Wednesday, September 25, 2013

DARK WATERS becomes Amazon bestseller.

Dark Waters is currently #5 in and #8 in! Thanks to readers :) 
Can you see--Stephen King overhead, Nic Sparks to the right, and you can't see him on this screen cap but Lee Child is underneath (in the US). I know it's only one spot, in one moment in time, but that one moment has been pretty cool :) Back to work.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Vacation--Writer Style Minnesota

So I dragged the family, including the inlaws, on a research trip to the States. We headed down through North Dakota and into Minnesota.  The road was long and straight...
The next morning in Minneapolis, I got up and left the family at the water-park while I found my way into town on the light rail line :) It was cheap, clean and felt safe and people could bring their bikes on--bonus.
And I got off at City Hall...right at the front door.

One of the things I most wanted to see was the Court House... has these fabulous bronze statues outside :) I was admiring them and then trying to decide if the other people admiring them were people going to court or lawyers...eek! 

Snake in the grass.

To me this sign is completely alien. I'm glad I wasn't arrested for taking photographs of everything

I was a little obsessed with police vehicles and I kept spotting them everywhere... (this is my father-in-law touching a cop car. I ran away, left him to it!)
I was so excited to walk past this van

Cool :) And these black vehicles are definitely unmarked cars. I don't think there was anyone in them...

So why take pictures of cop cars and courthouses and signposts and metros? It's called flavour and information. I can google each of those police departments, call them if need be. I can know the city is hot and dusty (in summer) but clean and safe feeling--despite me watching a drug hand-off on 5th Ave (oh, yeah, baby).
And the Mall of America? Just WOW!

The thing about research trips is a writer isn't always looking for the big stuff, often we're looking for the basics of a city, the feel of a place as you wander around. How green it is, the traffic, the mood. Stupid things. little things. Big things :) I'll blog about Wisconsin soon. Those pictures are much more picturesque :)
Minneapolis had a really nice feel BTW :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Nancy Herkness's Country Roads Afternoon Launch Party--tomorrow!

I'm joining Nancy Herkness for her Country Roads Afternoon Launch Party on FB tomorrow (starts at 2 pm EDT)! You can join the fun ***here*** I'm arriving at 3.45 pm and I'm going to give away a copy of DANGEROUS WATERS because that's the sort of girl I am, and answer any questions people might have and generally have a good time :). I can't wait to read Nancy's latest book!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I've been outed...

in this week's Book Section of The Winnipeg Free Press.

I'm going to write a blog about my amazing holiday south of the border. I've just been swamped with visitors, back to school, and trying to edit a new book. The writing comes first--I just wish I was faster :)

Friday, September 06, 2013

New cover for THE KILLING GAME...

What do you think? It hasn't loaded on all the seller sites yet but it's in the process.