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I logged into my e-mail tonight and saw this letter. At first I thought it was spam, but as I read on I saw the names P.J. and Traci and realized that it was a long overdue Newsletter from the mother/daughter author team of P.J. Tracy.
Those of us who are fans of the series have been wondering when the next book in the Monkeewrench series is coming out, and the team of P.J. Tracy was fairly silent about a response. But in the newsletter (pasted below), they announce that the new book - and it sounds pretty intense - will be coming out sometime in 2009. Yay! There's also a bit of personal chat and news in the newsletter - including the big news that Traci (the daughter) moved back to Minnesota and now lives only 10 miles from her mother.
Here's the full text of the newsletter:
To all our dedicated readers,We are currently in the process of finishing the final (we hope) pre-publication re-write for book five. We can't give you a firm publication date yet but it will most likely be available in late spring/early summer of 2009.
First of all we would like to apologize for seeming so "Disconencted" (which by the way will not be the title for our new book) and for not responding to the many queries about the publication date for our next book. It has been an intensly busy year for us and we have devoted all our time to the new book.
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The big exciting news is that we have been nominated for Best International Crime Writer by ITV3 for " " and will be appearing on their awards show on October 3.
If available, we will post a link to the recorded show sometime in October for those who are not in the UK to watch it live. If any fans out there would be willing to make a DVD recording and send it to us, we can convert it to be posted to the internet.
For your reading pleasure we have included a personalized note from each of us.
We did really stupid things over the past two years. After the fact, when it was far too late, we learned that there were five things in life that could leave you reaching for the .357. Being efficient creatures, both of us decided to do two or three of them at once to save time. We will not tell you about this on tour, because you live our lives, and we live yours. The human condition is remarkably the same, whether you are writer or Wal-Mart greeter, which sometimes looks like the greatest job in the world. The important things prevail, and we all know what they are.
No doubt you all have shared our experiences. You are looking at the constellations shifting in the sky, watching the angle of light change on your trees to herald the coming of winter, and perhaps puzzling over your own cat, who has a disturbing propensity for licking frogs. Yes, we have cats. One kills; the other sucks unwitting creatures dry without ever drawing blood, which is terrific inspiration for novels about murder, and a frightening thing for people more normal than we are. When she was young and heedless, Lydia left long, wet mouse corpses in her wake – as an elderly grande dame, she is now more gentle, perhaps more compassionate, and apparently wants very much to have a frog of her own. Somehow she calls the cheetah out of her old bones and chases them down, then holds them in place with her claws retracted while she tries to lick their spots off. The frogs love her, incidentally, and hop away smiling. The relationship is baffling.
Traci has moved back to Minnesota, and is now 10 miles away instead of 1500. Does it get any better than this? Then again, I am getting older, and surely this is disturbing for the child.
Do you remember when you looked at your mother or father one day and thought, "Oh, my God. When did this happen? I never saw it coming…"
Traci is certainly experiencing this, especially since I have neglected to dye my hair for a year and a half. Duh. I thought it would be fun to see what my true color is, and was startled to learn that it was transparent. Who knew? I expected gray, or if I was really lucky, silver. Instead I got this fuzzy stuff you can see through. You will never see this, of course. I shall Clairol my brains out before I appear in public again.
We have fought hard for this current book. The truth of what is happening in the world is more disturbing than what we could have imagined, particularly as it relates to the internet. There is magic here, and terrible danger, and as always, evil is several paces ahead of those who fight it. Watch for it. Be very, very careful.
I also love that on any given day out on the winding country roads, you can see the tremendous contrast of lifestyles that co-exist so naturally and peacefully in this part of the country. Not long ago, I saw a shiny new Bentley following an old, puttering John Deere tractor. The tractor pulled over so the Bentley could pass, and the drivers exchanged a cheerful wave. How great is that? What a shame that I wasn't packing a camera that day so I could have captured that lovely vignette. I wish those kinds of simple human connections happened everywhere, every day – the world would be a better place for it.
We recently received great news from our good friends in the U.K. – SNOWBLIND has been nominated for best international crime novel for the British Crime and Thriller Awards, sponsored by ITV3 television. The event is televised (October 3rd), so to those of you on the other side of the pond: tune in if you can, and keep your fingers crossed for a good showing!
And last but not least, we want to sincerely thank the best fans in the world for their loyalty, patience and all the kind words over the past couple of years. You will be the first to know when the 5th MONKEEWRENCH book is finished, which we hope will be soon, and we'll post a sample chapter or two on the site sometime this fall, along with the expected publication date sometime in '09.
All best wishes, and enjoy the change of seasons, wherever you are.P.J. Tracy
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Thanks for that, Lynne--I'm glad to know that the name of the new book isn't "Disconnected" as I thought--I've been doing a search on Amazon every couple of weeks to see if they have the ISBN/publication date yet. LOL It's weird that I am on their mailing list but I didn't get this e-mail. At least I hadn't when I checked this morning. Ah well, it's good to have other connections. :)
LOL It's weird that I am on their mailing list but I didn't get this e-mail. At least I hadn't when I checked this morning.
Same here (so I signed up again), but I also check their website every so often and the newsletter was also posted up there in its entirety on the 29th. It's good to finally hear something new and official from them about the next book!! :-)
Sharon, RUN don't walk to get the 3rd book in the series (Dead Run)! It's the most suspenseful book in the series IMO. The first book, Monkeewrench, will always be my favorite. But Dead Run comes in a very close second.
ETA: I don't even remember signing up for P.J. Tracy mailings, which is one of the reasons that I was confused when I first got the e-mail LOL.
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