Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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Diamond In The Rough (Bodie Kendrick - Bounty Hunter Book 3) - Kindle edition by Wayne D. Dundee. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.: Bodie Kendrick wasn't in time to stop the stagecoach from being ambushed, but he did manage to save the lives of the driver and most of the passengers. Among the latter was Amelia Gailwood, a freelance journalist working on "the story of a lifetime." In order to try and make sure her lifetime doesn't end too soon, Kendrick agrees to hire on as her protector while she continues to chase her story. The chase will take them from the gunfire-laced streets of a rowdy mining town, to the smoky mysteries of an opium den, across a punishing desert, and into beautiful but treacherous remote mountains. At the heart of their quest is a legendary gem from the time of Caesar and Cleopatra. But before they can lay claim to it so Amelia will be able to reveal it to the world and tell its fascinating history, they will have to survive betrayal from within and menace from fierce mountain Apaches—all the while eluding pursuit by a pack of hired guns who will stop at nothing to seize the stone for their unscrupulous employer.

Falling on Grenades: The Indestructible Jacklyn H. Lucas

Falling on Grenades: The Indestructible Jacklyn H. Lucas

Song of the Day

Brook Benton - Hit Record - YouTube:

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

But now it's the Burger Brawl.

And of course Texas Leads the Way!

Whataburger brawl caught on camera in Cypress: In an instant, the burger brawl was on.

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21 Reasons Why Texas Girls Are The Best

21 Reasons Why Texas Girls Are The Best

9 Lines in the Sand

9 Lines in the Sand: Borders, fences, fortifications, demarcations- whatever you call them, there are a lot of dividing lines in history. Here are some of the most famous.

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Iowa man threatened murder over music

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Andrew Shaw (Lawrence Block), Girls on the Prowl, Nightstand, 1961

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

www.wpxi.com: Police say it started after a server told them the groom; Mark Williams of Pittsburgh was touching her inappropriately at his wedding.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson, who is not responsible for the punctuation.  Neither am I, for that matter.

Dallas Murphy Interview

Ed Gorman's blog: Pro-File Dallas Murphy

10 Female Gangsters You Should Know About

10 Female Gangsters You Should Know About

Make Your Vacation Plans Now

Thousand crocodile theme park in Cyprus

Radioactive Boars WBAGNFARB

Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany 

Subversive Movie Musicals: An Essential List

Subversive Movie Musicals: An Essential List

16 Animated Movies You Totally Forgot Existed

16 Animated Movies You Totally Forgot Existed

Overlooked Movies: Shampoo

Shampoo was hit the screen in 1974, but it's set in 1968 on the day Nixon is about to be elected.  It's a sex farce, supposedly based (loosely) on a Restoration comedy.  Warren Beatty (sporting one of the best hairdos ever) plays George, a hairdresser that men assume to be gay. The women all know better, especially Jackie (Julie Christie), Jill (Goldie Hawn), and Felicia (Lee Grant).  So, apparently, does a quite young Carrie Fisher.  Felicia is the wife of Lester (Jack Warden), from whom George hopes to get some money to set up his own hairdressing business.  Jackie is George's former girlfriend and now Lester's mistress.  Jill is George's current steady, not that he's loyal to anybody, as he makes it with all three of them in the course of the movie.  I hope I have the relationships right.

Women want George.  All of them.  Carrie Fisher's comment is bleeped out of the trailer below, but I'll bet you know what it is.  George wants them, too, but what about true love?  Will George ever find it?  Will he grow up?  If you think you know the answers, you must have seen the movie, because this isn't like any current romantic comedy.  I don't want to say too much more.  It's very funny, and the cast is great.  I believe Lee Grant won an Oscar for her performance, and the movie was nominated in a lot of categories.  The script by Robert Towne's very good.  Hal Ashby directed.  It was a big hit when it was released, but now it appears to be pretty much forgotten.  If you haven't seen it, check it out.

Shampoo

Shampoo - Trailer (English) - YouTube:

Monday, September 01, 2014

Jimi Jamison, R. I. P.

NY Daily News: Jimi Jamison, the lead singer of arena rock band Survivor, has died of a heart attack at age 63, according to the band. 

Though he joined after the band’s biggest hit, “Eye of the Tiger,” was released, Jamison spent years as the main vocalist for the pop rockers after joining in 1984 and had even performed Saturday night in Morgan, Calif., south of the Bay Area.

New Poem at the Five-Two

The Five-Two: Joseph S. Pete: THE SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL IN GARY, INDIANA (1971-1978)

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

The Snake Den - Kindle edition by Chuck Tyrell. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.: Arizona, 1882. Falsely accused of theft, 14-year-old Shawn Brodie is sent to serve three years in the Hellhole called Yuma Territorial Prison. Caught between sadistic guards and vicious inmates, he comes in like a lamb to the slaughter. Will he live long enough to be a man? Perhaps, if his cellmate Shoo Lee can teach him how to survive…

Blog Tour -- Meet My Character

The lovely and talented Jan Grape tagged me to be a part of this blog tour.  I'm supposed to answer a few questions about one of my characters.  You can read Jan's answers here.  I wasn't going to tag anybody, but what the heck.  I'll tag James Reasoner.  He has about 40 dozen characters he could write about.  

