Wednesday, June 24, 2009

News and Contest (repeat)

I've had some problems with my website and many, many e-mails from my site bounced. Because the problems seem to be fixed, I'm repeating the following news and contest announcement:

From my June 1, 2009 posting:

I've been promising myself that I would keep up on this blog and that I would do more to engage readers' attention. Today, June 1st, I'm following through on that promise.

First, the news: I've started another blog. This one will be strictly for recipes (and contests) and can be found here: http://whitehousechef.blogspot.com/

I'll be posting recipes from State of the Onion and Hail to the Chef, one at a time. I'll also add in a personal recipe here and there.

Second, the contest on this site:

Presidential Trivia.

How apt, right?
This contest will run from today through the end of June. Everyone who answers correctly will have their names put in a hat. At the end of the month, I'll draw out the winner. He/she will receive his/her choice of one of my books.

Choices are:
Artistic License (trade pb)
Deadly Blessings (trade pb)
Deadly Interest (hardcover)
Dead Ringer - written with Michael A. Black (hardcover)
These Guns For Hire - (hardcover anthology. My short story from this volume won a Derringer Award)
State of the Onion (mass market pb)
Hail to the Chef (mass market pb)

Okay, ready for the question? I'll start with an easy one:
To which of our presidents is this quote attributed?:

"Far better it is to dare mighty things - to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure - than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

If you type your reply in the "Comments" section, everyone will see your answer.

So, instead, please visit my website: www (dot) julieahyzy (dot) com and send it to me from there.
Thanks and good luck!!

Julie

Friday, June 19, 2009

Barry Nomination!

I have wonderful news! State of the Onion has been nominated for a Barry Award in the Best Paperback Original category! Woo-hoo!! I'm delirious with excitement. The winners of the Barry and of the Anthony Award (for which Onion is also a nominee), will be announced at Bouchercon in Indianapolis in October.

Want to know the truth? I don't want October to come too soon. I'm enjoying the nominee status so much that I don't want it to end. This is just so great. I'm just tickled and thrilled, not to mentioned honored.

The full list of Barry Award nominees is below. What an amazing group of writers and great collection of novels. I'm humbled to be in the company of so many greats - both here and on the Anthony list. To be honest, I'm in quite a state of disbelief!


The Barry Awards are named for one of the most ardent and beloved ambassadors of mystery fiction, Barry Gardner, and are voted on by the readers of MYSTERY NEWS and DEADLY PLEASURES. The 13th Annual Barry Awards presentation will take place at Bouchercon in Indianapolis, Indiana in mid-October. Further details will be announced as soon as available.


BEST NOVEL
TRIGGER CITY by Sean Chercover
THE DRAINING LAKE by Arnaldur Indridason
ENVY THE NIGHT by Michael Koryta
RED KNIFE by William Kent Krueger
THE CRUELEST MONTH by Louise Penny
DAWN PATROL by Don Winslow


BEST FIRST MYSTERY
THE KIND ONE by Tom Epperson
STALKING SUSAN by Julie Kramer
CITY OF THE SUN by David Levien
CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith
A CARRION DEATH by Michael Stanley
SWEEPING UP GLASS by Carolyn D. Wall

BEST BRITISH MYSTERY
A SIMPLE ACT OF VIOLENCE by R.J. Ellory
RITUAL by Mo Hayder
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson
SHATTER by Michael Robotham
BLEEDING HEART SQUARE by Andrew Taylor
BRUNO, CHIEF OF POLICE by Martin Walker

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
THE FIRST QUARRY by Max Allan Collins
MONEY SHOT by Christa Faust
STATE OF THE ONION by Julie Hyzy
THE BLACK PATH by Asa Larsson
SEVERANCE PACKAGE by Duane Swierczynski
ECHOES FROM THE DEAD by Johan Theorin

BEST THRILLER
COLLISION by Jeff Abbott
THE DECEIVED by Brett Battles
THE SURVIVOR (NO SURVIVORS in U.S.) by Tom Cain
FINDER by Colin Harrison
NIGHT OF THUNDER by Stephen Hunter
GOOD PEOPLE by Marcus Sakey

BEST SHORT STORY
"The Drought" by James O. Born (The Blue Religion)
"The Fallen" by Jan Burke (August EQMM)
"A Trace of a Trace" by Brendan DuBois (At the Scene of the Crime)
"A Killing in Midtown" by G. Miki Hayden (January/February AHMM)
"Proof of Love" by Mick Herron (September/October EQMM)
"The Problem of the Secret Patient" by Edward D. Hoch (May EQMM)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bike Ride in Napa

