Saturday, July 21, 2012

How a Mistake Turned Into A Friendship

*** Update 7/22/12 *** Winner of A Witch Before Dying via Random.org is comment #32. Congratulations, Debbie. Please send your postal address to booksbyheather@gmail.com and I'll get your prize in the mail! If I don't hear from you in a week, I'll choose another winner. ***

 

***Scroll to the bottom to see how you can win an early autographed copy of A WITCH BEFORE DYING, my new release coming out August 7th!***

Waaaaay back when, a long, long time ago, I was waiting for my first mystery, A HOE LOT OF TROUBLE,  to come out. I’d been eagerly anticipating the galley copies of the story (now called pass pages, which is basically just the last look-through of the pages for mistakes before they go to print) to arrive when a package from the publisher came in the mail.

I tore into the package and found...the galleys for Death byDeep Dish Pie by Sharon Short.

Huh.

I quickly sent a note off to my editor, who admitted her assistant mixed things up a bit. Turns out forty minutes north of me, Sharon (who I'd never met before) was having her own package-ripping moment, only to find the galleys for HOE.

Somehow or another, it was decided that Sharon and I should just meet up and swap our copies instead of shipping back to NYC, then having them ship them back. So, we met up, swapped, and have been the closest of friends since. That was eight years ago.

We’ve both had highs and lows in our careers and our personal lives, and it’s always nice to have a friend who understands both those worlds. A few years ago, Sharon decided to focus her writing on another genre (mainstream fiction), which pretty much meant starting over, which is never easy, but Sharon handled it with grace and her ever-present humor.

And now all that hard work is paying off. Her book club novel, MY ONE SQUARE INCH OF ALASKA, debuts in February. As someone who’s read an early copy of this story, I can tell you, it’s good. Really good.


From Sharon’s website:

“This coming-of-age 'book club' novel is about a pair of siblings in a gritty 1953 paper mill town in Ohio, yearning to break free of the strictures of their family, their times, and their town. When Donna's little brother Will decides that he wants to earn a deed to one square inch of the Alaskan Territory through a cereal company and TV show promotion, Donna at first finds his quest childish. But when he becomes ill, she decides to help him fulfill his quest... and his dream to actually visit his land. In so doing, she learns to reconnect with her own dreams and to understand how the unfulfilled dreams of those around her impacted her family's life and tragic past. This is a novel from my heart, about the power of dreams, and how believing in them can set us free.”

Did I mention how good it was? So. Good.

I’m thrilled for Sharon, and I can’t wait to hear what all of you think of the story, too. If you loved Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt, you’ll love this book.

To celebrate Sharon’s good news—and the way we met—I’m giving away a bound galley copy of A WITCH BEFORE DYING. All you have to do is leave a comment with the title of the book you’re reading right now. Simple. I’ll randomly pick a winner at 8 PM (EST) tomorrow night and then update  this post with the name of the winner, so check back tomorrow night!

Good luck and happy reading! 


51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Right now am reading" Ms. America and the Offing on Oahu"

A fun read.

nlb1050@yahoo.com

Elaine said...

You haven't mentioned any country restrictions so I'll take a chance and enter.

I'm reading "Rest in Pizza" by Chris Cavender and when the road trip starts later today I'll be reading "Grace Among Thieves" by Julie Hyzy.

flash29@sympatico.ca

Anonymous said...

I'm currently reading "The Sleeping and the Dead" by Jeff Crook.

Joseph said...

I'm reading "Dial M for Murder" by Miranda James.

Lori Cimino said...

I am reading Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams

Anonymous said...

Summer Nights By Susan Mallery

adlan01@optonline.net

Karyn said...

I am reading A slice of Murder by Chris Cavender.

Bonnie said...

Murder on a Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett

Aimee Hix said...

Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay. It's such a fun book!

Shirley said...

Corpse in the Crystal Ball by Kari Lee Townsend, cute new series!

Peacecat said...

I just finished the same book the first commenter is reading and agree that it is a fun read!

Now I'm reading Sweet Delicious Madness.

Barbara said...

I just finished Criminal by Karin Slaughter and currently I'm reading the proofs of a book set in southern Illinois by a new author. I promised to give her my critique. Meanwhile, I'm looking for something fun to read when I start chemotherapy very soon.

Katreader said...

Oh, I love Sharon Short's Toadfern series! I also really enjoyed your first Wishcraft mystery and look forward to the next! Right now I'm reading nonfiction: New York State Ghosts Volume 1 by David J. Pitkin. I'm almost done and plan on reading Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams next.

muffster said...

Current read = "Pretty is as Pretty Does" by Elizabeth Spann Craig.

Heather Mitchell said...

I am reading Splitsville.com by Tonya Kappes

Janet Steadman said...

I can't wait for a Witch Before Dying to be released! Right now I am reading Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams.

