Booknook.biz Client Chris Grabenstein nominated for a Watson at Left Coast Crime 2013

Will Chris Bring Home The Watson?  It's Elementary...

Boonook.biz client Chris Grabenstein's Fun House (Pegasus) is in a hot race against Robert Crais' Pike and Cole thriller, Taken, for the highly-coveted Watson award at the 2013 Left Coast Crime Awards.

The Watson is given for the mystery novel with the best sidekick (first awarded in 2011).  The nominees for this year's award are:

  • Chris Grabenstein, Fun House (Pegasus)
  • Juliet Blackwell, In a Witch’s Wardrobe (Obsidian)
  • Robert Crais, Taken (Putnam)
  • L.C. Hayden, When the Past Haunts You (CreateSpace)
  • Rochelle Staab, Bruja Brouhaha (Berkley Prime Crime)

Attendees at LCC in Colorado Springs will vote by secret ballot during the convention. The winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet.

Fun House features John Ceepak and (his nominated sidekick, Danny Boyle) trying to ride herd on a reality-TV show, ala "Jersey Shore," set up in their seaside resort town.  When a cast member is murdered, Ceepak and Danny have to try to prevent the rest of the cast from meeting the same fate.  Sound like fun?  Check out Fun House on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, Books-A-Million, iBooks and Kobo.  

Discovered by no one less than James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein won the Anthony Award for "Best First Mystery" for his first Ceepak book, Tilt A Whirl.  Chris has produced and published 4 John Ceepak Mysteries (short story Ring Toss, Anthony-winner Tilt-A-Whirl, Mad Mouse and Whack-A-Mole) from his backlist, as well as the kids' novel, The Explorer's Gate with Booknook.biz in digital formats.

Check out Chris' terrific series on Amazon, by clicking here

Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.