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Friday Desk Report – September 16, 2016

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Oh, my, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

But in my defense, there wasn’t a whole lot of activity at the old desk this summer. We travelled for most of July, and then there was much to do for the Big Fat Geek Wedding happening at the beginning of September. What? You want a picture from that? Well, here you go. It just happened to happen on my own anniversary, so we celebrated at the photo booth.

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And of course, I took a little bit of time for just enjoying summer. I did manage to read and make notes on a novel manuscript while on airplanes, and I have a new novella in the editing stage. So I guess I wasn’t entirely a slacker, was I?

This week has been mostly getting ready for CaperCon. This is the second year for this convention, and last year’s was a tremendous success. This year it looks like things have only grown, so I’m looking forward to being a guest. Here’s my schedule for the weekend:

Reading/Q&A – Friday @3:30
Crafting Stronger Stories (with Third Person Press) – Friday @6:30
Self-Publishing for Success – Saturday @ 11:00
Plotting and Outlining – or Not – Sunday @ 10:30
Blue Pencil Cafe (with Third Person Press) – Sunday @ 12:00
Writing a Series – Sunday @ 1:30
Insider’s Guide to Marketing and Publishing (with Third Person Press) – Sunday @ 3:00

If you’re there, please drop by my table and say hello!

Review: No Game For a Dame

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No Game For a Dame
No Game For a Dame by M. Ruth Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun book that takes the old hard-boiled detective and turns “him” into a “her.” I quite enjoyed it and would read more about this character. The backdrop is nicely developed and the mystery interesting, and we learn enough about the main character in well-timed tidbits to feel that she’s someone we’d like to get to know better.

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Review: Mystery Weekly Magazine: July 2016

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Mystery Weekly Magazine: July 2016
Mystery Weekly Magazine: July 2016 by C.F. Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full disclosure: I have a story in this issue. Assume that my rating is based on all the other stories, leaving mine out. :) Altogether a very satisfying issue, with a nice variety of stories. If you love mysteries, this magazine is worth checking out!

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Review: Painted Ladies

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Painted Ladies
Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every once in a while I like to read a Spenser book, just because he’s such a great character and such fun to read (especially if you love hard-boiled detectives, as I do). This one does not disappoint, although knowing that it’s the last one is a bit bittersweet. Definitely recommended if you enjoy this genre.

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Review: Moonraker

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Moonraker
Moonraker by Ian Fleming
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We recently watched “Spectre,” and so I suppose I had Bond on my mind when browsing my library’s audiobook offerings. I remember watching the movie with this title years ago, but the book struck me as being significantly different. Much slower-moving, for one thing, although I’m not sure it’s entirely fair to compare the speed of any book with a Bond movie. At any rate, it was enjoyable (apart from the lengthy bridge game description). I’d read more Bond books, just for the fun of comparing them to the movies.

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Review: The Princess Bride

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The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Of course this is one of my favourite movies, and it didn’t sit well with me that I’d never read the actual book. I was delighted to discover how close the book and movie versions actually are, and how true to the tone of the book the movie stays. If you’ve encountered this story in one medium but not the other, I think you should broaden your experience and read/see both.

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Review: Ungodly

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Ungodly
Ungodly by Kendare Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series finished up with a very satisfying ending–I was almost 100% happy with the way everything turned out. Even if I have one little quibble, that’s high praise from me. I liked this series so much I can see myself reading it in hard copy sometime in the future.

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Review: Mortal Gods

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Mortal Gods
Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m really enjoying this series…I’ve always been fascinated with the Greek gods and I love the way the author has brought them to life in the present day. Fast-paced, great writing, intriguing characters. Definitely recommended.

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Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweet and bittersweet, wondrous and frightening, this book grabbed me so thoroughly that I listened to it straight through. It’s not a long book, but there’s a lot packed in here. One of those books that you’ll be thinking about for a while after you finish it.

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Review: Split Second

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Split Second
Split Second by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fast-paced and complex thriller with interesting characters and a convoluted plot. I enjoyed it quite a bit, although I found the ultimate motivation for the whole intrigue a bit of a let-down. Still, I’m looking forward to reading more about these characters and will be checking out the next book about them.

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