Tomorrow, October 22nd, A KILLER PAST will be available as an e-book. No, this isn’t a new book, but for over two years Mary Harrington’s story in e-book fashion has been missing, and its disappearance is a good example of how little control most authors have over their books.
Originally, A KILLER PASTwas published in 2015 by Hale Books (a British publisher) and released as a hardcover and an e-book. All went well (other than the cover price for the hardcover was quite high). The reviews were good and over the next three years several book clubs picked A KILLER PAST to read. But then, in 2018, a friend emailed me and said the e-book wasn’t available—anywhere.
That was when I discovered Hale Books had been bought out by another British publishers. The hardcover copy inventory was slowly being depleted and there were no e-books available. I quickly asked for the paperback rights to revert to me, and once I had those, I self-published a paperback edition of the book. I also asked for the e-book rights but did not receive those. Another publisher did: Joffe Books. ( http://www.Joffebooks.com )
First I was told Joffe Books was reviewing the inventory they’d obtained and would let me know if they would be publishing A KILLER PAST as an e-book; then, when they let me know it would be republished, I was told it would go through another edit (I haven’t seen if they made any changes) and would receive a new cover (which I like. It’s brighter and easier to see). Finally, I was told it would be released in October 2020.
Once I had that news, I set up a small blog tour and waited for the exact release date. And waited. And waited.
Thank goodness the bloggers who will feature A KILLER PAST have been wonderful. Each of the original dates we set up had to be changed, but finally, I was given October 22nd as the release date, and I do have a blogging schedule.
The e-book edition of A KILLER PAST will be released on October 22nd
If you’re curious, on Thursday, October 22nd, go to Amazon.com and search for A KILLER PAST+MARIS SOULE. If all went well, you’ll see a few hardcovers are still for sale (at a much lower price now), some used copies, the paperback, and (I HOPE) the e-book.
And then on:
Friday, October 23rd, visit https://thoniehevron.com/mystery-readers-only-blog/ and see how I came up with the idea for a story about a woman in her seventies who was an assassin in her twenties.
Tuesday, October 27th, visit http://www.alyssa-alexander.com/blognews/ and see what someone who was an assassin in her twenties would be like in her seventies.
Friday, November 27th, visit https://anastasiapollack.blogspot.com/ and hear Mary Harrington tell you what happened when two gang members tried to mug her the night before Halloween.
I hope you enjoy.