Friday, May 10, 2013

Five on Friday - Rochelle Staab

Happy Friday everyone! Don't forget that Sunday is Mother's mama some love this weekend. Actually you should probably be showing her some love every weekend, but especially this one.

The Anthony nominations were posted this week. I always think I've jinxed the people I nominate; it's rare for them to appear on the lists that make the cut. Am I really that weird of a reader? This year there are a number of books I nominated--four--I think that's a record for me. So to everyone else I nominated and jinxed, I'm profusely sorry!

I announced on Twitter and Facebook that Gregg Hurwitz will be here in the NE Ohio area on August 28th, which is really cool because his book, TELL NO LIES, only releases on August 20th, so we get him here pretty early. It's so amazing, I promise you're going to want to read it, so why don't you come meet him when you get your book? Ok, I digress...I hope that if you are in this area, you will come out and meet him at the Strongsville Library. You know from all of my blathering here that he is one of my all-time favorite writers and a great guy to boot. The event is free, but you'll need to register here.

A couple other events in the Cuyahoga County Library system you may want to know about:

Steve Ulfelder will be in Berea on May 17th (next Friday).
Taylor Stevens will be in Strongsville on June 18th.
Hank Phillippi Ryan will be in Beachwood on July 14th.

Come on out NE Ohioians and show the crime writers some love this summer!

Now on to the contest link round-up:

Lesa is trying to, I mean give away, Brad Parks' THE GOOD COP. She also has a copy of THAT OLD FLAME OF MINE by J.J. Cook that you can win in her "Protect and Serve" themed giveaway this week.

At Criminal Element they have a heckofa contest going right now called "Can't Get to Malice." You have a chance to win four hardcovers in that one.

Now the fun part! Today I am so excited to have Rochelle Staab as our Five on Friday guest. If you've had the chance to meet Rochelle you know what a spirited, fun, humorous, smart woman she is. When I mentioned in my post the other day that I could come up with a "dream neighborhood" of real life people...Rochelle would most definitely be one of those folks.

Rochelle writes the Mind for Murder Mystery series which have (in my humble opinion) the BEST titles ever. The third book in that series, HEX ON THE EX, just came out this week! Rochelle also won the Watson Award this past March at Left Coast Crime for her second book, BRUJA BROUHAHA (see what I mean? Are these titles not wonderful?). I was happy to be there to see how excited she was. But you know what really told me a ton about Rochelle? When she sent me her content for our post today, she told me about awarding the Edgar® this year. She told me how wonderful it was to hand the winner his award and experience his happiness. I could give you about a hundred more reasons why I admire and adore this woman, but I know you just want to hear from her, because this is seriously one of the best Five on Fridays EVER. So let me shut my trap and hand things over to a most amazing writer, Ms. Rochelle Staab!

Rochelle in her favorite athletic shoe!

1. The most famous person I ever met: Shook my hand at the Plaza Hotel in NYC and if I could have gotten away with it, I never would have washed that hand again. In 1974 I worked for a chain of Top 40 radio stations and attended a pop radio conference at the hotel. My boss and I were hanging in the lobby (every conference does the lobby hang) when a Capitol Records rep entered the room with John Lennon. Freaking Beatle John Lennon! My teenage-crush favorite Beatle! When the rep stopped to introduce us to John, I froze. Shocked. Could. Not. Form. A. Word. I hope I smiled. John—thinner and way cooler in person than in his photos—graciously took my hand. I wanted to explain in depth what growing up with Beatles music meant to me, but before I could engage my gaping mouth he was gone. I can still picture John in his long hair and heavy dark coat. Memorable.

2. If I had to be stranded on a desert island with only one other person: I choose the President of the United States. Seriously—the entire US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, FBI, CIA, and Interpol would be out searching for us. Hopefully POTUS would know a few camping tricks to use while we awaited rescue because my outdoor training only goes so far. Imagine the book deal!

3. My favorite kind of cookie: Tall, sophisticated, clever, romantic, and a wild man at a sporting event. Oh…not that kind of cookie? Well then, nutty, powdered-sugar double-dusted Russian Teacakes. I bake a batch for myself every Christmas.

4. My favorite brand of athletic shoe: Christian Louboutin pumps, because Mom taught me that dressing up is a sport.

5. The #1 item on my bucket list: A grand plan to ignore the rules and go for it when the warranty on my health and common sense expires. Bring on the junk food, alcohol, pink bows in my hair, relentless flirting, and a ban on my internal censor. My dotty phase could happen at age 90; could happen next year. I’ll keep you posted. #2 on the list (in case I chicken out on #1) is a trip to Egypt to view the pyramids in the spirit of Amelia Peabody.

Oh sorry, excuse me, I'm still laughing! Did I tell you this was great? Oh my goodness, I just love Rochelle. I believe she'll be lurking around today, so feel free to ask a question, say "hi," whatever. Personally, I can't thank her enough for this spectacular addition to our series.  If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go enjoy more of her creative wit in her books. You all have a great weekend! And Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms!

Happy Reading!


Beth F May 10, 2013 at 8:52 AM  

Fun shoes!

