One of the things I have been trying to improve on is visiting more blogs each week.
Doing this has led me to some very interesting blog posts so I am going to use
Saturday Surfin” to bring some of these posts to your attention.
This past week was the 30th Anniversary of Celebrating the Freedom to Read Banned Books. Sheila at Book Journey organized a fantastic week of posts and giveaways. There is still time to enter if you do it today! Click here and scroll through a whole week of posts and travel around to several other blogs too. Great job Sheila!!!
I received a very interesting email this week from James Houston Turner, author of Greco’s Game. I took part in his Blog Tour a couple of weeks ago. He has had a number of requests for more background stories about Talanov during his KGB years (when he was a spy for America), He is planning to release a Talanov novella early next year. The title is The Spanish Agenda, and it originates from an anecdotal comment made in Greco’s Game.
Talanov knew it was his own fault that he was in this predicament. If only he’d not gotten involved with Tash, the whore who had drugged and robbed him. If only he’d done what he set out to do, which was retrieve his wallet and leave. But no, he had to stick up for her and place his entire future in jeopardy. What the hell was he thinking?
Andrea would have stuck up for her, and in his former days, before her murder, he would have, too. In those days, he cared. These days, he did not. So why had he made such a stupid decision? Why had he gotten involved? It wasn’t simply because she was a woman. Well, maybe, partly. She was, after all, being picked on by a much bigger man. So maybe that was part of it, although not all of it, because he had once shot a woman in Spain who was trying to kill him, and she would have if he’d hesitated.
1986. What really happened in Spain?
He plans to send a free eBook copy of this novella to about one hundred people who will agree to read it and then post a comment on Amazon prior to its general release. Thumbs up or down, short or long – it doesn’t matter. Participants can say anything they want. His goal: to get people talking. His gamble: that people will like it!
Would you like to receive a free copy of this e-book novella. All you have to do is respond with a “Yes” (plus their email address) via my website contact page: www.jameshoustonturner.com/contact.htm. Early in 2013, they will receive a FREE eBook copy of The Spanish Agenda. All I ask in return is that participants read it and post their comments on Amazon. That’s it.
Well almost! He is making this very interesting by adding a contest. Whoever helps me acquire the most readers will get a book character named after them in either novel #3 of my Talanov thriller series – Dragon Head – or #4 – “Book X” (the story is outlined, but I am withholding the title for now). All your readers need to do is say, “Lori sent me,” in the comments section of my contact page before clicking “Submit”.
BTW, HE NEVER shares email addresses with anyone. Never. And HIS only purpose here is to be able to offer free eBooks, occasional news updates and special offers to readers — in many ways similar to the Kindle Fire and free books offers for followers on HIS blog tour. There will be no “selling” or flood of emails. That’s a promise.
Also there is still time to enter the giveaways from his tour. The contests end October 12. Click Here and fill out the Rafflecopter form.
This one has nothing to do with books. I am a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan but did anyone else think the network messed up the start of this season? Shouldn’t the episode we saw this week been shown first and then last week’s this week? All the jumping back and forth was confusing.
People on Facebook are kind of split. The show’s were good but I think could have been so much more powerful if reversed.
Are you a fan? What did you think? I would love to hear your thoughts!
That’s it for week 3 of Saturday Surfin’. If you see some posts you feel should be shared please leave the links in the comments section for people to visit. The weeks are too short to travel to all the wonderful blogs in the blogosphere but together we can help find and direct each other to at least a few.