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April 16, 2014 • KY Writers Conference/SoKy BookFest

Next weekend I'll be at the KY Writers Conference and the SoKy BookFest in Bowling Green. It's free and open the public. Tomorrow night I'll be at the Bruce Springsteen concert in Nashville. It's not free.

March 25, 2014 • Writing Workshop

Today at 5:30 I'll be teaching a workshop on suspense writing at the Barr Library in Ft. Knox, KY. This is a great library on the base--and the librarians and patrons there love books. So check it out. It's free!

March 15, 2014 • Writing Workshop

On March 25th, I'll be teaching a workshop on suspense writing at the Barr Library in Ft. Knox, KY. This is a great library on the base--and the librarians and patrons there love books. So check it out. It's free!

January 1, 2014 • Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all! Thanks for a great 2013. Here's to an even better 2014 filled with lots of writing, reading, and books. Cheers!

December 11, 2013 • Online Reviews

If you've read and enjoyed one of my books--and even if you didn't enjoy them--it's always good to leave an online review: Amazon, BN.com, Goodreads, etc. It's a great way to spread the word to other readers. Thanks!

December 6, 2013 • Barnes and Noble Signing

This Saturday from 3-5 I'll be signing books at the Barnes and Noble in Bowling Green, KY. If you're in the area you can get a personalized gift for the holidays. Check it out!

November 19, 2013 • Kindle Price

NEVER COME BACK is currently on sale for your Kindle for a mere $7.99, cheaper than a mass market paperback. If you've been thinking of checking this one out, now would be a good time. Thanks!

November 13, 2013 • TV Appearance

Today during the 11-12 hour I'll be on Midday Live on WBKO in Bowling Green talking about NEVER COME BACK and my appearance at Barnes and Noble tomorrow night as part of the Kentucky Live! Series. Tune in and check it out.

November 8, 2013 • Big News! Vive le France!

CEMETERY GIRL has won the le Prix Polar International de Cognac! This is one of France's most prestigious awards for crime writing! I'm thrilled!!

November 4, 2013 • Upcoming Signing

On November 6th from 9-11 a.m. I'll be signing books at the Kroger store at 2011 Nashville Place in Gallatin, TN. Just think...you can buy my book, get it signed, and go home with toilet paper all in one place. Hope to see you there!

October 21, 2013 • Owensboro, KY

Tomorrow night at 6:00 I will be reading from and signing NEVER COME BACK at the Daviess County Public Library, 
2020 Frederica Street, Owensboro, KY. It's free! Thanks!

October 17, 2013 • More Printings!

NEVER COME BACK has already had a second printing ordered. This means I owe you all thanks for buying the book and talking it up. Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

October 14, 2013 • Reviews!

NEVER COME BACK has been out for two weeks now, and I've already been hearing from readers about the book. I love when readers write to me and tell me what they think about my books--good and bad. And thanks for the Amazon and GoodReads reviews. Keep them coming. They make a difference. Thanks!

October 11, 2013 • Southern Festival of Books today

Today at 1:00 I'll be on a panel at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville. After the panel, I'll be signing copies of NEVER COME BACK. I hope to see you there.

October 9, 2013 • Lexington, KY

Last night I had a great time at the Carnegie Center. Today I'll be speaking at Transylvania University at 3:30 in the Cowgill Center Room 102. Hope to see you there!

October 6, 2013 • Events This Week

This week I'll be in Lexington on Tuesday and Wednesday and Nashville on Friday. Check the Events page for all the details and spread the word. I hope to see you there!

October 5, 2013 • Heartland Fall Forum!

I had a great time signing books at the Heartland Fall Forum tonight. I met lots and lots of great booksellers and librarians. Thanks!

October 2, 2013 • Reading at Ft. Knox, Ky tonight!

Tonight at 6:00 I'll be reading at the Barr Memorial Library at Ft. Knox, KY. The reading is open to the public--and any soldier in uniform will receive a free, signed copy of NEVER COME BACK. I hope to see you there!

October 1, 2013 • NEVER COME BACK is out!!!

NEVER COME BACK is out now! Buy one or two from your favorite bookstore. And check the events page to see if I'll be coming to a town near you. Thanks!!

