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Contest! – Book Giveaway!

For the month of April, everyone who responds to my Blog or Facebook page will be entered into a contest to receive an autographed book.

I’ll be giving away one copy each of Lizzie Borden, York’s Moon,  The Northwoods Chronicles, Black Leather, The Alchemy of Love, Suspicions, and When Darkness Loves Us. (Winner to be determined by random drawing)

Let me know which of my books was your favorite, and which book you’d like to win!

Contest ends April 30, 2013 at midnight. Winners’ names will be posted here and on the Facebook page. I’ll contact you privately for your mailing address.

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The Hometown Book Signing

I’ve written before about the very few golden moments in an author’s life. Mostly it’s just bloody hard work, disappointment and aggravation. Writing, rewriting, editing, marketing, traveling, speaking engagements, working with editors and agents, rewriting again, more editing, more marketing, schlepping books, trying to get paid, shuffling money while the check is “in the mail”…

I know. I shouldn’t whine.

But Sunday afternoon was one of those times when it became crystal clear that it’s all worth it. I held my hometown booksigning and launch party for York’s Moon. Lots of people came. New friends, old friends, people I hadn’t seen since… since my last booksigning.

I felt the love.

What’s important to me about this event is not that I threw myself a party and a bunch of people came, it’s that people are still reading, still buying books, still supporting the local independent bookstore. We held this event at Tsunami Books, where Scott works 70 hours a week to maintain the local new/used bookstore. It’s an institution and worthy of all the support we can give it.

It always amazes me that I’m fortunate enough to continue to be published in this economy. Apparently, I’m writing what people want to read, and that is enormously gratifying. We sold all the books that Scott brought in, along with a few of my out of print titles. As we were packing up the last of the food (just enough for Al’s dinner), Scott came over to me and said, “You have fans!” I know. I’m humbled by that.

It was a great party, a successful booksigning and a fine launch of what I hope people will find to be a good read. Thanks, everyone, for reminding me about how grateful I am to be doing the only thing I was really invented to do.

P.S. How can you not love a bookstore that has a section like this?

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My New Book!

York’s Moon is now available for preorder from Amazon.com. Click here.

The first two reviews are in, and this is what they had to say:

“York’s Moon is so absorbing and unusual that you’ll almost miss how beautifully written it is–almost. Elizabeth Engstrom’s mesmerizing and unique style will draw you into a world of mystery, violence and heroic struggle. Ultimately, this story celebrates the uplifting power of the human spirit. Do not miss it.” –Susan Wiggs, author of Marrying Daisy Bellamy

“With quirky, engaging characters, York’s Moon is as much about understanding the human condition as solving a murder mystery.  I cannot imagine anyone but Liz Engstrom writing this fine novel.” –Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara series

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York’s Moon

My new mystery novel, York’s Moon, is on track for a February hardcover publication date.

Here’s the back cover copy on the Advance Reading Copy:

When a dead guy falls off the train just yards from Yorktown, a hobo camp near West Wheaton, California, all manner of forces begin to collide.

Three men live in Yorktown: York, the old blind hobo and self-proclaimed mayor and minister of his little enclave, Denny, the young rail rider, and Sly, the damaged Vietnam vet. When they are blamed for the murder, the town fathers are ready to bulldoze the camp that has existed there for forty years or more.

Clover, the girl who works at the donut shop and keeps the bums in day-old and toothpaste as her personal ministry, determines to save the camp and the harmless guys who live out in the open. She has the compassionate ear of the sheriff, but his deputy is a hothead, and in the pocket of the mayor who has shady business dealings he needs to have accomplished under dark of night.

When Clover and her boys discover who really killed the guy on the train, tensions ratchet up and a van full of thugs are hired to go clean up the hobo camp by the light of the full moon, but blind old York and his two inept sidekicks are ready for them in as unconventional a defensive posture as possible.

Eventually, everyone knows it’s the end of the era where rail riders can live out their freedoms, and the inevitable is going to happen, but before it does, those who wield unreasonable power must have their comeuppance, and those who have been doing good works all their lives must be rewarded.

York’s Moon is an unconventional murder mystery, a story of love, hope, and how the little guy can fight city hall and win. Sort of.

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