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Allan Emerson's Blog


Death of a Bride and Groom was released May 20 in digital and hard copy editions in the U.S. On June 10, it hits Canada, then the U.K. on June 19. Some folks have already received their copies and been kind enough to leave reviews on Amazon. My copies from the publisher are still making their way to me, but that’s okay—I already know whodunit. There are reviews on a couple of blogs:
REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE (lengthy and entertaining) and Christa Reads and Writes (a great overview from another mystery writer).

I’m guest posting on a few book blogs to promote Death of a Bride and Groom. On Thursday, May 28, I’m on Patricia Stoltey’s blog talking about my encounter with social media; on Friday, May 29, I show up on Escape with Dollycas.com chatting about my beginnings as a story-teller. There are book giveaways with both posts. There’ll be other blog appearances in early June and I’ll post the exact dates when I know them. I’m honored to be on these great blogs and I hope you’ll take a moment to check them out and maybe leave a comment. And don’t forget where you are now, Allan Emerson's Blog, (clever name, huh?) where you can contact me, or leave a comment.

I did a reading on local TV a couple of weeks ago, which I’m told will also appear on YouTube. If it does, I’ll let you know where to find it. At least I will if I don’t look too much like a deer in the headlights. Actually, the folks making the video were very understanding. They created a relaxed atmosphere and clearly understood they weren’t dealing with a professional TV performer.

I had seven minutes to read and at first I thought I’d never be able to find something that would fit the allotted time and still make sense to someone unfamiliar with the story. I finally decided on a quick story summary followed by an excerpt. The excerpt I chose was from a chapter in which a director is trying to convince ninety-five-year-old actress, Hermione Hopkins, to do a nude scene. I hope it gives viewers the idea that Death of a Bride and Groom has unconventional funny parts (and I don’t mean Hermione’s).

I’m planning to post here every week, probably on Tuesdays. I’ll commit to a definite day when things settle down a little. At the moment, I’m still trying to figure out the mechanics of the website that hosts this blog (thank you Authors Guild). And respond to enquiries about Death of a Bride and Groom, and convince bookstores the presence of my book on their shelves will enrich them beyond their wildest dreams, and….

I'm also looking for promotional ideas (that aren't too much of a pain in the wallet), so if you have any, or have seen anything that attracted your attention as a reader, please let me know. What's the cleverest, low-cost promotion you've seen?

See you next week!
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