This past Sunday we spent a wonderful late summer afternoon at the Trumbull Arts Festival where our T.J. Jackson Mysteries tent did a brisk business, with numerous patrons purchasing the entire 3 volume set. Thanks to festival coordinator Emily Areson for her gracious invitation.
Check out this great article in the Westport News on my upcoming visit to the Hall of Fame on August 7th to take part in their Summer Author Series. I'll be sure to post some photos when we get back. Wish me and T.J. luck!
Got another very favorable review from literary blogger Sue Gesing on Spirits of the Pirate House- a 4.5 out of 5. To read her review, and view others, visit her site: http://readaroundsue.blogspot.com/
There should also be a feature on Roberto's Return on her site very shortly!
On Monday evening I made my second visit to the Westport Library Mystery Book Club to discuss their reading of Spirits of the Pirate House. We sat around eating pizza and talking about the story. They had a lot of great questions regarding the actual history involved in the plot. Best of all, they loved the story and are anxious to read Roberto's Return, which I happily previewed. I guess a third visit is in the cards. Thanks to librarian Kris Nash for making this evening happen.
A few weeks ago we received word that Roberto's Return had been accepted for sale by the National Baseball Hall of Fame's bookstore. What an honor! So, we decided to personally deliver the first shipment to purchasing director Drew Taylor. The T.J. publicity team kicked into gear and we ended up spending a hectic yet rewarding day in Cooperstown. In order, we met Mayor Jeff Katz, the director of the Public Library, the head of the Chamber of Commerce, and the Hall's director of education. Hopefully T.J. will grace the bookstore's shelves for a good long while. Check out the slideshow from our visit under "News".
Just received my advance copy of Roberto's Return.
Now Baseball is REALLY here. What better way to show you the book than displayed upon an original box seat from Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, where the great Clemente played for so many years? The book's official release date is April 24. I'll keep you posted as to when it becomes available for sale.
We're really happy with this feature article in today's Books, Inc. page at HamletHub.
Special thanks to Sally Allen, who has been on the T.J. bandwagon since the get-go.
Hope you like it!
Here's a sneak preview of the cover of the third book in the T.J. Jackson Mysteries series: Roberto's Return. It's publication will be during April-just in time for the beginning of Baseball Season! I'm sure you'll agree that cover artist Stephanie Flint outdid herself here. ( She also did the cool cover for Spirits of the Pirate House). You can visit her website: www.spiralgallery.com for more information on her work. Keep an eye out for our Roberto's Return video trailer - daughter Carrie is working on it as we speak!
I got this on a dreary winter's day, and it sure cheered me up...so I'm sharing it with you.
We met a few weeks ago at the Prospect Library. Just wanted to let you know how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading Last Ghost At Gettsyburg. Quite honestly, although I'm a history buff myself, nothing had ever piqued my interest in Gettysburg until TJ and Bortnicker came along! You're an expert teacher, sneaking in the facts and the inspiration before the students, or readers, even know you've done it! I took my time reading it, with my iPad by my side, to help with looking up stuff as I went along. I even found a soundclip of some old Confederate soldiers in the 1930s recreating the Rebel Yell. With Steely Dan on the turntable, thanks to my husband, we enjoyed all 'the Dan' references tremendously. Great job!
So in the spirit of not letting a good thing end, just wanted to tell you that like Bortnicker on page 102, I second that emotion, and I'm off to Bermuda with the kids. What fun.
Best Wishes to you,
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