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New Designs for the Spellman Book Jackets

I’m very excited about the new jacket designs for the Spellman series. As a friend of mine put it: “They’re all like visual puns.” Because the Spellman series doesn’t neatly fit into one genre, it’s been difficult to figure out the right look for the novels. I, for one, think we’ve finally found it. The illustrator behind these brilliant, but spare designs is Noma Bar. If you’d like to learn more about him, please check out more of his artwork.

While the new covers and website might take some getting used to for the Spellman readers who have been with me from the start, I hope you grow to like the jackets as much as I do.

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but we inevitably do and I’m really proud to have these images represent my novels.

The Spellman Files ebook for $1.99 deal (2 weeks only)

For 2 weeks only the ebook version of The Spellman Files will be discounted to $1.99 wherever ebooks are sold. That's cheaper than a beer at happy hour. Although we're not suggesting that you forgo the beer. The Spellman Files and beer make an excellent book/booze pairing. To buy, visit the following retailers:

Or visit your favorite bookstore at IndieBound (many local bookstores sell eBooks through Google books).

Another book giveaway!

Head on over to Goodreads today and enter to win one of 25 copies of Curse of the Spellmans (book #2 in the series). Hurry though, the giveaway ends on August 31st. Also, congratulations to the 25 winners of The Spellman Files in the Goodreads giveaway from last month.

Upcoming Events with Lisa

You can find Lisa (with or without Heads You Lose co-author David) at these upcoming events.

Wednesday September 14, 2011 - 7:00 pm.
Suspense Night at the St. Louis County Library
EVENT DETAILS

Friday, September 16, 2011, 10am.
St. Louis, MO - "Still She Cries" Bouchercon panel "
Still She Cries," a Bouchercon panel also featuring Colin Cotterill, Linwood Barclay, Alafair Burke, Bill Crider, and Elaine Viets
EVENT DETAILS

Friday, September 16, 2011, 1pm.
St. Louis, MO - "Anything You Can Do" Bouchercon panel "
Anything You Can Do," a panel discussion also featuring Stanley Trollip, Matthew Clemens, A.J. Hartley, and David Hewson (also David Hayward)
EVENT DETAILS

Saturday, September 24, 2011, 10am - 4pm.
Santa Rosa, CA - Sonoma County Book Festival
Join David and Lisa at Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa.
EVENT DETAILS

Trail of the Spellmans cover preview

It's still six months from publication (2/28/12!), but I wanted to share the new design for TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS. Look for a redesign of all the Spellman books in the coming months.

Trail of the Spellmans, by Lisa Lutz

Lisa and David on NPR's Morning Edition

Check out the interview with NPR's Scott Simon on the Weekend Edition: No Love Lost In Crime Authors' New Story.

Crime fiction author Lisa Lutz and poet David Hayward were once a couple. They've gotten back together, but this time to write a new crime novel called Heads You Lose. Host Scott Simon talks with the authors, who also created a kind of parallel book within their novel by sharing the e-mail exchanges between the two of them as they wrote, including japes, zingers and even the occasional compliment.

Listen here.

Auction to Benefit Japan

While Lisa and David were in Seattle last week, they signed copies of Heads You Lose at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, along with promotional boxes including the book that the fine folks at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop are auctioning to benefit Japan.

The Seattle Mystery Bookshop (blog) writes:

Their publisher sent us two promotional boxes. Each includes a hardcover copy of the book (signed and dated), a pack of bookmarks promoting the book, a small easel stand promoting the book (signed by both) and a tin of special M&Ms—red, yellow and blue, the same colors as the book—decorated to tie in with the book (sorry, they're a bit too small for two signatures…). Oh, and the tops of the boxes are signed by Lisa and David as well.

As before, the winning bids will go directly to the American Red Cross to Benefit Earthquake and Tsunami Relief in Japan, checks will be made out to the Red Cross and mailed to us before boxes are shipped out. Since these contain hardcover, we'll start the bidding with the price of a new book, $24.95.

Bids will be accepted until noon, Seattle time, Friday April 15. Yes, that's income tax time but think of the deduction you'll be able to declare in 2012!

To bid, call the Seattle Mystery Bookshop at (206) 587-5737 or email staff@seattlemystery.com. For more information, visit their blog, and to find out more about the shop, visit their website.

Heads You Lose Book Tour - Starts April 5

Lisa's latest book Heads You Lose will be available on April 5, 2011 and it's quite possible that Lisa (and her co-author David Hayward) will be coming to a bookstore near you.

The almost complete tour schedule is listed below. For more details about her joint venture and dueling blog posts visit www.headsyoulose.com.

SEATTLE:
Tuesday, April 5 – 7:00 PM
THE GROTTO AT RENDEZVOUS
2322 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-5823

Wednesday, April 6 – 12:00 PM
SEATTLE MYSTERY BOOKSHOP
117 Cherry St.
Seattle, WA 98104
206-587-5737

PORTLAND:

Wednesday, April 6 – 7:00 PM
POWELL'S BOOKS – BEAVERTON
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
503-228-4651

SAN MATEO:

Thursday, April 7 – 7:00 PM
M IS FOR MYSTERY
86 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
650-401-8077

SAN DIEGO:

Friday, April 8 – 7:00 PM
MYSTERIOUS GALAXY
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
Ste 302
San Diego, CA 92111
858-268-4747

LOS ANGELES:

Saturday, April 9 – 2:00 PM
MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR
2940 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
805-374-0084

Saturday, April 9 – 5:00 PM
VROMAN'S BOOKSTORE
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
626-449-5320

HOUSTON:

Sunday, April 10 – 2:00 PM
MURDER BY THE BOOK
2342 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005
713-524-8597

DENVER:

Monday, April 11 – 7:30 PM
TATTERED COVER BOOK STORE – COLFAX AVE
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
303-322-7727

SCOTTSDALE, AZ:

Tuesday, April 12 – 7:00 PM
POISONED PEN
4014 N Goldwater Blvd
Ste 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251-4327
480-947-2974

SAN FRANCISCO:
Thursday, April 14 – 7:00 PM
BOOKS, INC. – OPERA PLAZA
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA
415-776-1111

SACRAMENTO:

Friday, April 15 – 7:00 PM
BARNES & NOBLE
1725 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815916-565-0644

MINNEAPOLIS:

ONCE UPON A CRIME
604 W. 26th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
612-870-3785

MILWAUKEE, WI:

Thursday, April 21 – 7:00 PM
MYSTERY ONE BOOKSTORE
2109 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-347-4077

CHICAGO:

Friday, April 22 – 7:30 PM
WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST
5233 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
773-769-6729

OAKLAND, CA:

Friday, April 29 – 7:00 PM
A GREAT GOOD PLACE FOR BOOKS
6120 LaSalle Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
510-339-8210

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