Monday, April 11, 2011

Inciting a riot for my lovely paperback of A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES





By Rebecca Cantrell


Today’s post is about inciting a riot and then getting off scot free. Hannah Vogel, as we know, never gets off scot free, no matter how glib she might be. This is because her author is mean to her and forces her to constantly confront Nazis in a time of escalating evil. I’ve assured everyone that, between shootings and stabbings and poisonings, she sits around in Switzerland eating the really good chocolate and getting daily massages from a hot Swedish guy named Ulf. So far, no one believes me.

I’m suffering from a bit of disbelief myself. According to my publisher and Amazon and Barnes & Noble and various other online sources, the paperback version of A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES is being released TODAY. Yes, today. Sorry for shouting there, but I’m excited.

I want to find my book in the wild (a bookstore) and take pictures and hold it and pet it and casually watch every single person who comes in to see if they will hold it and pet it and buy it. I want to turn its cover out when no one is looking. I want to write my name on it and stick the “Autographed Copy” sticker on the front with my own hands.

But I can’t. I live on one of the most geographically remote islands on Earth and it’s turning out to be literarily remote as well. Our local Borders went out of business on Saturday. We bought “The Haynes Manual for the Starship Enterprise” on the very last day, plus the first Ian Rutledge mystery because I felt that Inspector Rutledge has been through enough and couldn’t bear to think what might happen to him after closing. Which is a long way of saying: my book isn’t there this time, because there is, in point of fact, no there there.

We have a lovely indie bookstore called Kona Stories in the Keauhou Shopping Center. I’ve bought most of my books there for the last few years and I’ll definitely get to pet A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES when it finally arrives there. But it’s not there yet.

So, I’d like to incite a riot. Please rush to the nearest bookstore and look for the beautiful paperback with the zeppelin on the cover. Take pictures and pet it and turn its cover out. And, if you want, feel free to sign it and slap a sticker right on the front! Talk your way out of it if you can.

14 comments:

Graham Brown said...

Becky - I will be hitting my bookstore - if its still there - tomorrow to start a riot and then tell the local news we were all fighting over the last copy in the store like it was a cbbage patch kid on Christmas Eve. That will then lead to a follow up report about the magnificent book everyone was fighting over - or - they will cut to a story about a guy who ran out of beer and called 911.

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Thanks, Graham! I knew I could count on you.

And, quick, give me that guy's name so I can run him over some beer and ensure that I get his spot on the news!

Michael Wiley said...

Congratulations, Becky! I'll head to the bookstore and move all of your copies into the front window displays. If the store owners don't like the arrangement, the riot will begin . . . .

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Congratulations, Becky! May you sell a gazillion copies!

Odd, isn't it? I live in west Los Angeles and now that the Mystery Book Store is gone and the 2 local Borders are closed, bookstores are scarce. There's a Barnes and Noble up the street, but parking is so bad at that shopping center, it might as well not be there. It's like living on your island - I wish!

Joshua Corin said...

I don't think I'll have a chance to get to a bookstore today, unfortunately, but I can take a.picture of your book on Amazon's website. Just please ignore the glare from the screen. I have an unruly PC and it so does like to glare.

TracyK said...

Congratulations Becky! Have devised devilish plan to get news coverage/riot for your book. Don't want to give away too much detail, but look for news involving one crazed ferret, a large dog, a small electrical fire, my local bookstore and your book. (Hint: Your book saves the day and is crowned local hero thus ensuing beloved popularity).

Rebecca Cantrell said...

I knew the 7 Crims were the perfect place to go when I needed to get a riot started! Thanks, Michael!

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Sue Ann: You have WAAAY better restaurants on your island than we do. But we do have the blue blue sky and oceans and volcanoes. A fair trade?

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Josh: Don't turn your back on the unruly PC. You never know when a glare might escalate into a shock and then into %&*#*(!(&DKJF.....

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Tracy, it's the simple things in life, isn't it? Ya gotta love a crazed ferret.

I'll just sit back and wait for the coverage to roll in now.

Reece said...

Congrats, Becky! The great bookstore Book Passage is across the street from my office. I'm going to go place all your books cover-out on the shelves. And that cover is truly a knockout!

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Thanks, Reece! But don't make Elaine mad! I'll be there in July for A GAME OF LIES and I don't want any trouble. :)

Rebecca Cantrell said...

The UPS man just brought my beautiful paperback copies of A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES! He ran away before I could kiss him. Hooray!

Kelli Stanley said...

Congratulations, Becks!!! I'll head to M is for Mystery as soon as I can and make sure the copies (those left, that is) are fed and watered before I buy my very own. :)

Go Hannah, and go Zeppelin!!