Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 2011 everyone

Courtesy of Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, the greatest New Year's song ever:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kirkus Best of 2010

Kirkus Reviews has named GONE 'TIL NOVEMBER one of the best books of 2010. Here's a link to their original review.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"15 Songs" - The Covers

Here's a sneak peek at the custom individual covers for the five random CD mixes I'll be sending out this week as part of the "15 Songs" giveaway contest. Deadline to enter is this Thursday (12/16) at 5 p.m. To be eligible, just stop by my official FaceBook page and post the title and artist of the first album you ever bought. I'll pick at least seven (and maybe more) winners at random.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

GONE 'TIL NOVEMBER trade paperback

The trade paperback edition of GONE 'TIL NOVEMBER - with a slightly tweaked cover (click above for larger view) - will be published by St. Martins/Minotaur Jan. 4, 2011. It's already available as a pre-order via Barnes & Noble, and will likely show up on Amazon and other sites before long as well. And, of course, the Kindle and Nook versions remain available.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

The "15 Songs" giveaway

My friends know me as an inveterate mix-tape maker and frustrated DJ. I've put together mix tapes and CDs for more than three decades for friends and acquaintances, sometimes thematically assembled to mark certain events (weddings, birthdays, etc), or holidays (I made an Xmas music compilation for seven years). I even compiled a CD to mark the publication of my novel GONE 'TIL NOVEMBER.

A recent FaceBook exchange with author David Corbett got me thinking about this "15 Song" chain e-mail making the rounds. The rules of the game are simple: "(1) Turn on your MP3 player or music player on your computer. (2) Go to SHUFFLE mode. (3) Write down the first 15 songs that come up - title and artist. First rule - be honest! Don't keep shuffling forward for "cooler" songs. This is a 'getting to know you' exercise. NO editing/cheating, please."

So here's the idea: Go to my official FaceBook page and Like/Join it (if you haven't already), then post the title and artist of the first album you ever bought. In return, five respondents will get a free personal mix CD from me of 15 random songs automatically generated by the "Shuffle"function of my iTunes library, with a unique cover and complete track listing. In keeping with the spirit of it, the five winners will be chosen at random as well, and each will get a separately generated mix. In this case, iTunes will play DJ, and I'll adhere to the rules above. Everyone's eligible.

The selections will be suitably eclectic. However, be advised I have a huge CD collection. There are more than 4,000 songs in my iTunes library at the moment, and I'll be adding more this week. The selections may range anywhere from rare live Springsteen to Tom Waits outtakes to Ennio Morricone and Philip Glass film music, Wynonie Harris jump blues, Charlie Haden jazz and surf guitar instrumentals. In short, they could be anything. But I guarantee it'll be a fun listen.

I'll choose the winners next Thursday (12/16) at 5 p.m., burn the discs that day and mail them out shortly afterward in time for the holidays. Happy listening.