Susan Van KirkAuthor
From my blog
Recently, I recalled one of the lows of book writing in a local newspaper: the many rejections an author faces. In this column, I am balancing that up with the joys. One of the high points of writing a book with a publisher is seeing that final book delivered...
On the Road Again …
Having done a number of signings in bookstores and libraries all over the local area, I’m now heading out with fellow author, Jim Jacobs, [ author of No Ordinary Season], to set up signings in Peoria, the Quad Cities, and eventually, Chicago. I’m also talking with book clubs and groups such as Rotary or PEO about my Endurance series. See events on this website under “Events” tab. I can be reached through this website under “Contact” for any events you may have in mind.
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.
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.
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.
“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/