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Archive appearance: The Joe Mazza Show

I was one of the guests last week on The Joe Mazza Show, a popular late night talk show heard on over 400 radio stations across the country. We talked about James Garner, David Janssen, Tom Brady, the New England Patriots, television old versus new, and a whole lot more. If you missed the broadcast, but would like to hear the archive, click here, sit back and enjoy.

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Television Historian
Author, Thirty Years of The Rockford Files, The Fugitive Recaptured and other books on television

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Remembering Suzanne Pleshette

Suzanne Pleshette was, with the possible exception of Barry Morse, the most fun and down-to-earth person I talked to for my book The Fugitive Recaptured. She answered her own phone; she laid her cards right on the table; there was absolutely no pretense about her. She spoke to me several times over the phone for the book, then we met in person at a party in Beverly Hills thrown by my publisher shortly after the book was originally released.

For those who may not know, I was still in my 20s at the time I wrote The Fugitive Recaptured. So when Pleshette arrived, she announced, in that unmistakeably throaty voice of hers, “All right! I want to see him… Where’s the boy author?!??” And then she gave me a great big hug.

Suzanne Pleshette passed away yesterday in Los Angeles. For anyone who grew up watching television in the ’70s, this is certainly a sad day. She was a class act all the way.

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Television Historian
www.edrobertson.com

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Author’s Holiday Give-Away Winner!

The contest began on Monday, August 20, 2007 and expired at midnight on November 20, 2007. Everyone who purchased a copy of my novel “Save Them All,” directly from me at a signing/reading or through the mail via my home office or through PayPal were eligible to enter my “Author’s Holiday Give-Away” drawing. All the eligible names were placed in an Abercrombie and Fitch shopping bag (something my son left behind when he went out into the world) during the three month contest. Upon expiration of the contest, the winning name was drawn. I had all my shipping materials ready (the perfect box, new air packs rather than annoying Styrofoam peanuts) for mailing anywhere; Virgina, South Carolina, Ohio, but the winning name happened to reside in Onslow County, North Carolina, well within driving distance. Since she didn’t have an email address, I called the number on her entry to tell Ms. Belinda “Bee” B. she had won. She sounded thrilled, said she couldn’t believe she had won something and also mentioned she was at work. So . . . my husband and I headed on down the road to her place of employment to deliver Bee’s winnings on Thanksgiving day.
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She gave me three hugs (which were more valuable than the prize basket), and Belinda received an attractive unisex, flat woven and lined basket, two $50.00 Books-a-Million gift cards, a soft green (my favorite color) 50” x 60” plush throw, four wildlife bookmarks, two aquamarine, comfort-grip pens, some sweet treats, a squooshy & friendly Monkey pillow and a signed copy of “Save Them All” to give to her favorite person as a gift. Bee told me she has purchased three of my books for gifts already after reading “Save Them All” last year and was needing another copy. So that worked out very well. The contest was so much fun for me, I’m sure I’ll be looking for another opportunity to fashion another one. Now I know how Oprah feels when she gives all those “Favorite Things” away each year or possibly the ladies on the View, when they pass out a new gift each day for the Twelve Days of Christmas! Not Quite!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Linda Bergman-Althouse

Author of “Save Them All”

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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.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

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Talkin’ about the Gold Firebird on the Zookers Radio Program

Last week I was invited on The Zookers Radio Program, one of the latest additions to Blog Talk Radio. Hosts are Eric and Rob, also known as “the Greek gods of Internet radio,” and the subject was Thirty Years of The Rockford Files. It’s always fun to talk about Rockford, Jim Garner, and the Pontiac Firebird, especially with folks as knowledgeable as they are. It was a fun hour that went all too fast, but we’re talking about doing it again soon.

Here’s the link to our conversation:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hostpage.aspx?show_id=46867

Ed Robertson
www.edrobertson.com

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Books Carnival

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Welcome to the September 12, 2007 edition of Books Carnival.

It has been a busy summer and fall is on its way. Take the time to check for new books and reviews to make your book selections for the months ahead. We hope you have enjoyed this time with your families and friends.

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.

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 Speedendurance.com, 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.

new book release

presents Harry Potter and the Shouters posted at bobbarama.com.

silic0nsilence presents Harry Potter posted at The Blog of silic0nsilence.

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

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Reader Event

AUTHOR’S HOLIDAY GIVE-AWAY

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How about a little early Christmas shopping at The Book’s Den? Enter my ‘Holiday Give-Away,’ and if your name is drawn “KEEP IT ALL FOR YOURSELF,” or scratch some gift buying off your list.

“AUTHOR’S HOLIDAY GIVE-AWAY”

Date: From 20 August to 20 November 2007

Time: Ends midnight, November 20, 2007

Location: USA

Everyone who purchases a copy of my novel “Save Them All,” directly from author (address below) or through PayPal will be entered in my “Author’s Holiday Give-Away” drawing.

The winner will receive an attractive unisex, flat woven and lined basket, two $50.00 Books-A-Million gift cards, a soft green (my favorite color) 50” x 60” super plush throw, four wildlife bookmarks, two aquamarine, comfort-grip pens, some sweet treats, a squooshy & friendly Monkey pillow and a signed copy of “Save Them All” to give to their favorite person as a gift.

The contest begins on Monday, August 20, 2007 and will end at midnight on November 20, 2007. The winning name will be drawn by “Radio Man,” Jacksonville, NC’s own beloved street corner dancer, and the prize-winner will be notified by email on November 20, 2007 to let her or him know their prize basket is in the mail.

For your copy of “Save Them All” and an automatic entry into the “Author’s Holiday Giveway” drawing, please send check or money order in the amount of $21.95, which includes shipping, to:

Novel / Save Them All
130 Aldersgate Road
Jacksonville, North Carolina
28546

I encourage you to ENTER!! It’s definitely a lot of fun for me, you receive a GREAT read and your ODDS of snagging that basket and it’s goodies are much better than powerball, your state’s lottery or even a scratch off card!!

Good Luck and have fun in what you do! (a wise man keeps telling me that)

Linda Bergman-Althouse

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