Happy Friday everyone! Don't forget that Sunday is Mother's Day...show 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 unload...er, 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!
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!
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.