Fire in the Stars, the first in the new Amanda Doucette series, hit the bookshelves in Canada and the UK on September 3rd, and in the US on September 27th. Launches in both Ottawa and Toronto were lots of fun, and various other appearances and signings are in the works.
Barbara is very excited about this brand new series featuring thirty-something Amanda Doucette, an international aid worker who, even while on leave recovering in Canada, can't leave the struggles of innocent people behind. Fire in the Stars is set in rugged western Newfoundland, and she has just submitted the manuscript for the seond in the series, The Trickster's Lullaby, which is set near Mont Tremblant. Others will be set in iconic locations across the country.
In other writing news, last spring the latest Cedric O'Toole Rapid Reads novella, The Night Thief, was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award. Barbara is very pleased with this book, which is not only a mystery but also a touching and human story about Cedric's relationship with a lost little boy.
During this past year she's also been hard at work researching and writing the second Amanda Doucette novel, entitled The Trickster's Lullaby, which is set in Quebec's iconic Laurentian mountains during a winter camping adventure. It is due for release in the Fall of 2017.
Fire in the Stars has already received several stellar reviews, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was launched in style in both Toronto and Ottawa. Stay tuned for updates on various other events and appearances during the fall. And as Hanukah and Christmas draw near, don't forget that a personally autographed book is the perfecct gift for the mystery lover on your list!
Stratford Writers Festival. Barbara is delighted to be invited to participate in the festival this year along with friends and fellow crime writers Steve Burrows and Janet Kellough. Readings and a mystery panel discussion moderated by Globe and Mail Books Editor Mark Medley. 3 - 4 pm. Click here for tickets and event details.
Carlingwood Coles signing. Barbara will be signing Fire in the Stars, and maybe even some Inspector Green backlist, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Carlingwood Mall Coles Bookstore in west Ottawa. Drop by!
Rideau Chapters. Barbara continues her Ottawa signings with the great downtown Chapters opposite the Rideau Centre and within sight of Parliament Hill. 1 - 3 p.m.
The Lighthouse Bookstore, Brighton, ON. Barbara is excited to be invited to the bookstore in this pretty Lake Ontario town for the first time, to chat, possibly do a reading, and sign books. 1- 3 pm. If you live nearby, come on down!
Books and Company, Picton. Barbara is delighted to be back in the lovely town of Picton in Prince Edward County, signing and schmoozing at one of the great independent bookstores. 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Everyone welcome!
Toronto signing of nEvermore. Barbara joins several other anthology authors, including Kelley Armstrong, for a signing of the chilling Edgar Allan Poe-inspired anthology. nEvermore. Indigo at Yonge and Eglinton, 6 - 8 pm.