The Mystery Writers of America has released its list of 2015 Edgar Awards nominees. Lots of friends and terrific writers on the list. I'm particularly pleased that James Ellroy is a Grandmaster Award recipient--an honor long overdue for one of the best crime writers of our generation or any other, and that Charles Ardai, publisher of Hard Case Crime, will get the Ellery Queen Award.
In Empty Rooms news, I've published chapters 2 and 3 on my Facebook author page, so if you read chapter 1 already, you can go see what happens next. If you haven't read 1, start there and keep going. I'll be posting a chapter each weekend until the official publication date of February 8.
I'll also be all over the blogosphere in the days leading up to that date. More info to come, including links to all the crime/thriller/mystery-oriented sites that have invited me to contribute.
Meanwhile, reviews continue to roll in. I'm delighted that all the reviews on Amazon to date give the book five stars. That'll certainly change, but it's fun while it lasts.
Finally, I feel cheesy even saying this, but it's something authors probably should say more often. We write because we love to, because we're driven to tell stories, because characters inhabit our consciousness and won't get out. But that's not why publishers publish books. They do that because they love books, but they also need to earn a profit. I'd like to write more books about these characters, but that's not likely to happen unless this one sells some copies. If you've ever liked anything I've written, you'll like Empty Rooms. Please buy it, in whatever form works for you (ebook editions are coming soon!). The Amazon link is above, and here are Barnes & Noble and Indiebound.