1. What is the name of your character? Is he or she fictional or a historic person?  

Sheriff Dan Rhodes is about as fictional as they come.  I'd been interested for years in small-town law enforcement and small-town crimes, and one day I sat down to write a short story about a sheriff in a thinly populated Texas county.  The short story got too long to be a short story, so it became a novel and the novel became a series.  The sheriff's an intelligent, intuitive guy.  He's tall and maybe a tad overweight, but not much.  He might be the only sheriff in Texas who doesn't wear a cowboy hat and boots.  He's seen a lot of really bad old movies, and sometimes the people he meets remind him of characters in them.  He doesn't have a lot of high-tech crime-solving equipment, and he believes in old-fashioned methods -- talking to people and sifting through their stories.  Usually this works for him.

2. When and where is the story set?

The whole series, over 20 books now, is set in Blacklin County, Texas, a place just as fictional as Sheriff Rhodes.  I've lived in several Texas counties, and people from all of them seem to think that the books are set where they live.  This is probably a good sign.  The setting is contemporary, sort of.  There's probably no real-world county or law enforcement agency like mine anywhere.

3.  What should we know about him or her?

Besides what I've mentioned in the answer to #1, Rhodes is married to Ivy Daniel, who feeds him more healthy food than he likes.  He used to drink a lot of Dr Pepper, but he's still upset that he can't get it from Dublin, Texas, where it was once made with real sugar, so he's not drinking it now.  He has the unfortunate habit of picking up cats and dogs in the course of his work and taking them home with him.  He has a civilian friend, Seepy Benton, a college math teacher who thinks he's a qualified law enforcement officer (and who believes this should be called the Seepy Benton series and not the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series).

4. What is the conflict?  What messes up his or her life?

Murder, usually, but there are a lot of problems in small towns, ranging from feral pigs to donkeys and goats on the loose.  Or alligators.  You never know what a sheriff will be called on to take care of. 

5. What is the personal goal of this character?

Being a sheriff, he wants to enforce the law.  Simple as that.  Now and then he likes to watch an old movie or have a good meal.

6. Can we read about this character yet?

He's been around since 1986 or so.  The only problem is that not enough of you are reading about him yet.  So get busy and buy some books.  The sheriff and I need all the help we can get.

7. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

The current book, just published in August, is Half in Love with Artful Death.  Next August, the sheriff will be back in Between the Living and the Dead.



Small Businesses Don't Stand a Chance Anymore

Raccoons, Skunks For Sale End With Arrests  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

11 Stores That Used to Sell Unexpected Items

11 Stores That Used to Sell Unexpected Items

Interview with Anonymous-9

BITE HARDER: THE ONE-WORD QUESTIONS INTERVIEW W/ ANONYMOUS-9 

Song of the Day

The Righteous Brothers - Little Latin Lupe Lu - YouTube:

10 Great Hoaxes

10 Great Hoaxes: You Can Fool Some of the People All of the Time… 

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200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

Bill Hader's List of 200 Movies Every Comedy Writer Should See

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Clyde Allison (William Knoles), Flesh Is My Undoing, Nightstand, 1960

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Texas firefighters perform random act of kindness that touches grieving family  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

What NYC Restaurant Menus Looked Like 100 Years Ago Vs. Today

What NYC Restaurant Menus Looked Like 100 Years Ago Vs. Today

‘Being eternally known as James Bond has no down side’

Roger Moore: ‘Being eternally known as James Bond has no down side’

11 Totally Weird Buildings From Around the World

11 Totally Weird Buildings From Around the World

Sandy Wilson, R. I. P.

NYTimes.com: Sandy Wilson, the British composer and playwright whose hit musical “The Boy Friend” starred Julie Andrews in her Broadway debut, died on Wednesday in Taunton, England. He was 90.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Why is North Always Up on Maps?

Why is North Always Up on Maps? 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Great Emu War

The Great Emu War 

Song of the Day

Wonderful Time Up There.Pat Boone.HQ Audio - YouTube:

How Many Of These Authors' First Novels Have You Read

How Many Of These Authors' First Novels Have You Read

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What's Your Favorite Part of the Squirrel, Miss Stephanie?*

How to Cook Squirrel Brains  

*Yes, this is another obscure reference that only one or two of you will get.  I can't help myself.

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Jimmy Starr, Three Short Biers, Bart House, 1945

10 Forgotten Horses In History

10 Forgotten Horses In History

It's About Time

Ed Wood, B-Movie King, Gets a Film Retrospective   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

How A Demolished Wall Led To The Rediscovery Of An Underground City

How A Demolished Wall Led To The Rediscovery Of An Underground City

First It Was the Thin Mints Melee

Woman accused of trying to burn down ex's home with bacon

Jeff and Deb will like her name.

Gator/Croc Update (Genetic Link Edition)

Lubbock Avalanche-JournalTech researchers reveal genetic link of alligators and crocodiles

It turns out the people who tend to have trouble distinguishing alligators from crocodiles had it right all along.