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All Kinds of Mystery Prizes Today

Added by Jack Getze on May 4, 2013 at 1:50am — No Comments

Who is This Man and Why is He Smiling?

Meet Dan Brown, whose new novel, THE LOST SYMBOL, drops today with a print run of five million copies. Wow. No surprise, of course, as his previous novel, THE DA VINCI CODE, is the bestselling hardcover adult novel of all time. 81 million copies in print.



THE LOST SYMBOL will once again feature protagonist Robert Langdon. Brown’s longtime editor, Jason Kaufman, Vice President and Executive Editor at Doubleday said, "Nothing ever is as it… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on September 15, 2009 at 10:45pm — 1 Comment

Redhead of the Week is Hot, Hot, Hot

Firestar (Angelica "Angel" Jones) is a fictional mutant superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. She can generate and manipulate microwave radiation, creating intense heat and flames. She can also fly. In the comics, Firestar has been a member of the Hellions, the New Warriors, and the Avengers. In the cartoon from which she originated, she was a member of the X-Men and, later, of the Spider-Friends.



Firestar was originally created for the… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on August 26, 2009 at 12:19am — No Comments

Anybody Else a Sherlock Fan?

If so, you have to try this new promotional website.



Fill in the five gray boxes with the password, IRENE, and you will hear and see Warner Bros. video for the new Holmes movie set to open Christmas Day.



If you're a Holmes fan, you know the password IRENE remembers Irene Adler, the woman who once tricked Sherlock into revealing the…

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Added by Jack Getze on August 23, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Dennis Lehane Teaches Theme

FROM AUSTIN CARR'S CRIME DAIRY, MY CHARACTER'S BLOG



When the movie CASABLANCA opens and engages us, Humphrey Bogart (Richard Blane) wants the girl from his past, one, and two, to keep himself out of World War II. Rick's hiding. He doesn't like Nazis, but he doesn't want to actively fight anymore.



So when the movie ends, when Humphrey and the police captain stroll into the airport fog, does Rick have what he wanted?… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on February 5, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Bus Breakdown Blues (BNWT #11)

Escondido, CA. -- In the yellow-brown dust alongside U.S. Highway 15, a major new freeway through the heart of San Diego County’s hilly desert region, the Big Numbers World Tour bus suffers a meltdown.



Out of gas, two flat tires, and a broken, cranky heart. The Old Steel Warrior just couldn’t take the pounding schedule. Those endless miles in the dead of night. The refueling and maintenance nightmares in unknown territory. Those snubs from fancier buses.



“No problem,”… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on October 15, 2007 at 2:32am — No Comments

BNWT#6

The Great Frog Throw



RED BANK, NJ (May 25) -- The tour bus leaves in a few minutes for Erlanger, Kentucky and a campfire gathering of writers, editors, and agents known as the Writers Retreat Workshop.





My agent and publisher think I’m going to speak about my book, share my experiences getting published, and sell 9,000 copies of Big Numbers. More likely, I’m going to recuperate from the rigors of my Big Numbers World Tour, laugh a lot, and hopefully exact some revenge… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on August 26, 2007 at 2:37am — 1 Comment

BNWT#7 Advice from Robert Crais

BOISE, IDAHO (June 9) -- Walking from my hotel to the Saturday evening reception, Murder in the Grove’s closing show, I find myself mano-a-mano with New York Times best-selling author, this mystery convention’s Guest of Honor, Robert Crais.



Strolling the sidewalk, just the two of us, one author to another. Sure. Like Roger Clemens and my granddaughter are both baseball players.



“You’ve got to lose your ego in this business,” Crais says.



My ears perk up. The… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on July 14, 2007 at 10:02am — 8 Comments

2007 Big Numbers World Tour #5

WASHINGTON, DC (Friday, May 4) -- Delayed by construction, my train from New Jersey arrives at Union Station 10 minutes late. I have a hissing fit when the robotic, incredibly complicated Metro ticket machine steals my $20 bill. And now--two subway switches and one kind stranger later--I’m jogging through the underbelly of the Marriott Crystal Gateway.



In tow are my computer, luggage, and 45 pounds of promotional material. We weave like a halfback through the busy underground… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on May 16, 2007 at 8:21pm — No Comments

2007 Big Numbers World Tour #4

MIAMI BEACH, April 22 — My Sleuthfest 2007 kicked off last Thursday with an afternoon margarita, and climaxes now–Sunday–with a celebratory shot of tequila. I’m fuzzy on what happened in between, but Elke the Bartender just told me I met hundreds of fans and sold dozens of books.



“Really?” I say.



Elke leans forward over the counter to pour me another shot, says, “Screaming masses is what Barb said.” The sides of Elke’s blond pageboy fall to cover her cheeks. “Like the time… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on May 4, 2007 at 9:15am — No Comments

Big Numbers World Tour, #3

RED BANK, NJ -- Did you ever feel like the last pickle in a jar, or that one untouched cheeseburger, cold on the plate after a big family picnic?



Doesn’t SOMEbody want me?



I knew I was taking a chance when I agreed to this appearance--not exactly a prime location for a reading and book signing--but my apprehension ratchets higher as I pull up to the valet parking sign. Thunder, lightning, and steady rain have been assaulting the Jersey Shore since dawn, but now it’s a… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on April 9, 2007 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Big Numbers World Tour, Part 2

A Rainy Day in Seattle — I’m trying not to panic. Lugging a serious dose of nerves, a 50-count box of chapbooks, and my 12-pound computer case, I just got lost in the wrong hotel. Now I’m lost in the right hotel, it’s getting close to show time–I’m supposed to be giving a 25-minute talk on creating fiction from reality–and I can’t find the Left Coast Crime convention, let alone the Madison Room, or wherever the heck it is I’m speaking.



I check the map in my back pocket one more… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on March 19, 2007 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Big Numbers 2007 World Tour #1

(Seattle) The 2007 Big Numbers World Tour began February 1 when I arrived at Sea-Tac International Airport, rented my car, and headed South on Interstate 5. Seattle and The Left Coast Crime conference being positioned to the north, some observers might have thought me lost. But no, I’d decided that Seattle could wait. My first stop on the World Tour would be Whodunit? Books in Tacoma. Well, actually, my first stop turned out to be a Tacoma taco shop. I was hungry. But after eating a few crispy… Continue

Added by Jack Getze on March 5, 2007 at 6:05am — No Comments

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