Tuesday, March 10, 2015

By Book or By Crook

It's here! By Book or By Crook, the first in the Lighthouse Library series was released on Feb 3rd.

The reviews have been excellent.

Library Journal Starred Review: Charming, entertaining, and smart

Lesa's Book Critiques: Eva Gates excels at setting this new series in a delightful small town setting and enchanting library. If you're looking for an enchanting getaway, a mystery to help you escape the winter doldrums, you can't go wrong with this first in a new series, By Book or by Crook. Cats, Jane Austen, books, and a lighthouse library. It doesn't get much more appealing.

A Cozy Girl Reads: Author Eva Gates makes you feel like you are there and are a part of the library, the mystery and the story, that is what made this book so engaging to me. I can't wait to read and review the next in the series.

Aunt Agatha's Bookstore: A little extra verve, and a brisk, hard to put down way of telling a story that will have you flipping pages.

Fresh Fiction: BY BOOK OR BY CROOK has a wonderful charm that pulled me in right away.


The Quillery: Setting the library in a historic lighthouse gives the library itself a character of its own that helps to set this series apart from other cozy mysteries of its class and gives it the potential to stand out. This book was a fun introduction to what I think will prove to be an interesting and, hopefully, long lived series.

Night Owl Reviews:

Eva Gates has written a truly magnificent Southern mystery that will immerse its’ readers right into the very heart of the Outer Banks, and have them hearing the ocean waves, smelling the salt air, and tasting the delectable shrimp and grits! 

Have you discovered Lucy and the Lighthouse Library yet?



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 https://www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor or Vicki Delany's page https://www.facebook.com/Vicki.Delany

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

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 https://www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor or Vicki Delany's page https://www.facebook.com/Vicki.Delany

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

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: http://vickidelany.blogspot.ca/

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 evagatesauthor@gmail.com or you can still write to vicki@vickidelany.com


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.