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2012 Book Reading / Signing Events

Lisa will be touring this Spring to support her newest Spellman book, Trail of the Spellmans (Document #5). She'll be on both coasts, and places in the middle of the US too. Check out the Appearances page for details. And check back regularly for additional events.

Hello and Happy Holidays

Welcome to my new website. I've been swamped with a deadline and other nonsense, but I wanted to set a precedent for regular blogs posts. So, against my better judgment, I asked my previous co-author, David Hayward to write the opening blog. It would seem that Dave is still bitter about our previous collaboration and maybe the fact that I managed to finish a whole book in the interim (and hard at work on my next) while he's still toiling away on The Mellman Files.

I hope to maintain consistency with this new blog and may at times invite guest bloggers to do so. But, rest assured, this is the last passive-aggressive nonsense we'll see from Dave.

Yours truly,
Lisa Lutz

Lisa's busy disciplining her staff of servants, so she paid me to write the first blog post on this site, which I guess is supposed to promote her side project The Spilton Files, a series of comedic mystery novels about a family of private investigators. I hear the books are all set in Hawaii. Real original, Lisa. Hello, Magnum P.I.?

If you're the kind of person who likes to spend time on book websites, and you apparently are, I have one question for you: Why this one? Why not a site about a book whose authors cared enough to post their own content, rather than farm it out to other writers? The Heads You Lose website is one such example, chosen at random. It also features lively debate and even a disturbing morning-TV video. Also, the book itself actually has a mystery in it, which I'm told is a real plus for some mystery fans.

Unfortunately, the paperback of Heads You Lose won't be out until April 2012. To kill time before then, I guess you could do worse than to check out the Spingmans and their zany exploits. Aloha means hilarity!

David Hayward

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

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

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)

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

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.

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