Giedre said...

I'm reading Endure by Carrie Jones.

Julie Day said...

I am reading DD Scott's 'Thug Guard', her non-fiction ebook '10 Years' and an HMB Intrigue (paper book).

Anonymous said...

I'm currently reading "Real Vampires Have Curves" by Gerry Bartlett. I thought the title was funny and a friend of my liked it.

So excited for your new book!!

bwilhoite@wowway.com

Mare said...

I'm currently reading The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey and Forgive Us Our Press Passes by Ian Skidmore.

I'm so glad that you have more books coimng out.

Karen B said...

Killer Keepsakes by Jane Cleland.

Lynda said...

Decided to catch up on some of my pet story books. Just finished "Homer's Odessy" (awesome book) and started "Gabby...All About Me". When I need a book I can just pick up and put down easily, I'm reading "Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul"

Christine S. said...

I am reading Pies and Prejudice.

Lynn in Texas said...

Currently enjoying BURIED IN A BOOK by Lucy Arlington.

alainala said...

if this is open to canada.. please enter me!

A Killer plot by Ellery Adams



alainala@ hotmail DOT ca

Pam said...

I am reading Never Buried.

Linda said...

I'm currently reading Hot Tea by Sheila Horgan and would love to win a copy of A Witch Before Dying!

Jeannie D. said...

Hello, Just finsihed Lucy Lawrence "Cut to the Corpse" and now I am reading "Seven Gothic Tales" by Isak Dinesen. It has been on my shelf for quite some time, so I finally decided to read it. It is a far fetch from my usual cozy mysteries. But, I am enjoying it.

Me said...

Snobbery with Violence by Marian Chesney.

P.S. I loved Hoe Lot of Trouble! (And I'm not trying to suck up, I just wanted to let you know.)

MickC said...

INTEGRATION (Bonfire Academy Book Two) (Bonfire Chronicles) by Imogen Rose

holdenj said...

Reading (and enjoying) Pies and Prejudice right now!

Great story about you and Sharon. I have a new author to check out and title to look for. Thanks!

Debbie said...

I'm currently reading Deadly Currents by Beth Groundwater.

Joy said...

Great story!

Currently reading Cast On, Kill Off.

Mary D said...

I am reading Lethal Outlook by Victoria Laurie right now!

Lori said...

I am reading "Songs in Ordinary Times" by Mary McGarry Morris for my book club!

cyn209 said...

i'm reading Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke.......

thank you for the giveaway!!!

cyn209 at juno dot com

Tobi said...

I just finished Nursing Second Chances by Maggie Green! Great book! Need to pick my next!
Thanks for the giveaway!
<3 Tobi
tobihelton at gmail dot com

Breaunna Miller said...

I'm reading two books right now. I am about half way through both Pies & Prejudice by Ellery Adams and Buzz Off by Hannah Reed and I am enjoying both of these books. I loved the story you shared with us in your blog today. I will have to check out Sharon's book as well.

Mary G said...

Currently reading "Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons" by Denise Grover Swank

Aurian said...

That is lovely, meeting a friend through a mistake! Ijust finishied Cloaked in Malice by Annette Blair, and my next read will be Pies and Prejudice.

It was a hard choice yesterday, which to read first, and I decided to read the series I know first, and then the new one.

auriansbooks at gmail dot com

Shyness said...

I'm reading "50% Off Murder" by Josie Belle aka Jenn McKinlay.

Lori Ruth said...

Right now I'm reading Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon .

Sue Farrell said...

Right now I'm reading Doranna Durgin's "Nose for Trouble".
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

Debra said...

Murder Talks Turkey by Deb Baker, I love Gert!

Tarri Feden said...

I just finished 50 % off Murder too, loved it. Hope she writes more of the series.

Heather said...

Just finishing: The Cat, The Wife, and The Weapon by Leann Sweeney.

NoraA said...

I'm reading "Heartless" by Gail Carriger. It's the 4th book in a 5 book series. I pulled it out of the middle of my TBR pile when I packed for vacation.

Bev said...

I'm just finishing Quilt of Innocence by Elizabeth Craig. Not only did your galleys get mixed up for your books, the descriptioin on Amazon for Death By Deep Dish Pie is actually the description for Hoe Lot of Trouble.

Books by Heather said...

*** Update *** Winner of A Witch Before Dying via Random.org is comment #32. Congratulations, Debbie. Please send your postal address to booksbyheather@gmail.com and I'll get your prize in the mail! If I don't hear from you in a week, I'll choose another winner. ***

Thanks, everyone, for playing!

Books by Heather said...

Bev, oh my gosh! I didn't even notice that! Oy. Has it been like that for eight years??? I'll let Sharon know (if she doesn't already). Cra-zy!

zaida said...

I'm currently readling Lethal Outlook by Victoria Laurie!
PS. I love your series. :)