Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A New Feature and Stuff

A couple short middle of the week items. The first is something I'm rather excited about. I'm going to be starting a new weekly featured called Five on Friday. This Friday will be the first post. I'm going to be inviting people from the publishing industry to answer some rather non-run-of-the-mill questions. Each participate will answer five (thus, Five on Friday). I wanted it to be a way for readers to get to know these folks as something other than awards or blurbs or bibliographies. I don't know about you, but one of my pet peeves is visiting an author's bio and seeing nothing more than a list of the awards they've won the best-seller lists they made. That's nice, but it doesn't tell me anything about the PERSON. I'm hoping these little snippets will share a little more about the people answer them. So far I've gotten a rather outstanding response to my queries, so you can plan on this running at least through the end of the year if not longer.

I'm also hoping to introduce you to some faces that haven't been seen here quite as often. That doesn't mean you won't see many of my favorite people, it just means, plan to meet some new people as well! I won't reveal ahead of time who will be highlighted, you'll have to pop in each Friday to see. I hope you will.

I was very flattered to be asked by Booklist to participate in their May is Mystery Month. If you haven't been following their Twitter feeds lately, you may have been missing out on some great content from the folks there, so stop by and see them for their celebration of crime.

I reviewed a Baby Shark novel awhile back and I found it to be a fun read. The publisher of that series, however, has closed. So Robert Fate has put the Baby Shark books on Kindle and is having special week's when the books will be free. So if you're a Kindle reader, here's the lowdown, mark your calendars:

Baby Shark will be offered free May 18 thru May 22, 2012.
Beaumont Blues will be free May 25 thru May 28, 2012.
High Plains Redemption will be free June 1 thru June 3, 2012.
Jugglers at the Border will be free June 8 thru June 10, 2012.

And my fellow Nook readers, if I find out about an ePub opportunity like this one, I'll be sure to let you know, but as far as I know, it's only available for Kindle right now.

When I was in Florida I had a chance to hang out with Lisa Unger, Alafair Burke and Erin Mitchell. While we were hanging out, Lisa recorded a "Tiki Talk" episode. You can check it out here. It's not my most glamorous appearance and I don't really say much in the interview, but you don't want to see it for me anyway, go check out what Lisa and Alafair have to say! 

I need some help from you. I have to do a guest post soon and I'm trying to come up with a topic. What might be a good topic you'd be interested in hearing - or reading - me pontificate about? 

My email inbox is out of control right now, so if I owe you a response, I'm sorry...I'm getting there. It will be soon, I hope. In the meantime...Happy Reading!


Nigel Bird May 9, 2012 at 7:23 AM  

I like the new Friday idea. I'll definitely be tuning in.

It's also great to be able to list dates for good free reads in the diary - these have been duly noted.


SuziQoregon May 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM  

Looking forward to the Friday Feature - sounds fun and interesting!!

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