The Bone Shroud and a New Beanie Baby

I do the Snoopy Dance when I have a new book coming out. Always have. There’s something exciting about it, the culmination of a lot of effort. And it gives me the opportunity to put a new Beanie Baby on display in my office. Yeah, silly, I know. I have a dog Beanie Baby on a bookshelf representing each of my published books. I have a friend in Chicagoland that has a glass paperweight for each book she has published. Another author has a bottle of wine … she keeps the empty bottles. Trophies, maybe? I dunno. I like dog Beanie Babies and this gives me an excuse. I sent my buddy Steven Paul Leiva a red dog Beanie Baby for Christmas ’cause he had a new book — Made on the Moon. Here’s the link to that fine piece o’ fiction. I didn’t tell him the significance … book, Beanie. Anyway, I can’t put a link up yet for The Bone Shroud … it’ll come out the end of March.

I really like the cover.

So … what’s it about? It’s a suspense-mystery yarn set in and under Rome, with a side trip to another part of Italy. My protagonist is from Chicago, an archivist at the Field Museum. I like the Field Museum, been there a bunch o’ times. And I like the building; it has a good feel to it. Ah, but said museum doesn’t show up in this book. If people like The Bone Shroud, I think I’ll take my hero on an adventure in Chicago. A good character shouldn’t be limited to one book, ya know.

I hope my mystery is a little unsettling. It has food, wine, and death in it. The advance reviews are so good that I did another Snoopy Dance. I’ll share:

“Intrigue, romance and danger amid the relics of Rome’s storied past, with compelling characters and building tension that will keep you turning pages!” ¬†Gail Z. Martin, author of Vendetta
“Strong characters, shady dealings, ruthless villains, a beautiful setting, an ancient mystery–The Bone Shroud has ’em all. Don’t miss it!”¬† Richard Baker, author of Valiant Dust

See, Snoopy Dance time.


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