Monthly Archives: September 2007

Calling All Authors

Hi, all…

I hope everyone’s having a great weekend.

Wanted to let you all know that I will be the guest on the Tuesday, Oct. 2 edition of Calling All Authors, a weekly radio show for authors, writers and readers in general that is heard exclusively on Global Talk Hosted by Valerie Connelly, Calling All Authors discusses issues and concerns that affect books and their creation from beginning to end. The conversation is always lively, interesting and entertaining. I hope you’ll tune in.

Calling All Authors airs Tuesday at 5pm ET, 2pm PT on Global Talk Valerie and I will talking about the career of James Garner, and again I hope you’ll join us.

Ed Robertson

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Author’s Holiday Giveaway

This is just a reminder of our fabulous Author’s Holiday Giveaway offer by Linda Bergman-Althouse

Don’t miss your chance to win this beautiful basket. Find out the details here.

Linda is the Sept. – Oct. Featured Author for – Book Lovers Community, visit the site to read her interview.

Sign up for a free readers membership and be eligible to be included on our promotional giveaways.


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I was pondering the state of my existence last evening as I watched the premiere episode of the new Bionic Woman series.  Although I’m glad to see the show on the air, I am not sure if I will be able to warm up to it.  You see, there was something about the impossibility of bionics that made the show intriguing back in it’s original days.  Now that we have made such strides in technology, the concept of someone actually having bionic parts doesn’t seem so far-fetched.  For this reason, I’m just not sure that the show will make it past its first season. 

The character of Jaime Sommers was played so well by Lindsay Wagner that the new star, Michelle Ryan had some big shoes to fill.  The storyline was altered from the original so that you barely recognize the main character from before.  It was so strange to see Jaime tending bar and trying to take care of her sister.  In the original, she was in the Air Force and she was a professional tennis player or something like that.  In addition to the steamier scenes which only served to make me uncomfortable as I tried to watch the show with my daughter, another thing that was probably not necessary was the addition of another bionic character who was meant to be some sort of nemesis to Jaime’s character. 

While the show was well put together as dramas go, it was certainly not worthy of riding on the coattails of the viewership formed from the original series.  I have a suspicion that fans of the older series would not have wanted to see the show made into something so truly typical of television today.

Oh, and another thing that bothered me…where were the cheesy sound effects?  You know, the ones that made her bionic…Well, of course, I know that the sound wasn’t what made her bionic, but I also know that the sound was a huge part of the ambiance for the show. 

Maybe I’m old-fashioned.  Maybe I’m just feeling my age.  Maybe, it’s just as I had originally thought.  The show was an easy concept for someone to pick up and run with rather than coming up with an original idea.  Ouch…I just wish that if they are going remake something that they would at least try to  maintain the integrity of the original.  Simply naming the character with the same name doesn’t make it okay.  This is why I don’t watch Smallville, why I didn’t really enjoy the Charlie’s Angels movies and why I really hope that no one has decided to redo the old Wonder Woman series.  What’s that?  They’re already working on Wonder Woman…?  Well, crap.  I apologize in advance for the impending disappointment.

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Off to Alaska

A mistake was pointed out to me in my latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree book–it will be fixed and a new edition printed.

Anyone who would like to purchase the first edition (will be autographed) with the mistake for $10 plus $2.50 postage directly from me, Marilyn Meredith PO Box 526 Springville CA 93265–I’ll send it along with the first book in the series, Deadly Omen. Who knows, Judgment Fire might be a collector’s item one day.

While you are reading this on Wednesday, I’ll be on an airplane flying to Alaska. I’m attending Bouchercon, the mystery convention, then heading out to make presentations in schools in outlying towns. Where, exactly, I’m not sure.

I’ve been told that I’ll have a rental car and I’ve had some sleepless hours over this. I’m not the least bit thrilled about driving in a country (I know Alaska is a state, but it’s bigger than a lot of countries) that I don’t know much about. To help me a bit, I’m taking along a GPS so I don’t get lost. To make matters even more complicated, I never put gas in my car, so I don’t really know how to do it. Oh well, bet I’ll learn.

A bit of good news, I just signed a contract for the next book in my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, not due out until August of 2009.


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What Books Can Do!

I love books! Don’t you? Some are entertaining, some informative, while others carry the distinction of changing your life. That’s what happened after I read the small but mighty book “Chimney Swift Towers, New Habitat for America’s Mysterious Birds,” by Paul D. and Georgean Z. Kyle from Texas. Their commitment to swifts and my personal experience of over-wintering a few who missed their migration last year moved me to action and HELLO North Carolina! My huge push for our environmental partners, the Chimney Swifts, has been REWARDED!! The proposal forwarded to our state wildlife organization, WRNC, recommending an award of a monetary grant to assist organizations and individuals concerned with the conservation of Chimney Swifts in the State of North Carolina was approved by unanimous board vote on September 16, 2007. Three cheers for the tiny housekeepers of the sky! The information and instructions contained on WRNC’s website can be used by North Carolina residents requesting grant assistance and may also be used as a guide by other states concerned as well for benefits we all enjoy due to the migratory activities of the Chimney Swift.

