Here’s a big announcement: Randy Pierce has a new novel coming next summer. It’s called Missy. I’ve had the privilege of publishing Magnolia Mud in 2014 and The Peter Bay in 2016 (as well as re-releasing his debut, Pain Unforgiven, in 2016), and Missy compares very favorably. The writing style is comfortable and familiar, like a conversation with an old friend, and you’ll be immediately drawn into a tale of love lost, tragedy, and redemption. The best compliment I can give Missy is that I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to keep turning the pages and find out where Randy took protagonist Wayne Jacobs and the rest of his especially well-drawn cast.
It seems like yesterday that this picture of Randy signing copies of The Peter Bay was taken. It was spring 2016, the truck just having arrived with the first printing. We’ll soon recreate that happy scene when Missy arrives. Watch for it in August 2020, just ahead of the Mississippi Book Festival.
John Floyd, as always, has been very busy and productive. He attended Bouchercon in Dallas several weeks ago, sitting on a panel and participating in a signing of the 2019 Bouchercon anthology. He has have a story in the current (December 2019) issue of Mystery Weekly, one in the current (#5) issue of Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and stories in the recently-released Eyes of Texas anthology, the 2019 Bouchercon anthology, and the November 25th Woman’s World. In addition, John has two stories upcoming in the next few days: the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine (on sale mid-December) and the anthology Crime Travel on December 8. Three more are ahead in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and others will be out soon in Sherlock Holmes MM, Black Cat MM, and several anthologies.
Last but not least, of course, is the forthcoming gem pictured immediately below. If you enjoy humorous verse, you’ll love Lighten Up A Little. Think bite-size poems a la Ogden Nash, and you know how clever John is with the endings of his short fiction–all 300 of the poems will make you smile. Coming in April 2020.
Need a Christmas recommendation or two? Glad you asked! Visit the Dogwood Press website right now (www.dogwoodpress.com) and order signed copies of our work. In need of a page-turning thriller? Try Janet Brown’s Deadly Visits. Looking for a modestly-priced inspirational story? Try Molly May’s My Crowning Achievement (Beating Cancer). Those two and many more will make great Christmas gifts!
Lots of author events in December: Janet will sign copies of Deadly Visits at Books A Million of Meridian this Saturday, December 7, at noon. John will be at the Hattiesburg Books A Million at the exact same time and day. Valerie Winn will visit Barnes and Noble in Gulfport on Saturday, December 14 at 2 p.m. Stop by and say hello!
Nearly every title in the Dogwood Press catalog is available for download through Amazon Kindle, so if that’s your reading preference, we’re glad to accommodate you, though I understand that authors can’t sign downloads! The most important thing, of course, is you finding a great new read, whether in a physical book or via your preferred device.
Thanks for your time. Have a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to seeing you soon!