Tour stops & contests, both real & virtual

Today I return to the Left Coast. I will be at Vroman’s in Pasadena tonight, and tomorrow with my dear friends at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale. I hope you will join me there.

If you prefer your book tours virtual, I am stopping in at the excellent blog Mystery Fanfare today, where I talk about the role of religion in The Language of Bees and how I had to whittle the passages from Testimony down to a mere forty lines of text. (If you’re so inclined, you can read it in its entirety over at The Language of Bees page.)

And last but not least: contests. If you’d like to win a signed copy of either With Child, To Play The Fool, Night Work, or A Grave Talent, head over to Novel Action‘s Online Book Signing by tomorrow to be entered for your chance to win.

For those of you who submitted Russellscapes, we are still in the process of judging your fine work, and will make the announcement here either later today or over the weekend. In the meantime, take a look at the submissions and let us know which one gets your vote!


  1. Merrily on May 8, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Laurie, I’m glad you’re on your way back home. You must be unbelievably “chuffed” about the place of LANG on the NY Times bestseller list, not that it doesn’t more than deserve to be there. It was a thrill to have you in Virginia, although I’m sorry that our weather was so foul for you. (It’s still raining.)
    Off to stroll through the Russellscapes…

  2. Meredith T. on May 9, 2009 at 10:24 am

    We had a fine time at Vroman’s and a bumper crop of questions. There were definite blog readers there, Hi! (*waving*); I’d say some potential recruits were visible for the seriously committed Friends of Laurie. The event wrapped up around 9, though I think folks would have stayed there for hours. Fortunately the good Alison moved us along. Gypsy (see previous blog post) apparently suffered a nervous breakdown, all too likely in L.A. traffic. Laurie, I hope it was a smooth trip to the airport and the good guys at Poison Pen. best to you and the family//Meredith p.s. I’ll post a little report over at the VBC.

  3. Meredith T. on May 9, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Correction: Sorry! Poisoned Pen. hate getting names wrong, people or good bookstores (sigh)//M

  4. Strawberry Curls on May 9, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Meredith, thanks for the brief report. I so wish I could have been there. Sorry to hear GyPSy had a breakdown. The LA traffic could do it to anyone (er, anything).

    I don’t know how the winner of the Russellscapes is going to be chosen. It seems an impossible task as all the artwork is truly amazing. I would love to have several framed on my office walls, great work everyone.


  5. Kait B. Roe on May 9, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Oh Laurie, I won’t spoil the new book for those unread(y), but I have to say to you My heart is breaking and furious!

    And on a further note, when is the next Russell being published? I hope we have less than 6 months! PLEASE!

    Thank you for your wonderful agenting. (?is that a verb?) And, will you ever give us a retelling of the Japan trip? Just asking…

    best wishes and great congratulations on breaking into the top 10.

    Kait B. Roe
    Portland, ME 04101

  6. Deb Miller on May 10, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Laurie, my husband and I agree with Kait Roe. PLEASE don’t make us wait long for the next Mary Russell novel! We’re already checking around to see if we can pre-order it.

    We own, love, and re-read all of your novels — not just the Mary Russell series. In fact, we own two copies of many of your books because we don’t want to argue over who gets to read it first. Thanks for many, many hours of enjoyment.

    On the other hand, we both cried out in frustration when we reached the end of The Language of Bees. Please keep writing — quickly — or we may well go mad with anticipation.

    Best wishes and lots of success.

    Deb Miller
    Arnold, MO 63010

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