I'll make this short and you can decide if it's sweet. Murder by the Book, the well-known and well-loved mystery bookstore in Houston, TX, suffered pretty severe damage in recent heavy rains, taking on flooding that will be under repair for months. McKenna Jordan, owner of the store, isn't interested in charity to help repair the damage, but she is happy to have people buy books, gift certificates and other merchandise from Murder by the Book to get the store closer to its accustomed state.
For fans of the work of the elusive E.J. Copperman, here's the pitch: The upcoming WRITTEN OFF will begin the Mysterious Detective Mystery series featuring Duffy Madison, who might or might not be the living embodiment of a character featured in crime novels by Rachel Goldman. There are in existence two Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of WRITTEN OFF and you can have one of them! All you have to do is help out Murder by the Book!
Both ARCs are now available for purchase by auction on eBay. One can be found here and the other here. High bid on each gets the ARC and a five-week (or so) sneak peek of WRITTEN OFF, with free postage. So feel free to bid! ALL proceeds will go to buying gift certificates to Murder by the Book which will become prizes in a contest we'll be announcing here next week!
Murder by the Book is a unique store with friendly ownership and employees who care about the genre and love books and authors. I've been there a few times to sign books and there is no more pleasurable experience for a writer to have. So let's help get the store back on its feet--bid! A signed ARC of WRITTEN OFF could be on its way to you! Bidding ends this Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. so don't be late. And if you don't want to bid on the ARCs, please do some of the things listed above and keep a Houston landmark of mystery alive!