Most of the ARCs (advance reading copies) of The Desert Hedge Murders have been distributed to reviewers. My local newspaper reviewer highly recommended the mystery for a "Snuggie-covered reading session." The first online review is available at armchairinterviews.com. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a good word from one of the big four: Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, or BookList. Two good words would be even better.
On July 11th, I'm giving a two hour workshop on self-editing for Northern Colorado Writers. I'll attend Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference in Denver in September and Bouchercon 2009 (mystery convention) in Indianapolis in October. I've also applied to participate in the Author's Room at the big Holiday Market in Fort Collins, Colorado, the two days after Thanksgiving. I'm even squeezing in a weekend writing retreat in mid-November to catch my breath and, hopefully, start a new book.
Now I must fill in the spaces from mid-September through the end of the year. It's decision time. Will I schedule bookstore signings? Give talks at retirement communities or libraries? Keep activities regional or hit the road? Or will I focus on a Blog Book Tour? Perhaps do a mailing? Or maybe try a little bit of everything while not overdoing anything. It's time to make up my mind. Plan. Write it down. Make the calls. Send the e-mails. It's time.