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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Mildly Threatening but Earnest Invitation to Phoenix Mystery Readers

Dear Phoenix Mystery Readers,

You don’t know me from Eve, so thought I’d introduce myself. I’m Irene Ziegler, author of Ashes to Water.

I live in Virginia. Nobody knows me in Arizona except JD Hayworth, but I’m not allowed to discuss that until the investigation is closed. I’m coming to the Poisoned Pen on August 12 at 7:00 pm because Ashes to Water is a mystery/thriller, and after reading it, Will, the events coordinator decided it didn’t stick up the whole room. They’re taking a chance on an unknown writer, hoping someone will show up. But you know and I know that nobody comes to hear an unknown author unless they have an incentive.

Normally, I don’t threaten people, but these are desperate times, and threatening people is fun. So, If you don’t show up at the Poisoned Pen on the 12th, I’ll be forced to tie owner Barbara Peters to a chair and force-feed her ice cream.

For those of you who prefer positive incentives, there’s this: The first ten people to buy a copy of Ashes to Water will receive a free car. Seriously. For real. I’m not kidding.

Okay, I’m kidding. But if I had ten cars to give away, I would sooo give them away to you. That’s how much you mean to me.

If you come to The Poisoned Pen, you will drink delicious wine in lovely plastic cups. You will rub elbows with people who are only there for the air conditioning. And you will hear the story behind the book, which will have you sneaking glances at your cell phone and wondering if you remembered to program the DVD. As an added bonus, I will pose for pictures and do my Anne Bancroft impersonation. I do not sign undergarments. (Sorry.)

If I haven’t convinced you yet, then it’s probably not going to happen. And I understand. Barbara Peters understands, too. It’s summer, it’s hot, you never learned how to read. That’s cool. Maybe next time.

If you do come by, please say hello, even if you don’t buy a book. I love meeting mystery readers. You’re all so colorful.

Best to you and all who benefit from your paycheck,

Irene Ziegler


  1. Irene -- did the mailing list of the Poisoned Pen receive this letter? I hope it works!