Archive for December, 2007

TBR challenge

Since I’m clearing off my desk for the new year, decided to add my name to the TBR challenge.

And here are some of the books on my pile for 2008:

Perotta, Tom The Abstinence Teacher

Indridason, Arnaldur Voices

Herkness, Nancy Music of the Night

McMahon, Jennifer Promise Not to Tell

Maass, Donald Writing the Breakout Novel

Clement, Blaize Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter

Kagen, lesley, Whistling in the Dark

Kozak, Harley Jane Dead Ex

McEwan, Ian On Chesil Beach

Kingsolver, Barbara Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Lutz, Lisa The Spellman Files

Niffenegger, Audrey, The Time Traveler’s Wife

Kinsella, Sophie Confessions of a Shopaholic

Eggers, Dave What is the What

Harris, Rosemary, Pushing up Daisies

the weather outside is frightful…

Turned out yesterday’s storm wasn’t too photogenic in Connecticut, but we’re battening down for the next one. We’re having a little dinner party tonight where I’m making mashed potato rolls recommended by Sandi Kahn Shelton–always nerve-wracking to try something new for company! I’ll let you know how they turn out when I’m a guest at her blog on Monday. Meanwhile, here’s my favorite photo of Tonka’s predecessor, Poco:

And here’s a great review on Deadly Advice from

“For fans of cozy mysteries you can’t go wrong with Deadly Advice. It has a very likable main character and good subtle humor. And, for those who shy away from cozies, give this one a try. It doesn’t gloss over the crime and there is a lot more depth to the emotions displayed by all the characters. This is a real standout mystery.”

Stay cozy! Roberta

Cool Review, Cool Day

There’s a very cool new book review site started by well-known mystery writer Susan Wittig Albert, called Storyteller’s Circle. I’m doing the happy dance over this review:

“This book has everything I love about traditional mysteries. Good, tight writing. A strong but far-from-perfect heroine. More secrets than sprinkles on Christmas cookies. A plot that flows smoothly from “What can all this possibly mean?” to “I think I know who did it” to “No, don’t go there, all alone, without telling someone, this close to the end of the book!” Sharon Wildwind.

Meanwhile the blog tour continues–see two posts down. come by and say hello. I’m glad I’m not out driving around today–we’ve got the kind of snowstorm Rebecca was up against in PREACHING TO THE CORPSE. I’ll try to get some photos later…


Crack the champagne–PTTC launched!

December 6 saw PREACHING TO THE CORPSE launched at RJ Julia’s in Madison, Ct. I felt as happy as I look in this photo–such fun to celebrate with friends and family and fans after all those months of hard work!

Don’t forget, mysteries make great stocking stuffers! Roberta

Preaching to the Corpse: Blog Tour

Hip, hip, hooray! PREACHING TO THE CORPSE officially hits the bookshelves this week. And I will be blasting off on my first-ever blog tour. Three cheers for all the hosts who are allowing me to alight on their sites for the day. I will be grateful if you stop by and say hello! Roberta

Dec. 2

The Little blog of murder

Dec. 3
Jungle Red Writers (interview)

Dec. 4
The Dark Phantom (interview)

Dec. 5
Don’t Tell the Stones in the Road (interview)

Dec. 6
Plug Your Book! (book spotlight)

Dec. 7
Beyond the Books (interview)

Dec. 8
Lipstick Chronicles (guest post)

Dec. 10
Pump Up Your Online Book Promotion (interview)

Dec. 11
Blog Talk Radio (podcast)

Dec. 12
Reviewed by Liz (review and guest post)

Dec. 13
The Book Connection (interview)

Dec. 14
Jaye Kaye’s Book Blog (review)

Dec. 17
Sandi Shelton (guest post)

Dec. 18
Leicester Review of Books (interview)

Dec. 19
Publishing Secrets of Authors (guest post)

Dec. 20
Virtual Wordsmith (review and interview)

Dec. 21
Fictionscribe (interview)