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All the news in fits of print!

Posted by Gayle on February 21, 2009

I met with my (fun, funny and savvy) publisher, Karen Syed, last week and found out Freezer Burn will be officially released in September 2009. But wait, there’s more: we will have a pre-release launch party in July! I’m very excited, especially since I know just where to have it – the Backs Building at Kraemer Park. Why there? Because I can rent it for, like, fifty bucks, and it’s where the first body is discovered. Cool, huh?

So, I’ll have my big launch party in the building (I’m still thinking of creative ways to work murder, mayhem and Dean Martin music into the soiree), then I’ll invite my friends back to my house to truly enjoy Peri’s weakness for dirty martinis… and their weaknesses for beer, wine, and munchies!

Then I’ll pack up some books and head to the Gray Eagle Lodge, where I will do an event at the Lodge. Why there? Because the bartender, Mark Tieslau, suggested a dirty martini as Peri’s favorite drink. It was a perfect suggestion, in that karmic-soprano-chorus way: Peri used to have a housecleaning business, so she likes clean houses and dirty martinis. Score, yes?

In the meantime, Peri’s life as a housekeeper, and her subsequent career change, are chronicled in a short story, “Cleaning up at the Franks”, which has been included in an anthology, MISSING, from Echelon Press.


This anthology includes short stories by a lot of really good authors, and all the proceeds from the sale of this book go to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. You see, in addition to being a savvy businesswoman, Karen wants to give back to the community, so each year she finds a charity that will allow us to advertise that we’re raising money for them by publishing an anthology in their honor. Last year’s THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT benefitted the families who were affected by the San Diego wildfires. This year we’re trying to help the people who find the lost. Click here to buy a copy – you’ll get to meet Peri!

Just to give you a teaser, here’s the opening sentence:

Either Grant was getting better with his aim, or he hadn’t been using this toilet for at least two days.


There. Now you’ve gotta figure out who Grant is and why he can’t concentrate long enough to pee in a bowl.


Gotta run, children. Much to do!


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Another Slide Show: One Ring to rule the mall…

Posted by Gayle on January 22, 2009

Here’s another peak into Freezer Burn, told in pictures:

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Greetings from Placentia

Posted by Gayle on January 3, 2009

I put together a slide show of the places that inspired me to set Freezer Burn in Placentia. Enjoy.

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It’s looking like a book now

Posted by Gayle on August 22, 2008

After I accepted the book deal from Karen Syed, I wandered around squealing a bit. Then I settled down to wonder what happens next.

“What happens next” was that I started working on other things to keep from asking Karen what happens next. About a month after I signed the contract, I got the next email with my cover art (see above). It wasn’t anything like I had pictured, but I love it. I emailed it to all of my friends, then I printed it out and carried the email message around with me, folded weird to show off the cover. It’s a little dog-eared now, but I still drag it out and show people.

After the cover art came, I waited some more…

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