September 23, 2013 • Pre-Order Never Come Back and win!

NEVER COME BACK will be released on October 1st, and if you pre-order the book this week—either as a trade paperback or as an e-book—from any bookstore and email me (david [at] davidbellnovels [dot] com) a copy of the receipt or proof of purchase, I'll enter you in the drawing for one of three (yes, three!) $100 Barnes and Noble gift cards. I'll also give away five (yes, five!) $25 runner-up gift cards. You can RSVP to this contest on Facebook.

September 22, 2013 • Thanks!

The Kindle Daily Deal for the THE HIDING PLACE was a huge smash. Thanks to everyone who bought one! The book climbed as high as #5 on the Amazon bestseller list for a couple of days, and it's a great way to build enthusiasm for NEVER COME BACK, which will be out on October 1st. Spread the word.

September 17, 2013 • Kindle Daily Deal Reminder!!

Remember: THE HIDING PLACE will be the Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon on September 18th. You can downoad the book for a mere $2.99. Spread the word to everyone you know!

September 13, 2013 • Kindle Daily Deal!!

Big news! THE HIDING PLACE will be the Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon on September 18th. You can downoad the book for a mere $2.99. Spread the word and save your pennies!

August 23, 2013 • Tour Dates

Fall is coming--even though it remains hot and humid in KY. NEVER COME BACK arrives on October 1st, and very soon I'll be posting dates for all of my appearances. Stay tuned to see if I'm showing up somewhere near you.

August 22, 2013 • Elmore Leonard

This week the world lost Elmore Leonard, one of the greatest crime writers of all time. When I first started reading crime fiction, Leonard was the author I learned from the most. The sound of his language, the dialogue, the voice, the plotting...it taught me and inspired me. If you've never read a book by Elmore Leonard, you're missing out. Try RUM PUNCH, GET SHORTY, CAT CHASER, GLITZ...the list goes on and on. His influence on our culture will be felt for a long, long time. 

And if you have read Leonard, what is your favorite? Can you name just one?

August 1, 2013 • Advanced Copies of NEVER COME BACK

NEVER COME BACK is coming on October 1st. But I will have some advanced copies to give away. Stay tuned for details.

April 3, 2013 • Louisville Courier-Journal

The Louisville Courier-Journal likes THE HIDING PLACE and says: "Bell writes of action and emotion, about the foibles of imperfect law, imperfect humans and imperfect understanding. His book has lessons that will reverberate with the reader and remain after the conclusion is savored."

February 17, 2013 • Agatha Christie

For the first time in my life, I have read an Agatha Christie novel: DEATH IN THE AIR. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Are there Christie fans out there? Which other books of hers should I be reading?

February 14, 2013 • Happy Valentine's Day

I love readers! Can I say that on the Internet? It's true. I love readers, book clubs, booksellers, librarians, book reviewers, and bloggers. Thanks for everything you do for books!

February 12, 2013 • Anarchy in the UK

THE HIDING PLACE will be released by Penguin UK on Valentine's Day. What better gift for your favorite British sweetheart than a copy of this book?

November 12, 2012 • Events This Week

On Thursday at 5:30 I'll be in Houston at Murder by the Book. On Friday afternoon at 3:00 I'll be at Book Carnival in Orange, CA. And then all day Saturday at Men of Mystery in Irvine, CA. Check it out.

November 8, 2012 • Kentucky Book Fair

On Saturday I'll be at the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort, KY. I'll be signing books all day. It's a great event, so come out, meet some authors, and buy some books.

October 30, 2012 • Off the Road

I'm off the road this week and looking forward to enjoying a peaceful and scary Halloween. I'm celebrating by going to the dentist. Scary, right?

October 27, 2012 • Louisville, KY

Today at 4:00 I will be reading at Carmichael's Books on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, KY. Bring a friend. A good time will be had by all.

October 26, 2012 • Louisville on Saturday

On Saturday the 27th at 4:00 I will be reading at Carmichael's Books on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, KY. I hope to see you there.

