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Get signed, personalized books for the 2017 holidays

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The holidays are coming up, and of course you’re contemplating giving books as gifts to everyone you know and love. Right?

If you’d like to get copies of my novels, you can now arrange for me to scribble in them, no matter how far away you live or whether you catch me in person when I have a pen in my hand. Thanks to my fantastic local bookstore, Book People in Austin, you can order signed, personalized copies of my novels. The store ships across the USA and internationally.

Book People doesn’t have a hard deadline for holiday shipping, but the sooner you order, the better.

UPDATE! Book People says:

To ensure orders make it somewhere in time for Christmas, we ask that they be placed before (not on) December 19th at the absolute latest. Making an order that late would require UPS shipping, our more expensive option, so customers looking to ship through USPS should place orders before the 12th to be sure they make it on time. UPS shipping typically takes 3 to 5 business days and USPS typically takes 5 to 10 business days.

If you’d like to order copies of my books and have me sign them, call (512) 472-5050 or CLICK HERE.

And once you order my books, you can keep on going and order books by other authors as well. Book People has a whole store full of them. What are you waiting for?

Goodreads discussion of Phantom Instinct


On Goodreads, the Crime Detective Mystery Thriller Group is going to discuss Phantom Instinct from July 20-Aug 20. I’ll be part of the discussion. If you’re on Goodreads, you can join the group and join the talk.

Readers can hit me with any questions about the book, or writing, or how I learned about handbrake turns for the scene where Harper Flynn teaches evasive driving in a Mini Cooper.

I’m looking forward to it. Hope to see you there.

Phantom Instinct: out in paperback in the USA


Hey, hey, USA… I almost forgot to tell you: my latest thriller, Phantom Instinct, is now out in paperback.

I think you’ll like it. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Don Winslow says: “It’s fast-paced, sharp, and unforgettable.”

So there you go.

This week: Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Bonus: Phantom Instinct paperbacks!


Stuff’s up this week. Booky, writery stuff.

First, I’m heading to California for one of the best writers’ conferences around:

Santa Barbara Writers Conference
Hyatt Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
Wednesday, June 10 7:30-8:30pm: Guest Speaker
Thursday, June 11 4-5pm: Mystery Panel


Second, here’s a box of the books I’ve just received: the US paperback edition of Phantom Instinct. Which means it’s on the loose, running wild on the streets. Or at least in the bookstores. Go lasso yourselves some copies.

I hope I’ll see some of you in Santa Barbara.

Today: Dripping Springs Community Library


This afternoon I’ll be at the Dripping Springs Community Library, talking about writing and my novel Phantom Instinct. The event is free and everybody is welcome, so come on down.

Copies of my books will be available for sale, and all proceeds go to benefit the library.

Author Visit: Meg Gardiner 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Dripping Springs Community Library
501 Sportsplex Dr.
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
(512) 858-7825

Sneak peek: Phantom Instinct paperback cover


My editor just sent me this to double check and approve. It’s the cover of the U.S. paperback edition of Phantom Instinct, coming in June.

Yes, I still get giddy seeing the covers of my books, even in PDF form.

Book giveaway featuring Phantom Instinct and novels by Heather Gudenkauf and Sandra Block


You like giveaways. You like the chance to win free books. I know you do. Here’s your chance.

Grand Central Publishing is giving away 10 signed copies of Sandra Block’s debut thriller Little Black Lies — AND Heather Gudenkauf’s Little Mercies AND my novel Phantom Instinct.

Little Black Lies is a darned good thriller. Heather Gudenkauf blurbed it, and so did I. Check out the quote on the book’s cover in the image above: “‘A darkly intriguing mystery that pulls you in deep and doesn’t let go.’ –Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award winning author.”

You can enter a random drawing to win autographed copies of all three books. You only have until this Friday, February 20th, at 11:59pm Eastern. Enter here.