Saturday, December 01, 2007

All I Want For Christmas

For just $16.29 EXECUTION: The Guillotine, the Pendulum, the Thousand Cuts, the Spanish Donkey, and 66 Other Ways of Putting Someone to Death* by Geoffrey Abbott. Of course, I can buy a copy anyway and deduct is as a legitimate research expense – I swear, it’s for the writing, not the divorce.

Of course, having people go pre-order my book is also acceptable, in case you want to save on the shopping headaches.

I mean, are you done your shopping yet? Ponder all of this, and then tell me that a genuine gift certificate promising a book to be delivered to their door in May is such a bad idea.

So if you'd like to avoid
a) crowds
b) donations
c) wrapping paper
d) being threatened by me
e) whiny kids
f) being squished like a sardine at the mall

Just take advantage of this.

And don't worry - since book 2 is scheduled for release in November I can look after your holiday shopping once again next year. Although you might want to give book 2 with either antidepressants or top-shelf Scotch.

AND, for those of you who've waited until the holidays to dump that unwanted spouse, something more immediate, something to suitably scare the crap out of them (now on YouTube)


How strong is your love
Make your choice - are you a traitor or a victim
your judge: a daemonic serial killer
What can stop him
love can’t
Stay alert
because nothing is as it seems

Okay, okay, I'll stop about the book now. But I have updated my website, and even put up a (shudder) photo of myself that isn't 30 years old with my bio. And for those that would like some instant reading, there's the annual round-up of Bad Sex nominees in case you haven't already read it, and a rather festive intro to the new THUGLIT issue, from Big Daddy Thug.

* Thanks Norby for recommending it to me.


Anonymous said...

Well, I at least have pre-ordered so will you back off a little?

I have to confess, I added Execution to my amazon wish list. I'm not sure what my mother will do when she sees it there (the anticipation is damn near killing me, no pun intended), but I just finally decided that I had to find out what some of the things on that table of contents meant.

I may regret it, but at least I'll know.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Hey, if it weren't for the fact that my credit card is maxed out, I'd pre-order a copy of WHAT BURNS WITHIN right now. As it is, I'll have to wait until after X-mas.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Honestly, I wouldn't order the book now. I'm trying to remember if I've ever pre-ordered a book...

But then, I usually buy them local. As I've been thinking about this the past few days, I've been wondering what the reasoning is behind putting the books on amazon so far in advance is. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining if people want to pre-order... I just wonder about the psychology of it. Is this the response to our impatient-must-have-it-now mentality or what? Is it because you want to expand the window so that people don't forget to get it? I mean, it's nice as an author, you sort of have this advance legitimacy and something that says 'yes, this is really happening' but it is sort of baffling to me on a completely theoretical level.

Besides, I'll probably have a few giveaways, so you might have to cancel your pre-order. Patrick, I'd hold out if I were you!

Norby, I totally want that book, although I have a feeling that I may regret it. I mean, once you know something you can never unknow it... you know what I'm saying?

Anonymous said...

Oh sure. But I can't see any of my local libraries ordering it.

Although, I do live with a librarian. Hmmm. If she doesn't want it in her house permanently, then maybe...

pattinase (abbott) said...

I never have cause I may be dead by then but I put a notation on May 2008.