Susan Van KirkAuthor
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Until recently, I’d forgotten how difficult it is to start writing a new book, let alone a new series. At the beginning, I must create all new characters, locations, back stories, and plots. Because I write mysteries, I will spend hours putting together the...
Interview on WGIL
Jim Jacobs, author of No Ordinary Season, and I will be on WGIL on Valentine’s Day at 7:10 A.M. (yikes, that is early.) We’ll be talking about our upcoming book signing at Stone Alley Books on Saturday, February 18, from 11 A.M to 2 P. M.
Big Sale Opportunity Jan 13-15
I’m offering my Endurance novella, starring TJ Sweeney, free on January 13-15. It’s a way of saying “thank you” to all of my readers. You can download it at Amazon on these three days here.
“My Book” Essay in Mystery Scene Magazine
Mystery Scene Magazine has put an essay about my second Endurance novel, Marry in Haste, online. You can read about it at https://mysteryscenemag.com/blog-article/5486-my-book-marry-in-haste You’ll see a shout out to my home town of Galesburg, Illinois, and my current town of Monmouth, Illinois.
Early Reviews for Marry in Haste
“Grace looked up from the diary. 1893. Seventeen years old. I’m trying to remember when I was that young. She seems so mature in some ways, especially when she is talking about her mother. But, she’s also sheltered. I wonder what she’ll think of Endurance.” from “Marry in Haste”
Small town America has never been made more real in a fictional city as in Endurance. Van Kirk delves into the subject of domestic abuse by presenting this enthralling mystery involving two strong women a hundred years apart. Well plotted and a very interesting read.” P.J. Adamson, author of the Lillian Dove Mystery series and winner of the Clue Award in Suspense
“Marry in Haste is a riveting mystery and an unflinching look at domestic abuse, both past and present. Skillfully plotted, Van Kirk delves into a difficult subject matter with a deft touch. Incisive and intriguing.” Anna Lee Huber, National Bestselling Author of the Lady Darby Mysteries.
“A retired teacher struggles to solve two murders committed decades apart. Van Kirk balances present and past crimes deftly in her second foray into detection.” Kirkus Reviews
The Beginning of Promotions for Marry in Haste
Today, November 9, is the beginning of a series of posts on various websites for Marry in Haste. A huge “thank you” to all the various authors who have been kind enough to allow me to post on their sites. Here is the upcoming list:
Nov 9 Writers Who Kill (E.B. Davis) http://www.writerswhokill.blogspot.com [An interview about the book and my writing]
Nov. 14-21 A GoodReads giveaway of three Advanced Readers Copies of Marry in Haste.
Nov. 11 An interview on Mysteristas https://mysteristas.wordpress.com/
Nov 12 Taste of the Arts: A Night in Paris at the Buchanan Center for the Arts, auctioning off two names for the third book Death Takes
Nov. 15 I’ll be posting about my book on Femmes Fatales at http://femmesfatales.typepad.com/
I’ll be posting about the history of domestic violence laws at Suzanne Adair’s Relevant History
Nov 16 Marry in Haste is officially launched and people are no longer pre-ordering but ordering.
Nov 18 I’ll be posting at Dru’s Book Musings about “A Day in the Life” of my character, Grace Kimball at https://drusbookmusing.com/
Nov. 18 I’ll be posting about my book on Marni Graff’s site, Auntie M Writes at https://auntiemwrites.com/
Nov. 21 Lori Rader-Day will interview me with her “three questions” on her website at http://loriraderday.com/
Nov. 26 I’ll be talking about the house at 402 on Jungle Red Writers at http://www.jungleredwriters.com/
Nov. 28 I’ll be doing a “First Monday” interview with Judy Penz Sheluk on her website at http://www.judypenzsheluk.com/
Nov. 29 I’ll do a guest interview with Jim Jackson on his website at http://blog.jamesmjackson.com/
Following this social media frenzy, I’ll be doing book signings and talks starting on December 10. See the “Events” Tab on this page at the top.
October thru December, 2016: Advertising and Promotion
The latest Endurance mystery, Marry in Haste, will launch on November 16. However, the work of promoting and advertising begins well in advance.
Cover Reveal for “Marry in Haste” July 22, 2016
The cover for Marry in Haste is done, and you can see it on the tab above titled “Endurance Mysteries.” Five Star has designed a wonderful cover with a dark, hazy house that figures prominently in the story. It is Lockwood House, home to Judge Charles Lockwood and his wife in the 1890s, and a restoration project for Grace’s love interest, Jeff Maitlin, in the 21st century.
Dru’s Book Musings and a Free Giveaway
On July 9 and 10, 2016, The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ Sweeney will be FREE to download to your Kindle from the Amazon Kindle Bookstore. You can download it here. On Saturday, July 9, 2016, you can read all about a day in the life of TJ Sweeney, a detective at the Endurance Police Department. Just go to Dru’s Book Musings here. If you’ve been missing the town of Endurance and Grace Kimball and friends, this novella is a great opportunity to catch up on an adventure that falls between Three May Keep a Secret and Marry in Haste (out November 16, 2016.)
Kindle Now Available
If you live locally, the Warren County Public Library now has a Kindle you may check out just like a book. My novella, The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ Sweeney, is already preloaded so you can read it if you don’t have your own Kindle. This service begins on May 10, 2016.
During the month of April, I’ll be appearing on Wicked Cozy Authors website, Kevin’s Corner, Debra Goldstein’s website, and Barb Schlichting’s Author Spotlight on her website. Currently, I have a post up at Comma Sense Editing. All of these appearances promote my novella, The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ Sweeney. I’ll be guest posting into the summer also with this particular book.
The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ Sweeney
A new novella about TJ Sweeney’s most personal case will be released as an ebook on April 10, 2016. It can now be pre-ordered at the Kindle store on Amazon.com. While it occurs between the first and second Endurance mysteries, it can be read as a standalone.
New Launch Date for “Marry in Haste”
My publisher just informed me that Marry in Haste, the second book of the Endurance series, will not come out June 22, 2016, as planned, but instead will come out November 16, 2016. While this is a great date for Christmas buying, it isn’t such a wonderful surprise for readers who have had to wait two years between books. I’m disappointed too, but we’ll carry on.
And a Mystery in Between
And I’ve started writing the fourth mystery…a very short mystery called a novella, but Grace Kimball is not the main character. Hoping to have it out as an ebook in spring, 2016. The working title is “The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ Sweeney.”
Marry in Haste, edited, August 14, 2015
Marry in Haste, the second title for The Endurance Mysteries, is now edited and back with Five Star Publishing. Watch for more announcements about Advanced Readers Copy giveaways as we near the publishing date of November 16, 2016.
“Second Acts,” a blog by Joanne Guidoccio, invited me to stop by and visit today.
You can see my progression from teacher to writer if you check out her blog at http://joanneguidoccio.com/