E-book sale!

Great news for e-readers! I knew that Severn House had partnered with the Open Road ebook initiative but I wasn’t sure what that meant till I got the notice that THE NINTH LIFE and INTO THE GREY were on sale for $1.99 each! I don’t know how long these sales will last or which of my books will go on sale next, but this is sweet! For those who don’t know, THE NINTH LIFE is the first in my dystopian black-cat Blackie & Care mystery series, featuring a homeless teen and the feline who loves her. INTO THE GREY is the most recent of my Dulcie Schwartz mysteries, but it works as a standalone, featuring a graduate student studying Gothic novels (and solving crime) with the aid of the ghost of her dear, departed cat, Mr. Grey.

Worlds enough?

I’m going to Boskone! Thanks to the readers who pointed out that my books – the Blackie & Care series, especially – count as speculative fiction, what with the magical cats, dystopian/futuristic worlds, and all,

“Cat-loving fans of grim post-apocalyptic tales will best appreciate Simon’s third Blackie and Care mystery … The disparate plot lines combine in a fiery finale.” – Publishers Weekly

I’ve reached out to the organizers of this science fiction convention and they’ve selected me to be a program participant. Not sure what role I’ll be playing, but look for me here Feb. 15–17! For years, other writers, gamers, and fans who’ve raved about this local (Boston) con to me, so I am thrilled beyond belief!

“Delightful,” raves PW about A SPELL OF MURDER

I am over the moon about this Publishers Weekly review for my Dec. 11 cat cozy, A Spell of Murder:

“Set in Cambridge, Mass., this delightful series launch from Simon (World Enough) introduces three talking cats—littermates Clara, Harriet, and Laurel—and their 26-year-old human, Becca Colwin, who has recently lost her job as a researcher for the local historical society due to “budget cutbacks and the advances in technology.” Becca rightly interprets this to mean that “they can get an intern to do a Google search.” Her self-esteem has plummeted, so she’s ripe to respond to a flyer advertising an opening for “Witches: New and In Training.” Convinced she has psychic powers, Becca joins the coven, but none of the women, nor their lone warlock, has any aptitude for performing magical spells. When one coven member is murdered, the police regard Becca as a person of interest. Clara, with the reluctant help of her sisters, steps in surreptitiously to help Becca solve the crime. You don’t have to be a cat lover to appreciate this paranormal cozy’s witty observations, entertaining dialogue, and astute characterizations. Agent: Colleen Mohyde, Doe Coover Agency. (Dec.)”
Read it for yourself here.


Finally! We can share the news! Nasty Woman Press is being launched with an anthology to benefit Planned Parenthood, and I am so proud to be part of it! I’ll tell you more about my story in time, but in the meantime, here’s the announcement – and partial list of contributors! – from our founder, Kelli Stanley:

Ready for some good news? Our non-profit press has been two years in the making, folks, but NASTY WOMAN PRESS will be publishing our first anthology next year.

While we’re still fine-tuning the pub date, today I CAN reveal some of the amazing talent contributing to the project. We’ve got a few surprise contributors up our sleeves, too, and we’ll be announcing them over the next few weeks/months. 🙂

The NWP anthologies are true anthologies–a mixture of fiction (multiple genres), essays, memoirs, interviews, conversations, and journalism. Profits for our debut book go directly to Planned Parenthood.

Our soon-to-be-titled Book #1 is edited by legendary author and human being extraordinaire, Heather Graham Pozzessere, who is also contributing a story. Valerie Plame is penning the foreward.

And, in random order, here’s a peek at the lineup of contributors and participants: Jacqueline Winspear, Dana Cameron, Catriona McPherson, SJ Rozan, Eric Beetner, Brett Battles, Kate Thornton, Travis Richardson, Kathryn Wadsworth, Holly West, James L’Etoile, Danny Gardner, David Corbett, Wendy Corsi Staub, Jamie Freveletti, Jess Lourey, Art Taylor, Cara Black, Rhys Bowen, Sandi Ault, Clea Simon, Linda L. Richards, Toni L.P. Kelner ,Joe Clifford, Seanan McGuire, Ann Abel, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Josh Stallings, Angel Luis Colon, Maria Alexander, Joshua Corin, Christina Hoag, McKenna Jordan, Reece Hirsch, Sarah Byrne, Robin Stuart, George Fong, Sara J. Henry, Rachel Howzell Hall, Renee Pickup, Bill Petrocelli, Alexandra Sokoloff and yours truly.

And, as I said … more announcements to come. We’re doing all we can to make 2019 the year of the “nasty woman.” 🙂

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