The Fortune Teller launch date is almost here and I have some book events scheduled for June & July I want to share. All the dates, times and links are listed below. I’ll be in Los Angeles, San Diego and Houston, and also I’ll be doing two discussions online – one with the Goodreads group The Life of a Book Addict, which is open for anyone to participate, and the other will be an online interview with The Tarot Guild’s show Tarot Insider. You’ll need to download the Zoom app to participate, but if you miss the interview they will be uploading it to YouTube afterwards.
So if you’re in the neighborhood please come and join me!
Tues. June 6 – The Fortune Teller Launch Party! At Book Soup in Los Angeles 7pm
Sat. June 10 – Reading & Signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore San Diego 2pm
Sun. June 11 – Online chat with the Goodreads group The Life of a Book Addict 12pm-1pm PST/ 3pm-4pm EST
Sun. June 11 – El Segundo Library’s Annual Authors Fair, Panel discussion at 3pm & Signing 4pm-5pm
Tues. June 13 – Online Live Interview with Tarot Insider 11:30am PST
Fri. June 16 – Barnes & Noble, Torrance Del Amo location, Reading & Signing at 7pm (link coming soon)
Fri. June 23 – Reading & Signing Brazos Bookstore, Houston TX 7pm
Tues. June 27 – Reading & Signing Redondo Beach Library Author Talk at 6:30pm
Wednes. June 28 – El Segundo Library’s Book Club Discussion of The Fortune Teller
Fri. July 14 – Book discussion/Tarot Salon at Mystical Joy in Redondo Beach, 7pm
Sat. July 15 – Book discussion & signing at Indigo Alliance in Pasadena
Sun. July 16 – Ladies, Lunch & Literacy Smart Summer Reads Author Event, 3-5pm – 6 authors in one house in Manhattan Beach! (tickets required)
I’m thrilled to share with you the book trailer for The Fortune Teller!
Watch it on YouTube:
Infinite thanks to authors M.J. Rose, B.A. Shapiro, Kelli Estes and Nancy Bilyeau for providing a quote for the book. Click on Picador/ Macmillan’s book page to read the full text, which will be on the cover.
Special thanks to Sam K. Yano for editing the trailer with music from Pond5 and images from Pond5 & iStock.
There is a Goodreads Giveaway happening this week for 5 signed advance reader copies of The Fortune Teller.
Enter to win! Open to the US and Canada through 5/1.
I’m thrilled to share an excerpt of The Fortune Teller.
Click here to read the opening 2 chapters, which follow the first 2 tarot cards of the Major Arcana in a tarot deck: The Fool & The Magician…
The Fortune Teller will be published on June 6, 2017 and is now available for pre-order. I look forward to you reading the story!
Saturday 4/22 I’ll be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books doing a signing for The Memory Painter and a giveaway of advance reader copies for The Fortune Teller.
I’ll be at the RWA Los Angeles Chapter Booth #937 from 12-2pm and then the SoCal Mystery Writers of America Booth from 4-5pm. Stop by and say hi and grab an advance reader copy.
If you aren’t in the LA area but would still like a peek at an early copy of The Fortune Teller, there are a few Goodreads Giveaways that will be happening between now and June 6. Picador is holding one this week for 10 advance reader copies. The giveaway ends 4/15. Click here to enter.
PicadorUSA is running a Goodreads Giveaway for The Fortune Teller this week, ending 3/28. Click here to enter to win an Advance Reader Copy! They are giving away 10.
Recently I was invited to talk about The Fortune Teller with Joanna DeVoe on her podcast Hippie Witch. I had a lot of fun visiting with her about the book, which is coming out 6/6/17. Click here to listen.
I wanted to share my experiences using Pinterest, because I love it so much. There are a million ways to use Pinterest. I use it as a visual inspiration board as well as for research while I’m writing a novel. I started doing it with The Memory Painter several years ago to find images that inspired me and it became a valuable writing tool.
When I began working on The Fortune Teller, I used Pinterest even more because I started a board right away at the beginning stages of creating the story. I would plug in search words like “tarot,” “divination,” and “ancient oracles,” for example and get a ton of images to sort through. Anything that struck me in a powerful way I would save to the board. I also found some great websites and resources on ancient maps and libraries, as well as historical pictures for some of the lifetimes I was writing, particularly with the Romani. The wonderful thing too is when you’re all done you can look back at your board and see your writing journey. It’s like a personal visual scrapbook you can share.
Here’s my journey on Pinterest while writing The Fortune Teller.
One other neat feature that I accidentally stumbled on is you can create secret boards! So I’ve got one for the next book I’m writing that already has 104 pins. Now whenever I start researching a story I’ll create a Pinterest board right away. It’s like my official greenlight to get going. I look forward to sharing that board too in the future.
So if you’re a writer and you’ve stumbled on this post and are looking for some added inspiration I do recommend trying Pinterest out.
For my upcoming novel, The Fortune Teller, I’ve compiled a list of books, documentaries, films and other materials that helped with my research.
The Fortune Teller is a mystery and a romance and it time-travels but in a much different way than my first novel, The Memory Painter, which delved into reincarnation and the secret of the Great Pyramid. The Fortune Teller explores the power of intuition, predicting the future and protecting the past. The story spans about two thousand years of history and races across Europe with our heroine, Semele Cavnow, an ancient manuscripts appraiser, as she unravels the mystery behind the world’s first tarot deck.
Here is a link to The Fortune Teller’s Selected Bibliography Page. I’ve organized everything into categories: The Tarot, The Science, Antiquities, and The Lifetimes. If you click on each image it will take you to Goodreads or IMDB or YouTube or to an official website where you can learn more about each one.
I’ll be posting more news as we approach The Fortune Teller‘s launch on June 6, 2017. And I’m excited to share that the book is now available for pre-order online and at bookstores if you’d like to reserve a copy. I look forward to you reading it!
The Fortune Teller is having a publisher’s Goodreads Giveaway this week, from 2/14 to 2/21!
10 Advance Reader Copies available.
Click here to enter on Goodreads