Mario pretty much summed up the conference. I was busy most of the time with Susan Smith doing our contest dance, but we did manage to find the time to sample the margaritas. I don’t have any pics yet to share, but hopefully by Friday, I may be able to round some up.
Now this sounds cool—British scientist have come up with the “world’s brightest light” to scan documents without having to unfold them. The Times
article mentions the system could be used to read unopened parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls and to copy documents which have been damaged. Much more valuable than the self-cooling beer can
. although I know a few people who might disagree.
James Frey is back—his new novel, Bright Shiny Morning, has evidently been purchased by Harper. The book is described by the Wall Street Journal as "set in contemporary Los Angeles [it] tracks the lives of various characters from different backgrounds. These include a male movie star, a Mexican maid, and a homeless man from Venice Beach." This time the word “novel” is in prominent display.
And now for some news on the home front. The anthology I’m in, Many Bloody Returns, debuted #30 on the NYT bestseller list. Now contrary to popular belief, I can’t include “NYT Bestselling author” on my covers. However, if everyone goes out and buys a copy and the book climbs its way onto the top 15—THEN it becomes official!
Speaking of MBR, next week,look for An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris (Berkley, $23.95, 9780425217290/0425217299). It's the third Harper Connelly mystery. The psychic crime fighter must find the killer of several runaway boys.
Some wonderful person nominated Blood Drive for a Night Owl Romance Award
. If you’d like to vote
, just use the link. It’s my first award nomination!