Friday, August 28, 2009

My Big Bad Blog Tour

Only a few days left until the "official" release date of The Treasures of Venice, though copies are already on the shelves of some bookstores, and Amazon started shipping orders a week ago!

Once again, Aunty will be all over the blog-o-sphere. I started my BIG BAD BLOG tour to promote the book this week. Some of the blog appearances I arranged and some were arranged by my lovely Sourcebooks publicist, Danielle. I'll be giving away copies of TToV at every stop (except the B&N Mystery board), so if you leave comments YOU could WIN!

Here are some blog appearances starting with today:
WHEW!!! I'm tired after just typing in all those dates! In fact, I'll be leaving on a ten day cruise to Mexico on September 20th in order to recover from my blog tour!

But seriously, if you (or someone you know) has a blog and you'd like to host me on any of the days NOT listed or anytime after October 1st, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! As I'm sure you can guess by this list, Aunty LURVES doing guest blogs, and I love it even more when I have lots of commenters!

Hope to see all of you on one or more of those blog dates.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's HERE!!!!!!!!!!

Break out the bubbly!!!

The first copies of The Treasures of Venice have arrived, and almost two weeks early! Last night I received emails from two good friends of mine, Sharen S. and Nancy L. They both pre-ordered copies of TToV from the same local Barnes & Noble store, and they were both called YESTERDAY and told their books were in.


Aunty is doing the little Snoopy-happy-dance. But I am also pouting, because I haven't yet seen the finished product. I had an email from Amazon that my copies shipped yesterday, and I still haven't received my author copies. WAH!

Since I haven't seen the actual book, it still hasn't quite hit me yet, but I'm sure it will in a day or two. PLEASE!!!

Meanwhile, I have a post up at Casablanca Authors with a new excerpt from TToV (just click on the title of this post to go there). This scene happens to be a favorite of my critique partner, Jo-Mama.

If YOU have received your copy of The Treasures of Venice, I am insanely jealous! But please sent me a photo so I can at least drool over yours until my copies arrive.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

More Pictures From National

Thought I'd share a few more pictures from RWA National in Washington DC.

Aunty and some of her favorite people...

First, yer olde Aunty and the lovely and talented PJ at the Sourcebooks book signing.

Next, Aunty and buddy Bosun TerriO got all dolled up for the Rita/Golden Heart Awards ceremony. No, neither of us were nominated (THIS year), but we had fun anyway.

And speaking of the Awards ceremony... here's someone who WAS nominated (and for the second year in a row)! The elegant and talented Louisa Cornell, who got a hug from Aunty.

But WHERE, you may ask, is Aunty's infamous riding crop? Well of course Aunty would never go to RWA National without the crop! And it was present at the Literacy Signing, as the beautiful and vivacious Bandita Buddy Gannon C. quickly saw for herself.

Well, I think that's enough for now. There are plenty more pictures on FaceBook and elsewhere, but as you can tell from these four, Aunty had a WONDERFUL time. Hope I can have more fun next year in Nashville and that I can meet even more of you!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Less Than a Month!


I now have less than a month to go before The Treasures of Venice is scheduled to be released! Soon I'll be a MULTI-PUBLISHED author!! The concept hasn't quite soaked in yet, and probably won't until I see both my books side-by-side on the shelf.

To be honest, in the past month, I've felt more like someone with Multiple Personality Disorder than a soon to be multi-pubbed author. I spent most of the month fiendishly working to finish the manuscript of my third contracted book, The Wild Irish Sea. My deadline to send the whole thing in to my editor was July 31st and I'm thrilled (but exhausted) to say I MADE IT!

Of course, right in the middle of this big push to my deadline, I dropped everything and went to the RWA National Conference in Washington DC. I had a FANTASTIC time, and for most of that time, I was signing and talking about my debut release The Wild Sight, which had just won an award for Best First Book. And when I arrived home, I was thrilled to discover it had won another award as a "Debut Title That Rocks!"

Now I'm gearing up for the release of The Treasures of Venice, and the month long promotional frenzy that will start... oh, in about three weeks! ACK! Yes, once again, I'll be all over the blogsphere talking about the book and giving away copies. And the reviews are already starting to come in. Just last week, Booklist (the magazine of the American Library Association) gave The Treasures of Venice a terrific review!

Here's some of what they had to say: "McGary's satisfying, fast-paced romance is filled with passion and deception that resonate through the centuries."

Needless to say, I was doing the Snoopy Happy Dance over that one. And hey! What's a little Multiple Personality Disorder among friends?