On the Shelves at Powell’s

Spotted in the wild at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon. I’m happy to see they’re still on bookstore shelves!

Of course, I’m even happier when I see them on the shelves in people’s homes! ūüôā

This Just In: Another Reason to Come to BookCon!

I¬†mentioned that I’m signing books at BookCon this Saturday at the Chizine Publications booth (#2359) from 1 PM – 3 PM. But now there’s even better news!

When you buy a copy of¬†Chasing the Dragon¬†while I’m there, you’ll get a free copy of my latest novel,¬†Die and Stay Dead! That’s right, I said a¬†free copy! Supplies are limited, so get there early!

Once again that’s the ChiZine Publications booth (#2359) on Saturday from 1 PM ‚Äď 3 PM.¬†Buy a¬†copy of¬†Chasing the Dragon, get a copy of¬†Die and Stay Dead free!



In the “better late than never” department, The Urban Politico¬†has published a glowing new review of¬†Die and Stay Dead. Here’s a snippet:

This story is just crying out to be translated into the visual medium. I’m imagining something that draws on Big Trouble in Little China, Angel Heart and National Treasure….What’s really the juicy sweet spot of this story [is] the author’s envisioning of New York City as a special, magical and very old place….Kaufmann weaves a pretty compelling mystery story. This is a book you ought to be reading.

I’ve mentioned before that sales of Dying Is My Business and¬†Die and Stay Dead¬†were disappointing, and that St. Martin’s will only publish¬†the third and final book in the trilogy if¬†sales improve drastically. So if you’re a fan of the series, please tell all your friends.¬†And if you haven’t tried it yet, now’s the perfect time to start!


There’s some sad news to report today, too. World Fantasy Award-winning author Tanith Lee has passed away at the much too young age of 67. I interacted with her briefly back in the early 1990s. I worked¬†for The Overlook Press at the time and we were publishing her¬†Secret Books of Paradys series. She was such a good a writer, and she left us with a lifetime’s worth of amazing fiction. Rest in peace, Tanith Lee.

You Have To Make It Happen

I received this tweet tonight and it absolutely made my day. I love hearing from readers, especially when they’ve enjoyed something I wrote. (You’d think readers wouldn’t bother contacting me¬†to say they¬†didn’t like something I wrote, but…you’d be surprised.) Every once in a while I receive these lovely missives from readers telling me how much they enjoy the Trent series and how much they’re looking forward to the third volume. And every time I have to tell them, as I did Mr. McMillan, this sad news:

There will not be a third volume unless the first two volumes —¬†Dying Is My Business and¬†Die and Stay Dead — sell a whole lot better than they have been.

I don’t know why they’re not selling better. The reviews have been almost unanimously raves. I’ve promoted the hell out of them on book blogs, websites, convention panels, readings, signings, and podcasts. They just didn’t catch an audience, for some reason. There’s no way of knowing why a book doesn’t take off. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.

But here’s the deal. If you want to see the final volume of the Trent trilogy, or even see it go beyond¬†three books to something bigger, you have to help me get the word out. If you liked the first two, tell all your friends. Tell everyone you know who likes the same kind of books as you, your co-workers, your friends at the gym, the other parents in your children’s classes, your book club, the people who follow and friend you on social media, everybody. Leave reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, anywhere you’re comfortable doing so. Selling more copies of the first two is the only way the third book is going to happen, and I need your help to do that. In other words, if you want it to happen you have to help make it happen — and the best way to do that is by spreading the word!



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