What dragon on the spine?

I was down at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore yesterday, signing the next load of Silk and Song, and Julie said how much she liked the dragon on the spine. I said what dragon on the spine?

dragon on spine

This dragon on the spine!

No one has ever built me a book like this before so it never occurred to me to remove the cover and look at what might be on the actual book. My mistake.

Although the cover is gorgeous, too, like this gold leaf image of North Wind on the cover spine.

North Wind on spine

Not quite all of these books are sold yet.

Dana w:S&S

But all of them are signed.

S&S signed

Click here to order a signed copy today for yourself
or for that special reader in your life.
It would make a great Christmas gift. She whispered seductively…

Tomorrow, you, me, high noon* at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Be there.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, yeah, yeah–what you really want to concentrate on is

Small Business Saturday!

As in tomorrow at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, from noon till three*, and here’s how to get there. Barbara Peters, owner and proprietor of that self-same bookstore


and me


will be recommending all the best books for good reads and great gifts.

Think Reddit AMA, only about books.

Tell us what you like to read and we’ll find more of it.

Want to step out of your reading comfort zone? We’ve got you covered.

Give us a brief description of the loved one you want to buy a book for and we will find the perfect book for that person.

Books. The gift that keeps on giving.

Soundtrack to this post.

And wait till you see the orange silk bookmark.


It arrived with this message from Nic Cheetham, prince among editors.


Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

Join me at the Poisoned Pen today!

Isn’t that a nice-looking store? Don’t that photo just make you want to hop in your car and zip on down? Of course it does.


For one thing (she said modestly) I’ll be there from 11a-3p handselling books to anyone looking for great Christmas gifts or even just great reads.

For another, all hardcovers are 25 percent off today only. You just better get here before I get out my own credit card, is all I’m saying.

And if me and a killer sale aren’t enough, at 2pm there will be a panel discussion featuring five, count ’em, FIVE romance authors, including Jennifer Ashley, aka Ashley Gardner, she who writes the Captain Lacey series. The store will have all their books for you to get signed, a great gift for your mom. You know, after you read ’em.

Among many titles I’ll be recommending/forcefeeding you:

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande A genius pick by Franny of my book club this month. Yes, it’s That Conversation we all need to have and we all avoid. My Goodreads review here.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown Eight boys, one boat, the 1936 Olympics, the Depression, Hitler. My Goodreads review here.

Murder and Mendelssohn by Kerry Greenwood Aussie flapper Phryne Fisher’s twentieth outing and one of my favorites. My Goodreads review here.

Ms. Marvel Vols. 1-3 by G. Willow Wilson The perfect gift for any nerd aged 8 to 80. I’m told they’re the hottest ticket in the Homer Public Library right now. I loved them. My Goodreads review here.

Order online, email sales@poisonedpen.com, or call toll free (888) 560-9919.  I’ll be posting and tweeting, so either come! on! down! and show up in pictures on my Facebook page, or  come follow along online!


Though Not Dead a Surprise Me! Club pick

Barbara Peters at the Poisoned Pen writes, “Though Not Dead is a Surprise Me! Club Pick for February. This club is for readers looking for the unexpected from a new or established author.

If Barbara, the most well-read person in the crime fiction field on the planet, thinks Though Not Dead will surprise the club members, I must have done something right. If you’re a crime fiction fan, you should already be getting her monthly Book News. If you’re not, you’re nuts, and subscribe here.

To join the Surprise Me! Club, and any or all of the other Poisoned Pen book clubs, email them at sales@poisonedpen.com, or call them toll free at (888) 560-9919.

Surprise Me! Picks in 2010 included

Coonts, Deborah. Wanna Get Lucky

Boyd, Noah. The Bricklayer

Lawson, Mike. House Rules

Trussoni, Danielle. Angelology

Palumbo, Dennis. Mirror Image

Burton, Milton T. Nights of the Red Moon

I’m in pretty good company there.

Membership in any of the clubs is cancellable after three months, i.e., if you don’t like anything they’re sending you, you can opt out.

But you will.