Monday, March 18, 2013

Brenda Novak's Auction is Coming Up Soon!

A message from Brenda Novak:

Thank you to everyone who has donated to Brenda Novak's 9th Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research. We're hoping to make this year our best ever. . .and we couldn't do it without the support of our wonderful donors. If you haven't had a chance to donate yet, it's not too late. We'd love to have you on board. Contact Anna at and she'll create a fabulous auction page to showcase your item.

Whether you've donated or not, there are some free and easy ways to support this good cause:

*Register as a bidder (go to: and click on register)

*Like us on Facebook: We'll be posting lots of information here in the coming weeks and throughout the auction. Stay up to date on our progress as we strive to hit $2 million! Sharing and liking these posts would be hugely appreciated.

*Follow us on Twitter: @bnovakauction (we use the hashtag #bnda) Retweet and discuss the auction to your heart's content! The more people we can reach, the closer we'll get to our goal.

*Join us on Pinterest: New this year! We'd love to make the most of this new advertising/promotional option. Feel free to pin a picture of your donation on the page (or send an email to Danita at (, and she'll do it for you.

*Share the link to your item on your social media pages! Encourage your fans/readers to register, visit our FB, Twitter and Pinterest pages. You can find your items on the auction ( by typing your name into the search box at the top right corner. OR email Anna ( and she'll be happy to send you your links.

Diabetes affects millions, but we are so close to a cure. Thanks for your tremendous support. This auction could not succeed without you and, as a mother with a child who has diabetes, I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you are doing. Here's to making a difference. . . and funding a cure for diabetes!

Brenda Novak

P.S. (This is from Becke) Check out Brenda's books, too!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Dangerous - and Ever-Growing - To-Be-Read Pile

Like a shape-shifter, the Dangerous To-Be-Read pile morphs daily. These pictures were taken some time ago, and while I did read almost every book in these pictures, the TBR pile has not gotten any smaller. Instead, the book monster - angry because I gave away nearly 2,000 books when we moved last fall - is getting back at me by sneaking books into every nook and cranny of my new place. No pictures of the current TBR pile exist, because it won't stay in one place. The darn thing keeps growing, and no matter how many books I read the pile never seems to go down. 

POP QUIZ! I'll be 61 years old this year. How old will I have to live in order to read all the books waiting-to-be-read in my place, not counting any new releases I might add? My son is the math whiz, so I'm just going to take a wild guess and say I'll need 100 years or so. One hundred MORE years that is, assuming I don't do anything else but read. 

And then there's the money. I won't even think about how much I've invested in unread books. Let's just say books are in the budget right up there with food and shelter.

(Got that image from Pinterest. It's credited to:
Hope I'm not infringing any copyrights!)

What's in YOUR to-be-read pile? 
 (At least, that's all the books I've remembered to list).

Saturday, August 18, 2012

September 2012 at Barnes & Noble's Mystery Forum

I've shuffled the schedule around this year. For the past couple of years, August was our Month of Suspense & Thrillers. When I realized my grandbaby was likely to be born in August, I bumped this feature up to September.

At the time, I didn't realize I'd be moving in September. *bangs head on desk* Okay, you've figured it out by now - this isn't a normal year for me. I hope you'll bear with me as I muddle along!

I won't be online as much as I usually am in September, so I'll post an "Introduce Yourself" thread for authors who write Suspense and Thrillers. If that describes you, don't be shy about posting.

While spamming is discouraged here, you are more than welcome to promote your suspense novels and thrillers on the "thread" I'll be providing. To add links to your books, open a comment box (click "reply") and then click "Add Product" at the upper right.

In addition to the author introductions, we have some guest blogs and featured author visits, too! Because I'm aware everyone doesn't share my love of suspense and thrillers, many - but not all - of the books featured in September will be in that sub-genre.

Featured Author Visits and Author Guest Blogs

Week of September 3 – Penny Hancock

Tuesday, September 4 – Guest blog by Vicki Delany

Wednesday, September 5 – Linwood Barclay

Friday, September 7 – Guest blog by Molly MacRae

Week of September 10 – Jeff Abbott

Tuesday, September 11 – Guest Blog by Wendy Corsi Staub

Friday, September 14 - Guest Blog in Honor of Agatha Christie's Birthday on 9/15:

Week of September 17 – Sandra Parshall

Week of September 24 – Sheila York 

Monday, September 24 - 

American Mystery Classics: MARY ROBERTS RINEHART

Tuesday, September 25 – Guest blog by Anna Loan-Wilsey

Wednesday, September 26 - Guest Blog by Stefan Kiesbye

Thursday, July 19, 2012

August at Barnes & Noble's Mystery Forum

Where has this year gone? I'm soooo excited for August, because that's when my new grandbaby is due to arrive! We have a lot going on next month, but if I vanish for a day or so, you'll know it has to do with someone little and cute!


Wednesday, August 1 - Guest blog by Mitzi Szereto

Week of August 6: William Kent Krueger

Tuesday, August 7 – Guest blog by Julia Stuart 

Tuesday, August 7 - Guest blog by F.J. Lennon

Wednesday, August 8 – Guest blog by Rochelle Staab

Thursday, August 9 - Guest blog by Matthew Dunn

Week of August 13: Julie Garwood

(*possibly a double feature this week - more to come*)

Tuesday, August 14 - Guest Blog by Stephen Leather

Week of August 20: Amanda Kyle Williams

Week of August 27: American Mystery Classics - Rex Stout

Tuesday, August 28 – Guest blog by Tess Gerritsen 

Wednesday, August 29 - Guest blog by Anne Perry