CWA award time!

Just found out that my As Dark As My Fur has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence in the 2018 CWA communications contest. That means this mystery, the second in my Blackie & Care series, is eligible for a Muse Medallion. (I’m already the proud owner of a few of these.)

The CWA is the Cat Writers Association, an international professional association that was created to encourage professionalism of writers, broadcasters, artists, and photographers, and so As Dark As My Fur is joined on this list by articles on feline skin genomes, shelter practices, and cat dental care, as well as some gorgeous photos and illustrations. Check out the full list here.

Winthrop library event POSTPONED

Due to the storm. Stay safe, everyone! I’ll post when it has been rescheduled. EDIT: We have a date! I’ll be speaking about writing and about my books at this great public library on Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. Free!

The black cat catch-up!

As some of you know, I’ve been hard at work on CROSS MY PATH, the third in the Blackie & Care black cat mystery series. That will be out this summer (in the U.S., later this spring in the UK). And now my publisher, Severn House, has had a wonderful idea: For a limited* time, Severn is offering the first two full-length Blackie & Care mysteries in one omnibus e-book edition for only $6.99. That’s two full-length novels – THE NINTH LIFE and AS DARK AS MY FUR – in one, folks!

Blackie & Care omnibus

I’m thrilled about this because I’m one of those readers who loves starting at the beginning of a series. CROSS MY PATH works as a standalone – all my mysteries do – but the series does tell the continuing through story of Care, the streetwise teen, and Blackie, the mysterious black feral who looks after her. (In CROSS MY PATH, we learn a bit more about how Blackie came to be a lone feline on these rough streets…) This omnibus gives readers who haven’t met this unusual pair of friends/sleuths a chance to catch up!

*The special deal actually kicks in on March 12 and it will only be available for a few weeks after that (don’t say I didn’t warn you). But you can pre-order it now for delivery to your Kindle or e-reader now!

Of course, if you prefer your books on paper, you can still get THE NINTH LIFE and AS DARK AS MY FUR as printed books, too. Oh, yeah, and CROSS MY PATH is available for pre-order now too – both in hardcover and as an e-book.

Books! Books! Books!

The email from my editor arrived just as I was ironing out the  last little kinks in the climactic scene, so I waited before I opened it. When I did, I was overjoyed – after various back-and-forth revisions and edits, FEAR ON FOUR PAWS has been accepted by Poisoned Pen Press. And that climactic scene? Well, that was the end of this round of revisions on A SPELL OF MURDER, so I’ve sent that off to my agent and beta readers to read through (before it goes to my editor). So you’d think that I’d be celebrating, right? Well, I will be, but due to a scheduling mishap (not mine, I’m happy to say), I have to bear down on the CROSS MY PATH page proofs this weekend, so a little of those first. But the Champagne is chilling! TGIF, right?

Cross My Path (Severn House)