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Book Review: THE AFFAIR by Lee Child

October 6, 2011 – 11:33 pm | 6 Comments
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If you’re looking for something good to read this weekend, check out the new Jack Reacher. My review originally ran in Shelf Awareness and is reprinted here with remission. Happy Friday!
Ever since Jack Reacher …


October 5, 2011 – 2:55 am | 14 Comments
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If you’re not into politics, don’t let it deter you from seeing The Ides of March (out October 7), based on Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North. Despite its setting, it’s not really about politics. It’s more …

Movie Review: FOOTLOOSE

October 3, 2011 – 2:08 am | 8 Comments

When I posted on Facebook that I had gone to a Paramount screening of the Footloose remake (out October 14), one of my friends jokingly threatened to disown me because I was apparently being disloyal to …

Nerdfest Finale—Quiz Answers, Nerdy Slide Show, and Giveaway Winners

October 1, 2011 – 12:01 am | 15 Comments

For the past four days, I’ve been running nerdy anecdotes from crime authors who were generous enough to share their stories and, in some cases, pictures as well. They did it to help me celebrate …

Nerdfest: Day Four

September 30, 2011 – 1:46 am | 14 Comments

We’ve arrived at day four of Nerdycon, with more crime authors sharing spectacularly nerdy moments. Think you know them from their work? Well, you may never have seen them like this.
Today’s panelists:
*Tess Gerritsen—Tess is the …

Nerdfest: Day Three

September 29, 2011 – 12:16 am | 10 Comments

Welcome to day three of the nerdathon! (Click for days one, two, and four.) Hope you have snacks and Gatorade to help keep up your energy. Wait a minute, aren’t we all nerds here? Keep eating …

Nerdfest: Day Two

September 28, 2011 – 12:56 am | 17 Comments

Welcome to day two of my nerdypalooza (here are days one, three, and four).
Today’s headliners are:
* Megan Abbott—Megan is an Edgar-winning author of six novels, including the recently released The End of Everything, which has been …

Third Blogoversary Celebration: A Nerdfest and Giveaway

September 27, 2011 – 12:17 am | 28 Comments

This Saturday, October 1, is the third anniversary of the day I woke up and decided to start this blog, despite knowing nothing about blogging. I did have loads of experience in being a nerd, …

Bouchercon Adventures 2011

September 26, 2011 – 1:29 pm | 20 Comments
From L.: Naomi, Paulette, Michael, Christine, me

There’s been a thousand Bouchercon posts already everywhere but I figured no two experiences are exactly the same, right? So, if you’re not tired yet of reading about it, below are my highlights.
For those unfamiliar …

Winners of Roy Peter Clark’s HELP! FOR WRITERS

September 25, 2011 – 8:51 pm | 2 Comments

Congrats to:

Elizabeth Duncan
Ronnie Sowell

You each won a copy of Roy Peter Clark’s Help! for Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces. I think you’ll find it useful and fun.
Thanks again to Hachette for letting …

More Mini Reviews of New Fall TV Shows

September 23, 2011 – 1:41 am | 12 Comments

Went through the DVR again today and here’s what I saw.
Prime Suspect
Phew, it’s not terrible! I’m sure I wasn’t alone in approaching this with trepidation. The original BBC version and Helen Mirren as DCI Jane …

Mini Reviews of New Fall TV

September 22, 2011 – 2:01 am | 11 Comments

The official start of fall isn’t until tomorrow, September 23rd, but the fall TV season has already begun. I love this time of year because there’s so much new stuff to sample. I know most …