Exclusive Video & Giveaway: Two ARCs of Robert Crais’s THE SENTRY

I’m thrilled to share with you the following video I made. You don’t need to know anything more; just click play. Then check out the giveaway below where you can win one of two ARCs of Robert Crais’s The Sentry (Putnam, January 11, 2011). U.S., Canada and Mexico residents are eligible!

Can’t wait to see the REAL video and read The Sentry, right? For more info, visit the Robert Crais website and check out his tour dates.

Now, how about an advanced reading copy of the book? Putnam has generously allowed me to give away two.

To enter:

  • be a subscriber or follower (tell me which if you’ve never entered a giveaway)
  • leave a comment telling me what you’d put on a Joe Pike pizza and why (think beyond traditional toppings)
  • be a resident of the U.S., Canada or Mexico

Giveaway ends next Wednesday, December 15 at 5 p.m. PST. It’s a short window but I want you to get the ARCs before Christmas, even (especially?) if you’ve been naughty.

For one copy, I’ll pick the commenter with the most creative Joe Pike pizza and for the other, I’ll randomly select a name. Winners will only be posted here and on Twitter; I won’t be notifying you personally so please check back to see if you’ve won. Any prize(s) not claimed within 48 hours will be given to alternate winner(s).

Have fun and show me some pizza!

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  • Reply
    Jen Forbus
    December 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Just for the record, I seem to have changed colors. But I think I look o.k. in green…I’m Irish, right?

    PCN, stay away from the stairs next time I see you! 😉

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      December 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      At first, I really didn’t understand why you’d changed colors. I thought, “Oh no, is she ill?” And then I got it. Haha!

      Will watch my back around stairs!

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    Elizabeth
    December 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

    You have ALL the damn fun!! I am SOOOOO freakin’ jealous!! Thanks so much for sharing that. What a wonderful day it looks like you had…. including that pizza! 😉

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      Elizabeth
      December 9, 2010 at 11:43 am

      PS – I don’t need to be in the ARC contest.

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        Pop Culture Nerd
        December 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm

        Oh, I just got lucky strolling around the Venice canals as I’m wont to do every Friday. Fortunately, I had my seven cameras with me.

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          Kate
          August 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

          This made me laugh out loud! Just happened to have your 7 cameras with you? Just like the kind of things I do.

          Kate

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    Eddy
    December 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

    My first thought was to go with something vegetarian since Joe eats healthy, but you said to “think beyond traditional toppings”, go I’ll with a literal version of a Joe Pike Pizza.

    Rather than the usual hand-tossed dough, the crust would be made of hardtack to exemplify Joe’s stoic demeanor.

    The sauce would be made of sun-dried tomatoes, the color of blood.

    The main ingredient would be meat from the Northern Pike (Esox lucius). Rather than fillets, it would be prepared whole (bone in) since the carnivorous fish is practically inedible anyway.

    There would be no cheese since there is nothing cheesy about Joe.

    To finish out the toppings I’d sprinkle a generous amount of coffee beans. Why coffee beans, you ask? Because another name for coffee is “joe” and this is a Joe Pike pizza.

    Bon appétit!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      December 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm

      That is one badass pizza, Eddy.

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      Lori Ann Smith
      December 10, 2010 at 9:57 am

      W.O.W.
      I was gonna give my version of a Joe Pike Pizza, but I don’t think it gets any better than Ed’s! 🙂

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    le0pard13
    December 9, 2010 at 11:26 am

    AWESOME! You guys looked like you were all having a blast. Curious, though. That segment where you included the banjo music, we you trying for a Deliverance moment with Bob (especially with that “I’m walking a little funny…” comment). Great stuff, Elyse.

    p.s., please don’t include me in the ARC giveaway — I just received mine in the mail! Yea!)

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      December 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

      I, uh, just happen to like, um, banjo music. It made you think of Deliverance? Huh. Imagine that.

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    Naomi Johnson
    December 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

    PCN, stay away from stairs, period.

