Thursday, December 8, 2011
It's less than two months until the release of OLD HAUNTS, the third Haunted Guesthouse mystery! But you don't have to wait all that time for a taste of it: the first chapter is now available to read for free by clicking here!
OLD HAUNTS has Alison Kerby dealing with figures from the past of everyone in her Jersey Shore guesthouse--even the ghosts. Paul wants her to find a woman he was going to ask to marry him. Maxie is distraught because her ex-husband's remains have been found is a secret grave under the boardwalk.
But worst of all: Alison's ex-husband (The Swine) has arrived unannounced from Los Angeles and seems to have an agenda, but Alison can't figure it out.
Plus, there's a full house of guests, a handsome biker wooing Alison and renovations to be done in the attic. When someone starts sending her threatening texts, Alison's just about at the end of her rope.
Don't wait--start NOW! Read the first chapter of OLD HAUNTS and get started early! Then come back here and comment below to let me know what you thought!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Congratulations to Patti Seratte and Pamela Michalek, winners of the completely useless empty covers of Old Haunts, signed by the author! Thanks to all who entered the contest! Keep watching this space for more contests, and remember: Old Haunts, the third Haunted Guesthouse mystery, is due February 7, 2012!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
One of the things that a publishing company does for an author--or at least, that my lovely editor does for me--in the process of making a book is to send said author some sample covers once the design has been agreed upon and the book is in the process of being printed. It's a nice way to get something in your hand, as an author, to look at and say, "This will be my book."
But let's be real: This is not the most useful item on the planet. It's a cover. It's flat (both front and back covers are included, but it's not folded). There's no book inside. It's nice to look at, but that's about it.
So when I got the three copies of the OLD HAUNTS cover, for the book due in February, one thought leapt immediately to mind: "I only need one of these."
That's where you come in.
If you'd like to get a first look at the cover of OLD HAUNTS, and have it in your hand, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, here's your chance. I'm announcing the first (as far as I know) EMPTY COVER CONTEST in publishing history.
Here's how it works: You quote your FAVORITE LINE from the Haunted Guesthouse series. Either published book. If it's from OLD HAUNTS, I'm going to want to know who your mole inside Berkley Publishing might be. Otherwise, I'll assume the line is from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED or AN UNINVITED GHOST.
Send that quote in an email to ejcopperman [at] gmail [dot] com. Send it before midnight, Monday October 17. (That's the night of October 17, not the first moment in the morning. You have all day Monday, I'm saying.)
All entries received on time will be ceremoniously dumped into the nearest hat and two (because I have two extra covers) will be pulled out at random. They'll be signed by the author (that's me) and sent to the winner (hopefully, that's YOU!). Winners will be announced Tuesday, October 18.
For more information (or the same information in different words), go to my website and look under "CONTEST."
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
People tell me their ghost stories.
It's not like I ask--I figure the ghost stories I make up should be just that (made up), so I'm not looking for extra "research" in the way of people telling me how their Cousin Bob, gone these 14 years, still pulls the cereal box out of the cupboard in the morning or how the house they bought during the real estate boom (remember THAT?) is inhabited by the spirit of a Revolutionary War draft dodger named Ezekial.
I don't mind hearing the stories; far from it, since most of them are really entertaining. But it's funny that 1. everyone I meet seems to have a supernatural tale or two from their "real" life, while I'm trying to make a living writing ones that I guarantee you never happened and 2. they launch into these stories unprompted, assuming that if I write ghost stories, I must want to hear as many as possible.
A few (not many, but a few) readers have complained--alas, out loud on Amazon and elsewhere--that my ghost stories aren't accurate, that ghosts don't act that way, and that I am, therefore, a fraud. Hardly. I've never made an claim to knowledge of an afterlife, and hope not to have any such knowledge for a very long time. I make stuff up. I hope it will entertain those who choose to read it, and if it does, I've done my job adequately. If not, no amount of "accuracy" is going to make much difference.
What strikes me more than anything else is the certainty with which the people I meet lay out these fantastical tales. I am something of a skeptic--no, I am EVERYTHING of a skeptic--but the sincerity with which the stories are told is striking. I'm not sure which one of us they're trying to convince, but it's taking a lot of effort either way.
When I meet you, if you feel like telling me your ghost story, please do. I love to hear a good tale, supernatural or just natural, and I'm always happy to be enthralled with a person's passion. But if you're expecting me to smite myself in the forehead and shout, "Finally! The proof I've been seeking!", well, I'm afraid you might be a tad disappointed.
And I hate to disappoint. So be prepared.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I'm thinking about touring, if not with the current AN UNINVITED GHOST, then probably with OLD HAUNTS, which debuts next February. But the travel budget is, let's say, limited, so the "tour" would have to be carefully planned and kept to a small number of stores which are especially open to mystery authors and excellent at planning events.