Chimney Swift Tower Grant
Approved September 16, 2007 & Offered by the
Wildlife Rehabilitators of North Carolina, Inc.

Remember these guys?

As stated by the proposal and adopted by WRNC, “Chimney Swifts, migratory birds that help decrease our dangerously high insect pest population, are in decline due to loss of habitat. Fortunately, Chimney Swifts are well adapted to man-made structures, so it is possible to create nesting habitat specifically for Swifts. If you are a member of an environmentally active group, an individual environment enthusiast, a WRNC member or nonmember, you may want to construct and maintain a Chimney Swift tower in your area to encourage Chimney Swifts, acrobatic insectivores who vacuum the sky at dawn and dusk, to return to your community each year. Wildlife Rehabilitators of North Carolina, Inc. (WRNC) would like to help. Our organization (WRNC) is offering a $300.00 grant to assist you or your group to undertake this valuable conservation project.”

Just a note to all future North Carolina mosquito residents,

“Be afraid . . . . be very afraid!”

Linda Bergman-Althouse

author of “Save Them All” (except mosquitoes and other disease spreading insects)



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Books Carnival


Welcome to the September 23, 2007 edition of Books Carnival.

chapterlibrary presents DoAT – B1 – Ch 1 – Old Friends Meet. A Rude Interruption. posted at Chapter Library, saying, “Dragons of Autumn Twilight Chapter 1”

chapterlibrary presents DoAT – B1 – Ch2 – Return to the Inn. A Shock. The Oath is Broken. posted at Chapter Library, saying, “Dragons of Autumn Twilight Chapter 2”

chapterlibrary presents DoAT – B1 – Ch. 4 – The Open Door. Flight into Darkness. posted at Chapter Library, saying, “Dragons of Autumn Twilight Chapter 4”

Laura Young presents Are You Writing A Book Based on Your Life? Tips from an Author posted at Dragon Slayer, saying, “As a contributing author to several books, I wanted to share some insights I gained from the writing process for those of you with writing projects of your own.”

Jon Swift presents Harry Potter Is a Brat posted at Jon Swift, saying, “Harry Potter is a terrible role model. He is a petulant, self-pitying brat who routinely breaks rules that he believes don’t apply to him.”

Cade Krueger presents Rich Dad, Poor Dad posted at Write To Right.

Asia presents Chicago Business Review » Mary Mary by James Patterson posted at Chicago Business Review.

GrrlScientist presents Regarding The AP-Ipsos Poll of Book Readers posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Some thoughts about an interesting poll regarding the reading habits of Americans.”

artThailand presents Ordinary heroes posted at artThailand.

book reviews

chapterlibrary presents DoAT – Canticle of the Dragon and The Old Man posted at Chapter Library, saying, “Dragons of Autumn Twilight Prologue”

chapterlibrary presents DoAT – B1 – Ch3 – Knight of Solamnia. The Old Man?s Party posted at Chapter Library, saying, “Dragons of Autumn Twilight Chapter 3”

chapterlibrary presents DoAT – B1 – Ch. 5 – Farewell to Flint. Arrows Fly. Message in the Stars posted at Chapter Library, saying, “Dragons of Autumn Twilight Chapter 5”

John Ottinger presents Book Review: Fast Food Nation posted at Grasping For The Wind.

mark cutler presents 5 Books I Love About American Design posted at Mark Cutler Design, saying, “I thought you might enjoy my article on 5 books i love about american design. Its part of a weekly post i do on my design blog.”

Sheyna Galyan presents Interview: Amy Cohen, author of “The Late Bloomer’s Revolution” posted at Books and Beliefs, saying, “Book review of Amy Cohen’s “The Late Bloomer’s Revolution” (Hyperion, July 2007) by author Sheyna Galyan.”

blue skelton presents JK Rowling Interview posted at The Literary Junkie.

Praveen presents Improve Your Business Writing posted at My Simple Trading System.

Renata Vincoletto presents > systemcall dot org » Book: Elementary Cryptanalysis: A Mathematical Approach posted at > systemcall dot org.

Wayne Hurlbert presents Funny Business by Allen Rosenshine – Book review posted at Blog Business World, saying, “Finding career and business advice from Muhammad Ali, Bill Clinton, and the Mob all in one book is rare. Discovering that every story where the sharing of those sage thoughts is hilarious in itself, is a very rare treat. The advertising industry may be one of the largest and most influential in the world, but it is also a barrel of laughs, and operates in its own off kilter style, according to legendary advertising agency CEO Allen Rosenshine. He shares tales of fun and laughter, blended with superb business advice, in his book
Funny Business: Moguls, Mobsters, Megastars, And the Mad, Mad World of the Ad Game.”

