Archive for September, 2011

Across the East River Bridge: Book Trailer

I’m pulling out all the stops! Here’s a sneak peak at the new book:

I have to say, it was pretty fun to make a book trailer. I’d never done anything like this before. Most of the photos were taken by yours truly this past spring, and they’re of various locations described in the book. There will be a more complete explanation of those photos in my upcoming Special Features post. I also dorked out and made the fake newspaper and I dug up a bunch of historical photos of the Brooklyn Bridge. This drawing is probably my favorite, because it shows what the book would have looked like when my ghosts, Teddy and Wash, were alive in the 1870s:

I also recorded my own music, but I didn’t like the sound of the unaccompanied solo violin (plus this was turning into a “Directed by Kate, Starring Kate, Edited by Kate, Music by Kate” production, which felt a little much) so I decided not to use it. The piece I chose is a little obscure, but it’s the second movement in a suite I performed last year, and I really like it; I think it’s really evocative and sort of sad. The recording you hear in the trailer features Itzhak Perlman on solo violin, and really, he’s vastly more skilled than I am (understatement!), so it’s probably for the best that I decided to sub out the music before I uploaded the trailer. :)

I’ve just ruined all the magic for you, haven’t I?

Anyway, I hope you like my efforts and/or are inspired to check out the new book!

a few tiny things

Earlier this week, I ordered a bunch of goodies to give out at GayRomLit. (Bookmarks, postcards, and stickers!) I’m tinkering with the website some this weekend to match my new designs, starting with the new banner on the top of my site. It’s not a radical change, I know, and this banner is less sexy than the old one, but I like it.

Also, Fallen Angel Reviews gave four angels to The Boy Next Door.

I spent a good chunk of tonight putting together a Special Features post for Across the East River Bridge that has a ton of photos, plus historical background and some suggestions for further reading. The characters in the book are fictional, but there’s some real history tied into the plot with the ghosts. That post will go live a couple of days before the book comes out.

cover art, new story, other news

I have a bunch of announcements!

1. Across the East River Bridge, due out October 12 from Loose Id, has cover art, as you can see. (Valerie Tibbs was the cover artist.) I will have some cool stuff (a book trailer, an excerpt, some special features) up in the coming days. (The link brings you to the book page, where you can read the blurb.)

I’m pretty excited about this book. It’s about two old academic rivals who team up to solve an old mystery and then, naturally, fall in love. They investigate the deaths of two men who died in 1878. The novel is kind of a tour of Brooklyn, as Finn and Troy, my two main characters, visit neighborhoods all over the borough in search of clues. There’s also a glimpse into the Brooklyn of the 1870s, which was pretty fun to research. (Well, it was fun to research if you’re me, because I’m a nerd.) The book is kind of a love letter to the borough I’ve called home for the last five years.

2. I will have a story in Dreamspinner’s Advent Calendar this year. It’s about a guy who is in love with his roommate’s boyfriend. Look for that in December. (It will be available as part of the advent calendar, or for individual download.)

3. Here’s a pretty nice review of Blind Items from Top 2 Bottom reviews (4.5 out of 5 kisses!).

I think those are the big things. Here in New York, it’s cooled off some, so I guess fall is here. (We had a pretty mild August, so I’m sad about seeing summer go.) I’m still writing away, working on a few different new projects. Hope you all are having great weekends.

review, broadway, november

First, thanks to Night Owl Reviews for the great review of Blind Items!

Second, among other things, I went to see the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway this weekend. I have to say, Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe was pretty great! It’s a fun show.

Third, I’m thinking about National Novel Writing Month already, and have this completely crazy idea. I spent some time today writing out several pages of notes. So I hope that works out!

labor day weekend

First, announcement: I’m going to be participating in the Literary Nymphs m/m chat going on all this weekend. It’ll be at their Yahoo group. Lots of great authors are participating, so it’s worth stopping by.

And to any of you going to Dragon*Con in Atlanta this weekend, I have sent a proxy! Or, a few close friends of mine are attending, and I sent them with a stack of postcards advertising my books. If you see a very tall woman dressed as a cyberwoman (basically, a sexy robot from the Dr. Who spin-off Torchwood) handing out Kate McMurray postcards, say hi!

I have a book being published by Loose Id in October that I’m pretty psyched about. The protagonists are rival historians who run afoul of a pair of ghosts. It’s my first attempt at dipping my toe in paranormal waters, but it was fun to write—I adore these characters. I’m a little bit of a history nerd myself. I’m particularly interested in 19th Century America. Which maybe explains why my new obsession this summer has been watching what I think of as junk shows, those shows where people find old junk and get it appraised for fun and profit. Like “Antiques Roadshow” on on crack. “Pawn Stars” is my favorite, but I’ve also seen a lot of “American Pickers” and “Storage Wars” (the latter mostly fun because the cast is entertaining). I love those quirky bits of history, the documents and books and ephemera that get passed down.

Here’s a tiny preview. There are two scenes in the new novel (called Across the East River Bridge) that take place in the Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library. I found these photos last week. Check ‘em out.

I plan to spend a big chunk of this weekend getting stuff together for GayRomLit in October. So excited!