I'm here, I'm here. I haven't fallen off the end of the Earth or anything. So sorry for the silence lately; have been in the midst of a big job and am just now surfacing. I promise you my much overdue Left Coast Crime recap next week with pictures and video and everything!
In the mean time a few quick links for you who enjoy the contests:
Criminal Element has a "Daring Women Sweepstakes" with some good book loot. So check that one out.
And Friday Reads has both print and audiobooks in their prize this week!
Finally, be sure to stop by Lesa's blog to check out her new contest. As I write this the new contest is not yet up, so consider it a surprise!
Now, let's get to the important stuff. It's a good thing I have great authors who participate in my hair-brained blog schemes. They keep me from getting to lax on my blogging. This week one of my favorite people in the crime fiction community returns to the blog: Dana Cameron.
I can rattle off Dana's very cool--very impressive--resume and we can all ooh and aah, but that doesn't do justice to this wonderfully funny, amazingly creative, warm and generous woman. You know in school how kids would all want to sit at the "cool" table at lunch? Sitting with Dana is like the grown-up version of that. No matter where she is, she creates fun--with her laugh, her stories, her genuine interest in others. O.k., case in point. I'm scrolling through my Facebook feed today and I see this post from Dana:
"Just noticed that the adverts I'm seeing on FB are for fancy lingerie, Las Vegas hotels, and designer dresses. Either they've got me confused with someone from an 'Ocean's 11'-type caper or my career as a Bond character is about to begin."
We are thousands of miles apart and I feel like I'm at the cool kids' table sharing this chuckle with her!
In all seriousness, though, Dana is an accomplished writer with many awards to show for it. Most recently she's been working on her Fangborn novels featuring archeologist Zoe Miller who learned in the first novel that she is Fangborn, a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles dedicated to protecting humanity. The second novel, Pack of Strays, comes out on Tuesday. So before Dana becomes a huge Bond sensation, she's hanging out with us again. I hope you all enjoy sitting at the cool table with us today!
If I could tell my 16-year-old self one piece of advice, knowing what I know now, it would be: “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” Goethe didn't say it, but he should have, and he should also have said that some of those mighty forces will be you.
Dana with one of her comic writing heroes, Howard Chaykin
A skill I’ve always wanted to have, but don’t is: I would love to be able to sing. When I sing now, snakes weep and bats fall stunned from the sky.
My idea of the perfect ice cream sundae includes: Real vanilla ice cream, with a goodish splash of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur. Over that should be a hot fudge (not chocolate sauce!), just slightly on the bitter side—it's a sundae, not a test. Maybe just a dollop of whip cream to lighten it up. And a couple of those Luxardo cherries on top. With two fingers of the Glenmorangie Ealanta on the
When I’m feeling under the weather, I….see it as a personal failing. Then I apply cats, “Firefly” or
“Sherlock,” and possibly chocolate. Or cheese. Or Cheetos. Or maybe that ice cream sundae and whisky, depending on the nature of the malaise.
If you had been born with a warning label, what would it read? Improper use may result in fire or explosion.
Excuse me, I'm headed over to Dana's for ice cream sundaes! Just another reason why she has the cool table, right? I'm so thrilled to have had Dana back for Five on Friday and I'm hope you have enjoyed today's treat as much as I did. Many thanks to Dana!
I'll have more posts next week, I promise. I have fun from Left Coast to share and of course more books! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy reading!