Tuesday is the big day! DEAD BEFORE DARK goes on sale. Here are some advance reviews:
• In this intense follow-up to 2008’s Dying Breath, just as self-described psychic detective Lucinda Sloan is helpless to stop a monomaniacal serial killer, readers will be helpless to stop turning pages until the end. From the moment the killer branded the Night Watchman sees Lucinda on television, he knows that she will be the grand finale in his latest… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on April 26, 2009 at 7:00am —
Last year around this time, I was writing madly to meet a book deadline while gearing up for April 29, DB-DAY (the on-sale date for DYING BREATH) and the PR whirlwind that goes with a major release. By the end of May, I was at my doctor’s office with scary chest pains that were attributed to…stress?
That diagnosis really threw me for a loop. I am, after all, the almighty “WENSTER”—Mark’s longtime nickname for my hyper-Type-A personna that also serves as an adjective or a verb. When… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on April 21, 2009 at 6:51am —
My friend sent me this cartoon and made me laugh. Thanks, Kyle.
I don't have much of a sweet tooth, as you know if you read this blog, so my favorite thing to eat on Easter was always the ham (minus sweet glaze). My children and Mark, however, are big fans of sweets, and the Easter Bunny knows it. This morning, our coffee table contained three baskets filled to the brim. (Mark got his own this year so he won't filch the boys'… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on April 12, 2009 at 5:00pm —
I might complain about the notorious Buffalo weather marring our spring break, but in truth, I’m glad I got to spend a couple of whirlwind days back home. This past week held a milestone in our family: my grandma, Sara Ricotta, turned 91 years old. We were fortunate to be with her to celebrate what I figure to be 33,146 days she's been on this earth. (Math was never my forte, so don't sue me if I'm off by a little--or a few thousand). The occasion was… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on April 12, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Here's the view out our car windows this past week as we made yet another treacherous journey along the New York State Thruway to western New York:
I say it every April: next year, we're going to celebrate Easter in some southern locale beneath sunshine, blue skies, and swaying palm fronds. It hasn't happened in ages--but when I plan our 2010 spring break, someone please shoot me if I decide, once again, that it's a great idea to… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on April 11, 2009 at 6:00pm —
What a way to be welcomed to our community--your name was pulled from all the correct entries last night as the winner of the March contest! A basket of NYC treats is coming your way--contact me privately with your mailing address.
The correct answers were:
1) Preschool Triplets
3) Co-op City
Make sure you all enter the April contest...scroll down for the multiple choice entry form below and give it your best shot to win a gift from Westchester… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on April 2, 2009 at 7:05am —
At this time of year, I always find myself bogged down with work, feeling restless and yearning for…I’m not quite sure what. Great news of some sort? Travel? New shoes? Pie? I don’t know, exactly. But lately, any break in the daily routine seems more welcome than usual.
Is it just me? Or do you, too, have a case of the doldrums or spring fever or whatever it is that’s ailing me?
Here are some things that have given me a lift the past few weeks, and not in any particular… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on March 30, 2009 at 5:00am —
Founded in 2008, by nine-year-old Cassidy Megan of Nova Scotia, Canada, Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. On March 26, people from around the globe are asked to wear purple and spread the word about epilepsy.
Why? Epilepsy affects over 50 million people worldwide. That's more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on March 26, 2009 at 7:57am —
This is the view out the window above my desk this morning--the first day of Spring. Here in New York, March blew in like a lion with a major snowstorm on the first. I was hoping it would go out like a lamb, but it's hard to imagine we're due for balmy weather here anytime in the near future! But as a native western New Yorker raised on the shores of Lake Erie's Blizzard Belt--where I experienced snowy First Communion… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on March 20, 2009 at 9:37am —
My own memories of eighth grade are so vivid that I’m pretty sure—until I glance into a mirror and see the telltale wrinkles around my eyes and the absence of orthodontic hardware—that it all happened a few days ago, at most.
By eighth grade, I was blessed to have a solid group of friends with whom, I didn’t realize then, I would remain close to this day. Many are members of this site (and I love you guys for all the support over the years).