    Okay, don’t include me in the drawing for the ARC (I have one coming, thanks!), but I do have to tell you about my Joe Pike Colt Python Pizza: If you can find it, you can ‘eat it’.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      December 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

      Wow. I think you just threatened me.

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        Naomi Johnson
        December 9, 2010 at 7:26 pm

        Twice in the same comment even!

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          Pop Culture Nerd
          December 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm

          I’m taking the elevators from now on. And possibly looking into a Colt Python of my own for protection.

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            Naomi Johnson
            December 11, 2010 at 8:13 am

            Elevators, elevators. Hm, how to rig an elevator…

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              LolosLetters
              December 11, 2010 at 8:53 am

              Rigging elevators harkens back to the old LA Law ep where the bitchy lady character who kept getting everything her friends coveted fell into an empty elevator shaft…

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                Christine
                December 11, 2010 at 9:08 am

                Remind me never to get on your bad side, Naomi. Damn.😉

                LOB – Geez, I haven’t thought of LA Law in a long time. Wasn’t that Leland’s main squeeze who was offed by elevator shaft?

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                  LolosLetters
                  December 11, 2010 at 9:17 am

                  Christine – I think of it every once in a while when getting on an elevator. 🙂

                  And you’re spot on – Rosalyn (or whichever variation of the spelling of that name her fictional character used). 🙂

                  Naomi is very very close to the top of the list of people I would not cross. Both because, well, how can you not love Naomi? and because I’m scairt.

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                    Pop Culture Nerd
                    December 11, 2010 at 12:29 pm

                    The minute I posted this, I knew someone would bring up Rosalind Shays. BTW, thanks for posting your evil plans. I now have proof of your premeditation.

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                    Naomi Johnson
                    December 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm

                    No reason to be askeert. Unless you heard about that young man at the movies a few years ago, the one who thought it was funny to keep pushing me in the back.

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                  Naomi Johnson
                  December 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm

                  Why, Christine, I don’t have a bad side! All’s I ask is that you don’t stand between me and RC.

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    LolosLetters
    December 9, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Oh, hell yeah, I will carve off a piece of that. And I ain’t talkin’ pizza, sister.

    For the record, I’m NOT Irish (Australian, but I guess that’s really just an Irish convict anyway, right?) and I’m as green as Jen and will help push.

    BTW, that shot at :44 should be book jacket pic.

    LOB

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      December 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

      I love Irish convicts! Aussies, too. Without having to re-check the video, I know exactly which shot you’re referring to. Thanks for saying that.

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        Jen Forbus
        December 10, 2010 at 7:45 am

        Hey! What were you all saying about me having a potty mind yesterday????

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    Brett Battles
    December 9, 2010 at 11:57 am

    You are certifiable. Hilarious.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      December 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

      I was certified years ago.

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    Jenn's Bookshelves
    December 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Absolutely hiliarious! I’m insanely jealous. No need to enter me in the contest; I already have a copy of THE SENTRY.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      December 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

      It was actually hard work, Jenn. What you couldn’t see was me offscreen getting repeatedly poked in the, ah, leg by a giant crane. As in the bird with the long beak, not camera equipment.

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    Kathy P
    December 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I follow on GFC and email.

    Joe Pike Pizza: I am inspired by the Venice Canals of California….instead of tomato sauce a salsa base to the pizza, then add some California toppings like avocados, orange slices, olives and artichokes. Top with Monterey Jack cheese.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      December 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      I am drooling.

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    Christine
    December 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Perfect way to end my day…a video with Bob’s Big Box. 😉 This was great, PCN!

    (BTW, I concur about the still at :44)

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      Christine
      December 10, 2010 at 8:41 am

      Limited edition Joe Pike Pizza would feature meat from a certain Alaskan brown bear. Free bear claw with purchase.

