Friday, February 21, 2014

Some odds, ends and a giveaway on Friday

Oh yay it's Friday again. I hope you have some fun reads lined up for this weekend. I started digging into Louis Bayard's ROOSEVELT'S BEAST and oh, what a treat it is! I'm also listening to Michael Connelly's GODS OF GUILT on audio. I really enjoy his Mickey Haller series and Peter Giles is narrating it, so a bonus!

Have to send out congrats to Robert Crais, Scott, Maggie and one of my favorite audiobook narrators, MacLeod Andrews. The audiobook of SUSPECT has been nominated for an Audie award in the Thriller/Suspense category.  Rather happy to see THE GOLDFINCH up in the Literary Fiction category as well.

Back to my Book Riot love, I posted a link to this article, There's No Such Thing as a Real Reader, on Facebook this week and wanted to share it here today, too. It's very much in line with my philosophy post from earlier and absolutely worth a read. Check it out if you haven't already.

One of the first people I met when I knocked on the crime fiction community's door was a woman by the name of Dana Kaye (many of you probably recognize that name). At the time she was just starting her own public relations business, specializing in PR for authors. We talked and emailed; one of the things I most looked forward to when going to various events was being able to meet up with Dana in person. When I made the leap to working freelance, she was my sounding board and a tremendous support. I share all this with you to tell you I admire and adore this woman as a person as well as the amazing PR force she has become. Authors trust her because she does a fantastic job. Bloggers like me love her because she takes the time to know what books are a good fit for a blogger. Kaye Publicity is a class act all around. This month they celebrate FIVE YEARS in business. I'm so excited for Dana and company. They are still growing and I can't wait to see where they are in five more years. Congratulations Dana!

And for those of you who are in the Northeast Ohio area, Dana is going to be doing a branding workshop at the Parma and Twinsburg libraries. You can find out more about those on her site here.

O.k. it's Friday so some contests to tell you about:

You can win Laurie R. King's Kate Martinellli series from Picador. 
Friday Reads has copies of Patrick Lee's RUNNER to give away...fitting since we welcomed Patrick to 5 on Friday last week!
My friend Lesa has some "gritty" mysteries to give away.

And finally, I have an audiobook download to giveaway to a lucky reader/listener! Another friend in the crime fiction community, Kaye Barley, wrote a book called WHIMSEY. It's not a crime novel, but a book many of you may still enjoy:

WHIMSEY is a novel of southern fiction with a splash of magic and a touch of fantasy, topped with a sprinkling of humor. The magic was already there when cigar-smoking matriarch Elizabeth Calhoun established an artist’s colony on an island off the coast of Georgia and named it Whimsey. Elizabeth’s ghost still drops in from time to time to make sure things are going as she planned. There’s also a wicked pixie named Earlene who fancies tight-fitting designer clothes and Louboutin stilettos. Elizabeth’s grandniece, Emma Hamilton Foley, a once-promising jewelry designer who moved away from the island, now fears her talent has deserted her. Along with her four best childhood friends, she has been invited to be a resident artist at Whimsey’s new upscale gallery, Les étoiles. To join them, she’ll need to regain her talent, face the demons from her past and her feelings about Eli Tatnall, whom she loved as a girl. Will moving back to the Island of Whimsey bring the magic back? WHIMSEY is a story of hope and affirmation, about families and best girlfriends, connections and feelings. It’s about the things in life that make us happy and the things that scare us to death. And the people who walk through life with us.

WHIMSEY just made it's debut as an audiobook narrated by Susanna Burney and Kaye has generously offered a download of the audio to one of my readers. So to be entered to win, just tell me in the comments what your greatest talent is. Be sure I have a way to contact you if you win! Super easy, right?

Finally for today, a long overdue announcement of the winner of Hilary Davidson's upcoming novel, BLOOD ALWAYS TELLS from my January blog hop. Congrats go out to Jesse2247! Thanks to everyone who entered.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend. Happy Reading!


Nigel Bird February 21, 2014 at 12:41 PM  

possibly my greatest talent, though there are those in my house who might argue the point, is managing to use every single implement in the kitchen no matter what I'm making and to be able to manage to spread all the said equipment over every available workspace and table. the icing on the cake is the icing on the floor (sugar, flour, cereal, whatever I happen to be using. I'm good at all of that. :)

carol February 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM  

I don't really have a greatest talent. I can play the piano - I'm not great, but passable. I'm also good at falling down the stairs - just the other day my husband said it was one of the things I'm known for.

Karen February 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM  

How wonderful to hear Kaye Barley's Whimsey will be available in audio.

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