October 24, 2012 • Two Events This Week

On Thursday the 25th I will be reading at Parnassus Books in Nashville at 6:30. And on Saturday the 27th at 4:00 I will be reading at Carmichael's Books on Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, KY. I hope to see you there.

October 21, 2012 • A Fan's Notes

Today I will be attending a reading rather than giving one. Legendary Kentucky author Ed McClanahan is speaking at WKU today at 2:00 in Cherry Hall 125. I'm looking forward to hearing some wild tales from this Merry Prankster.

October 20, 2012 • Books by the Banks

I spent the day at Books by the Banks in Cincinnati, and now I'm back home in Bowling Green. I met a lot of great readers, writers, librarians, and booksellers this week. Thanks to everyone.

October 19, 2012 • Dayton, Ohio

Tonight at 7:00 I will be reading from and signing THE HIDING PLACE at Books and Company in Dayton, a truly amazing bookstore. Come one, come all.

October 18, 2012 • West Chester, Ohio

Tonight at 7:00 I will be reading from and signing THE HIDING PLACE at the MidPointe Library in West Chester, Ohio. I hope to see you there.

October 17, 2012 • On the Road

I am on the road in support of THE HIDING PLACE. I've already made some great stops and had a good time meeting readers in Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Glasgow, and Mt. Juliet. I'm in Richmond, Ky right now and will soon be on my way through Ohio. Check the Events page for all the details. I hope to see you somewhere along the way.

October 5, 2012 • Bouchercon 2012

I am at the Bouchercon Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Many great writers, editors, and readers here. Should be a good time.

October 2, 2012 • THE HIDING PLACE is out today!

THE HIDING PLACE is out today. Grab or download a copy from your favorite retailer or library. Thanks in advance!

September 10, 2012 • Pre-order The Hiding Place by October 2nd and win a Nook, Kindle, or iPad

We are just three weeks from the release of The Hiding Place on October 2nd. To thank you for your continued support, I will be giving away a Nook or Kindle to one lucky reader who pre-orders The Hiding Place every week until then and—as a grand prize—one iPad at 11 p.m. on the night of the release.

All you have to do to enter is pre-order The Hiding Place* and email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let me know you’ve pre-ordered.

On September 18th, 25th, and October 2nd, I will announce the winners. If you don't win one week, fear not. I will roll those entries over to the next week and also give away runner-up prizes.

*If you already have a Nook or Kindle, you can buy the book in ebook format from BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com and still be entered to win as long as you email me at david@davidbellnovels.

September 6, 2012 • Book Tour Dates

The book tour dates are up on the "Events" page. Check them out and see if I'm coming to your town. I hope to see you ...somewhere.

August 29, 2012 • Advance Copies of THE HIDING PLACE

If you go to my Facebook or Twitter pages you can see the details of a contest. I'm giving away advanced reader copies of The Hiding Place. Enter and win. It's free!

August 13, 2012 • Publishers Weekly Review

The first big review of THE HIDING PLACE is in from Publishers Weekly—and it's a good one. They call THE HIDING PLACE "artfully constructed" and a "powerful, provocative novel."

August 5, 2012 • Goodreads is giving away copies of The Hiding Place

If you are on Goodreads, they are giving away twenty-five copies of THE HIDING PLACE. Goodreads is a site where readers share book reviews. It's a great site, and they frequently run giveaways like this one. Check it out here.

July 29, 2012 • Upcoming news

THE HIDING PLACE book trailer is in the can (mostly). Stay tuned for announcements about contests and book tour dates. And if you don't do so yet, go to the contact page and follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook. Thanks.

July 22, 2012 • THE HIDING PLACE book trailer

This morning Molly and I went out and about in Bowling Green, scouting locations for THE HIDING PLACE book trailer. We found some great spots to film. And by great spots I mean creepy and atmospheric. We should start shooting the trailer soon with the help of Nashville filmmakers James Weems and Glen Rose. Get excited.

July 17, 2012 • Back to Work

I'm back from Thrillerfest 2012 where I had a great time. I also managed to see the sights and eat lots of good food in NYC. Now it's back to work on a new writing project. But remember—THE HIDING PLACE will be released on October 2, 2012. Stay tuned.

