Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A Root Canal On Christmas Day!

Today may be April Fool's Day, but more importantly, it's launch day for GHOST OF A GAMBLE, the 4th novel in my popular Ghost of Granny Apples mystery series!!!

Every time one of my books, novellas or short stories is sent out into the arms of the public, it feels like a root canal falling on Christmas Day.  There's the excitement of the launch and sending the next baby out into the world, followed by the worry and pain of wondering if the public will embrace or spurn my child.

If you add up all the work I've launch to date, that comes to 6 short stories, 2 novellas and 14 novels, with 2 other novels to be launched in the next 12 months.  Still, I worry. I worry that my publishers will decide not to publish my work. I worry that I will run out of new ideas for future books. But worst of all, I worry that my faithful readers will grow tired of my characters and their adventures.  That's a whole lot of worry while trying to remain creative on the work currently in progress, which, incidentally, is GHOST IN THE GUACAMOLE, the 5th Granny Apples novel.

But until those fears manifest themselves, it's business as usual. I write, I research, I publish and I promote.

Speaking of promotion, I have a whole lot of events coming up in 2014. In the next 6 weeks, I'll be pairing up with my good friend and Edgar-winning author Naomi Hirahara, who is launching the first book in her new Ellie Rush series, MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE. (I'm currently reading it and it's great!)

Here are the bookstores where you can catch up with Naomi and me. If you can't make a signing and would like a signed book, I'm sure most of these bookstores will be happy to assist you in that:

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 1:00 pm
Book Carnival
348 S. Tustin Street
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 538-3210

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2:00 pm
Book ‘em
1118 Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
626-799-9600; 1-800-4BOOKEM

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 12 noon
Mysterious Galaxy – San Diego
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.,
Suite 302
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 268-4747

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 3 pm
Mysterious Galaxy – Redondo Beach
2810 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278 (310) 542-6000
Sunday, April 27, 2014, Noon
Mystery Ink Book Store
8907 Warner Avenue, #135
Huntington Beach, CA 92647


Alisa said...

No fear of the public tiring of your characters and story! I worry about you tiring of your characters while I'm still clamoring for more! :) Reading Ghost of a Gamble now and as always, loving it.

Mark Baker said...

Still debating about going to Book 'Em Sunday (and missing ultimate Frisbee) or just catching you at the LA Times Festival of Books. Sunday is winning, but you never know.