Eighth grade was our last year… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on March 17, 2009 at 7:30am —
Every March, our elementary school—like many—observes PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) month. It’s filled with literary activities: a book drive, Starry Story Night (the kids go to school in pajamas at night and teachers read to them), Do the Write Thing workshops (I’m always happy to participate as an instructor), and of course, Character Day, when you come to school dressed as a character from your favorite book.
When my boys were little, Character Day was met with… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on March 14, 2009 at 11:30am —
Sorry for the delay, folks, I've been away all week. I'm glad to announce that the randomly chosen winner of my February contest is Amy in Grand Rapids, who also happens to be one of our newest members. Amy, touch base with me and I'll send you your prize--a bottle of wine from a Long Island vineyard and a box of chocolates! Remember, everyone who entered this month will be eligible to win the Grand Prize at the end of the year. Enter my March contest this month (details below) and increase… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on March 8, 2009 at 3:13pm —
Having reconciled myself to being completely out of touch when my Blackberry conked out while we were away, I'll admit I had a shred of nagging worry in the back of my mind upon our return yesterday. What if something had happened while we were gone, and we didn't get the news?
Sadly, I found that to be the case. My dear lifelong friend, Phil Pelletter, passed away last week.
The photo… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 24, 2009 at 7:00am —
That’s the title (and a few extra lyrics) of one of Mark’s favorite songs, by Kenny Chesney, who, like our hero Jimmy Buffett, seems to “get” the whole Caribbean thing.
If you’ve read this blog, you already know that our family loves to travel. We particularly like to travel with a purpose and a goal. Exhibit A: the 50-State Book Tour, which combines business with pleasure. But sometimes, as much as you love your work, you have to leave the… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 23, 2009 at 7:00am —
I'm not a nervous flier. I have been, in the past--certainly for about a year after 9-11. Every time I boarded a plane in New York and flew low over the scarred skyline, I was disturbed and frightened.
But I got over it, of course. These days, I think nothing of getting onto a plane--in fact, it's one of my favorite places to be. That's a good thing, because I have to fly quite a bit on business, and choose to fly quite a bit for pleasure as well.
I can't tell you how… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 14, 2009 at 5:30pm —
I was out in the woods walking with a couple of my friends this morning when one got a cell phone call from her son. He was home studying for an upcoming science midterm and was concerned about the test, looking for guidance and reassurance.
Midterm? I asked. Uh-oh. What midterm? My son—our boys are classmates--missed the last few days of school, out sick, so I was immediately concerned that he might not know about the looming test.
Um, yeah, turns out he knows all about… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 8, 2009 at 3:30pm —
1. I am a sushi fanatic.
2. I am of full blooded Italian/Sicilian descent and have an enormous extended family—hundreds—in my upstate NY hometown area.
3. I’m the oldest grandchild out of 13 on both sides of the family and all four of my grandparents were alive until I was in my mid-thirties and had both my children. I still have my grandma. But children don't have either of theirs.
4. I very rarely eat anything containing white flour or sugar and I rarely… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 3, 2009 at 9:30pm —
The results of the January contest are in. One name was randomly pulled from the correct entries, and I'm happy to announce that one of our newest members, Teresa Alexander, has won the prize. A trayful of southern sweets are on their way to her from Savannah Candy Kitchen. Congratulations, Teresa!
Everyone who entered the January contest has automatically been entered in the 1/1/10 Grand Prize drawing. Now it's time to give the February contest a shot. Just click on the settings… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on February 1, 2009 at 4:30pm —
At this time of year, I work with my publicists to finalize my tour schedule for spring and summer, when my new releases hit the shelves. Good thing I love to travel, because I’m going to be covering a lot of ground from April through August!
A quick rundown of the highlights finds me in Florida in April; upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio in May; in Manhattan in June; at two national conferences—Thrillerfest (NYC) and RWA National (DC)—in… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 27, 2009 at 6:30am —
I’m descended from a long line of Italian mothers who dote on their sons. Once, my mom (who, don’t get me wrong, adored her daughters) was screening calls, heard my brother’s voice on the answering machine , shrieked, “It’s Ricky!” and literally leapt over furniture to get to the phone on time. My husband, who witnessed it, still marvels at the memory of his airborn mother-in-law. I should add that my brother was an adult and living a few blocks away… Continue
Added by Wendy Corsi Staub on January 26, 2009 at 7:30am —