Despite the best efforts of a mutant virus and Alaska Airlines, I have returned home. For those of you not following the updates on Twitter, I was forced to cancel my book tour halfway through due to my intestines leaping up and trying to throttle my brain to death. Or at least, that’s what it felt like. In my adult life, I have walked off car accidents, pneumonia, and alcohol poisoning. If I could have done the same this time, I would have. But this was as sick as I have ever been.
So I want to apologize to everyone who came out and found a CANCELLED sign where they should have seen my smiling face. And I want to apologize to the great people at Tattered Cover, Barnes & Noble Boise, Third Place Books, and Mysterious Galaxy San Diego. I hope there’s some way I can make it up to you in the future.
For those people I did get to see at Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach, Murder By The Book, Borderlands, Poisoned Pen, and Powell’s, thank you again for coming out and for making the events so great. I enjoyed myself, and I hope everyone likes their hats.
Now, to answer the mail that’s been piling up on the virtual doorstep while I’ve been traveling, retching and recovering.
First, the Audible.com/iTunes edition of RED, WHITE, AND BLOOD. I’ve heard from a lot of people that they’d love to buy the audio version of the book, but they can’t find it. I’ve asked the publisher about this. Apparently, there was a glitch in the file sent to Audible.com, but the actual disks have been sent over now, and the audio version should be up in a week or so. My apologies for the delay.
And yes, this one will be narrated again by my pal, the inimitable Bronson Pinchot, who has gone viral in his own way. He’s now the subject of his own video game, as well as the star of his reality series on DIY. You should really check both of those things out.
Next, the hats. I’ve gotten everyone’s photos and addresses, and I’m working on getting them in the mail. They should go out in a week or so as well. I’ll make an announcement once they’re off. Thanks for all the great pics.
And finally, thanks. Thanks to everyone who’s bought the book and recommended it. It’s been a great first week of sales, and I am truly lucky to have so many great readers. I’m even luckier that there are more of you every day.
People have been wishing me “Happy Release Day” all morning. Although that might sound like a special form of massage or what you hear when you get out of prison, it actually means that today is the day you can buy RED, WHITE, AND BLOOD at your friendly neighborhood bookseller.
So if you’ve been coming to this blog and somehow missed my relentless self-promotion, here’s a little more.
- My old paper, Boise Weekly, has a very flattering profile by Josh Gross, that answers some questions about Cade and the twisted pathways in what I laughingly refer to as my writing process.
- Carol Thomas at the Examiner has a great review of the book, if you need more convincing to read it.
And thank you all, once again, for supporting and reading my weird books. I really do appreciate it.
This is the big week. RED, WHITE, AND BLOOD hits stands on THURSDAY, APRIL 26, and I’m going to be stalking bookstores all over the nation to sign copies and harass passers-by. If, somehow, you’ve missed any of my self-promotion so far, this is your chance to catch up.
First, you can read the first chapter of RED, WHITE, AND BLOOD right here. Or check out this deleted scene from the book.
You can read the review from Publishers Weekly:
High-octane supernatural thriller… Farnsworth keeps the twists and explosive violence coming, keeping readers in suspense until the very last page.
Or you can take the word of the Vampire Queen herself, Charlaine Harris:
Farnsworth’s strongest book yet in the Nathaniel Cade series… I’m envious. Cade continues to be one of modern literature’s most frightening vampires, and this is an excellent read.
Want to know more about the campaign trail and the bloody murders leading up to RED, WHITE, AND BLOOD? Check out this detailed map of all the vampire mayhem.
Looking for a place to buy the book? We’ve got you covered.
And if you do buy the book, you can get a free CADE 2012 hat by entering the RED, WHITE, AND BLOOD giveaway. Details and rules right here.
Now this is what I’m talking about for the RED, WHITE, AND BLOOD giveaway. Take a pic of yourself with the book when it comes out next week, and you get one of the sporty CADE 2012 hats that the indomitable Meaghan Wagner of Putnam is modeling. (Many thanks, Meaghan.)
Once again, here are the rules:
- TAKE A PICTURE of yourself with a copy of RED, WHITE, AND BLOOD after it hits bookstores April 26, and send it to me via my Facebook page, my Twitter account, or email me direct at chris-at-chrisfarnsworth-dot-com. Creativity always appreciated. If you’re camera-shy, just take a pic of the book itself.
- Include your address with the photo in the email, or message me on Facebook or Twitter with it after you post the photo.
- If that’s too much work, then show up at one of my events, and you can get this headgear from me in person.
- Alternatively, if you do not want to purchase the book — you’d be missing out, but that’s cool — write the words “PARENTS’ BRAINS” on a postcard with your address and send it to me at:
Now, the fine print:
- SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED. YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE.
- ALL PHOTOS, POSTCARDS, AND REQUESTS FOR HATS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE END OF MY BOOK TOUR: SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012.
- THE ONLY EXCEPTION TO THE ABOVE RULE: READERS IN THE UK AND AUSTRALIA HAVE UNTIL MAY 15.
- ONE HAT PER PERSON.
- RULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Hey! You there! Would you like to be like this man?
Well, you can’t, because that’s the legendary Beau Smith, and he is, frankly, tougher than all of us put together. But you can wear the same hat he’s sporting. That’s right, it’s the annual giveaway for loyal readers of the Nathaniel Cade series. And this year, you get a hat.
This is the CADE 2012 official campaign hat. With flat-embroidered stitching and an adjustable, one-size-fits-all metal clasp. And now it can be yours.
That’s right. All you have to do is TAKE A PICTURE of yourself with a copy of RED, WHITE, AND BLOOD after it hits bookstores April 26, and send it to me via my Facebook page, my Twitter account, or email me direct at chris-at-chrisfarnsworth-dot-com. (See how I spelled that out there? It’s a probably futile attempt to stop spammers. But I know you can figure it out.)
Include your address with the photo in the email, or message me on Facebook or Twitter with it after you post the photo. Creativity always appreciated. If you’re camera-shy, just take a pic of the book itself.
But if that’s too much work, then show up at one of my events, and you can get this headgear from me in person.
Alternatively, if you do not want to purchase the book — you’d be missing out, but that’s cool — write the words “PARENTS’ BRAINS” on a postcard with your address and send it to me at:Christopher Farnsworth 3435 Ocean Park Blvd. #107 PMB 70 Santa Monica, CA 90405
Now, the fine print:
SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED. You snooze, you lose.
All photos, postcards, and requests for hats must be received by the end of my book tour: SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012.
One hat per person.
Rules are subject to change without notice.
This hat will not make you as tough as Beau Smith. So do not attempt to fistfight a bear while wearing this hat. The hat might survive. You will not.
Get your cameras and phones ready. Line up outside your favorite bookstore and send me those pics. Your head will thank you.