Tess Has it Right

So, as I sit here, Boy Toy is sorta-kinda out there. The book was deliberately shipped early to stores, but not everyone got the memo, so some stores have put it out already, and others are waiting on the original (late September) street date before putting it out.

I was going to write a little essay here about how strange and exhilirating and terrifying it is when your book comes out, but then what should appear in my RSS reader but Tess Gerritsen’s blog entry today about… Why, look — the exact same thing!

Tess gets it right and says it better than I would have. Go read her instead.

Brush with Geekness

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Not really. Not so long ago (ten years, maybe?) and only in a town about an hour from where I am right now.

I was cleaning up some old papers recently and I came across this photo:


Mark Hamill and me

Yes, that’s me, with Mark Hamill. No, I absolutely cannot explain what the hell is happening to my hair. I’m going to say it’s the Force and stick with that story.

Anyway, this was back in the Nineties, when Hamill was promoting a comic book he’d written called The Black Pearl. One of the stops on his signing tour was Cards, Comics, and Collectibles, the comic book store at which I’ve shopped since I was fourteen years old. Marc Nathan, the owner of CCC, pulled out all the stops, and a great time was had by all.

And then it got even better because Marc shelled out Big, Huge, Unreasonable Bucks to take Mark Hamill out to dinner…along with about fifty fans. Including yours truly.

So for a long, long dinner, I sat across the table and two people down from Mark Hamill. He was either the genuinely nicest guy in the universe or the best actor in the universe — you pick. All I know is, he seemed like he was having a great time, goofing around, doing the Joker voice for us, talking about recent encounters with George Lucas. You know — geek stuff. Only he lived it, whereas the rest of us just watched from the sidelines.

At one point, I was talking to someone next to me about the Legion of Super-Heroes and Mark’s ears perked up. “Who said Legion of Super-Heroes?” he asked.

“I did.”

“Oh my God! I love the Legion!” he said. I thought for sure he was kidding. It had to be a joke, right? I waited for the punchline.

“Dream Girl. Oh, God,” he moaned. “Dream Girl was my favorite.”

Holy crap! Mark Hamill was  a Legion fan! I couldn’t believe it.

And suddenly I was embroiled in a discussion of the freakin’ Legion of Super-Heroes with the last of the Jedi Knights.

The coolest thing about the whole day, though? Well, like I said, there were a bunch of people at this dinner. So many that we needed two huge tables. There was a table of people behind me, and Mark was so sincere in his love of his fans that he got up several times during dinner to walk over to the other table to make sure the people there were having a good time.

During one of these times, I happened to look up. Mark was behind me, but there was a huge mirror mounted on the wall opposite me. Take a look at how he’s dressed in that picture. All dark clothes, right?

Yeah, when I looked up into that mirror, in that dark restaurant — for just a second — it was like someone was playing Return of the Jedi on a big screen in front of me. Because Luke Skywalker was right there.

Great night. Geek dream: Realized and surpassed!

Boy Toy is Out! — UPDATED

Color me surprised as all hell.

Originally Boy Toy was supposed to hit stores on September 28. Then my publisher informed me that due to some promotions being planned, the book would come out in early September.

So imagine my surprise when I walked into a Barnes & Noble yesterday and saw this:

Yep, that’s Boy Toy, next to the spanking-new Fanboy paperback! Don’t they look happy together?

If you want to comment about Boy Toy, head over here.

UPDATE: Apparently, not all stores and chains have put the book out on their shelves yet. Amazon is shipping it, Barnes & Noble has it on the shelves, and several independent stores have it out, too. Many stores, though, are holding to the published ship date, which is some time in September, so you may not see on your local bookstore shelf until then.

Robin in PW!

My bestest buddy in the writing universe, Robin Brande, has her first book coming out soon. And Publishers Weekly has quite rightly taken notice and conducted an interview with her! Check it out — it’s full of Robin’s usual good sense and considered wit.