Pirate ready to sail!

Pirate King sets sail three months from today!  That means it’s time for:

Details of the contests, drawings, and piratical shenanigans will be given in weeks to come, but for the moment, you should know from here on out, the excerpts will be given first in the LRK newsletter, then some days later on the web site.  Also, drawings for Advanced Reader Copies will be made from the newsletter list—plus, copies of this absolutely fabulous Pirate King “movie poster”:

So if you have friends who might possibly be good enough to lend you their ARC after they’ve read it, you might suggest they sign up, here.

The page for the Ten Weeks of Laurie ARrrgh! King pre-publication piraticisms is here.

You can read a first excerpt from Pirate King, here.

And—a bonus excerpt from the July 6 e-novella, Beekeeping for Beginners, is here.

Plus, to give you plenty of time to memorize the words, I’ve put up on the Laurie ARrrgh! King page the theme song for the September book tour: “The Major-Criminal’s Song” (with apologies to W. S. Gilbert.) I am the very model of the modern major criminal… I expect to see versions of it on YouTube any day now.

So: are we having fun yet?


  1. TheMadLibrarian on June 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Oh, frabjous funness!

  2. kate on June 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Love it, love it, love it – can’t wait! but can anybody help me? I don’t have an ereader – is this a problem? can I read Beekeeping for Beginners with my PC or do I need to invest? Thanks!

  3. Laurie King on June 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

    It will be available in all sorts of formats, including just downloading it on your computer. So if you want an excuse to buy an e-reader, fine, but it won’t be necessary.

  4. Carina on June 7, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Says “goodie,goodie” to that, as well as i will VERRYY much read it too!
    If my bees will allow me. It will be harvesting time for me in July.

  5. The Bold Flying Officer on June 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I’m glad I don’t have to do a “tour” with my yearbook … but five days at the Paris Air Show might come a close second!

    Enjoy Laurie.

  6. Betty(swashbuckling caseworker) H. on June 12, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Hello! This is my second e-mail(not sure if the first made actual contact)Thank you for Mary Russell’s series.I get a big kick out of their interactions, subtle senses of humor and feeling like I am experiencing the +/- of those times. I’m wondering if (in the fictional universe) Holmes and Russell would have had fun interacting with Mr. Spock (of the Star Trek TV series). Who wouldn’t have fun interacting with smart, non-conquering aliens? Was E.T. the last friendly, non-obnoxious alien?I am looking forward to Pirate King and Beekeeping for beginners. I enjoyed The Art of Detection (Holmes likes to stay busy!!) I am glad that Russell and Holmes keep open minds, as much as any human being can. God has made so many mysteries in our world, some we can try to figure out and some may be there to keep us humble. Thank you for posting your mailing address also.Keep up the terrific literary work ,research and traveling. I hope you have fun with your growing extended family!!!

    • Laurie King on June 12, 2011 at 4:53 am

      Hi Betty, yes, I think your earlier post came to me, your name is certainly familiar, and thanks for writing again. You might enjoy the fan fiction Russell group, who meet and produce stories just like the one you describe. They’re at:

      I’m sure they’d make you very welcome, they’re a great bunch.

  7. strawberry curls on June 12, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Thanks for the link referral, Laurie. One caveat, The Letters of Mary Yahoo Group is open to all who wish to write and/or read Russell/Holmes fan fiction. All POV are welcome, but in truth we have little cross-over fiction. If Betty wishes to write something of this sort it would be well on the site, there are many Star Trek fans who are members. It is funny, or not, how Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell appeal to many who also love all the versions of Star Trek.

    As stated before, the Letters of Mary Yahoo Group is open to all who wish to become members. You do have to be a member to gain access to our extensive archive of stories written by the members, but you don’t have to write to join, but if you do, you can upload your work to our library for all to read.

    I don’t recall any Spock/Holmes crossover fiction. I do know there is an incomplete Dr. Who/Holmes piece and at least one Lord Peter and Harriet story. There are also folders with only Canon Holmes stories in them, so there is a bit of everything. I hope you join, Betty. If you do, post a hello on the site and I’ll introduce you to the community.

    known on LOM as “…the girl with the strawberry curls”

  8. Chris on June 14, 2011 at 6:43 am

    As a Luddite, with no e-reader, I hope to see it in good old-fashioned print form, too – hmm, maybe as an ‘extra’ within Pirate King…?


  9. Laurie King on June 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I hope to see Beekeeping for Beginners as a print edition, but I’m not sure when that will be. If you get the newsletter, you’ll know when I know.

  10. RussellHolmes on June 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Oh! A printed version would be wonderful! I can’t wait to read “Beekeeping For Beginners”!

  11. RussellHolmes on June 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Forgot to mention: nice picture Laurie!

  12. Chris on June 15, 2011 at 12:37 am



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