Move over, Dr. Zhivago

Hi everyone,

Among the joys of winter is that on occasion I get to drive my sweetie to an appointment. It’s quite rare but has happened a couple of times lately. I’ve been working to respond to questions from hosts of my blog tour next month to promote AFTER DARK so timing is critical.

I never leave home without a writing pad so I can continue, albeit in longhand, what I was working on before taking a break.

Granted, working in a car on a wintry day is not the best accommodation, but I can testify that writing can happen wherever it needs to happen.

I’m just like Dr. Zhivago — only my car is nice and warm so I didn’t have to blow on my fingers.

Making plans

Hi everyone,

My thanks to all who wished me well yesterday as I opened my box of copies of AFTER DARK. I’m getting close to completing plans for the blog tour in late February and early March to introduce the new book and will publish the schedule soon. I’m more excited each day as those plans keeps growing beyond my expectations. I need to book another signing or two and maybe another interview. Otherwise I’m about ready to usher AFTER DARK into the world.

Planning a blog tour

Hi everyone,

Saturday my first bound copy of AFTER DARK arrived and I can hardly put it down. I keep asking Sandy if she’s seen my new book. For a while she smiled. Now I’m getting the one eyebrow up look. Anyway, I’m proud of it.

At the suggestion of others I’m putting together my first ever blog tour next month to help introduce AFTER DARK. I love trying new things and this one promises to be exciting. I’m scheduling week days from one week prior to pub date of February 25 to one week after (2/18-3/3). I plunged into this last Thursday and have been delighted with early responses. As of this morning I have only three open dates remaining and am told that it’s okay to have more than one host on a given day. I’m encouraged to think the dates will fill with plenty of time for hosts to prepare for their days. I’m extremely grateful. I’ll let you know when plans are complete.

Kirkus likes AFTER DARK

Hi everyone,

The first review is in for AFTER DARK, and it’s a good one. I’m delighted!

Review Issue Date: March 1, 2020
Online Publish Date: December 18, 2019
Publisher:Wordsong/Boyds Mills
Pages: 32
Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-62979-717-5
Category: Poetry

Who’s out at night, and what do they do? These poems answer that for you.”Shhhh, listen… / Hear that howling? / Dogs don’t howl, / not like that.” It’s coyotes that are on the hunt, and everyone from mouse to deer better be on the lookout. Harrison’s night is broadly populated. Some mark their territory or hide from large predators. A mother skunk teaches her children not to venture into the road. Fireflies flash looking for mates in the grass, a little as though the insects are texting one another. Meanwhile: “Along a path of slime / you softly flow, / scraping holes in petals / as you go”; the leopard slug eats hollyhocks and daffodils, all the while leaving a slimy trail as proof it was there in the night. The Mexican free-tail bat is on bug patrol. Twenty-one animals who live by the light of the moon get profiled in Harrison’s poems, written in a variety of forms, some rhymed and most not. Each is featured in a one- or two-page spread with realistic, appropriately dark, attractive illustrations by Laberis. Though none are anthropomorphized, they still have plenty of personality. A kit fox yawns luxuriantly; a flathead catfish opens its huge mouth to suck in a hapless frog. Two pages of backmatter reveal four further facts about each profiled animal.A fine collection of poetical odes to a nicely diverse group of nighttime fauna. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)

AFTER DARK comes out February 25 but many have already preordered their copies. I’m grateful to everyone who has ordered or will order a copy when they’re available.