Holiday Book Fair and Getting Sideways Release Date

I’ve finally settled on a release date for Getting Sideways: December 11th. There’s a significance to that date, but I doubt any of you will recognize it, except Alice. 🙂  Here’s a hint: It’s a significant event in one of my characters’ lives. The first person who can guess gets a free autographed copy of the book when it comes out in print, which will be later in December. No date for sure on that because it’s dependent on Lightning Source, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. (Alice, you’re not eligible, though I am impressed that you knew.)

For those of you who have read Getting Sideways and think you know the story, get ready for a surprise. I added 21,000 words in the revisions that I spent the last five months agonizing over. And several of those words are guaranteed to make Beth cry. (I don’t know why I bother linking to Beth since she NEVER POSTS. :P)

I’ve been madly scrambling to finish the final edits, set up some promotions, and rake half the leaves in Clackamas county. Let me tell you, I am totally beat. The only things keeping me afloat are snuggles from my kitties and the fact that the Ducks are so freakin’ awesome. In your face, Stanford!

In other news, I’ve been invited to participate in a Holiday Book Fair December 10th at Cover to Cover Books, which was the first stop in the Rainboots Required Author Tour back in October. I’ll post the press release below so you can get all the particulars. Even if you don’t want to see me, or the other nine authors, it’d be worth the trip to Vancouver just to snuggle the awesome shop cat, Smedley.


Holiday Book Fair at Cover to Cover Books December 10th
 Discount prices. Holiday treats. 10 local authors on hand.

Contact: Mel Sanders  (360) 993-7777

Surround yourself with fascinating fictional characters, local writers, and readers of all ages at the first annual holiday book fair at Cover to Cover Books on Saturday, December 10, 11 AM to 3 PM. Ten area writers and poets, including bestselling young adult and urban fantasy author Lili Saintcrow, will be on hand to autograph books and discuss their genres, plots, characters, inspirations, upcoming projects, and aspects of the writing life.

Cover to Cover Books, formerly in downtown Vancouver, was damaged by smoke and fire a year ago. While many bookstores, victims of the economy, closed their doors this year, Cover to Cover reopened in the spring at 6300 St. James Road, Suite 104B. The December book fair will celebrate a commitment to serving Vancouver readers and providing a venue for poets and writers to gather and exchange ideas. Cover to Cover is home to two monthly events, Ghost Town Poetry, an open-mic poetry night, and the Vancouver Writers’ Mixer featuring presentations on writing craft.

Authors taking part in the December book fair include (in alphabetical order):

Bill Cameron is the author of dark, gritty mysteries featuring Skin Kadash: County Line, Day One, Chasing Smoke, and Lost Dog. Bill’s short stories have appeared in Spinetingler, Portland Noir, First Thrills, Deadly Treats, and West Coast Crime Wave. His work has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Spotted Owl Award for Best Northwest Mystery and the 2011 CWA Short Story Dagger Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Bill tweets at Learn more at

Ron Gompertz is the author of No Roads Lead to Rome, a historical satire which is often in the Top 10 Kindle lists for humor and politics.  His journey as a writer started traditionally, and now he’s proud to be a successful indie author. In addition to working on a sequel and not quitting his day job, he speaks about Social Media Marketing for Authors at conferences and writer gatherings. Gompertz has lived and worked in the U.S., France, and Spain and now makes his home in Camas.

Cheri Lasota just launched her first novel, Artemis Rising, through SpireHouse Books. The book is a YA historical fantasy based on mythology and set in the exotic Azores Islands. Cheri has edited fiction, nonfiction, screen­plays, and short sto­ries for publication and also writes poetry. She is at work on her sec­ond novel, a YA set on the Oregon Coast. or

Ann Littlewood is a former zoo keeper and the author of zoo mysteries Night Kill and Did Not Survive, which feature animal keeper Iris Oakley and her friends—primates (some of them human), elephants, felines, penguins, and others. Finley Memorial Zoo, north of Vancouver, Washington, is where Iris works and sleuths hard and delivers the inside scoop on a variety of animals. Learn more at or investigate Ann at

Christopher Luna and Toni Partington are co-founders and editors of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing and small press service. Christopher is the author of Ghost Town, USA (2008) and the editor of The Flame Is Ours, the correspondence of filmmaker Stan Brakhage and poet Michael McClure (Big Bridge, 2011). Partington and Luna co-host Ghost Town Poetry, the popular second Thursday night open mic that has called Cover to Cover home since 2007. Toni is the author of two books of poetry, Jesus Is A Gas (2009), and Wind Wing (2010), and just completed co-editing VoiceCatcher 6. Printed Matter Vancouver recently published Ghost Town Poetry, an anthology of poets from the series. 



The Flame Is Ours:

“To Be Named and Other Works of Poetic License,” a limited edition art book and 200+ page poem by Christopher Luna, David Madgalene and Toni Partington:

Mike Nettleton is celebrating the release of his first solo work, Shotgun Start, a hard-boiled mystery featuring a golf-hustling detective. Nettleton previously co-authored four mysteries (The Big Grabowski, Sometimes a Great Commotion, The Hard Karma Shuffle, The Crushed Velvet Miasma) and a fantasy (The Hermit of Humbug Mountain) with his wife, Carolyn J. Rose.

Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She’s also the author of the young adult novel, Running Wide Open. Check her out at

Carolyn J. Rose released two new books this year, A Place of Forgetting, a love story set in 1966, and the suspense novel, An Uncertain Refuge. She had written four solo mysteries (Hemlock Lake, Consulted to Death, Driven to Death, Dated to Death) and co-authored four mysteries and a fantasy with her husband, Mike Nettleton.

Lilith Saintcrow is the author of the Jill Kismet, Dante Valentine, and several other urban fantasy series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Strange Angels series for young adults (as Lili St. Crow).  Find her at

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14 Responses to Holiday Book Fair and Getting Sideways Release Date

  1. Beth says:

    I do too post. Cody’s birthday?


  2. Alice Lynn says:

    Ha Ha! I’m gleeful because I knew—I know the secret date. Even if I’m not eligible for the prize, I intend to get one of those first autographed copy! Go, Lisa!


  3. Does it have something to do with Race?
    I’d like to go to the book fair, but I’m not sure if I could get out to Vancouver…
    I’m sorry the Ducks lost tonight.


  4. That’s exactly the type of event I need to get involved in…is Cover To Cover pretty willing to let authors come in for book signing events throughout the year?


    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Mark, they do seem to be pretty receptive to author events. I think they have a particular night set up for that. You should come to the signing and ask. They’re very nice people, and they have an awesome cat. 🙂 Sorry I haven’t been by your blog lately. I’ve just been buried. But things should slow down a bit in a couple of weeks when the leaves are all down.


  5. Angela says:

    I don’t know about December 11, I could take a guess, but I don’t think I am eligible either. I will try to be at the book fair on the 10th.


  6. How many guesses do I get? Hmmm….Race….is it when he moved in with Kasey?


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