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July 2014


 
Dear Readers:
This should reach you just as I’m flying away for the first leg of a summer book tour that will continue into September. I’ll spend the rest of July in Texas and Oklahoma and then fly back to the northeast where I’ve got appearances scheduled for the Hamptons, the Hudson Valley, New England, western New York, and right here at home in the New York City suburbs. You can find all my appearances listed at the end of this newsletter, and follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates on television appearances, an upcoming NPR interview, print media, blog tours, and giveaways.
I’ll be signing my newest thriller THE PERFECT STRANGER (HarperCollins, August 2014), which goes on sale next week wherever print and digital books are sold. You can pre-order a copy from your favorite bookseller or online retailer, or find it on store and library shelves and available for download beginning next Tuesday.
The Perfect Stranger signing at Thrillerfest
Signing the first copies at Thrillerfest last week
RT Bookreviews Magazine weighed in with an early four star review: “In a word: terrifying. The author’s latest thriller combines a main character who quickly wins the reader’s heart with tense drama that propels the story forward. The well-plotted mystery features a particularly malevolent villain whose actions will make readers think twice about relationships that develop in cyberspace.”
To set the stage for THE PERFECT STRANGER, you can read my e-novella prequel COLD HEARTED and view my video trailer here:
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Cold Hearted

This summer has been too crowded with writing deadlines and business travel to allow for our usual family vacation, but I’ve loved having my oldest son home from college and we did manage to sneak away to Vermont to visit colleges with our younger son for a few days in June.
Sailing Lake Champlain on board the Northern Lights
Sailing Lake Champlain on board the Northern Lights

Our first glimpse of Chance the Cat
Our first glimpse of Chance the Cat
We also had a little adventure that those of you who follow me on Facebook witnessed as it unfolded. One night in early June, we came home to find this enormously pregnant stray cat on our doorstep.
Mama Chance and her kittens converted my office to a nursery
Mama Chance and her kittens converted my office to a nursery

She was sweet and affectionate and starving—and made it clear she wasn’t going anywhere. We fed her and tried unsuccessfully to find an owner for a few days, keeping her safely indoors at night to protect her and her unborn kittens from predators. We’ve never had pets because of my husband’s allergies, but even he fell in love with her. By the time the wonderful people at Community Cats, our local rescue, stepped in a few days later, we’d decided she was destined to be our cat. Because my husband and sons are working all summer and I’ll be traveling, we weren’t equipped to keep her and her impending brood just yet. She was with Community Cats when she delivered a healthy litter of six adorable kittens.
We faced a harrowing health scare soon after they were born when she came down with a life-threatening bacterial infection, but we got her the emergency medical care she needed and she and the kittens survived and are thriving. My wonderful friend Laura and her family have stepped in to offer the feline family a foster home, so that’s where they’ll stay until my summer travels are over and the kittens have been weaned.
A basketful of romping, snoozing cuteness
A basketful of romping, snoozing cuteness
After that, Chance will come home to us and most of the kittens have eager families lined up to adopt them. A happy footnote: on the day I brought Chance and the kittens home from the urgent care, she checked out the whole house, then methodically moved the babies one by one from our living room to this cramped corner beside my desk in my office.
Mama Chance and her kittens converted my office to a nursery
Mama Chance and her kittens converted my office to a nursery
It’s as if she already knows where I happen to spend nearly every waking hour when I’m home, and she was making herself comfortable so that she can become my constant companion and my muse. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself reading about Chance and her brood in a future novel. Just saying....
I’ll be in touch again soon with more news and a tour update. Meanwhile, I’d love to see some of you during my travels, so be sure to look for me in the following locations:
Tuesday, July 22 at 11:45 AM
Signing Event
HMS Host
San Antonio Airport San Antonio, Texas
Tuesdsay, July 22 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Dinner Speaker
RWA Kiss of Death Chapter Annual General Meeting
Rivercenter Hotel San Antonio, Texas
July 23 through 27
RWA National Conference
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel San Antonio, Texas
Wednesday, July 23 from 5:30 till 7:30 p.m.
RWA Literacy Autographing
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel San Antonio, Texas

Friday, July 25 from 9:45 till 11:15 AM
Avon Publisher Booksigning
River Center Hotel San Antonio, Texas

Friday, July 25 4:30 PM
RWA Conference Criminal Minds Workshop presented with Karen Rose
Riverwalk Hotel San Antonio, Texas

Saturday, July 26 11:00 AM
Signing Event
Fort Hood (AAFES) Exchange Fort Hood, Texas
Monday, July 28 at 6:30 PM
Signing Event
Murder by the Book Mystery Bookstore
2342 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX 77005

Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 PM
Speaking/Signing Event
Tulsa City County Library
8316 E. 93 St., Tulsa, OK 74133
For more information: 918-549-7556
Friday, August 1 at 7:00 PM
Signing Event with Alison Gaylin
Oblong Books
6422 Montgomery St #6, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
For more information: (845) 876-0500

Saturday, August 2 from 2:00 till 4:00 PM
Speaking/Signing Event with Alison Gaylin
Westport Public Library
20 Jesup Road, Westport, CT 06880
For more information: 203.291.4818

Tuesday, August 5 at 7:00 PM
Speaking/Signing Event
Katonah Village Library
26 Bedford Rd, Katonah, NY 10536
For more information (914) 232-3508
Wednesday, August 6 at 7:00 PM MADISON, CT
Speaking/Signing Event
RJ Julia Bookstore
768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443
For more information: (203) 245-3959
Thursday, August 7 at 8:00 PM
Signing Event
Bookhampton
41 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937
For more information: (631) 324-4939
Saturday, August 9 at 7:00 PM
Signing Event with Alison Gaylin
Northshire Books
424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
For more information: 518.682.4200
Tuesday, August 26 from 5:30 till 7:00 PM
Speaking/Signing Event with Alison Gaylin
Dunkirk Free Library
536 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048
For more information (716) 366-2511
Wednesday, August 27 at 7:00 PM
Signing Event with Alison Gaylin
Talking Leaves Books
951 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
For more information: (716) 884-9524

August 29 ‐ September 1 (Labor Day Weekend)
Spencertown Academy Arts Center
Festival of Books
Chatham, NY
Wednesday, September 3 at 7:00 PM
Speaking/Signing Event
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897
For more information: 203-762-3950
Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 PM
Fairfield Library Speaking/Signing Event with Alison Gaylin
1080 Old Post Rd, Fairfield, CT
For more information: (203) 256-3155
Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the tour—including upcoming television interviews and an NPR radio segment—along with news about the book and of course, Mama Chance and her brood!
Thanks for reading!
Till next time,

Wendy Corsi Staub

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