Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DARK JUSTICE Story Bundle!

I am very lucky to have my (non-cozy) Chicago PI novel, PLAYING WITH MATCHES, included in this amazing story bundle. 

Take a look at these titles, take a look at these authors!

And for the next three weeks only you'll have the opportunity to download them all for one pretty reasonable price. 
I'll let Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Kris Nelscott) explain:

Curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
This bundle comes as close to crime fiction perfection as possible.
When I put the bundle together, I considered various authors and stories. I wanted books similar enough to attract readers (and to allow me to name the bundle), but different enough to provide a sample of the crime fiction genre. (Insiders call "mystery" fiction "crime" fiction because that word is much more accurate.) I also wanted a mix of long-established writers and up-and-comers.
I achieved all of those things and more. This bundle boasts one Grand Master, several award-winners, bestsellers who've hit lists like the New York Times and USA Today with multiple books, household names, and writers who've just entered the mystery field—sometimes with a bang.
We also have a lot of diversity here. Our investigators include an African American detective, a Canadian doctor of Asian extraction, a disabled stockbroker and a group of retired cold case detectives. Throw in a few amateur detectives, a disgraced ex-cop, a female bounty hunter, and the famous Matthew Scudder, who has appeared in film (most recently A Walk Among The Tombstones), and you'll encounter the full range of characters the mystery genre has to offer.
I've read and loved the work of each and every one of these writers. Some of them I've read since I started reading mystery and some I've read since before they ever had a book published. In one of my other incarnations, I'm an award-winning editor, so believe me when I tell you that if there were some kind of Kristine Kathryn Rusch Gold Seal of Approval, the books in this bundle would receive it.
For those of you who have never purchased a bundle from StoryBundle before, welcome! StoryBundle makes ordering and downloading these books spectacularly easy.
The initial titles in the Dark Justice Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:
  • Cold Call by Dean Wesley Smith
  • And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer
  • An Eye For Murder by Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Code Blues by Melissa Yi
  • A Fatal Twist of Lemon by Patrice Greenwood
If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus these outstanding books:
  • Fatal Destiny by David DeLee
  • Playing With Matches by Julie Hyzy
  • A Dangerous Road by Kris Nelscott
  • The Night and the Music by Lawrence Block
  • The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell

Julie here again:
So there you have it! This fabulous collection of crime fiction will be gone before you know it. Don't miss out!

Here's the link to DARK JUSTICE.

PS: In case you were curious, I am still plugging away at the "purge-atory" piles here. Making headway, at least!

Monday, October 26, 2015

I'm in Purge-atory!

What a mess!
My husband has been complaining about the state of our carpeting for years and rightly so. The carpet in our house is 18 years old and some of it started to look worn ten years ago. We did get rid of the worst of it back in 2009 when we installed hardwood flooring in the living room and dining room, but our room? The upstairs hallway? Family Room? My writing cave? Yeah, they've suffered long enough. It's time.

I put this day off for as long as I could. Not because I don't like new and pretty things, but because I knew what an ordeal it would be to clear out the rooms -- especially this one, my writing cave. The installers can't be expected to move the several hundred (:::cough::: thousand) books that keep me company in here. Or my files and supplies. Or the piles of paper from the millions (only slight exaggeration there) of story ideas I constantly jot down and stuff into file folders.

Here's a glimpse at the pile (literal!) of pain ahead of me.

Even though the installers won't be here until tomorrow, my pain started this weekend. I'm achy from moving everything out. Now it's time to wade in and start sorting. My "purge-atory" has just begun.

How much do you want to bet that it will be at least another 18 years before we change carpeting again?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Resurrecting the blog part deux

My plan to return to blogging regularly didn't quite work out, did it? 
Thanks to a friend's comments (back in July - yikes!) I realized that folks online actually do check this space out from time to time and I really ought to either put up (a post) or shut up (take the blog down entirely).

So with big thanks to Dave (I say to you: "Hi!"), here goes:

Anderson's Bookshop

Foreign Eclairs, the 9th book in the White House Chef Mystery series, comes out January 5, 2016.

I'll have more news to share about Ollie in the coming months, but in the meantime, here's a little snippet about the book:

White House executive chef Ollie Paras has served plenty of meals to foreign dignitaries from around the world. But someone is ready to serve her an ice-cold dish of revenge...

Things are about to really heat up for Ollie. News of a bombing and attempted breakout at a federal prison reveals that the brother of a terrorist she helped defeat is back with a vengeance. And after she gets mugged on her way home from work, the Secret Service won’t leave her side, fearing she is now a target.
When a White House staff member is murdered, officials rush to action over a possible security breach. It may be time for Ollie to trade in her apron for a bullet-proof vest as she becomes part of a bold strategy to make sure this terrorist gets his just desserts...

Another fun update:
All the White House Chef mysteries to date and several of the Manor House Mysteries (Books 1 - 3) are available on audio!! Woo-hoo!!

And with these updates, I'm back! I hope to post more updates very soon!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Resurrecting my long-neglected blog

Hello lovely blog-readers! You may not remember me. I'm Julie, the owner of this blog. I've neglected this space for so long that I'm afraid everyone has forgotten it exists.

My goal today is to ignore all the crazy busy-ness going on in the real world to bring you up to date with book news.

Coming June 2nd - MANHATTAN MAYHEM

Best-selling suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark invites you on a tour of Manhattan’s most iconic neighborhoods in this anthology of all-new stories from the Mystery Writers of America. From the Flatiron District (Lee Child) and Greenwich Village (Jeffery Deaver) to Little Italy (T. Jefferson Parker) and Chinatown (S.J. Rozan), you’ll encounter crimes, mysteries, and riddles large and small. Illustrated with iconic photography of New York City and packaged in a handsome hardcover,Manhattan Mayhem is a delightful read for armchair detectives and armchair travelers alike!

And... my short story, "White Rabbit," is included in this gorgeous volume. I'm so excited. Hope you get a chance to read this amazing collection (and it really is amazing. But then again, with all those illustrious authors, how could it not be?) Woo-hoo!! 


Also in June:

The fabulous Chicago Tribune sponsored literary fest will be held June 6th and 7th

I'm on a panel on Sunday, June 7th at 1:00 and will be signing books at the Mystery Writers of America tent immediately afterward, until 4:00. Hope to see you there!

And...summer's coming soon and you know what that means:
A new Manor House (Grace) Mystery!

GRACE CRIES UNCLE comes out July 7th

When Grace’s estranged sister Liza shows up on her doorstep, the timing couldn’t be worse. Grace’s beloved boss and benefactor, Bennett Marshfield, has finally gotten her to agree to a DNA test to establish if he is, in fact, her uncle. If so, Grace would move from being the trusted curator and manager of Marshfield Manor to Bennett’s heir. And her duplicitous sister would be right behind her in the line of inheritance.

Liza is not the only mysterious visitor to arrive in town. A man claiming to be an FBI agent has shown up, and a swarm of avaricious antique collectors have descended on Emberstowne for a prestigious convention. When Bennett reveals he’s in mind to acquire a secret antique and the FBI agent turns up dead, the plot thickens. And Grace can’t help but wonder if Liza is at the center of it all…

I'll have a WHOLE lot more news to share in the coming weeks (book signing party, Alex St. James news, Midwest Writers Workshop, and more). Tune in again soon!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Story Bundle

If you haven't read my first Alex St. James mystery, DEADLY BLESSINGS, here's an awesome opportunity to download it along with other mystery titles and pay what you like (minimum $5). If you choose to pay $14, you'll unlock even more great stories.

Details here:

I hope you'll take a look!