Monthly Archives: July 2011

New Release by Elizabeth C. Main

No Rest for the Wicked, a mystery written by Elizabeth C. Main, is scheduled for release on August 17, 2011 by Five Star. It is the second book in the Jane Serrano Mystery series.

NO REST FOR THE WICKED (Five Star, August 2011) – “In Main’s winning second Jane Serrano mystery . . . Jane adds some intelligent sleuthing . . . to unmask the murderer in this fun, spotlessly clean cozy.” Publishers Weekly

MURDER OF THE MONTH (Five Star, 2005; Lava River Press, 2011) – “…entertaining and enjoyable.” Mystery Scene Magazine

To find out more about the author and her books, visit Elizabeth’s webstie at:

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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Mystery, Writing


Book Giveaway: Portrait of a Monster

Bestselling author and former correspondent for The New York Times, Lisa Pulitzer and Cole Thompson, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, A Deadly Game, bring to you an in-depth account of the international manhunt for Joran van der Sloot, one of the most reviled accused criminals in the world, implicated in the deaths of Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores Ramirez.  With an average customer review of 5 stars on Amazon, this is the first book to offer a probing look at the man tied to two of the most sensational cases of the decade. With unprecedented access to investigative files from law enforcement in the U.S., Aruba, Chile and Peru, Portrait of a Monster offers an unflinching glimpse into the workings of an international manhunt and a chilling portrait of the alleged killer within.

 Exclusive Details from Portrait of a Monster include:

• Interviews with members of the families of Joran, Stephany and Natalee.

• Internal communications between Interpol, the FBI, Aruban officials and officials inChileandPeru.

• Never before seen police files fromChile,PeruandAruba.

 For more information about the book or access to other links about it, visit its site at:

 Read the New York Post’s feature on the book at:

 Read other opinions about the book or purchase it from Amazon at:

 To enter the book giveaway:

  1. You must be 18 years old and live in the United States;
  2. Send an email to;
  3. Include Portrait of a Monster in the subject line; and
  4. Be sure to include your name in the body of the email.

Deadline is August August 10th and I’ll announce the winner on August 11th.

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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Book Giveaway, Writing


Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel

The most popular Danish author of 2010 and 2011 is named Sara Blaedel, and she wants to get under your skin this summer. In the American debut of her internationally bestselling novel, Call Me Princess (Pegasus; August 2011) the worlds of digital intimacy and real-life horror collide in a brutal crime, leaving one detective to reconstruct the crash.

 A vicious rape. A faceless criminal. Extraordinary circumstances. All contribute to Sara Blaedel’s shiver-inspiring story of a digital tryst gone achingly wrong. Propelled by powerful female characters in the style of Steig Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Call Me Princess brings Sara Blaedel’s talent for crafting timely, seasonable tales of suspense and intrigue to print in English for the first time.

 The Danish Lit Mag reported that “Call Me Princess offers a fascinating story of crime and punishment alongside a shift in the feminine struggles and values typical of the Western democracies that take the battle of the sexes seriously,” and Politiken newspaper described it as “consistently suspenseful until the very last sentence.” Blaedel’s novel brings the potential threats of the modern world into her well-constructed and powerful tale, which should enthrall her new American audience just as her Nordic predecessors have done in the past couple years.

 Watch Call Me Princess‘ trailer: 630.mp4

 See what The Early Word in lit has to say:

 Check out Sara Blaedel on Facebook:

 And read an excerpt of the novel!

 About the Author: Sara Blaedel founded the first publishing house dedicated to crime fiction in Denmark.  This inspired her to write her own series of detective novels, which have been published around the world and hit the top of the Danish bestseller lists.  Sara was voted the most popular novelist in Denmark in 2010 and 2011.  She lives in Copenhagen.

 $25.00   •  320 pages  •  Hardcover •  978-1-60598-251-9  •  Fiction  •  6 x 9

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Crime, Mystery, Writing


What Kind of Puppy is This?

Hubby found five of these puppies in the front yard tonight. Here’s a video of one:

Best guess is that this is one of the pups of a female who was seen wandering with this handsome fellow earlier in the year:

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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Animals, Wildlife


Are You Generous … or Stingy?

I’m finding myself meeting a LOT of interesting folks on Twitter. Of course, some people are interesting-good and others are interesting-not-so-much…

The thing that really impresses me lately is the fact that a fair amount of people seriously try to promote their friends by retweeting and mentioning them. Funny how some people are generous and others are stingy.

I’ve been running into stingy a lot in recent weeks. You know the kind of people I’m talking about. The ones who happily eat the breakfast bagels co-workers bring to the office but who never, ever bring anything to the office for other people to share. Or the ones who stop by the office two minutes before it closes to transact business that takes 40 minutes. Or the ones who do everything last minute. And I do mean LAST MINUTE.

What kind of people are you running into lately? Please send some generous people my way. I truly do deserve them! (Ooops! Does that comment illustrate my stingy gene?)


Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

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