Thursday, 20 May 2010

No Longer New



I have just heard from my publisher that a box of ROAD CLOSED has been sent from the printers direct to CrimeFest. Tomorrow I will see a copy of my second book. I am so excited! I wouldn't have thought the publication of a second book would be so exciting. After all, I've been here before. Been there, done that, and yes, I've even got the Tshirt... (In a mad moment I bought a white Tshirt with the cover of CUT SHORT printed on the front. I thought I might wear it to book signings... And no! I've never worn it!) But I am really excited about ROAD CLOSED. I'm surprised how excited I am. I can't wait to see it in its final form! There aren't enough italics and exclamation marks to express how I feel. ROAD CLOSED is larger than CUT SHORT, with printing inside the cover. I tried to post the full cover images here, front and back, but can't upload pdf images here. Inside the front cover is a picture of CUT SHORT. Inside the back cover is with a photo of - well, me, looking like... Are you still awake?

The manager at WH Smith's in Watford told me today they ordered the last 48 copies of CUT SHORT for my visit to sign at the end of May. No Exit are now out of stock of CUT SHORT. But don't panic! (?) CUT SHORT is being reprinted for the THIRD time in its first year, so more copies will be out very soon.
Please check the schedule on my publisher's website if you'd like to come along and have a chat when I'm out touring around. Between now and the end of 2010 I'll be signing in bookshops, appearing at festivals or giving talks in libraries in these areas: Bristol, Watford, Reading, Shepherds Bush, Bedford, Ickenham, Ruislip, Hitchin, Harrow, Brent Cross, Norwich, Kenton, Cambridge, Earls Court, Yiewsley, St Albans, Tunbridge Wells, London, York, Newcastle, Heathrow T5, Heathrow T1, Chichester, Havant, Pinner, Hatfield, Guildford, Southampton, Winchester, Windsor, Basingstoke...
http://www.noexit.co.uk/features/authortour.php for details.
I think that's probably enough for the rest of the year... although I do still have a few more stores that would like me to return in the autumn... So please come in and say hello if I'm in your area. I'll be wearing purple, and if I'm not already chatting to someone, I'll be scribbling under the table...

14 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

So good about the 3rd printing, and the new book coming out. This one has a very cool cover. Love the color contrast.

HelenMHunt said...

Hooray! All really good news.

Val said...

okay...i am doing the happy dance!

Leigh Russell said...

Thank you - 3 comments already! I feel very noticed... (sorry - too excited to write coherently - great advert for a writer...)

Charles - Thank you so much for commenting. I know how busy you are with your own writing. (Check him out if you don't know his work).
Yes, the 3rd reprint is excellent news. As for the bright splash of red on the cover - well, it's certainly eye catching!

Thank you, Helen. And thank you for the interview for Bookersatz. I'd put a link here but I don't know how to do that...


Happy is good, Val. Dancing is good. Put the two together and you have to be smiling!

Clarissa Draper said...

I love the new cover and want to read both. Are they coming out on Kindle?

I live in the USA, will they be available here soon? I want to read the books and give a review.

CD

Akasha Savage. said...

I'm genuinely so happy for you and with you. I can't wait to read your SECOND novel, it's lovely to see how excited you are about it all! :D

Leigh Russell said...

Thank you, Clarissa. CUT SHORT is available on amazon.com, ROAD CLOSED will be there soon. Please keep in touch - and do let me know when you post your review!

Leigh Russell said...

Thank you, Akasha. I'm certainly excited... How did you know?!

JJ Beattie said...

Leigh, how can we find out where you are on which dates? I'm in the UK in July and I'd love to come and say hello.

Leigh Russell said...

Hi JJ - would be great to meet you in July.
http://www.noexit.co.uk/features/authortour.php
I'm afraid you'll have to copy and paste that into your browser as I don't know how to put a link in a comment here...
Thank you for your interest!

Debs said...

Can't wait for the postman to bring me my copy.

Jilly said...

That is great news!! I know I'd be excited too.

For anyone who would like to read an interview with Leigh I will be posting one on my blog http://www.jillysheep.blogspot.com in June. Plus of course a review of 'Road Closed'

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JJ Beattie said...

Fab Leigh, thanks.