Monday, January 26, 2015

Another contest!

By Book or By Crook comes out next Tuesday!  So I'm having one more (for now) contest for some lovely Outer Banks swag.  When I've visited the Outer Banks doing research for the Lighthouse Library series, I've come home with an enormous amount of touristy stuff. I'd love to give some of it away to people interested in learning about the background and the real setting of the new series.

The contest is open to anyone who "Likes" the FB page or Vicki Delany's page

If you are not on Facebook, and don't want to be, that's okay, because you can send an email to to

Today's question is: What was the best book you read in 2014? To be fair, (because I really do want to know) don't mention a book by me.

Here's a pic of today's swag. Contest closes Friday evening.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Contest Time!

When I've visited the Outer Banks doing research for the Lighthouse Library series, I've come home with an enormous amount of touristy stuff. I'd love to give some of it away to people interested in learning about the background and the real setting of the new series.

The second contest is now underway.  The contest is open to anyone who "Likes" the FB page or Vicki Delany's page

If you are not on Facebook, and don't want to be, that's okay, because you can send an email to to

Today's question is: What place have you never been but would love to vacation one day.  There is no wrong answer!

Here's a pic of today's swag. Contest closes tomorrow evening, but there will be more.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year's Gift

Wow!  I couldn't' have started the new year out in a better way.

I opened my computer to find that Library Journal had given By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates a starred review!

Here's what they had to say:

redstarGates, Eva. By Book or by Crook: A Lighthouse Library Mystery. Obsidian: NAL. Feb. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780451470935. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698165885. M
bybookorbycrook123114Reference librarian Lucy Richardson has decided to leave Boston behind, along with her Harvard University job, almost fiancĂ©, and unending social circles, to stay with her aunt on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Then she lands a delightful position at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, although Lucy is one of the few who are pleased. When the chair of the library board is killed at a reception honoring the installation of a collection of first edition Jane Austen novels, and then one of the Austen novels is stolen, Lucy suddenly realizes that reading mysteries has definitely not prepared her for a real-life one. VERDICT This charming, entertaining, and smart series launch by Gates, who also writes under the Vicki Delany pen name, features an unusual (and real) setting and colorful cast of characters that set it apart from other bookish cozies.

The book will be released on Feb 3rd, and is now available for pre-order in paper and ebook formats.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In Hibernation

It's been a long time since I posted anything to this blog.  I guess because there hasn't been a lot of new news to share, and I haven't been travelling very much.

I'm now hunkered down at home, planning to hibernate for the next several months, reading and writing and doing jigzaw puzzles, with a break to celebrate Christmas with my family.

The biggest thing in my life has been my kitchen renovations. I'm absolutely thrilled with it!  Here are some pics:

I'm gearing up for a major book tour for BY BOOK OR BY CROOK.  Stops are in are Arizona (with Kate Carlisle, I am really excited about that!), North Carolina with Erika Chase/Linda Wiken and Donis Casey, Florida, and Michigan with Barbara Fradkin. Plans are still in flux and flights not booked yet, so if you want me to visit your library or book club, drop me a note.

Full tour details will be posted here when they are set:

By Book or by Crook is now available for pre-order for all the regular places, online as well as bookstores and for e-readers and in print.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Introducing Eva Gates

That's me!

My career is taking off in new directions, and I am turning to the light side. I am now a cozy writer.

If you are a Molly Smith fan, fear not, I am not planning to abandon those people I love so much, but just putting them on hiatus while I do other things.

I have two three-book contracts from Penguin.  One to write the Lighthouse Library Mysteries for Obsidian, and one for the Christmas Town mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime.

The Lighthouse Library Books will be first, and they are being written under the pen name of EVA GATES.  The first book is By Book or By Crook and will be released Feb 3, 2015.  The second is Booked for Trouble, coming August 2015.

I have been working on the web page for the Lighthouse Library series today and am proud to unveil it.

