Last Tuesday, St. Martin’s Press released my eleventh true crime book, HER DEADLY WEB.   This true story blew my mind the whole time I researched it.  How could so many unusual things happen in one life:  The death of a husband by cattle stampede; the loss of one of your children in an accident while another one of your kids was behind the wheel; the discovery of your husband’s love child; the attempted murder of the spouse of the woman who had an affair with your husband; and the three-shot “suicide” of your second husband.  And all of it complicated by a secret city, by two medical examiners threatening to shoot law enforcement and even by local politics.  It was almost too much for my mind to grasp.  I’m sure you’ll be as fascinated by this tale as I was.


CRM Debra Castenada with the author

My first booksigning for my newest release happened on Saturday at the Barnes & Noble San Pedro in San Antonio and I had a blast.  After all the sorrowful news about the state of the book market these days, it was a thrill to be in a store with a constant bustle of customers.  I got a real kick out of the woman who pulled out her Nook and downloaded my book while we chatted.

And, personally, I just love this particular store.  I love spending time with CRM (Customer Relations Manager) Debra Castenada and the friendly, helpful staff at this location.  It was the first Barnes & Noble in San Antonio, built on the old design with lower ceilings and a compactness that feels so much cozier than the newer, more flashy stores.  This venue does not inspire awe but it does make you feel right at home.

Tonight (Monday, January 9) at 7pm, I’ll visit the Austin Pubic Library at the Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Road, to teach the first segment of Breathing Life into Words: Powering your Novel from Concept to Completion,a two-part novel writing class.  We’ll discuss three different ways to get the juice flowing, outlines, goals, writer’s block, limiting distractions and editing on the fly.  Part two is scheduled for Monday, February 6.  The classes are free and open to the public.

This Friday, January 13, at 11:30am, I’ll be back in San Antonio at the Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta Street, for Lit ‘n’ Lunch, a fundraising author luncheon to benefit the Assistance League of San Antonio.  I and three other authors will talk about our writing and have our books available for sale.