We had a bit of a hiatus for Five on Friday, but as promised it is back! First a few things to mention.
Coming up in November is Murder and Mayhem in Muskego. As most of you know, I'll be interviewing Gregg Hurwitz on Saturday. But also on Friday night, I'll be the moderator/game show host of the Friday night panel. Last year's Friday night panel was well received and quite popular, so we have to try to measure up. I think we're up to the task, though. So, if you're in the Milwaukee, WI area (or even if you're not), I hope you'll come out and enjoy the fun!
Second, I have some contest winners to announce. The winners of Mark Sullivan's ROGUE are Jennifer P (who doesn't live far from me...hi Jennifer!) and Lynnette B. I'll be getting their books out in the mail ASAP.
I still have the final Bouchercon post coming up. I'm sorry for the delay. I promise it will be up next week plus a contest to win some loot from the conference, but I thought you'd prefer a new Five on Friday for today! And before I get to it, some contests to check out:
Criminal Element has a slew of contests to check out, including a Bouchercon Bundle. So be sure to check that out.
The folks at FridayReads have THEN WE TAKE BERLIN by John Lawton to give away this week.
And finally, in celebration of their anniversary, Kirkus has this pretty amazing contest going on. If you win, would you take me along?
O.k. now on to the good stuff! I only discovered Julia Spencer-Fleming's fabulous Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series a couple years ago, but she's been writing them since 2003 when In the Bleak Midwinter kicked off the series and took home almost every award possible. Next month the eighth book in the series, Through the Evil Days, picks up where Clare and Russ left off. I know a lot of fans of this series--including me--are anxious to see what's next for them.
Before that happens, Julia took time out to sit in the Five on Friday hot seat. So please help me welcome the extremely talented, the wonderfully fun, the extraordinarily charming Julia Spencer-Fleming:
The porch might be falling off the house, but Julia has plenty to read!
A skill I’ve always wanted to have, but don’t is: Knitting. My grandmother, who was a marvelous knitter, gave me lessons, so at one point I was adept enough to make scarves. My knitting tour de force was an authentic Tom Baker Dr. Who scarf, which I made in college. However, I dropped the hobby after that triumph and now I can't even remember how to cast on. I know, I know, all I have to do is take a class, but who can fit it in? Besides, I suspect I would need someone sitting by my side correcting my stitches for the first month (or three.)
If I won the lottery tomorrow the first thing I’d do: Redo my house. Oh, okay, pay off the kids' college tuition, but then I'd redo the house. I live in an almost-200 year-old farmhouse in the Maine countryside, which means every year, guaranteed, there's some five or six dollar job that needs to be done. Re-roofing. Re-plumbing. Painting the siding. Meanwhile, I'm thumbing through shelter magazines and following decorating blogs, dreaming of granite countertops, subway-tiled bathrooms with great walk-in showers, and built-in bookcases. If only we could throw some of the maintenance money that way... and then my husband comes in and announces one of the porches is about to collapse.
My biggest pet peeve is: People who drive too slow. My planning-to-get-somewhere process goes like this: Google maps says it will take me 45 minutes to reach the library where I'm speaking today. But I drive fast, so I'll only need 35 minutes! Needless to say, this only works in practice if everyone on the road is also driving ten miles over the speed limit. I have been known to wish for a pair of rocket-propelled grenade launchers on the grill of my car.
If I had to be stranded on a desert island with only one other person: it would be Nathan Fillion and a 20 gallon barrel of sunscreen. I know what you're thinking, but it's okay. My husband already knows about my special relationship with Mr. Fillion.
The #1 item on my bucket list right now is: Going on a cruise. Not one of those huge-ship cruises where you contract typhoid and Legionnare's Disease and the stomach flu. I want to cruise on a tall ship/windjammer/Windstar ship, skimming across the blue under full sail, dining with a small group of other wind-powered afficianados. If Nathan Fillion is aboard, so much the better – we'll be prepared when we run aground on a desert isle.
Julia will be on book tour for Through the Evil Days, so you should take a look at her schedule and meet up with her if you're able. I'm sure her events are at least as entertaining as her Five on Friday...most likely even more since they last longer! And regardless of whether you can make an event or not, you can catch Julia in the usual social places: Facebook and Twitter. You can also find her blogging at Jungle Red Writers.
As always, friends, thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of great books. Happy Reading!