Friday, April 18, 2014

A Few Friday Odds and Ends

With a holiday upon us, I wanted to just offer up a few tidbits in a short post today. Hopefully these are of interest to some.

I meant to talk about this awhile back but as things got a bit hectic it fell by the wayside. One of the authors who has her website maintained by xuni is Deborah Clearman. And in creating a newsletter for her I found out about her work with this prison writing organization. She's on the PEN Prison Writing Committee. So I started poking around their website and was really rather fascinated. Check it out when you have a chance. It's worthwhile. And if you're so inclined, there's video on this page of Deborah and others reading from the 2014 winning works. Deborah reads a piece called "Betrayal."

For you Francophile's out there, St. Martin's Press created a site that features their books set in France. A slew of crime novels in the mix.

And speaking of this case French-Canadian...there's a big Gamache reread that starts on Monday as a big community of Three Pines fans re-reads the series in the lead up to Louise Penny's 2014 publication, The Long Way Home.

If you'd like a short story to read today, you can check out Hilary Davidson's "Barnacle" that is available in its entirety from Criminal Element. I'm falling down on the job lately or I'd have my review of Hilary's new book Blood Always Tells for you by now. It came out on Tuesday and is a winner, so don't miss it. More soon!

Another freebie you may want to take advantage of. You'll be hearing from me about James Rollins' upcoming book The Kill Switch (that I loved!), but in preparation for that, he's giving away the e-story that introduces the book's military working dog, Kane. The story is called "Tracker" and you can get links to all the various formats here. This is US only, too.

I don't think I've mentioned that I'm now reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine. They have one of my first reviews up on the site as part of the hotlist and you can read it here. I have to say, I've been listening to some fascinating books so far and have a good bunch coming up as well.

Have to send out congrats to this year's Barry Award nominees. Especially happy to see Suspect on the best novel list!

And finally, I'll wrap up with my usual contest round-up:

Criminal Element has a "Daring Women" sweepstakes. Entry cut-off is Tuesday, so don't delay.

Friday Reads has a couple of hot titles this week: The Accident by Chris Pavone and Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs.

And of course, don't forget to run by Lesa's blog today. It'll be a surprise since I don't know what she's offering up yet, but it's always something good!

That's it for me today. Hope you have a wonderful Easter if you're observing the holiday. Whether you're observing or not, I hope you have a great weekend with sunshine, smiles and good reads! Happy reading my friends!


le0pard13 April 18, 2014 at 8:27 AM  

"I don't think I've mentioned that I'm now reviewing audiobooks for Audiofile Magazine."

Awesome, and I'm a subscriber, too. Great to hear, Jen.


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