AND THE WINNER IS…..
Priscilla Royal and I are happy to announce that the first winner of the book giveaway for her newest mystery, Covenant with Hell, is Pat Yarbrough. Priscilla is a generous soul and she decided to offer a second book since there were so many entrants. The second lucky winner is Libby. If you e-mail Priscilla at email@example.com, she will make the arrangements to mail your signed copies of Covenant. Here is a brief message from Priscilla:
“I am amazed and thrilled by the response to the drawing! Thank you all for so many kind words. I hope Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas will bring some hours of reading pleasure. And thank you, Sharon, for inviting me to your blog and all the years of reading delight you have given me with your wonderful books.”
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I hope all of you who were under siege by the polar vortex have thawed out by now. It was dramatic, inconvenient, and sometimes scary, sadly taking the lives of at least 15 people. Naturally my furnace decided to stop working on the coldest day since 1878. Thankfully, a furnace tech, my new knight in shining armor, was able to get it going again, and Wednesday he returned to make more permanent repairs. While I was talking to him, Holly seized her chance to eat my vitamins, momentarily left untended. Unfortunately, they included a medication that can be toxic to dogs. So I had to spend time with the Pet Poison Hotline and they recommended I take Holly to my vet for monitoring because there was the risk of neurological or respiratory problems and seizures. I am happy to report that Holly is just fine, the only damage being done to my frayed nerves and bank account. She did not get away scot free, though, missing lunch, and for Holly, a missed meal falls into the “cruel and unusual punishment” category.
I have some exciting news, at least to me. I will be doing an interview on my blog with Bernard Cornwell in the near future; his latest book in his wonderful Saxon series, The Pagan Lord, has just been published in the US on January 6th; it was already out in the UK and Down Under. I highly recommend it, of course!
Lastly, I have more information about the March book tour for A King’s Ransom. My publicist is still working on the itinerary, but at the moment, it looks as if I will definitely be going to Chester County Books in PA, the Barnes and Noble in Princeton, NJ, Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, AZ, Murder by the Book in Houston, TX, and Nicola’s in Ann Arbor, MI. There is also a good chance that I will be making appearances in Seattle, Portland, and the Bay Area before flying to Tucson to attend their Festival of Books on March 15-16th. I will put up details as I learn them. I have enjoyed meeting Facebook friends on these tours and I am looking forward to this very much.
January 10. 2014