Diana Renn

Mysteries that Matter


We have three winners for last week’s Tokyo Heist Gallery Giveaways:

BRAIDEN A. has won the eComic In Maps and Legends by Michael Jasper and Niki Smith.
LAUREN B. Won the signed print of Niki’s Tokyo Heist-inspired illustration.
MALVINA B. Won two ARCs from Viking/Penguin.

All three winners also get a bundle of Tokyo Heist swag.

Congratulations!! You’ll be hearing from me soon. And HUGE thanks to all of you who entered the contest and helped to spread the word about it, or even just popped by to see last week’s featured artist.

Tomorrow I’ll introduce you to the final artist in this four-week series and do one last giveaway.

So this is an especially exciting week for me because TOKYO HEIST hits shelves this Thursday, June 14. (Ahhhhhhh! I can’t even believe I just wrote that sentence!) It’s been a long time coming, and I’m so excited to finally be able to celebrate its release, see it in stores, and hear from real readers out there in the world.

There are lots of TOKYO HEIST events, giveaways, and interviews going on this week, online and live; here are some highlights of launch week!

MONDAY 6/11: My group mystery writers’ blog, SLEUTHS SPIES & ALIBIS, kicks off Tokyo Heist Celebration Week today with a week-long giveaway and special features related to the book. They also hauled me into our Interrogation Room, which I survived (whew!) You can read the transcript of my interview on Thursday 6/14.

TUESDAY 6/12: The TOKYO HEIST BOOK TRAILER (yes! there is one!) will premiere at the blog Young Adult Books Central. (Their Tokyo Heist giveaway of epic proportions continues, by the way . . . ); You can also swing by First Page Panda, read the first page of the book, and enter a giveaway there too!

WEDNESDAY 6/13: I’m guest posting at the Apocalypsies site, talking a bit about the road to publication, and am also at The Writing Life x3 where I’m honored to be part of the Juggler interview series. Swing by and find out my juggling secrets!

THURSDAY 6/14: LAUNCH DAY! If you hear screaming from the direction of Boston, Massachusetts, that would be me. When I’m done screaming, I’ll be popping by the Lucky 13s site (group of 2013 debut authors) for an interview.

SATURDAY 6/16: LAUNCH EVENT. If you’re in the Boston area — or anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard and you feel like a road trip — we’re partying at Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Center, MA. 2:00. Reading, signing, Q&A, Road to Publication stories, Japanese candy, door prizes.

Giveaway Roundup:
Here are some TOKYO HEIST-related giveaways going on this week:
Sleuths Spies and Alibis
Young Adults Books Central
Hobbitsies book blog (ending soon!)
GLITTER Magazine
First Page Panda (starts Tuesday)
Right here! (last Gallery Giveaway, starts Tuesday 6/12)

New Review!
The Examiner gave Tokyo Heist five stars!

Two winners have been selected for last week’s Gallery Giveaway!

Que M. won the signed copy of TOKYO HEIST and swag.
Molly N. won the signed print from Rich Lee, and TOKYO HEIST swag.

Congratulations! You’ll be hearing from me soon. And thank you to all who participated in last week’s giveaway and dropped by to meet the talented Rich Lee!

I’ll be introducing you to a third artist tomorrow and running a third giveaway.

Meanwhile, there are a couple of other TOKYO HEIST giveaways still going on elsewhere: YA Books Central and Hobbitsies: A Book Blog.

Incredibly, there are just ten more days until the book is officially out in the world! Some lovely reviews of TOKYO HEIST have come out recently:
Hobbitsies: A Book Blog
The Reading Date
Manga Maniac Cafe
and . . .
a review from Susan Carpenter in The L.A. Times! Whoa!

This was also a huge thrill . . . a big box of Tokyo Heists arrived the other day! The book is no longer a computer file, or a paperback ARC, but a finished, corrected, hardcover book! There’s been a lot of screaming and dancing in my house lately.

Well, mostly. That’s my little boy with his legs in the air. He’s either flipped from happiness or completely underwhelmed and just focused on his headstand technique. I suspect the latter.

The cat, at least, seems pleased.

Have a great Monday everyone! Back tomorrow with Week 3 of the Gallery!