Baby, it's cold outside...
From our good pal vamprowler, an absolutely fabulous link
. I wont tell you what it is. Click on it to find out. I’m going to order this myself!
Speaking of fabulous, Love is Murder in Chicago is! Great conference with panelists that included Max Allan Collins, Ken Bruen, Anne Perry, my pal Charlaine Harris, Raymond Benson who turns out is a terrific pianist. He played after the banquet and his repertoire included James Bond themes of course.) I particularly enjoyed Max Allan Collins referring to himself as a “mid-list” author who is always trolling for the next job. A panel that included Benson and Collins (among others) talking about movie novelizations and the not-so-big bucks involved. Some interesting takes on ghost writing and the big name female author whose books are now ghostwritten. (Names couldn’t be divulged or we in the audience would all have to die.) In any case, this one goes on my keeper file. I plan to attend again next year. And to top it off, the food was terrific. All meals were included in the fee and not just finger food, honest to god meals!
Have to share one personal story. The book sale was handled by Sue Peterson’s Brainsnacks and the first day I was standing in line with Lonnie Cruse (who I met because she was taking an online class from Margie Lawson and when Margie found out we were both on our way to LIM, she hooked us up.) But I digress—anyway, Lonnie had picked up my book. At checkout, the lady at the cash register said “I just read this over the weekend!” So I am quietly trying not to react since I don’t know what’s coming next. But incredibly she said, “I love it. It’s a great book!” That’s when Lonnie introduced us.
Stayed on in Chicago for a couple of days to visit my daughter where it’s even colder than Denver. Here for the Super Bowl where the populace is taking the loss badly. Grief counselors are on call to handle suicidal Bear’s fans. Are we that crazy in Denver? I don’t think so but I may be wrong.
Speaking of cold, thought I’d share a picture sent to me by a friend. These people are skiing on the tops of the seats in Red Rocks amphitheatre. God, did that groundhog see its shadow? I hope not.
PS -- Check out this link
, too. Mario's new book X-Rated Blood Suckers
is a Barnes & Noble featured new release complete with interview. Way to go, Mario!!!