Monday, October 26, 2015

Wait For Signs by Craig Johnson {+ Giveaway}

Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson - Thoughts in ProgressDo you sometimes wait for a book to come out in paperback before you purchase it?

If the answer is yes and you’ve been waiting on Craig Johnson’s WAIT FOR SIGNS, then your wait is over. The book is being released in paperback tomorrow by Penguin Books. To celebrate that release, thanks to the lovely Lili and the good folks at Penguin, I have a paperback copy of the book to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more giveaway details.

Today I’m sharing the review of WAIT FOR SIGNS I did in January. In addition, I’m listing a bit of background on the author, as well as his upcoming tour dates. 

WAIT FOR SIGNS by Craig Johnson
(Originally posted Jan. 18, 2015)

I’ve had author Craig Johnson’s collection of short stories, WAIT FOR SIGNS: Twelve Longmire Stories, on my list to share with you since its release. The author’s birthday was Friday (Jan. 16) and it reminded me that I hadn’t shared the book yet.

If you’re not a fan of Johnson’s protagonist, Sheriff Walt Longmire, this is a good book to start with. While you won’t know all the background on the characters, you will get an impressive look at the world of Longmire. You’ll see the rugged charm, dry wit, dedicated lawman and troubled soul that is Longmire.

WAIT FOR SIGNS is 12 short stories that cover numerous events in Longmire’s career and life. Some stories will have you laughing out loud, while others will tug at your heart strings.

Most of the stories deal with issues around Christmas or New Year’s. Johnson’s first short story, OLD INDIAN TRICK, begins the collection. The remaining stories came about as free gifts for Johnson’s newsletter subscribers who got hooked when he shared OLD INDIAN TRICK and they wanted another story each year.

This collection of shorts is a must have for any Longmire fan. They give a look at Walt’s life not always found in the usual tales. For first-time readers of the Longmire series, don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking for the other books by Johnson.

WAIT FOR SIGNS is a quick read that will have you longing for more of the humorous and cantankerous Wyoming Sheriff of Absaroka County.

Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson, Viking Adult, @2014, ISBN: 978-0525427919, Hardcover, 192 Pages 

Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson, Penguin Books, @2015, ISBN: 978-0143127826, Paperback, 224 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series. Johnson’s books are the basis for Longmire, the hit TV original drama that was picked up by Netflix for its fourth season. 

He is the recipient of the Wyoming Historical Award for fiction, the Western Writers of America Spur Award for fiction, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for fiction, the Rocky Award from Left Coast Crime, and France’s Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/Bibliobs and SNCF Prix du Polar. His novella, Spirit of Steamboat, was selected by the Wyoming Library Association as the One-Book-Wyoming, the inaugural state read. 

Find Craig’s events at (“Tour of Duty” tab). He lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

On September 10th, 2015, all 10 new episodes of Longmire Season 4 became available to stream on Netflix. The first three seasons aired on A&E, where Longmire was the highest-rated scripted program in the network’s history. They are also now available from Netflix. It stars Robert Taylor (Matrix, Vertical Limit) as Sheriff Walt Longmire, Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Young Guns) as Henry Standing Bear and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24, Riddick) as Victoria Moretti. Longmire was developed by Shephard/Robin Productions for Warner Horizon. 


Tuesday, October 27 (ON SALE) - Cheyenne, WY - B&N, 6PM
Wednesday, October 28 - Billings, MT - B&N, 7PM
Thursday, October 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - King’s English @ Viridian Center, 7PM
Friday, October 30 - Orange, CA - Book Carnival @ Orange Public Library, 7PM
Saturday, October 31 - Albuquerque, NM - Bookworks @ The Main Library, 3PM
Sunday, November 1 - Denver, CO - Tattered Cover (Colfax), 2PM
Monday, November 2 - Omaha, NE – Bookworm, 6PM
Wednesday, November 4 - Atlanta, GA - Booth Museum, 12:15PM
Thursday, November 5 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Free Library, 7PM
Friday, November 6 - Vero Beach, FL - Vero Beach Book Center, 6PM
Saturday, November 7 - Miami, FL - Books & Books, 5PM
Monday, November 9 - Mechanicsburg, PA - Mystery Bookstore, 6:30PM
Tuesday, November 10 - Philadelphia, PA - B&N Rittenhouse Square, 7PM


This giveaway is for one paperback copy of WAIT FOR SIGNS by Craig Johnson. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and no post office box address can be accepted. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and following the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Longmire Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decide for whatever reason you don’t want to win, once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks for stopping by today. Are you a fan of Johnson’s books and/or the TV show? If you’re a fan of both, which do you like best?

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  1. Great review - thanks! I'm a big fan of the Longmire TV show.

  2. I much prefer paper backs. They hurt less when they fall in my face while I am reading in bed. And, more seriously, they are lighter and easier for me to handle.
    Another book to add to my wish list. Thank you.

  3. I'll definitely pick it up. Really dig the television show.

  4. I would so adore to win "Wait For Signs"!!! I am a great fan of Craig Johnson and his "Walt Longmire Mysteries". I love the books and the show--I call them the "Parallel Walt Universes". Two very intriguing takes on the characters and story line. I just about inhaled the first three seasons of the series on A&E, and then I was devastated to learn of the cancellation. I supported the campaign to find a new home for the series, was overjoyed when it was picked up by Netflix, but crushed when I could not access Netflix due to my personal circumstances. I did read a synopsis of the fourth season as soon as it aired, and I was very saddened to see that the character of "Branch" had been killed. The books and the series are different, but they are both whip-cracking good entertainment! A tip of the Stetson to Johnson, Longmire & Co!!!

  5. He still does a physical tour. Good for him!

    I haven't watched the series but I would like to read the short stories.

  6. What a great giveaway idea, Mason! The Walt Longmire series is fantastic, and reading short stories is, I think, a terrific way to get to know Craig Johnson's writing style. I like it!

  7. He's going to be a BUSY guy! That looks like a book tour his publisher sent him on--that's awesome. I've been watching Meg Cabot travel the globe on her book tours and it's fairly interesting. When you get to that level, you just go where your publisher says!

  8. The Longmire series is wonderful. I watched this captivating show and enjoyed it greatly. The book would be a treasure. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway.

  9. I've watched a bit of the TV show but I think I'd enjoy the books more. I usually have a better time when I use my imagination to picture people and places. Thanks for the chance to win these stories.

  10. Sounds like a great book with terrific characters :)

  11. I haven't read any of his books or seen the series. I do have one of the books on my TBR shelf though!

  12. I am a fan of both. While I probably like the books more, I do appreciate that I can get more stories of the characters with the parallel tv show.


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