July 8, 2012 • Thrillerfest 2012

This week I will be in New York City for Thrillerfest 2012. This is one of the best conferences for fans of thrillers of all kind. If you're attending the conference, make sure you come by my panel and signing and say hello. I'm looking forward to it.

July 4, 2012 • Happy Fourth of July

Here's wishing everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July, however you decide to celebrate it.

July 1, 2012 • News of the World

I've received some continued good news about Cemetery Girl. It will be published in several foreign markets including France, Italy, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.

January 11, 2012 • What's in the works

I'm busy revising my next novel, The Hiding Place, available October 2012 from NAL/Penguin. Hopefully, I can share the cover soon—I'm happy to report the designer did an amazing job, and it's another great one.

December 31, 2011 • This year, I owe it all to you

I just want to thank everyone who read, bought, borrowed, downloaded, stole, reviewed, talked about, selected for your book club, or in any way shared or pimped Cemetery Girl over the last three months. The book has gone back for several printings, is continuing to sell very well and will eventually appear in translation in Europe and Asia—and this is because of all of you. Happy New Year and see you in 2012!

November 24, 2011 • Happy Thanksgiving to readers everywhere

I'm thankful for people who buy, read, check out, download, share, review, and discuss books. Any books—not just mine. Thanks to all of you!

November 21, 2011 • 48 hours in Los Angeles

I was lucky enough to go Los Angeles this past weekend to visit some good friends and attend the Men of Mystery conference. I sat next to Hot Chelle Rae on the plane, and then they won Best New Artist at the AMAs. Coincidence? Or do I get some credit? Here I am with fellow authors Eric Beetner, Mike Befeler, and James Scott Bell. Clearly, we're the "B" table . . .

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November 18, 2011 • Ten winners!

Ten people have won Cemetery Girl t-shirts. Congratulations to Rick Calkins, Sandra Sumption, Ellen McPherson, Terri Reis, Kate Pishotti, Amanda Hudson, Lori Bantel, Cody Johnson, Jeff Steinmetz, and Mary Sparr. Your t-shirts will be mailed this week.

November 12, 2011 • Meadowlark Lemon and Me

I had a great time at the Kentucky Book Fair today. Saw the Kentucky capitol for the first time—and also stood next to Meadowlark Lemon who, at age 79, looked like he could still dribble circles around anyone.

November 5, 2011 • Cemetery Girl T-shirts

I ran out of Cemetery Girl t-shirts in Ohio, but I'm going to order a few more. If you want to win one, send a message to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your size and contact info. I should have them in time for you to wear on Thanksgiving!

 

October 28, 2011 • Ohio to Texas and back to Kentucky in six days

The second leg of the book tour—Dayton, Oxford, Cincinnati, and Houston—was especially nice because I got to see so many friends and family—though it was a little surreal to tell stories about my family with them in the room. Thanks to everyone who came out. Here's a photo from Cincinnati . . .

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and Houston . . .

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October 23, 2011 • The book tour continues

The second leg of the book tour starts Monday. I'll be be spending the first part of the week giving readings in Ohio—in Dayton, Oxford, and Cincinnati—and then reading Friday night in Houston, Texas. Visit the events page for more info. Hope to see you there!

October 19, 2011 • The Heartland loves Cemetery Girl

Great news—Cemetery Girl made the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association bestseller list!

October 16, 2011 • Book Tour, Part I

The first leg of the book tour was a huge success, and I want to thank everyone who came out to hear me read in Bowling Green, Louisville, Indianapolis, Chicago, Warsaw (Indiana), South Bend, and Dearborn. I've included a picture from the trip below, and you can see them all on my Facebook page.

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October 4, 2011 • Cemetery Girl is out!

Cemetery Girl is now out. Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered and helped get things off to such a good start.

September 15, 2011 • The book trailer is here

The haunting book trailer for Cemetery Girl is now finished, and it's amazing. Thanks to Nashville filmmakers James Weems and Glen Rose and the talented cast and crew for all of their hard work. Watch the trailer on YouTube or here on my website.

