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Inking the Deal

Got some really big news about the new book.

Before contracts could be signed, the acquiring editor at Thomas Dunne left for greener pastures. Without his passion and singular vision, my agent and I were a little concerned. Thomas Dunne is a terrific publisher who did a bang up job for my Guthrie stablemate Russel McLean, and the idea of a hardcover for Angel Dare was a huge attraction. But we had plans in mind that would have been difficult to ask of a new editor or for him/her to implement. Plans that were tied in with the very supportive Hard Case Crime.

I frequently joke about Hard Case Crime’s Charles Ardai, saying any day now they’re gonna find a hundred toddler skeletons in his basement, because nobody can be that nice.

Well, Al and I explained the situation with Dunne to Ardai and, after willingly letting me go to try and find a bigger publisher, he was delighted to have me back. I’m thrilled to bring Angel Dare back to Hard Case Crime, where she belongs.

The book will probably get a new title and Glen Orbik, the artist who did the iconic cover for MONEY SHOT is on board to do the new cover. Release date is set for early 2011.

It won't be 'hard back' but it will be Hard Case.

To celebrate my homecoming, commemorate a critical turning point in my career and demonstrate my undying love for Hard Case Crime, I decided to “ink the deal” with a new tattoo. As always, the clever and talented Graham S. Chaffee of Purple Panther Tattoo was happy to oblige.

Hard Case 4 Life!

More tattoo photos here.



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Feb. 3rd, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Christa - I love you :o)

Brilliant news on the deal and a great tattoo.

Feb. 3rd, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hard Case 4 Life.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
This news leaves me all warm and fuzzy about you and Hard Case. Congratulations. And the tattoo at the top of this post rules.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
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P.S.: Your blog always tells me:


Please confirm you are a human below.

when I try to post a comment.

For its information, I am a human below, above, and everywhere in between.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Awesome. Yours was the first Hard Case Crime book I ever read! That makes you something like a gateway drug.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)

Edited at 2010-02-03 09:05 pm (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the contract and the tat!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Now THAT is Publisher Love!

Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Good to hear! Congrats and kudos to the always cook Hard Case folk for stepping up.

Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Greta news about the contract.

Charles Ardai truly is a nice man. I submitted to Hard Case several years ago. He turned me down as not being the type of story Hard Case was looking for, but recommended another small publisher who might be interested. I've never even heard of anyone else doing that.

Looking forward to Angel's next adventure.
Feb. 3rd, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Awesome. Congratz!
Feb. 3rd, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Many congratulations, all the way around. Even better, now I have a face to go with the name.
Feb. 4th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Sweet -- in all respects!
Feb. 4th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to the new book. And the new Orbik cover.
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