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    jann
    December 10, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Gosh, a Pike pizza? Hmmm…artichoke hearts (cuz he has a heart of gold when it comes to his friend(s)), jalapenos (spicy!), lots of garlic, and something different….how about something realy manly like a nice stilton or gorgonzola? Yeah baby!

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    Patrick
    December 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Joe Pike ‘za: low fat cheese, thin crust, organic pesto sauce, topped with gunpowder, shredded Nike running shoes and fresh green peppers. Bake at 400 degrees and serve with a vengeance!

    Just followed you on Twitter! I am @p_dub.

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    Liz
    December 10, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I’m a follower and a subscriber, baby.

    Pike’s pizza is spinach, basil, and tomato on a wheat crust. Extra sauce, light on the cheese.

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    sus
    December 10, 2010 at 10:42 am

    So fun! Awesome job Elyse 🙂

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    Tania
    December 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Great video! Very funny and gorgeous…uhm…let’s call it ‘scenery’! 😉

    A Joe pizza? Whole wheat crust topped with Pike fillets, spinach (strong like Popeye!), sweet potatoes, a blend of Asian spices (to honour his martial arts), and just a little bit of cheese (not too much! hard to be covert with flatulence).

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    MelodyGirl
    December 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Hahahaha! Thanks for the glimpse of Mr. Crais behind the scenes, PCN. It’s great to see you guys laughing it up off camera. Well, off the OFFICIAL cameras, anyway. Some good action going on there! 😀

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    Chris
    December 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I had to watch that 3 times because I was laughing so hard, I missed the little details. So funny, PCN. Good thing you were there to capture all the “leaking” for us.

    My Joe Pika pizza would have red bell pepper strips shaped like arrows, eggplant pieces in the shape of guns, and big round shiitake mushroom tops placed side by side to represent his sunglasses.

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      EIREGO
      December 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      Sorry, Chris, didn’t mean to steal your idea about the arrows. Didn’t see it til afterward, I swear.

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        Pop Culture Nerd
        December 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm

        From the time stamp on your comments, it looks like you were both typing at the same time.

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    EIREGO
    December 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Very silly stuff from behind the scenes! Is is safe to assume the actual promo is really serious?

    Okay, Joe Pike Pizza:

    Flour-less crust (because Joe uses the flour in his back pack when he runs)
    Salsa sauce instead of tomato sauce
    Cheese-less (because Joe isn’t cheesy)
    Steak topping (thinly sliced – he’s a vegetarian, but he’s meaty)
    Red Bell Peppers laid out to match the arrows on his shoulders
    Spinach (applied just at the last minute, so it isn’t mushy)

    Come on, you know you’d eat that….

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    December 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Loving the Pike pizzas so far. Keep them coming!

    I think I know what I’m having for dinner tonight.

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    Ronnie Sowell
    December 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I just subscribed and you can send my book before Christmas. I’ll quit shopping and the family can go nuts while I read it. For the pizza I think: beef, c-4 and ground glass with a Michelob Ultra.

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    Shell Sherree
    December 11, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Heh, does a day get better than that, PCN? No wonder Joe Pike and Elvis Cole are so cool. And so hot. You rock the hat, by the way.

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    Paulette
    December 11, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Fabulous, fun film! Why weren’t you wading in the water?

    A dessert pizza for Joe! (because he is so yummy?)
    The entire concoction is shaped like an arrow…crust with sugar and cinammon and covered with melting red candy hearts served hot, hot, hot! Eddy already symbolized the tough guy, so this is the softer side of Joe. Plus, it would make a festive holiday treat…
    ENJOY A SLICE OF PIKE!

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    Rachel
    December 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Do you think Pike has jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon yet? So, replace the gluten in the crust with an armless sweatshirt and I think you’ve got his pizza.

    (poss will also have arrows on delivery box)

    Can’t quite decide if the video or comment thread is more laugh-inducing…

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    martin frank
    December 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Always fun to find a new entertaining site.

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      Christine
      December 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      PCN is great, Martin!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      December 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      Welcome, martin, and thanks, Christine!

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