#MyrtleMondays: Cold-Blooded Myrtle releases tomorrow!

Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya, tomorrow, you’re only a day awaaaaaaay! Yes, that’s right, Dear Readers, we are less than twenty-four hours from the big release of Myrtle Hardcastle Mysteries Book 3, Cold-Blooded Myrtle!  There’s still plenty of time to get in on all the release week fun!

Comic strip heroine Little Orphan Annie (1924-2010) grew out of the penny dreadful tradition of Myrtle’s era, and endorsed several wholesome products for kids, like Ovaltine and murder mysteries.

Myrtle’s third misadventure in Victorian criminology is already receiving rave reviews, including a star from Kirkus, plus another honor I can’t officially tell you about yet (pssst–it rhymes with windy text).

And my tireless publicity team at Algonquin Young Readers is hard at work behind the scenes, arranging my massive virtual and live book tour! See all my upcoming events here and here!

But we’ve already started celebrating…

A big thanks to the Southern Festival of Books for kicking off release week with a terrific panel Saturday morning with Kathi Appelt and Jessica Young. Librarian Lis Ann Morehart from the Shelbyville-Bedford County (TN) Public Library did a magnificent job moderating her passionate guests as we chatted about creating lifelong readers and inspiring kids through books. Thanks to festival bookstore Parnassus Books in Nashville for sponsoring the festival!


After the panel, I popped over to The Raven Bookstore in nearby Lawrence, KS, to sign stock. The Raven is hosting one of my virtual events this week (Wednesday evening)–click here to RSVP!

Bookstore cats Ngaio and Dashiell could barely contain their excitement at my appearance (so much for celebrity!). Your Learned Author, on the other hand, was a little more starstruck.

I can’t begin to tell you how displeased my own cats are that we don’t have six foot banners of them on display.

We all know it’s hard to impress a cat, but this GIANT STACK OF SIGNED COPIES would make the most famous author feel humble.

Hey! I made those!

So. Are you ready for Christmas in October? Cold-Blooded Myrtle will be on bookstore and library shelves (and e-readers and audiophile files!!) everywhere tomorrow, October 5, 2021!

And don’t forget your copies of the first two Myrtles!

Come and see me this week! Unless, of course, you’re too busy reading…