Friday, August 21, 2009

And Now For Something Completely Different

"I'm not quite dead yet!"

First off, thank you Hurricane Bill for NOT beating up on the N. Carolina coast while I am there today for a booksigning - much appreciated!

Now on to the news!

Is the Kindle in danger of becoming the Ebooks BetaMax? Market Watch

How many books should an author order? A Book Inside

Helen tells us how to shape our characters - Straight From Hel

Mayra Calvani has tips for breaking into children’s magazines- Mayra’s Secret Bookcase
She also recommends an Illustrator

Has Twilight ruined all men’s chances? Babbling About Books, And More

Marketing Tips For Authors had two great posts this week - 8 Ways to Jump on Breaking News & 10 Ways to Stimulate Conversation About Your Book

Did you hear Brett’s back? One fan's take on his on-again/off-again NFL status- Jo-Jo Loves to Read

And I've been honored with a nomination for the BBAW! My little blog, written by an over-optimistic, stubborn redhead...

Thanks to everyone who has commented on my virtual tour thus far! I appreciate the support, both from fellow Bloggers, my fans, and my awesome hosts.

The tour continues through next Thursday. Please visit past hosts as well as upcoming spots:

Aug 11 J Kaye’s Book Blog & Giveaway
Aug 13 TexasRed Books
Aug 14 Genevieve's Blog
Aug 14 Jamieson Wolf
Aug 15 Jo-Jo Loves to Read & Giveaway
Aug 17Frenetic Reader
Aug 18-20 Always Something to Read & Interview & Review
Aug 19 Pudgy Penguin Perusals & Giveaway
Aug 21 The Story Siren
Aug 24 Ultimate Book Hound
Aug 25 Find Your Next Book Here
Aug 26 Belle of the Books
Aug 27 Kathy Erskine’s Blog



Very solid movie! This is indeed movie making at its finest. It's a twist on several themes, many of which you've seen before, but never like this and especially in a summer devoid of great movies. However, I can't say I loved it because it's not that type of film. District 9 is very dark and depressing. Excellent film though.


It's that time of year again - prepare for the cicadas!


  1. As always, Diane, some great links. I get dizzy sometimes from all that is out there in the internet-zone.

  2. Lovely picture of the cicada! :P

    Interesting article about the Kindle, and loved the Betamax comparison.

    Happy Friday!

  3. Woa - Awesome pic! Thanks for the links and leads, I'll have to bop in on your tour, too - what a great line-up!

    Marvin D Wilson

  4. Thanks everyone!

    Yes, it'll be interesting to see what happens with the Kindle. I remember Betas - even had one!

  5. Diane,

    Congrats on the BBAW nomination!

    Good luck,

  6. Thanks for the link round-up, Diane!

    Oh...Hurricane Bill. I keep forgetting about that guy (and I'm in NC, too.) Better turn the weather on....

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  7. I'm looking forward to checking out the links - especially the 10 Ways to Stimulate Conversation About Your Book. I could use some fresh ideas.

    I saw District 9 - which I knew was not my type of movie (my hubby's turn to pick) and ended up liking it because it did have some new twists. I'm pretty sure there will soon be a District 10 movie next.

  8. Thanks for the plug, Diane! That's quite a photo!

  9. Congrats on nomination. Love the locust photo. I have them hanging around my house. We wore them as jewerly when I was a child. I scare my own when I parade around with my locust jewerly on.

  10. Congrats on the nomination! I do like the cicada picture. We have one of my son when he was 5 years old. He was wearing a mesh tee shirt and had at least 20 cicada shells hanging off him. LOL.

    Great links, I love your Friday blogs. cheers!

  11. Allyn and Nancy, that's too funny!

    And thank you, everyone. Today's signing at the coast was fantastic - best I've ever done at that store - and I met some fantastic people.

  12. There was one of these locust shells on our mailbox last week. I have always been fascinated by them! I remember when I was little I would find them on the trees in my granny's yard in WV.

    Also...congratulations on your nomination! Best of luck!

  13. Congratulations on the nomination. Yay!

    And thank you for all the links. It's great to have you narrow down the millions out there so we know where to go to find out the latest and bestest.

    Straight From Hel

  14. Hi Diane!

    I have given you an award! You may pick it up here: