And how nice is THAT?!!

Sunday before last, April 7th, thanks to Kate Shugak being the Kindle Daily Deal, this is what the Amazon.UK e-bestseller lists looked like:

Kate was holding down #1, #4 and #5 on the paid list and #5 on the free list.

Thank you, Amazon.UK, and thank you, UK readers!

You guys read way too fast.

I posted to the Danamaniacs page yesterday morning as follows:

And to everyone who has already zoooooomed through Bad Blood:
A) learn to read more slowly, please
B) outrage, anguish, a prayer that I die a painful death, these are fine, but no spoilers, and
C) take a breath.

As I said last night (click on “See event details” below to watch the livestream of the pub day launch at The Poisoned Pen, beginning with the slide show)

this is not the last book in the series.

Some reader comments yesterday about Bad Blood, taken from the Danamaniacs Facebook page, my Facebook page, my Twitter feed, and here on, as follows:

Cindye Baily Dana, A. I did read it as slowly as I could, LOL! B. agreed! LOL! C. will do, once I am able…

Jeanne Powell Dana Stabenow ~ Thank you for the last comment!!!!

Arlene Kleinman Fell I can’t help A; fast is my normal reading speed. But what I generally do with special authors is first read fast (i.e., normal) so I can find out what happens and then immediately reread at a more leisurely pace to savor it.
And I have to say the descriptions in this book are worth savoring. Talk about verbal paintings! You really outdid yourself in that department, Dana.

Kymm Stokke Dana, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–I’d much rather you take the time you need to write the stories you need to write, the way you need to write them, than churn out a lot of schlock. The wait will be worth it, because you do good stuff.

Jackie Cudd Blowers I was lucky to receive an ARC of Bad Blood, so I have been done reading for awhile. All I can say is that I swear I heard Dana’s evil giggle echoing in my ear as I turned the last page!!

Dana sez, Thanks for not spoiling, Jackie, and you’re so right about the evil giggle.

Sharon Genaux Grumble, grumble I may not forgive you, Dana. On the other hand, your new Silk Road books sound very intriguing. Your descriptions of Alaska bring that landscape alive for me; I can’t wait to see the Orient through your eyes.

Karen Buys As long as this isn’t the last book in the series there will be no screams of outrage from me. I’m still digesting and will definitely need to read again more slowly, but a wonderfully written story Dana. Thank you!!

Karen Van Ness-Hartless Are you kidding me? You can’t leave the book like that, I’m dying here!!

Jean Sherwood I’m very happy to hear that Dana! I was muttering some fine words as I finished your wonderful book.

Valerie Moreau very, very glad to hear it’s not the last book. As with Jean above I had some choice words at that ending.

Dana sez, I’m always eager to learn new words.

Denise Sormberger Prosalik Pleasae tell me you already have the next book written?? Loved it and a cliffhanger for sure!

D. McCaulley Holy Crap! I just finished the last page and had to come running in to the computer to see if there was anything about Kate and Mutt surviving!

Dana sez, You have read other books in the Kate Shugak series, right?

Tracey Steele
When I got to the last pages, I actually raised my hand to my mouth and gasped in horror. Like the damsel in distress that I am. Shock and awe!

Tricia Mattson Yes, I know they are characters in a book series but you have made them so REAL that it’s hard not to be so invested! Can you maybe do a short story if not a new book before another year’s time??

Jackie Renner As always I enjoyed the book- the story, the characters, the glimpse of Alaska. I reached the end of the book and in disbelief kept hoping I missed a page or 17 but still only the acknowledgments were present. The wait for the next book will be interminable.

Debra Eisert I was listening to the audiobook while my husband and dog slept beside me. Needless to say, their sleep didn’t last through the last chapter….

Dana sez, Impossible to describe the pride and joy I feel that you all care so much about these characters who have been with us for twenty years. Thank you!

Buy links for the book:

And since you asked, click here for your own Kate 20/20 mug, which includes a bag of Tsunami Blend, which as you will remember from Midnight Come Again is that known coffee snob, Chopper Jim’s favorite coffee.

Win a Friends of Mutt sticker!

That would be one of these:

Mutt Sticker
If you can’t see the form below, click here.

Do these two things:

Change your Facebook profile photo to the cover of Bad Blood (download it here)

and fill out this form:

FYI, this is where I put mine:

It’s fun to see the doubletakes in airport lounges when I’m on my computer
and the apple is shining through the sticker.

One week and counting!

Pre-order your copies here

Alaska noir for Christmas!

Are you getting a Kindle for Christmas? Or maybe an iPad mini? Or look, a Nook? (Sorry.)

If so, I’ve got a 99-cent surprise for you this merry Christmas morn…

...Kate and Mutt hit the mean streets of Anchorage...

…a brand-spanking new Kate Shugak e-story! In the best Raymond Chandler fashion, Kate and Mutt are hired to find the missing son of an Alaskan nabob. As always, taking anything an Alaskan nabob tells you at face value can be hazardous to your health…

From Amazon, for your Kindle.

From Barnes and Noble, for your Nook.

From iTunes, for your iPad/iPhone.

From Kobo.

Happy holidays, everyone!

...coming to a bookstore near you on February 26, 2013...

Two months and ticking until Bad Blood comes out.

And the winnahs are…

Guys. You’re killing me here.

I’m writing this at 10:42pm Wednesday, and knowing this post has to be up tomorrow morning because I promised you it would be is all that’s holding my feet to the fire to get this done. I should have known you wouldn’t make it easy for me. I’m doomed with fans who are as a body way too smart and way too funny. You give me hope for the future of the human race. I thoroughly enjoyed all of your entries and I wish I had 83 ARCs to give to each and every one of you.

To recap:

On Tuesday I announced that, courtesy of my publisher, the Beast, I had three ARCs (advance reading copies) of Bad Blood to give away. Bad Blood being the twentieth Kate Shugak novel, publishing in three months. I asked two things: That you tell me in the comments why I should send you the ARC, and that you share the post on your social network.

Your response was overwhelming. As of [very] early this morning, when I disabled the comments, there were 87 comments, the post had been shared 326 times on Facebook, tweeted 25 times, and even emailed once. That doesn’t count the three people who retweeted my tweet and the people who shared from my Facebook page.

You ‘maniacs are the red shift limit BEST!

And now, without further screwing around, the winnahs are—

Susan Wassenhove of Mishawaka, Indiana, who wrote

While I am a huge fan and love that you can transport me back to Alaska in a nanosecond I really think it’s my mother who deserves to win.

My mom is an amazing woman and at 85 years old just retired from working at Notre Dame University and she owns and runs the bar she inherited from her mother (who owned and ran it from 1924 until she was 90 and who inducted into the Bartender Hall of Fame! ). My mother has turned this little neighborhood bar into a great blues bar that draws bands from all over the country.

My mom has had a bad year. Last november she was diagnosed with colon cancer (yep, has worked through it all), and has been going through chemo this year. She unexpectedly lost her son who died unexpectedly. He was 2 weeks shy of his 50th birthday. She is now due for one year follow up colonoscopy and PET scan as well as a hernia repair (the hernia is from her colon surgery). Her stress level is high and I think the escapism that your latest book would be a great thing for her!

My mom came to visit me when I lived in Sitka back in the 90s so did get a a small view of Alaska. Winning the ARC would give her another Alaskan vacation without the hassle of flying from the Midwest!

Dana says, “Lyn and Doretta agree, Susan wins for her mom.”

Janet Ghilarducci of Palo Alto, California, who wrote

I have been selected to join the intergalactic expedition to Ursa Major II. Signs of intelligent life have been detected on the OberonTitan corps and part of our mission is to make contact and exchange scientific and cultural knowledge. We are set for blast-off on January 3, 2013 at 0500. Having an advanced copy of Bad Blood would of course contribute to my personal enjoyment but would also allow me to share the complete set of Kate Shugak books with not only my fellow expedition members (which will surely raise my esteem in their eyes) but also with the members of whatever alien civilization we encounter. Of course, this is a top-secret, privately funded endeavor and I am counting on your discretion.

Dana says, “It isn’t every day I get an offer to break publishing ground on a new planet.”

Tom, who wrote in the very first comment to be posted

Not funny or imaginative…simply that I am out of work, and cable is shut off. Electricity is next. Reading by candlelight in evening helps keep mind off day to day problems…using computer in the library.

Dana says, “Tom gets an ARC, and fervent wishes for a better year to come.”

Special mention goes to Stella and Amanda’s poems and Sue’s haiku, and to the new disease Kelly invented right here on, Barbara, I don’t know what guy you’re talking about and I never shop at Costco so you couldn’t possibly have run into us there, and if the Mayan thing really does kick in on December 21, to Kymm, Andrew and the rest of you, I extend my most sincere apologies.

And thank you for playing!

…coming to a bookstore near you on February 26, 2013…

The ARCs are out!

The ARC in question being an advance reading copy of this little tome:

the twentieth Kate Shugak novel

Traditionally, ARCs go to book reviewers and bookstore owners in hopes they will like the book enough to recommend it to reviewers and readers so as to pump up pre-orders and, you guessed it, sales.

We here at (AKA me and the mouse in my pocket) think “twenty” is a pretty significant number. In recognition that Kate and Mutt made it this far…

…we’re giving away three free ARCs to three deserving Danamaniacs!

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