The Dollmaker is On Its Way

Mary Burton THE DOLLMAKER cover image hi-res 5-4-16

Early reader copies of THE DOLLMAKER have arrived! I’m delighted to have the book in my hands and to know it’s only a few months until I hear what readers think of forensic pathologist Tessa McGowan, Virginia State Police Agent Dakota Sharp, Shield computer expert Garrett Andrews and newcomer Jacob McLean, and the (I think) frightening killer they’re desperate to stop.

The Dollmaker goes on sale 11/15/16.



PUB DATE+8 Thank you to all who have shared kind words about COVER YOUR EYES! I appreciate the recommendations and your “shares” with friends. I think it’s time to celebrate pub month with another giveaway. The prize is three books–UK editions of my novels I’M WATCHING YOU, DEAD RINGER and DYING SCREAM.  I hope you’ll enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Virginia Festival of the Book

I had a great time at the Virginia Festival of the Book held in Charlottesville, Virginia March 20-24.  I was there for an action packed Saturday that began with a reception sponsored by the Virginia Romance Writers.  Then it was off to the Crime Wave Brunch featuring writer C.J. Box.

I’m pictured here with writer Mary Jo Putney before she spoke on the Romance Panel “Hoydens & Harridans: Independent Women in History.”


My first panel was on the Crime Wave tract and entitled “Messing with the Mind, Body and Soul.” Pictured here are writers(l-r) Kathleen Toomey Jabs, George Davis, Evetta Lamka (moderator), Elizabeth L. Young and Mary Burton

“The Seventh Victim” was featured at the event’s Book Fair.

In the afternoon I sat on the Romance Panel :Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang!” Pictured here from left to right are writers Liz Everly, Joshilyn Jackson, Joyce Lamb, Mary Burton and Lydia Netzer (moderator).


Virginia This Morning!

On Friday, I had the great pleasure of being on Virginia This Morning to discuss the release of my latest suspense novel, THE SEVENTH VICITM.

Virginia This Morning host Cheryl Miller and Mary Burton.


Irish dancers kicked off the pre St. Patrick’s Day show.

This show also featured representatives of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.



Book Signings!

I hit to the road this past weekend and headed south first to Greenville, S.C. where I signed at Fiction-Addiction.  What a great store!  It was so much fun meeting readers and signing books.


Three hours south of Greenville, S.C. is Woodstock, GA home to the FoxTale Book Shoppe.  I had the pleasure of speaking to readers about my writing, chatting and signing books on Saturday March 9.

After my signing it was right back to Virginia.



A Writer’s Day


Despite many lofty promises, my writing day rarely is super-efficient.  I always manage to write my 15-20 pages, but the journey is never as smooth as I hoped.

6:00 a.m.                Rise/Coffee/Let the dogs out

6:30  a.m.               Head to the gym, shower

8:00 a.m.                Read email.  Check daily horoscope, weekly horoscope and reread monthly horoscope to see if any of it has come true.   Make sure my miniature dachshund is in her chair by the fireplace (so she doesn’t whine).   Feed the cat for the third time (she’s 15 and forgets she’s just eaten).   Read more email.  Quick check of Facebook.  Let my dog Buddy outside.  And then let him back inside.  Read a little research.

9:30 a.m.              Write 3 pages

10:15 a.m.            Repeat 8 a.m. schedule

11:15 a.m.            Write four more pages.

12 noon                Eat Lunch

1:00 p.m.             Feed the cat again and give Bella and Buddy chew sticks so I can make the final push to finish the afternoon pages.  Bella gets the big chew stick and Buddy gets two small ones (he hides the first in the backyard and then finally settles to eat the second)

1:00 p.m.           Start a spaghetti sauce for dinner (or put a chicken into the oven to roast)

1:30 p.m.        Burst of energy to finish the last thirteen pages.  (My children are in college but I still can’t help but forget the elementary school bus arrives at 2:35 and I feel a need to be finished by then)

4:00 p.m.        Finish up.  Walk the dogs.

After dinner is research time.  This is when I read the pile of nonfiction books by my desk.