It’s called ALPHA, and you can read a preview here, over at Facebook, if you’re so inclined.

This is, in no small part, responsible for the delays in getting the rest of “Merrimount Orde” finished and up. You are all very patient, and for that, I am grateful. It should be ready by a week from this Friday (there are three scripts and another short story to write between now and then, just so you know what it is you’re being so darn patient about!).

For those of you interested, there will be an abbreviated ALPHA tour:

I’m signing in Portland on May 22nd, the day of release, at Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing.

On the 24th, I’ll be up in Seattle, signing at The Seattle Mystery Bookshop.

The 30th sees me in Scottsdale, Arizona, signing at The Poisoned Pen.

The 31st sees me at BookPeople in Austin, Texas.

If it’s June 1st, it must be Houston and Murder by the Book, and the 2nd sees a special event in Dallas, at Rathburn’s Blue Plate Kitchen (more details to follow).

If you’re interested in getting a signed (and/or personalized) copy of ALPHA, I would urge you to contact any of the above booksellers. They would be – sincerely – delighted to take your order and record your specifics for how you’d like the book inscribed, and they would be just as happy to make certain said inscribed book reaches you in a manner that would surely be called “mint” or, at the worst, “near mint.”

Hope to see/meet/chat with some of you, at least, in the coming weeks!

Hold fast!