Reddit Fantasy (direct link here) for both my fantasy and mystery sides.... plus my wine-drinking, cat-owning, world-roaming, NYC-centric sides....
Oh, and you want Buying Links? Oh I can do that...
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Me: oh, she's liking it it must not suck too badly!
3 seconds later: she must not be reading it closely enough.
Just as no mother can see the ill of her child, no writer can see the good in theirs....
Regardless, we progress. At some point in the next few days, I will have a submission-ready manuscript will go on to my editor, who will then tell me succinctly and in detail (I hope) what's broken. And then the cycle beings again. It's a good cycle: I take comfort in it.
And then I can get to the laundry list of Shit I Should Have Done Already.....
This week I've been head-down on the final push to get GIN & TONIC #3 into submission draft shape (aka "where I don't flinch at the thought of my editor reading it and telling me what STILL needs to be fixed").
The problem with reading your draft out loud: by the time I get to a certain point in the manuscript, all I have left is a squeak. The brain may be able to go on, but the voice is throwing in the towel.... So it doesn't all get done in a day. Or even two.
Last night's dream involved foreign travel, unexpected and quite beautiful snowfall, photographs of same, and running into a friend/fellow writer on the steps of the piazza of an old stone monastery that had been turned into a cafe...
Yeah, I don't know either. My brain, man. It needed a break?
Other than that, I got nothing. I'm holed up in the meerkat's den, revising and drinking too much diet Coke (allowed only on road trips and revision trips), having pizza slid under the door, and leaving only to go for the daily miles, so I don't end this round with less muscle tone than I started it....Meanwhile, FIXED (Gin & Tonic #2) will be out in a few weeks. I have a Thing Planned, if I can finish this revision in time to get it in motion....
Originally published at Writer. Editor. Tired Person.