TherapyDoc presents How to Talk to a Widower–Grieving and Drugging posted at Everyone Needs Therapy, saying, “It’s a new Jonathan Tropper book. I had an advance publisher’s copy.”

Jimson Lee presents 10 Ways to Make It Great! A Framework for Success for Coaches posted at, saying, “A book review of “10 Ways to Make It Great!” written by Phil Gerbyshak”

Sheyna Galyan presents The Optimistic Jew posted at Books and Beliefs, saying, “Review of Israeli author Tsvi Bisk’s new release, “The Optimistic Jew: a Positive Vision for the Jewish People in the 21st Century””

Amanda presents Secrets of a Fire King, by Kim Edwards posted at She Has Moxie.

Jeremy Hobbs presents Harry Potter and the The Deathly Hallows posted at Jeremy’s Consumer’s Corner.

Kalyan Banerjee presents Eleven Minutes posted at Kalyan Speaketh, saying, “Paulo Coelho’s : Eleven Minutes”

Kalyan Banerjee presents Interpreter of Maladies posted at Kalyan Speaketh, saying, “Jumpa Lahiri’s : The Interpreter of Maladies. Its a collection of short stories from Bengal, Boston and beyond.”

GrrlScientist presents My Thoughts About Harry Potter [Review, More Spoilers] posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “A fairly detailed treatment of the last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Amanda Harris presents Book Review: Dedication posted at Pajama Mommy.

Amanda Harris presents Pajama Mommy Reviews: The Good Child Guide posted at Pajama Mommy.

David Gross presents The Picket Line — 19 August 2007 posted at The Picket Line, saying, “A review of Bill McKibben’s “Deep Economy” (2007).”

Olli Lehtola presents Top 10 Fantasy Books posted at Pieces on Speculative Fiction.

GrrlScientist presents Lab 257 posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Like something out of The Andromeda Strain, Lab 257, by Michael Christopher Carroll, tells the chilling true story about the not-so-secret animal disease lab right next door to NYC.”

Deb Serani presents Healing With Books posted at Dr. Deb, saying, “This post looks at the best selling memoir, “Chosen by a Horse” by Susan Richards. It is the story about an abused, lonely woman who adopts a maltreated horse – and the love and hope they both experience. A brilliant, touching novel.”

Mommy Auctions presents 10 Minutes ‘Till Bedtime posted at Mommy Auctions.

Mommy Auctions presents The Beautiful World of Jan Brett posted at Mommy Auctions.

Karel Vandenberghe presents 12 Books on Crowdsourcing & Open Innovation – Part 1 posted at Open Innovators – Open innovation and crowdsourcing, saying, “Currently, the first and only list of books about open innovation and crowdsourcing.”

Edith Yeung presents The Money Series – Books that You Just Cannot Miss posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Curb Your “Age Of Turbulence” Enthusiasm posted at Mad Kane’s Political Madness.

Danogo presents Funny Videos of Skater Sneakers Were a Tipping Point posted at – Discover. Inspiring . Media, saying, “Review and collection of videos from a case study in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference””


ISPF presents Book Giveaway: The Quiet Millionaire posted at Grad Money Matters.

new book release

presents Harry Potter and the Shouters posted at

silic0nsilence presents Harry Potter posted at The Blog of silic0nsilence.

Daniel Condurachi presents The History of Blessing – new book graphic design [] posted at Daniel Condurachi’s Blog.

Jeremy Hitchcock presents How to write an epic posted at WTTF: Welcome to the Future, saying, “One desperate author’s plan to cash in on an epic novel.”

john struan presents Super Punch: The woman that inspired Clapton’s “Layla” has written a tell-all posted at Super Punch, saying, “The woman that inspired Eric Clapton’s “Layla” has written a tell-all”

Luke Houghton presents A novel experiment posted at Luke Houghton, saying, “I have released a new book via the web. I am working a way to present it… read on to find our more.”

blue skelton presents Ronald Goldman posted at Blue Skelton Publications, saying, “The Goldman family releases If I Did It by OJ Simpson, This is an article about not blaming the victims.”


blue skelton presents David Sedaris Book Reading posted at The Literary Junkie, saying, “Video of David Sedaris Book Reading”

special promotions

Peter N. Jones presents Marketing Your Book DeMystified: New Book Explains All posted at Great New Books that Are a Must Read.

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Lo Importante es participar por Lucia Quintana Moraleja

Soy una niña de 7 años y tengo publicados dos libros, este año me he presentado a un concurso de cuentos pero no he ganada, aun asi no me importa seguire luchando.besos a todos los escritores del mundo.


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