Thursday, April 16, 2009

Laurell K. Hamilton to Speak at St. Louis Library

(Banner from Laurell K. Hamilton's website)

Today's forecast for St. Peters, MO: Cloudy, high 65 degrees. This morning a census taker rang the bell and asked a question about our residence then before she left remarked on how lovely my lilacs smelled--hence the lilac-colored weather posting.

Thanks to my writing friend Julie Earhart for this information about a special appearance of local award-winning author, Laurell K. Hamilton.

"On Monday, June 1 at 6 p.m. at Central Library, Laurell K. Hamilton will discuss and sign her new novel, Skin Trade. This is a release party for the new Anita Black: Vampire Hunter novel! Official release date is June 2, but you can get an early copy here at Central Library tonight! Vamp it up if you like. Books for sale courtesy of Subterranean Books.

"When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than she thought. Ten officers and one executioner have been slain-paranormal style. Anita heads to Vegas, where's she's joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward. It's a good thing he always has her back, because when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses "tiger" too strongly to ignore it. The weretigers are very powerful in Las Vegas, which means the odds of her rubbing someone important the wrong way just got a lot higher.

"Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with SKIN TRADE, number seventeen in the series. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Laurell lives in St. Louis County, Missouri, with her husband Jonathon Green, daughter, two pug dogs and one boxer/pug dog.

"She invites you to visit her website and message board at or catch her on MySpace at"

Sounds like things will be vampy at the Central Library in St. Louis on June 1!


  1. Okay, Donna, I'm having a very creepy moment...I just checked out a Laurell K. Hamilton book (from the library) and had her on the brain RIGHT before I clicked on your post. Do you think there's a message here? And if so, should I be afraid??? :-)

  2. Hi Cathy,
    A strange coincidence, indeed.
    My friend Julie who works at the library sent me the e-mail announcement on Tuesday, but I didn't get a chance to post it until today. So, it is a strange coincidence as far as timing of your getting the library book written by Laurell.
    But I don't think you should be afraid.
    Several years ago I went to one of Laurell's talks/signings and was surprised and amazed at some of the folks who showed up in full vampire-like attire. But it was a well-behaved and cordial group. The community rep from our local B&N tells me Laurell's signings last hours and she is a very fan-friendly writer. She stays past store closing and doesn't leave until everyone's books are signed and questions are answered. Fans and book stores love her!
    Sounds like a nice woman to me.

  3. Donna, I'm looking for help! I have three fiction books that has been self published. However, it isn't going well. can you help?
    Loraine H. hope to hear from you soon.

  4. Hi Laurraine,
    Do you belong to a critique group? I've found belonging to one to be very helpful. They always manage to find things in my manuscripts that I miss.
    Good luck!


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