Halloween booksTomorrow at 2 pm,  I’ll be doing a big Halloween signing at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego.  They’ll have tricks and treats and lots and lots of book – including all of mine.  Hope you can make it to this wonderful store!

If you can’t, but would like signed or personalized books for yourself or for gift-giving, all you have to do is give the store a call at 858-268-4747 (or simply fill out the order form at their site, putting your special instructions under the notes on the order form).

Bad Things and Moonfall are Halloween-oriented, if you’re looking for something to help celebrate the season!

Mysterious Galaxy is located at 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302, San Diego, CA 92111




James Gandolfini and Candle Bay


When The Sopranos debuted on HBO,  I’d never seen any of The Godfather movies, Miller’s Crossing, or any other gangster flick.  I had absolutely no interest in the genre.

But I did have HBO and my husband wanted to check out The Sopranos, so I watched it. I watched it again.  And again. I still didn’t love the mafia genre, but I couldn’t resist The Sopranos. We’d watch it the night it aired and then again before the next episode.  I didn’t want to like it — this was a culture I still had no interest in, nothing in common with — but James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano,  he just kept drawing me back in.

I don’t think anyone else could have done that.  Gandolfini’s lovable psychopath, Tony Soprano, was pitch perfect, fascinating, charismatic, and vile, all at the same time.  Because of Tony, I watched The Godfather and the other classics and developed a new appreciation for them.

A couple seasons in, I decided to write my vampire novel, Candle Bay, and something fun popped into my head: what if the pater familias of the clan, Orion Darling, had a thing for The Godfather? Maybe he had a long history of faddish fascinations and his current one was with one don or another.  I already knew he had more than a passing similarity in looks to Robert DeNiro — what more could I ask for?

And so, in Candle Bay, Ori’s office mirrors  Don Corleone’s, he watches Sopranos reruns and played the Godfather theme in the background.  He even acts like Corleone, delighting in playing at gangster games.

I am currently well into Candle Bay’s sequel and when I began, I considered giving Ori Darling a new all-consuming interest, but decided against it. With James Gandolfini’s untimely passing, I’m doubly glad Ori remained smitten with Tony Soprano.  Here’s to you, Mr. Gandolfini.  RIP.

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