See, that’s what happens when I’m in a rush. Instead of Deep Blue Eyes, I come up with Deep Blue Skies. But I’m gonna leave it, because it’s a particularly fortuitous view from my window, and it’ll be weeks before I get to see anything from that vantage point.
You’re going away, aren’t you?
I am, as I’ve mentioned before. In two days I board a train for an Undisclosed Location, where I’ll hole up and try to Get Something Written. And please don’t ask me what I’m going to write.
What are you going to write?
Ah, why do I bother? Look, I don’t know what I’m gonna write. And if I did know I wouldn’t tell you. And no suggestions, okay? I see a lot of hands waving furiously, but I’m going to pretend I don’t. I’m pressed for time, I’ve got packing to do, and I’ve already had David shut down LB’s eBay Bookstore, closed from now until mid-April. So could we please cue the right graphic this time, so I can tell you about a deal you won’t want to miss?
This what you want?
Thanks. There we go, and isn’t she pretty? Hard Case Crime published the book in September, and the story of Doak Miller and Lisa Otterbein, a pair of noir-crossed lovers in small-town Central Florida, has been winning hearts and minds and online reviews ever since. (And it’s done so, I might add, without any attention whatsoever from traditional print media, aside from early raves in trade publications like Publishers Weekly and Booklist. We’re not sure how to explain this, because nobody ever tells you why they’re not reviewing your book, but my guess is it’s the intense level of eroticism. My Hollywood agent pitched the book as “James M.Cain on Viagra,” and that should give you a clue.)
The book’s moving well in hardcover, with a paperback due from Hard Case in July. And my ebook edition has been selling strongly at $9.99.
But forget about $9.99. For the next week, all it’ll cost you is $4.99.
If it’s such a hot ticket, why are you dropping the price?
Because I want as many of you as possible to read it. Hard Case will soon be bringing out a long-lost book of mine, actually the very first crime novel I ever wrote. It’s called Sinner Man, and it’s coming in November, and once you’ve read The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes, how are you gonna keep from pre-ordering Sinner Man?
And also because that Hollywood agent I mentioned got lucky. The story of Doak and Lisa is in development for a TV series. Whether it’ll make the cut is anybody’s guess, but the odds of a cable channel greenlighting the project improve with every reader who buys the book.
Besides, I’m not exactly giving Our Girl away. $4.99 is a substantial amount of money. I mean, for that price you could get a skinny mocha latte.
I suppose this is one of those Amazon-only deals, right?
I already own the hardcover. But at that price I wouldn’t mind picking up the ebook, too. Is that crazy?
Well, I don’t think so, but I might be biased here. You should know, though, that if you bought that hardcover at Amazon, you can pick up the ebook through Kindle’s MatchBook program for the giveaway price of $1.99. Just go to the Amazon page, and if they have you down as a buyer of the printed book, they’ll quote you the MatchBook price.
Uh, how do they know?
All those internet companies know everything about you. But don’t be paranoid. The good news is they all have your best interests at heart.
That’s a load off my mind.
I’m glad I could help. And that’s about all I have to tell you this time around. (Well, almost all. I should add that Mike Dennis, whose audio renditions of Borderline and The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes are the perfect embodiment of noir, turns out to be every bit as adept with nonfiction; he’s just completed the narration for Writing the Novel from Plot to Print to Pixel, and it should be on sale at Audible and Amazon in a matter of days.)
There you go. Take advantage of the half-price offer on The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes before I come to my senses, and by all means tell your friends about it.
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