 

September 6, 2011 • Announcing your chance to win an iPad, Kindle, or Nook

We are just four weeks from the release of Cemetery Girl on October 4th, and to thank you for your continued support of my work, I am announcing a drawing sponsored by this website.

Every week for the four weeks leading up to the book’s release, I will be giving away a Nook or a Kindle to one lucky reader who pre-orders Cemetery Girl. That’s right, all you have to do is pre-order Cemetery Girl from any bookstore (in person or online)*, send me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it letting me know you’ve done it, and you will be entered in the weekly drawing for the Nook or Kindle. If you’ve already pre-ordered the book, just let me know, and you will be entered as well.

On September 13th, 20th, 27th and October 4th, I will announce the weekly winner here on my website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. If you don't win during one week, fear not. I will roll those entries over to the next week. I will also be giving away a runner-up prize every week—a signed copy of Cemetery Girl.

But wait, there’s more.

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On October 4th at 11:00 p.m., the day of the book’s release, I will announce the grand prize winner of all four weeks of entries. One lucky entrant will—wait for it!—win an iPad. Yes, I am giving away an iPad. But all you have to do to be entered is pre-order the book, send me an email letting me know you pre-ordered, and you will be entered in the drawing. The deadline to enter is 11:00 p.m. on October 4th, 2011.

Please feel free to spread the word about this drawing to any of your friends, family members, acquaintances, or frenemies who like to read.

*If you already have a Nook or Kindle, you can buy the book in ebook format from BarnesandNoble.com or Amazon.com and still be entered to win as long as you email me at david@davidbellnovels to let me know.

It's official: The winner of the first week's Kindle or Nook is Steve Schneider of La Grange, Kentucky. But don't despair, we'll give the next one away next Tuesday, September 20th, and everyone who already entered is still entered. Thanks for entering and congrats to Steve!

August 29, 2011 • Publisher's Weekly

Publisher's Weekly reviews Cemetery Girl and calls it "a disquieting, suspenseful thriller." Read more on the press page.

August 25, 2011 • Shooting the book trailer

Nashville filmmaker James Weems will be in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this weekend to shoot the book trailer for Cemetery Girl, which will feature a cast and crew made up of WKU students and alums and Bowling Green locals. Read more about it on the WKU news blog.  

August 13, 2011 • Cemetery Girl limited edition posters

Just ordered limited edition posters for Cemetery Girl from the legendary Hatch Show Print in Nashville. If you're not familiar with their work, be sure to take a look at their website. Then check back here from time to time for your chance to win one of these rare beauties.

August 12, 2011 • Cemetery Girl is coming soon!

Cemetery Girl will be released on October 4th of this year. Stay tuned for more news!

 

 

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never come back

Coming October 1st, 2013  from NAL/Penguin
NEVER COME BACK by David Bell

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Elizabeth Hampton is consumed by grief when her mother dies unexpectedly. Leslie Hampton cared for Elizabeth’s troubled brother Ronnie’s special needs, assuming Elizabeth would take him in when the time came. But Leslie’s sudden death propels Elizabeth into a world of danger and double lives that undoes everything she thought she knew.... When police discover that Leslie was strangled, they immediately suspect that one of Ronnie’s outbursts took a tragic turn. Elizabeth can’t believe that her brother is capable of murder, but who else could have had a motive to kill their quiet, retired mother? More questions arise when a stranger is named in Leslie’s will: a woman also named Elizabeth. As the family’s secrets unravel, a man from Leslie’s past who claims to have all the answers shows up, but those answers might put Elizabeth and those she loves the most in mortal danger.

  • "CEMETERY GIRL is an absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed."
    —Lisa Unger,
    New York Times
     bestselling author
    of DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND
  • "CEMETERY GIRL is a smasher. It twists and turns and never lets go."
    —Jacquelyn Mitchard,
    New York Times
    bestselling author
    of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN
  • “A must read for thriller fans.”
    –Suspense Magazine on CEMETERY GIRL

  • “An artfully constructed tale...a powerful, provocative novel."
    Publisher's Weekly on THE HIDING PLACE
  • “an intriguing, layered psychological thriller”
    Kirkus Reviews on NEVER COME BACK