The envelope please.
And the winners are: (pregnant pause here. The audience holds its collective breath)
Doris Shane and Jane McDonald for their reviews of Bikini Baristas. (The audience goes wild. Doris and Shane make their way to the podium.)
Well that’s it. I want to thank all of you who entered the Bikini Baristas Review Contest. I’m afraid that four of you didn’t read the directions and didn’t send me your email addresses. However, don’t worry; Dawn didn’t pull your names from the hat. And I should mention that we used my “Hannibal Lector” Panama hat for the drawing.
What, you ask, are the prizes?
I sent Doris and Jane four mystery/thriller novels by authors who deserve to be better known. I hope that they will enjoy them and tell their friends about them.
Red Island by Lorne Oliver
A Dead Red Cadillac by RP Dahlke
Low Tide` by Dawn Lee McKenna
The Road to Key West by Michael Reising
Both winners also got a $40.00 gift certificate to Amazon.com. (I hope that they will spend it buying MY books.)
I can’t tell you how happy it made me to get so many reviews, and so many 4 and 5 star reviews, the first week the book was published. Thank you all. You’ve made me a happy pappy.
In the meantime, I have completed the first draft of a standalone Catrina Flaherty Mystery. This one is about a man whose two wives die in mysterious accidents. Just the kind of case Cat loves. We’re using the working title of The Barrett Murders for now, but I hope we can come up with a better name.
I’m in the editing phase of the book and my team is working on the cover now.
Watch for it in mid-September.
All these years later, Katie calls me and asks if I want to go on that trip with her. How could I pass that up? Take that, Mama.
She’ll start in the Bay area with the Giants and A’s, then drive down to L.A. where I’ll join her for a Dodger game. Then on to San Diego where we’ll take in a Padres game. We’ve already seen the Angel’s park.
After the ballpark tour, Katie will spend a month in Mexico, then fly back to Seattle for a conference. When she is done with her presentation, she will fly to Ecuador, Peru and Columbia.
While she’s gone, we’re kitty-sitting her cat, Kiva. Kiva arrived yesterday. We picked her up at the airport and brought her home. She immediately hid under the bed, coming out only for food, water and the litter box. By this afternoon, she has ventured into the hallway to check out our apartment.
Wait until we move back onto the boat. That should really confuse her.
That’s it for now. I hope you are all having a great summer.