And lucky you to have so many events.

Marcia May 10, 2013 at 1:02 PM  

Rochelle is loved by so many, including me! What a great, albeit too short, example of her intelligent wit and fun personality! And of course, cool Lennon story. :)

Gjillian May 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM  

Wow just wow, Rochelle,

Those Christian Louboutin's are hot. And very athletic, it's not easy walking on five inch heels!

Congrats and best of luck on the new release!

Jillian Stone

Rochelle Staab May 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM  

Waving HI to everyone! Thanks for stopping by :)
Beth and Jillian—those CL shoes are deadly. Ten years ago I could strut through a party in four inch platform heels and stand for hours, no problem. Today? I need a tall, strong escort to hold as I teeter. But they are gorgeous, aren't they?

Marcia, I know you understand how in the music biz we had the privilege to meet a lot of famous people, but only a few really knock us out. I swear every time I think of meeting John, I just shake my head. My teenage me would have fainted.

Cate Price May 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM  

I loved your Lennon story. My mum has a collection of early original Beatles photos taken by a photographer my dad met in London.
The best one is of John, cigarette in his hand, one leg crossed over the other, showing a hole in the bottom of his boot. Guess he eventually made enough money to buy himself a new pair!

Rochelle Staab May 10, 2013 at 2:36 PM  

Cate—He sure did! Your mom's photo collection sounds priceless. What an incredible keepsake, especially if your parents were around (like I was) for Beatlemania.
Thanks so much for dropping by!

Deb Coonts May 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM  

Hey, Cutie! Congrats on the third book! And, I want those shoes.....

Di Eats the Elephant May 10, 2013 at 4:09 PM  

I was impressed with your quick thinking to take the POTUS with you on a desert island. I guess a cookie might be a little cloying after a while, lol.
Is money the main reason why we choose not to flirt outrageously and act out our thoughts? I know I worry that I won't be taken seriously enough, but I've about had it with serious, seriously.
Look forward to seeing you at the next conference. Hex on the Ex IS a great title...almost as good as Bruja Brouhaha which belongs in the classics of all-time great titles.

Maddee James May 10, 2013 at 4:17 PM  

Not only is Rochelle funny, she's stunningly beautiful inside and out, top to bottom. So to speak. :) Love the pic of her!

Rochelle Staab May 10, 2013 at 4:32 PM  

Maddee: Big hug, xox.

Deb: Thanks! Call Diane Vallere—she'll hook you right up with the shoes at N-M. YOU could carry off that look without teetering. I was grasping for my life. :)

Di: I do try to avoid serious when I can, but whimsey goes right over some folks' heads. However, the older I get, the more I can get away with outrageous—a bonus of aging. And ain't it the truth about cookie growing tiresome on an island? The trick is RESCUE, not entertainment! Thank you so much for your kind words on my titles, I find my laughs where I can. I spent months struggling to pronounce "bruja" but once I found "brouhaha" I nailed it. They were made to fit together. xo

Donnell Ann Bell May 10, 2013 at 4:51 PM  

Those are some seriously great athletic shoes, Rochelle. You and Jennifer Gardner, do you remember her running in that series where some agency had stolen her identity. I kept thinking, how the heck does she run in those and I wonder if she soaks her feet afterward. John Lennon? You met John Lennon? Very cool and nice bucket list. I also have read a lot of Hex on the Ex and readers are in for a treat! Hope you sell through the roof!

Rochelle Staab May 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM  

Donnell: Oh, YES, I remember Jennifer G in Alias. Best female spy costumes ever. I don't know how she, or Kate Beckett in Castle, can run in heels. *envy* I recently read an article about Ginger Rogers dancing with Fred Astaire. Ginger not only followed Fred's moves backwards in a long gown, often she danced with swollen feet and blisters when perfectionist Astaire wanted one more take. Feminine power rules.

VR Barkowski May 10, 2013 at 5:27 PM  

Loved the Lennon story, Rochelle. And those heels are amazing: footwear as death-defying stunt!

Junk food, alcohol, pink bows, relentless flirting, and a ban on the good old internal censor? I apparently hit my dotty phase at age twenty. I'd better start planning that trip to Egypt...

Wishing you grand success with the sublime HEX ON THE EX!

VR Barkowski

Rochelle Staab May 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM  

VR: You always make me laugh! I aspire to your dotty phase, and count me in as a companion on that trip to Egypt. Thank you for your brilliant CP assist on HEX ON THE EX. I promise not to tell anyone how much you hate baseball :)

Robin Bielman May 10, 2013 at 7:53 PM  

Hi Jen! Hi Rochelle! Congrats on book number 3! Woot! Loved this post, Rochelle! Thanks for making my Friday you two!

Rochelle Staab May 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM  

Thanks for stopping by, Robin!

Connie Archer May 10, 2013 at 9:31 PM  

Hi Rochelle ~ Can't wait to read #3 - definitely loved the first two!
And . . . I WANT those shoes!

Rochelle Staab May 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM  

Connie: You'd look FABULOUS in the shoes! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

And thank you to Jen for inviting me to join the Five on Friday crew. I had so much fun!!!

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