Lighthouse Library Mysteries from Eva Gates. 

Please pay a visit and let me know what you think!

Eva has her own email address or you can still write to

Monday, August 4, 2014

Win a CD copy of UNDER COLD STONE for Your Library!

Blackstone Audio, who do the audio versions of Poisoned Pen Press books, sent me extra copies of UNDER COLD STONE.  I'd like to find them homes in libraries.

These are on a set of CDs.  Audio books are popular in libraries, but they are expensive on CD, so many libraries, particularly in smaller towns, don't get in many except for the big bestsellers.

If you'd like to win a set for your library (and I am sure no one will mind if you listen to it first!) just leave a comment here or send me an email.  I'll select a winner later in the week.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Blog Hop!

I’m taking part in a blog hop.  I was picked by Linda Wiken (aka Erika Chase) who can be found at and 

To find out who I’m tagging, read on.

And now for the questions I have been given.
Eva Gates

1)    What am I working on?  
I am now going through the editor’s edits for By Book or By Crook, the first in the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series.  This is something very new for me.  A new cozy series!  And I just love it.  The books are for Penguin Obsidian, and they will be published under my pen name, Eva Gates.  The series is set in a library in a lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After writing 16 books with more serious tones, all about human tragedy, broken families, injured war vets, and other not-fun things, to write a book just for fun is a real joy.
Once I finish the edits, then it’s on to the second book in the series.  I have a three book contract.
By Book or By Crook will be released on February 3rd, 2014, and the second book (as yet unnamed), in August.

2)    How does my work differ from others of its genre?  
This is a very cozy series, and it is written specifically for those readers who love cozies. About the only way it differs from some others, is that I am trying to keep it funny.  If you are looking for a good laugh, along with an interesting location, fun characters, and an intelligent puzzle, please give it a try.  Oh, and the Outer Banks location. And the lighthouse!

3)    Why do I write what I do?  
I was ready for a change, and I was seriously considering giving up writing.  This new project has given me a renewed love of writing. I love the Constable Molly Smith books from Poisoned Pen, and they are doing reasonably well.  I really loved writing standalone gothic thrillers, but the latest, More than Sorrow, pretty much sunk without a trace.  The offer from Penguin (via my wonderful agent Kim Lionetti of Bookends) came at the perfect time.

4)    How does my writing process work?     
I am a total creature of routine.
I get up every morning, seven days a week.  I go to my main computer in my office, and read e-mails, read the papers online, spend a bit of time on Facebook or Twitter. 
Then it’s time to start to write.  I walk into the dining room and stand at my Netbook computer which is on the half-wall between the kitchen and the dining room and boot it up.  (In the summer I might sit outside on the deck) As I pass through the kitchen, I put one egg on to boil.
I always write, standing up, on the Netbook.  I read over everything I did the previous day, doing a light edit as I go.  I then take my egg into the study and eat it while checking email. 
Then back to the small computer for several writing hours, usually finishing around one.
And that’s pretty much it.  I can’t write in small chunks. I can’t write as the spirit moves me.

I have a new web site for the Eva Gates books:  It’s still in development, but please have a peek. You can also find Eva on Facebook at
 Plus, of course, the main web page at

I have tagged three of my favourite writers. They'll be answering the questions on their web pages next week. 

            1) Violette Malan lives in southeastern Ontario with her husband. People tend to ask her about the choreography of stripping – and she'll answer – but most of the time she's the author of the Dhulyn and Parno novels, and  the Mirror Lands novels, fantasies available from DAW.
You'll find her on Facebook, on Twitter, and check her website:

2)   2)   Prince Edward County's Janet Kellough is the author of The Thaddeus Lewis Mysteries (Dundurn), history/mystery set in pre-Confederation Upper Canada, featuring a steely-eyed and stout-hearted "saddlebag preacher" as the hero.

3)    3) Rick Blechta can be found at