Sunday, May 15, 2011

Catching Up and Around the Web

Well between me doing a ridiculously unusual amount of traveling, and Blogger being sick last week, things got a little off course.

I apologize if you've contact me recently and I haven't returned your email or message. I'm still catching up. Hope to get there soon!

I have been starting some crime fiction-related groups over at Copia to have a nice place to post questions and discussion topics. My plan next month is to start a book discussion on THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES. If you read my review, you know I just felt like I wanted to talk to people about the book. And I still do. But I don't want to give spoilers or wreck twists for anyone who hasn't read it. So, I thought I'd use the forum at Copia to create a place where we could chat about the book. I'll put up some questions, thoughts, etc., and you can comment in those areas or add your own questions and thoughts. If it works out, maybe I'll try it the following month with YOU'RE NEXT. I'm reading that right now and just having an amazing reading experience. What are you thoughts? Anyone interested in participating with me?

I'm actually still figuring out all the ins and outs of Copia; I hope you'll come log in and find me: Mysterious_Dame. I think it'll be fun to share a book club of sorts across the miles.

In other news, I've shared with you that I'm working with Maddee James of Absolutely loving that. The dangerous part, though, has been finding even more authors I want to check out and read. If you're on Facebook, come like the page and I'll corrupt YOU with new authors, too. And if you read YA at all, or have some YAs in your house, xuni is a great place to find books and authors!

And speaking of Facebook, I received an email from someone trying to find me on Facebook. I don't have a link for that up here, do I? Shame on me. I think I usually manage to mangle Facebook links, but let me see if I can get my own right here. Try this.

Next week I'm headed to BEA and will be on a panel at the Book Bloggers Convention right after BEA. Looking forward to that. Definitely say hi if you see me. I'll likely be the person looking completely overwhelmed and lost!

And now for a few fun tidbits to share. In addition to my traveling, I've had the opportunity to see a slew of great author people lately. At the very beginning of May, Brian Freeman was here in the Cleveland area. It was a lot of fun to meet he and his wife. They both have a great sense of humor and it was fascinating to learn about his road to writing crime fiction.

Last Monday and Tuesday, Chris Grabenstein came to Lorain County for the annual Young Author's Conference and he was a huge hit with all the county's aspiring young writers. I had the honor of being his chauffeur for those days. Here are some fun pictures of Chris:

And finally yesterday I went to the Marion Public Library to see Craig McDonald. There was just a small group of us there, but the discussion was fun, I was able to see his wife Debbie again, and this time I also had the chance to meet Craig's daughters.

Just a reminder about Bouchercon. If you are planning to attend but haven't registered yet, you'll want to make sure you do so soon. The host hotel is already booked for the convention-rate rooms, but there are plenty of surrounding hotels in close proximity.

I don't think I had a chance to mention here that my friend and fellow blogger Pop Culture Nerd is hosting the first Stalker Awards. Be sure you stop over there and nominate your favorites for those awards. They're great categories!

Just today Naomi from The Drowning Machine announced the ten qualifiers for the Watery Grave Invitational Short Story Contest. I can't believe it's that time again already. Check out The Drowning Machine for all the fun on that contest.

I'll wrap up today's post with a video from Joseph Finder about being "buried alive." Have a great week and happy reading!


Kay May 15, 2011 at 5:36 PM  

OK, Jen, that Joseph Finder video was seriously creepy!! I have horrible claustrophobia and I found my self breathing fast just watching him crawl in that coffin. And what were the mortuary men doing winding the ends? Oooh! Gives me shivers.

I do intend to read his new book, BURIED SECRETS. Love to scare myself, you know?

Nice pictures of your events and I'm glad you had a good time. Hope your time at BEA goes well. You'll be perfect as a panelist.

Pop Culture Nerd May 15, 2011 at 6:05 PM  

Thanks for sharing pics from some of the exciting events you've attended recently. Looking forward to your report from BEA as well.

I haven't had a chance to really check out Copia yet but wanted to say I thought DANIEL HAYES was a terrific book. That should be one interesting discussion.

I'm too scared to watch that video. Not as brave as Kay!

Thanks for linking to the Stalker Awards. Some good noms have come in but I can't wait to see more!

Bernadette May 15, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

I have joined you at Copia though I must admit I'm not sure I see it having much value for me - of the 20 books I tried to enter into my library more than half are not in their database (as they are Australian or other non-American books). I'll observe things for a while but I think I'll stick with Good Reads as my book discussion hang out of choice - at least they have heard of Australia :)

Naomi Johnson May 16, 2011 at 1:10 PM  

Thanks for the PR, Jen.

You have been a busy lady. I still can't figure out how you get it all done. Pretty sure you have cloned yourself and won't admit it.

Jen May 17, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

Bernadette - that is an extremely legitimate gripe. Hopefully Copia will get on the international band wagon so everyone can enjoy and talk books!

Naomi...if I figure out how to clone myself, I'll share with you, promise!!

Jen May 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM  

And if I do figure out that cloning business. The first task the clone gets is updating my blog. Those right-hand columns...dear lord!

Naomi Johnson May 17, 2011 at 10:49 AM  

I want the clone to work on my blog, too! (It wouldn't pay to be a clone in our society, would it?)

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