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 finalized the manuscript for the seond in the series, 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. 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 winter she's also been hard at work researching and writing the third Amanda Doucette novel, entitled Prisoners of Hope, which is set on a summer kayaking trip in Georgian Bay,
Fire in the Stars received numerous stellar reviews, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was launched in style in both Toronto and Ottawa. Stay tuned for signings and appearances during the summer and fall of 2017 as The Trickster's Lullaby is released.
Arthur Ellis Shortlist party. April 20 is the day when Crime Writers of Canada releases its finalists for the Arthru Ellis Awards. They will be announced at an exciting event featuring interviews and readings with a line-up of local writers, including both veterans and newbies. Barbara is thrilled to participate. Fingers crossed for all the elegible works! Chapters Rideau at 7 pm. Come join the drama!
Sept 1 - 2
Women Killing it! Barbara is delighted to be one of eight invited authors at the inaugural Women Killing It! crime writers' festival, being hosted by Prince Edward County on the Labour Day weekend. The fesitval celebrates and contrasts the breadth of Canadian women crime writers from the cosy and light to the dark and gritty. Check out the details and tickets here.
Oct 11 - 15
Bouchercon World Mystery conference. This fall, the internationally renowned Boucheron Mystery conference is being held in Toronto, and Barbara has already signed up to participate. There will be panels and games and readings. Writers, readers, and lovers of crime writers will be there from all over the world. Check out the details on their website.