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.

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, 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!