My latest book, The Potatoes of Defiance (dedicated to the late Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE), has gone live as an ebook. And you can see the artwork in color!
. . . to help stop the holes, holes, holes in it. Knowing how spread thin so many people are this season, I had a serious talk with Santa and we decided, in the interests of good will, to lower the prices for the holiday period on both my book of Christmas carol parodies, A Most Peculiar Christmas (Songs of [J]Oy or Mirth (written under Laurie Hall), and my just released anthology, The Potatoes of Defiance. Happy Ho-lidays!
A brand new book is launched in time for Thanksgiving, and it’s not a turkey! Fresh off the platter is a delectable selection of satire and parodies. The Potatoes of Defiance is loaded with all the fun-poking and snark you’ve come to love, along with some damned serious stuff. So load up on a big serving of laughs and well-deserved derision, and pass the hot potatoes.
Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BMZ9WH3X
And if you’re still taking Trump as your national savior, well this might be the very book to cure what ails ya. It’s cheaper than a lobotomy!
Had a very nice book signing Sunday, Oct. 11th at Borgin’s Books. It was a beautiful, warm day and quite a number of people stopped in, some old friends and (hopefully) some new. Sold quite a few books and generally had a great time. Thanks so much to Katherine Crowley-Marsh, the owner of one of the sweetest little bookshops I’ve seen in years, for hosting the event and for taking these pix.
The second photo is not actually Papa Hemingway (in another life) but a good friend who (gasp!) bought my funny fantasy. He’s more of a political animal, so this was a true leap into the unknown for him! So thanks, Bill, and Virginia and Ed, and Joanne and everyone who came out.
Sunday, October 16th, 2022 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Borgin’s Books in Plymouth, MA.
Borgin’s Books is the cutest little bookstore. It even has a witch’s broom hung on the wall! (My kind of place.) And there’s a lovely peek out back into the garden. I’ll have a few copies of my little Christmas book, too (my satirical parodies of Christmas carols).
Hopefully, there won’t be another 30-minute monsoon! So if you missed the last one (you probably just didn’t have your boat ready), and you’re in the area, I hope you’ll drop by. (I’ll only be there an hour.)
I had my first book signing last night at Books & Sundry, one of our beautiful new bookstores in Plymouth, and no sooner did I set up than the skies opened up with a monsoon that flooded the street in front of the store! Then came some thunder and lightning. (Granny Lovenanger may have had something to do with that!) Pretty spectacular. And yes, I’m dressed as Granny, but I don’t have nearly the pizzazz that she does.
But we managed to have a pretty good time. Met some nice folks, saw old friends, and sold and signed some books, despite it all. Only lasted about 40 minutes, then a rainbow came out. My thanks go out to Glenda (the Good) and Aubrey for hosting the signing.
Book signing photos taken by Aurbrey Sherman @ Books & Sundry.
Photos of the storm taken by author, Judith Campbell.
My sister just moved to Reno, NV, and today, on my nephew’s birthday, a writer friend (also a Reno resident) sent me this photo of the corner on which her post office stands. A good omen perhaps?
By gum, I’ve done it! My novel, BLOOD WILL OUT (With the Proper Solvent) went live today (June 1, 2022) as an ebook! “What a long, strange trip it’s been!”
I’m sorry that this has been such a lo-o-o-ong time coming, but I finally did it. (I think.) In the next few days my novel should be available as an ebook. I would have e-published it many moons ago, but after weeks that turned into months of struggle trying to retain the fun fonts of the print books, I threw up my hands. Ebook conversion just does not play nicely with others (on any e-publisher’s software).
But Eureka! I found a work-around to keep the chapter subtitles looking as they do in print, and (drum roll) get them to work in a table of contents! Alas, I could not do the same for the dropped caps. They kept shooting off into space far away from their parent paragraphs. So the adorable dropped cap font had to be thrown to the ravenous piranhas of infantile software. Even though any number of major newspapers (the New York Times for instance) use that same font (Chomsky) or a similar one, conversion turns the dropped cap into a generically boring dog biscuit.
Jeez! We can land a rover on Mars, but we can’t solve conversion issues in ebooks.
Ah, well. But to make it up to you Kindle kinder out there, I added a page of reviews (both real and non-), and A NEW FOOTNOTE! Oh–about that: You can’t have footnotes either in ebooks, or headers/footers, or page numbers. So . . . the footnotes are now endnotes at the back of the book, but they’re clickable from the table of contents, so you can shoot back and forth.
So okay . . . for those of you who just have to read onscreen, it will be available very soon. Sorry you won’t get the full reading experience of the most excellent print books, but that seems to be the current, industry-wide trade off.
If you’re not already a fan, you will be when you read his latest book, Razzamatazz—one of his best ever.
My prior favorites were Lamb (the childhood of Christ as told by his best friend, Biff), and the vampire trilogy of love stories: Blood Sucking Fiends, You Suck, and Bite Me. All his books are LOL funny, but in this one, Chris has really upped his game.
An urban fantasy and sequel to Noir, Razzamatazz has everything: hatchet wielding “working girls,” gangsters, guys and dolls looking for the main chance, drag kings and queens, dragons and aliens of all sorts, taking you on a wild romp through Fog City after WWII. Chris has taken on some tough issues, as ever with wit and humanity. His characters will make you laugh and sometimes make you cry, and you will never, ever forget them.
Atta boy! BRAVO, Chris!