The Launch

ALTER EGO arrives on May 1…! Are you ready?

Join me at launch events in Minnesota and Florida, and get your signed copy!

May 1, Duluth, Zenith Books, Noon – 2:00
May 1, Duluth, Bookstore at Fitgers, 4:00 – 6:00
May 1, Duluth, Barnes & Noble Miller Hill, 7:00 – 8:30
May 2, Cambridge, Scout & Morgan Books (Drive-By Signing)
May 2, Minneapolis, Once Upon a Crime, 7:00 – 8:00
May 3, Roseville, Barnes & Noble Har Mar, 7:00 – 8:00
May 5, Naples Florida, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 – 8:30
May 15, Lake Elmo, Lake Elmo Library, 6:30 – 8:00

Almost Here

ALTER EGO is almost here! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?

Four Years of Fun

From Marcia at

Although I can hardly believe it, this month marks the fourth birthday of my page, The Author’s Wife…and in that time, the number of friends who connect with me here has grown to over 1,400…! Of course, we’ve talked about Brian’s books and events…but I’ve also been able to tell you about some of the fun and funny things that happen to us, both at home and out on the road. Several of my personal favorites were when I got to transport the baby bobcat…dried a pair of Brian’s jeans with a hair dryer and a hotel radiator…found our neighbors’ missing dog because a Duluth-based friend saw the notice online…trapped bugs with a vacuum cleaner…collected bathroom toiletries…and of course, thawed our friends’ garage door opener with a heating pad (we DO live in Minnesota, after all…!). Just FYI…sometimes I know it’s hard to keep up…so if you’ve missed these or other stories, they’re all still there for you to take a look.

And of course, it’s great fun when you chime in with your thoughts and stories, too…!

But, I think the best part of it all…is keeping in touch with all of you…! Thanks for being here with Brian and me…and we look forward to keeping in touch with you in the future…!

(And a special thank you to those “party animals,” the Adrian Branch Library Dragons, for their good wishes, too…!)

11 Libraries in 11 Days

Southwest Minnesota, here I come! I’ll be doing events at 11 libraries in 11 days, starting on Tuesday the 17th. Join me in Lake Benton, Adrian, Worthington, Marshall, Redwood Falls, Westbrook, Fulda, Luverne, Tyler, Windom, and Pipestone. I’ll be talking about the new Stride book ALTER EGO (and doing my STRIDE’S DULUTH slide show in several locations).

Click here for a complete list of dates and locations.

On TRUE STORY: GIANT by Don Graham

Don’t miss my podcast interview with Don Graham on TRUE STORY about his fascinating new book GIANT from St. Martin’s Press, a behind-the-scenes story of the making of the legendary 1956 film.

Click here to listen anytime:

Now in Paperback

Before ALTER EGO comes out May 1, make sure you RUN to get your copy of the last Jonathan Stride book, MARATHON.

It’s in paperback now!

“With strong characters and a propulsive plot, this thriller races to a breathless finish before truth becomes collateral damage.” – Star Tribune

Watch Out for Dragons

From Marcia at

Over the years, Brian and I have attended hundreds of book events and Meet & Greets, and had the pleasure of meeting thousands of fans. The venues have ranged from bookstores, to restaurants, to private homes, to wineries…and of course, to libraries. When Brian’s not busily at work writing away on the next book(s), we love the chance to visit with his readers. The welcome that we receive everywhere is so heartwarming.

But one of the challenges these days for authors…and really all event planners…is getting the word out. With so many opportunities for activities…and so many ways to reach people…sometimes planners need to get creative—just to grab their clients’ attention.

With that in mind, the Adrian Branch Library in southwestern Minnesota has raised their marketing to a whole new level…! We all know that libraries operate with limited budgets…so a number of years ago, the branch manager knew that she needed to come up with an inexpensive way to connect with adults and children to keep them informed. And so, “The Library Dragons” were born (hatched?)…! These adorable little creatures help the library get the word out about all of their programs and their upcoming activities. And the best part is…even though the population in the Adrian area is about 1,100 residents, the adventures of the Library Dragons are now followed and enjoyed by thousands of folks around the world—including Europe, Asia, South America…!

We’ll be visiting the Adrian area in a few weeks…and can’t wait to meet them—and especially the librarian who created them—in person…!

Oh, and it looks like the Library Dragons are already prepping for our visit…!

Coming May 1

It’s almost here! My newest Jonathan Stride novel, ALTER EGO, will be available in bookstores on May 1. Pre-order the book now at your local bookseller or online, and start reading on day one.

“A cleverly constructed, page-turning plot and fleshed-out primary and secondary characters make this a winner,” Publishers Weekly says in its starred review.

All your favorite characters are back, including Stride, Maggie, Serena, and Cat — plus a surprise guest that you may not be expecting!  If you’re a Stride fan, this is one you do not want to miss. If you’re new to Stride, don’t worry, because I write the books in my series carefully so that you can dive in anywhere. ALTER EGO is a great place to get to know my novels.

Learn more about the book right here at my website.

Deal of the Day

Today (Easter Sunday) only…THE VOICE INSIDE is a Deal of the Day at Amazon. Put it on your Kindle at a great price!

(No foolin’!)