June 2007 Blog Posts (236)

Children's Mystery Book Becoming an Amusement Park Ride

TJ Perkins has been around for 6 years and her books are steadily becoming more and more popular. In 2006 she signed with dark ride manufacturer Alterface to bring her idea of a scary family amusement park ride to life. The storylines of her most popular book, Mystery of the Attic, and its sequel, On Forbidden Ground, are the basis for the ride. Currently, Alterface is in the creation process. A prototype should be completed and ready for presentation to park owners by Nov 2007 at IAAPA. Once a… Continue

Added by TJ Perkins on June 3, 2007 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

Holiday and review

We're back! Had a great time on hols, once we'd finished with the rainy days. And in fact even they weren't bad either.

Holiday highlights included:

1. Lord H's comment that if people simply pressed the "off" button on the wind turbines, then everything would be much calmer. Not sure he's got the hang of what a wind turbine does. (I love 'em, by the way. They're soooo elegant - like giraffes in Prada).

2. Playing on the only hilly golf course in the whole of…


Added by Anne Brooke on June 3, 2007 at 4:15am — No Comments

Mills, Jenni - CROW STONE

CROW STONE (Suspense-Kit Perry-UK-Cont) – G+

Mills, Jenni – 1st book

HarperPress, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780007247127

First Sentence: Look at this.

Kit Perry, a mining engineer, has returned to Bath, where she was raised but she would rather people…

Added by LJ Roberts on June 3, 2007 at 4:00am — No Comments

A Book Offer You Shouldn't Refuse Part Deux

Hello All,

This week, some nice publisher people (whose lists I am obviously on by mistake, but shhhhhhhhhh, I won't tell them if you won't!) have sent me some of my favourite books. Since I already own multiple copies of all these books, and keeping them would just be greedy, I thought I would offer them here. If you would like one, please send me a little message thingy and let me know which one (it's a tough choice, you can claim multiple ones if you like) I only have one copy of… Continue

Added by Donna Moore on June 3, 2007 at 2:34am — 4 Comments

A late birthday present

I'm one of those people who is impossible to buy for. I have to make lists for people, but often I have no idea what I want, myself. Other than writing time, and no one wants to believe that that is ALL I want. I don't quite understand - if I ask for it, I must want it, right? - but whatever.

So I asked for things for Christmas, but ended up returning them because 1) they weren't quite what I needed (yes, I'm also one of those people who only asks for necessary things) and 2) we were…


Added by Christa M. Miller on June 2, 2007 at 8:27am — No Comments

That Difficult Second Novel

Back in the day, when albums were only 40 minutes long and came on vinyl in fold-out cardboard sleeves (cue brief pause for nostalgic reminiscence among the over-40s), people used to talk about That Difficult Third Album. That was the one a band had to make when it had run out of all its original material, was burned out from being on the road and had to deliver No.3 to satisfy the record company, usually within about 18 months of their debut.

Then CDs came along and albums were… Continue

Added by Tom Cain on June 2, 2007 at 4:05am — 6 Comments

Parker, Robert B. - SPARE CHANGE

SPARE CHANGE (PI/Polc. Proc- Sunny Randall-Boston-Cont) - VG

Parker, Robert B. – 6th in series

G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN:…


Added by LJ Roberts on June 2, 2007 at 4:00am — No Comments

Recently Read - DETECTIVE INSPECTOR HUSS by Helen Tursten, 4.4

The first in the Irene Huss series. Originally titled in Swedish "The Broken Tang Horse". The Vicious Crimes Unit that Irene Huss is part of are investigating the death of a wealthy businessman who fell over 20 metres from the balcony of this apartment to the footpath below just as his wife and son arrived home and were getting out of their car. The business man, Richard von Knecht, has recently celebrated his 60th birthday, and he and his wife Sylvia their 30th wedding anniversary. The… Continue

Added by Kerrie on June 2, 2007 at 12:14am — No Comments

"... details that are as vivid as watching a movie."

Several years ago, while sitting in a college magazine writing class, the professor instructed us to “write what you know.” What student/writer hasn’t heard those words? I remember thinking if that were the case, I would never write.
I’ve had a good life; married for nearly three decades,…

Added by Marta Stephens on June 1, 2007 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Win a Signed Copy of SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN--Murderati Word Jumble


My throat starts to close and my hands get clammy whenever friends at a gathering start talking about board games. “Scramble! Boggle! I bet Naomi’s good at that,”…


Added by Naomi Hirahara on June 1, 2007 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Strawberry Shortcake and Book Signing in Maryland!

While I'm signing books Saturday I will also be indulging my sweet tooth, but in a fairly healthy way. You can too, and support a good cause, by joining me at the Strawberry Festival put on by the Catonsville Presbyterian Church from 10 am to 2 pm. Sure, they will have a variety of food, live music, kid's games and crafts, but the reason to be there is for some of the best strawberry shortcake you ever tasted.

Of course, this is a fine opportunity to fill out your…

Added by Austin S. Camacho on June 1, 2007 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Summer Dreams

Just back from a mini-break in (of all places) Marbella. I say mini-break because, according to the wife, it doesn't become a holiday until you are away for more than 5 nights - I wish I'd understood this subtlety when I booked it, as apparently this means we still need to go away again on a "proper" family vacation! More money...

Anyway, technically speaking we weren't in Marbella, but down the road in Puerto Banus…

Added by James Twining on June 1, 2007 at 8:30pm — No Comments

This is Awesome!

After two years in print, I finally got a HOODTOWN review in Wrestling Observer! I finally feel legit.

Best line:

“This is a book, if a group of us were to read together, would undoubtedly elicit that spontaneous chant,

This is Awesome!”

I know maybe three people out there will get that but I’m tickled pink. After all, they could be chanting “You fucked up!”

Added by Christa Faust on June 1, 2007 at 3:24pm — No Comments


In my exhaustive search for the best southern name ever for a continuing character I plan to introduce in my next thriller, I ran across an article called “Namestorming”… Continue

Added by Amanda Stevens on June 1, 2007 at 2:02pm — 2 Comments

City of Fire

Robert Ellis' latest thriller packs a powerful punch. Don't read City of Fire late at night, particularly if you're in the house alone.

LAPD Detective Lena Gamble is 29, and alone in the world. Her brother, David, had been murdered five years earlier. Lena has the time and willingness to work on the latest horrific crime investigation. She…

Added by Lesa Holstine on June 1, 2007 at 1:59pm — No Comments

You Can't Help But Laugh...

Added by Angela Wilson on June 1, 2007 at 12:20pm — No Comments

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