Showing posts with label Chicago. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chicago. Show all posts

Jun 25, 2018

And More in the Free Category

NOT DEAD YET...is a book that's hard to categorize. If I tell you it's a mystery I won't be lying, but what kind of mystery is it?
Well, a different kind.
There's no detective who drinks more than he/she should and struggles against the system.
There's no recently-divorced woman who just opened a business and has a crazy best friend who forces her to investigate local crime.
There's no serial killer whose methods make you want to hurl.

What is it then? A mystery within a mystery, for one thing. Four curiously talented yet oddly shy squatters must solve a murder, but they have their own secret to hide.
And when you get it, you'll be gobsmacked.

NOT DEAD YET...is free this week for Kindle readers, so there's no risk. If you like it, I'd appreciate a review (as I always do!)
It's also available in print (Amazon, bookstores) and audio (Amazon Audible). In mid-July it will be released on other e-book distributors as well (B&N, Kobo, etc.). If you read library e-books, ask your library to order it then. 

Jun 13, 2016

What's a Printers' Row?


A long time ago, there was an area in Chicago where book publishers tended to locate. They started a book festival, and the rest is history. Though the book publishers are mostly gone, every year in June they take to the streets, closing them down to traffic so tents can be set up for blocks and blocks representing book sellers, book publishers, and everyone associated with that.

This year it was mid-90s all festival weekend, but since it was Chicago, there was a breeze off the lake that saved us all. I gathered with a group in a tent wrapped in crime scene tape: Midwest Mystery Writers of America and Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore. With me were well-known authors like Sara Paretsky and Marcia Clark as well as lots of writers like me, not so well known but just as hard-working.

It's always fun to get together with authors I've known for years and meet authors I've never met. Some I know online and others I've never heard of before. I confess to a desire to read all their books, but of course that's impossible. I keep trying, though!

 Since we were already in Chi-town, John and I visited the museums: Science & Industry, Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum, where we got to see the terra cotta warriors from China. I think I managed to impress my husband in all those places!

Jul 6, 2014

How About a Date? (No Weirdness!)

Name the song/artist

1. "It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day..."
2. "Do you remember the twenty-first night of September?"
3. "I think it was the fourth of July"
4. "It's December the twenty-fourth, and I'm longing to be up north."
5. "It was the third of September/The day I'll always remember."







Answers
1. "Ode to Billy Jo" Bobbi Gentry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZt5Q-u4crc&feature=kp
2. "September" Earth, Wind & Fire
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQf9dtrc26A
3. "Saturday in the Park" Chicago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLiMy4NaSKc
4. "White Christmas" The Carpenters (& many more)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qodySWoXVAs
5. "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" The Temptations
www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjJFT8TL1cI

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