It’s finally out. Pride and Perilous: A Kyle Callahan Mystery, is on the virtual shelves in print and eBook editions at Amazon (they’ll be linked very soon), as well as eBook at Barnes & Noble.com and Kobo. I don’t know what felt longer- writing it, or waiting for the publication process with its proofs and hard copies and approvals.
In my continuing efforts to master promotion (as well as I can), both Murder at Pride Lodge and Pride and Perilous have ads at Goodreads, along with a 20-book giveaway for Pride and Perilous from June 15 – July 15. There’ll be a reading at the SAGE Center in NYC July 18, and two upcoming book festivals: OutWrite in DC this coming August, and the Brooklyn Book Festival in September.
Meanwhile (is there time for that), I’m revising a long short story about a male couple living in a bleak future, but it’s not a bleak story … I don’t think. I see it as a sort of dystopian love tragedy with a sense of humor. And then it’s back to the Mysteries with the third in the series (but not the third in the Pride Trilogy, that will wait) focusing on a visit Kyle and Danny have with Detective Linda at her new home in the New Jersey woods (you can read the first chapter of it at the end of Pride and Perilous). Let’s keep that mystery train rolling.
Look for a reminder on the 15th. GIVEAWAY LINK HERE
The book proof should arrive today or tomorrow. Once I look it over, it’s time for the “publish my book” button, the eBook upload, and we’re all set. Then a Goodreads ad, book giveaway, Google Adwords, Facebook push out, and see what happens. Here is the book synopsis you’ll find on Amazon soon:
Manhattan’s Katherine Pride Gallery becomes the center of high art and low death in Pride and Perilous, the second of the Kyle Callahan Mysteries. Amateur photographer Kyle is about to have his first photo exhibit at the gallery, just as someone begins killing people connected to it. Bodies start to fall and Kyle realizes somebody wants this gallery closed forever. Joining Kyle and Danny are several of the characters from Murder at Pride Lodge: Kyle’s down-but-never-out TV reporter boss, Imogene Landis. Margaret Bowman, aging owner of successful New York City eatery Margaret’s Passion. The odious Linus Hern, restaurateur from hell and Danny’s nemesis. And Detective Linda Sikorsky from the New Hope, Pennsylvania, police force. She worked on the Pride Lodge murders and became close friends with Kyle and Danny. She’s in town for the opening of Kyle’s show and to fill them in on the new woman in her life. No sooner does she leave the train at Penn Station than she finds herself joining Kyle in the chase to stop a killer as time ticks away. Can they do it before the clock strikes death again?
I’m determined to master the Goodreads thing. Facebook as a means of book promotion was very effective last year, when I was able to push the book out to 4,000 people at the lgbtSr Facebook page and on the Kyle Callahan Mysteries page. But then a funny thing happened … Facebook began requiring money to “promote” posts, while your average everyday post suddenly dropped precipitously in how many newsfeeds it went to. I’ve done that a few times but find it to be unethical. Facebook denies they’ve done any such thing (pages with many times the number of followers as mine have complained to deaf ears).
I like having my pages, especially for lgbtSr, given that it serves its audience. But Zuckerberg really doesn’t need my trickle into his vast fortune, so I have taken the challenge of joining the Goodreads community and not being so shy as an author among authors, writers and readers. I’ve submitted an ad and a book giveaway for Murder at Pride Lodge (book II, Pride and Perilous, is up next). I’m waiting for the ad and giveaway to be approved, and once it is I’ll be back with some links.