So I'm asking you--yes, you--for suggestions. I have a few ideas of stores I've always wanted to visit (and I haven't contacted them yet, so I'm not mentioning any names), but maybe I don't know about all the best ones around the country (international travel is absolutely outside the budgetary limits).
Tell me--what are the great mystery bookstores in your area? Have you been to any memorable author events there? What stores an I not thinking of that I should be? You can list suggestions below or get in touch at ejcopperman [at] gmail [dot] com.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Congratulations to the winners of the AN UNINVITED GHOST contest!
The $100 Barnes & Noble gift certificate went to Nicole Swenson.
Two second prizes, of autographed E.J. Copperman books, went to Diane Herr and Linda Kuzminczuk.
For the record, every entry had the right answer to the question (which indicates the question wasn't hard enough): Maxie wears TWO t-shirts with slogans in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED--one that bears the logo of the band AC/DC and one that reads, "What are YOU lookin' at?"
She wears more shirts in AN UNINVITED GHOST, so take note--you never know what the next contest's question will be!
Thanks to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the winners!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
It's here, everybody! AN UNINVITED GHOST was released today (after having strained at the bars of its cage) and is now available in bookstores (hopefully) everywhere! So if you're so inclined and have the chance, rush right out (or click in various places on the web)!
Also, someone named Jeff Cohen is being interviewed at Booklife and mentions my name a lot. It actually is a little irritating, but he seems like a nice enough guy.
And I'm guest blogging at The Crime Writers Chronicle today, so drop on by!
Happy Launch Day, everybody, but remember--there's no such thing as a free launch, so please get out there and get yourself (at least one) copy of AN UNINVITED GHOST!
Monday, April 4, 2011
That's right, it's Launch Week (or around here, Erev Launch Day!) for AN UNINVITED GHOST, the second Haunted Guesthouse Mystery. And that means the blog tour (ish) is about to begin:
Today, I'm the guest blogger at HEY, THERE'S A DEAD GUY IN THE LIVING ROOM, offering 10 Reasons NOT To Buy AN UNINVITED GHOST Tomorrow (don't worry, I also list 10 reasons why those reasons are wrong).
I'm also guest blogging today at Lesa's Book Critiques, talking about... um, book critiques. Reviews, how they're written and how authors receive them. Take a look!
Tomorrow is LAUNCH DAY! Start your engines--AN UNINVITED GHOST will be available at every possible bookselling outlet you can imagine! And I'll be guest blogging on my home state (and the setting for the Haunted Guesthouse series) in its ongoing search for a smidgen of respect at The Crime Writer's Chronicle!
On Thursday, it's a trip to Cozy Chicks for a look at research, and why I try to avoid it whenever possible.
There'll be more stops in the next couple of weeks, but frankly, I'm exhausted just thinking about it all. I'll get back to you.
Happy Launch Week, everybody!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Today at the lovely and brilliant Lorna Barrett's Dazed and Confused, I get to sound off on a recent "news" item that shows just the kind of incisive thinking one can expect when discussing my home state: Insult my State -- You Insult Me! http://t.co/5J9dIXb
P.S. 5 days to enter the AN UNINVITED GHOST contest! Get your entry in today!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
There's an update (not exactly a revamp) of my web site now up and viewable in time for the release of AN UNINVITED GHOST exactly four weeks from today (that'll be April 5, for those reading this after the day I post it)!
You'll find information about the second Haunted Guesthouse mystery, AN UNINVITED GHOST, including the first chapter free to read online! See what's up with Alison Kerby, her daughter Melissa, her resident ghosts Paul Harrison and Maxie Malone--and what they'll be investigating this time around!
Also: The information on the exciting AN UNINVITED GHOST contest is now available on the home page: Just click here! Be sure to enter for a chance at a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore of your choice!
Is that too many exclamation points? Be honest...
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Hang in there, friends--AN UNINVITED GHOST, the exciting (if I may say so myself) sequel to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED, will be out soon, on April 5!
To celebrate, there will be a terrific contest; watch this space for details! We're not just talking a free bookmark here!
I promise--info here very soon! Keep checking!
Monday, January 3, 2011
This time, for sure: AN UNINVITED GHOST, the second Haunted Guesthouse mystery, is now available for pre-order for your Kindle! Just go to http://www.amazon.com/An-Uninvited-Ghost-ebook/dp/B004GXC7YE and pre-order for the Kindle price of $6.99 (the physical book will be priced at $7.99 suggested retail)!
And I am promised that the Kindle version WILL be available on or close to the publication date of April 5--really, this time! (Keep your fingers crossed!)