Another year, another book tour. Thanks to everyone who came out to say hello and to everyone who’s continued to support me and the series. And, of course, a huge thanks to the bookstores that hosted signings. Without you, connecting with fans face-to-face would be impossible.
As always, I had a lot of fun making my way across the country to meet readers, signing copies of Lethal Agent, and talking about my backstory. If you weren’t able to make it to an event, here are some highlights of my two weeks on the road.
The Tour Begins
Since Vince lived in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, the Twin Cities continue to be the traditional place to kick off the tour. I always begin my first day with a live in-studio interview with the popular KFAN host, Dan Barreiro.
Then it’s off to Barnes & Noble in Roseville—the first bookstore that said YES! to Vince when he asked if they’d sell his self-published book. I emptied several pens there.
Day 2 means Once Upon A Crime—a great little indy shop in Minneapolis that has long supported the Rapp series.
After leaving Minnesota, I always stop to see longtime friends like Poisoned Pen and Murder By The Book, and make new friends at venues I’ve never visited before. Here are links for all the 2019 event bookstores.
One of my favorite parts of the job is chatting with radio and podcast hosts who are passionate about books as well as reviewers who cover all things thriller. Next month I’ll post a comprehensive round-up of tour interviews and reviews in case you missed any of the conversations.
The CREW Book Reviews
The Real Book Spy
Ryan Steck has cultivated a rabid following of thriller fans who are looking for must-read recommendations and the inside scoop on their favorite authors. The Real Book Spy always delivers the goods. Here’s this year’s 5 Questions With Kyle Mills interview.
The Hugh Hewitt Show
Fans Are The Best
This year, there were quite a few Rapp Ambassadors and writers in the crowd along with old friends like super fan @VinceFlynnFans, book reviewer/editor LimaCharlieEditing&Reviews and his wife, and my firearms consultant and his better half.
It made me smile to see so many excited readers cheering Mitch on for another year. I was also glad to meet some fans who, until now, I’ve only known from their online profiles.
Social Media Hijinks
As usual, there’s a lot of funny content that swirls around when a new book is released. This is David Brown, the bus driver over at @AtriaMysteryBus.
Novelist Jack Carr had the book in hand when he was grounded by a storm that was ramping up in Alaska.
The Smoky Poet launched a scavenger hunt that had followers guessing where he was reading Rapp.
This is the first time I’ve been compared to Van Halen’s post-David Lee Roth frontman Sammy Hagar. I have no words.
The New York Times List
We writers wait anxiously while sales are compiled to find out if our latest book will hit the NYT bestseller list. Well, Lethal Agent had an incredible first week, debuting at #2 on the combined hardback/e-book list, #4 on the hardback list, and #7 on the October audiobook list. And, if that wasn’t exciting enough, Red War was on the October mass market list at #3.
A million thanks to everyone for the ongoing support, kind reviews, and warm wishes during my book launch this year. Until 2020…
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