Curt and I took a trip to California last week. This was our first-ever vacation without the kids since our eldest was born. (They survived. So did we.) Our first stop was Monterey, for one night, then on to Yosemite for four days, and then finally to Napa Valley. Rather than provide a long, detailed description of the trip (I can see your eyes glaze over at the thought), I thought I'd just touch on a couple of highlights. And I see no reason to go in chronological order ;-)

So here we are, near the end of the vacation, early on our bike tour in Napa Valley.
That's Curt on the left, Lauren Kolbeck (who was a delight to get to know) and our guide "Just four more miles" Joan of Napa Valley Bike Tours. Joan may not have a good sense of mileage ... *everything* was just four more miles, even when it was closer to nine ... but she outpaced and out-biked all of us with ease. I was definitely the weakest link in this group and I appreciated everyone's patience when I needed to walk my bike that mile and a half straight up to the Rutherford Hill Winery. Lauren said she had to walk a bit, too, but she made it a whole lot farther than I did! Curt walked with me even though I knew he could press on longer. What a good guy!
Just as I got off the bike (about one-tenth of the way up) our youngest called to ask if she could have a Color Guard sleepover at the end of June. "Wow, you're out of breath, Mom," she said. I explained. "You're still on the bike ride? How long have you been on it?" When I told her we were getting close to three hours at that point, my then-sixteen-year-old actually sounded impressed. Little did I know that I had another three-plus hours to go before Curt and I gave up totally and requested a pickup from Paul and the van.


Here we are at the last stop we were able to manage before we called it quits.


Along the way we visited Sequoia Grove vineyards, and Elizabeth Spencer's as well. We bought olive oil at a neat little shop (I think it was called "The Olive Oil Store") that didn't charge for tasting, and some wine from the excellent Rutherford Hill. (Our favorite stop.) We had a great host at Rutherford. His name was John, but Lauren thought he looked more like a Bob. We all loved the Cabernet Sauvignon, and John suggested we try a little of their port. I don't care for port, but we followed his instructions: small sip, then a chocolate-covered blueberry, then another sip of port. Wow. Heaven! Yep, we bought the port and the blueberries ;-) And now we can't wait to have friends over to share the experience.

Our last stop was Saddleback. Not my favorite place mostly because the young woman in charge of the tasting seemed rather disappointed that we showed up there so close to closing time. She "made time" for us, however. But the experience left a bad taste in my mouth - and not from the wine.

Although we rode a lot longer than we'd originally planned -- we had signed up for a three-and-half hour ride, and wound up closer to six hours -- we had a wonderful time. Absolutely great.

The best part was the camaraderie, and all the laughs. Lauren and Joan were wonderful and I'm very glad to know them.

Would I do it again? Sure. But maybe next time I'd sign on for just an hour or two... and please, no more hills!

Monday, June 08, 2009

La Vie en Rose - Printers Row Lit Fest

We had a wonderful time this weekend. And, despite the rain, the endless refrain of "La Vie en Rose" (which was really quite lovely once the volume was set at a manageable level), and the economy, dedicated readers came out to the Printers Row Lit Fest in droves. There was even a wedding on site (the couple had their first date at Printers Row).

I'll try to add pictures here throughout the day.




Just before Printers Row Lit Fest 2009 opened on Saturday morning.






Jack Fredrickson, Sam Reaves, and Margery Flax






Another view...





Dinner Saturday night at The Italian Village Restaurant in Chicago's Loop. Tim Broderick, his wife, Kathy, and our bookseller, Augie Aleksy




From left: Jamie Freveletti, Cathy O'Connell, Judy Bobalik and Craig McDonald






Michael A. Black, Sara Paretsky, Bob Goldsborough and the back of Raymond Benson's head ;-)






Luisa Buehler smiles for the camera, while Margery Flax turns away. Another lovely view of the back of Raymond Benson's head. Is he camera shy?


SUNDAY




As usual, Jack Fredrickson holds women in thrall...




Margery Flax, Jamie Freveletti and Cathy O'Connell are back for more fun, more music, but less rain, on Sunday.





See what great things happen when authors agree to coordinate their outfits? Bookseller Lynda (seated), Michael A. Black, Bryan Gruley and Sean Chercover must have planned for weeks to get this just right.



The long busy weekend took its toll in the last couple hours.
Margery Flax and Michael Allen Dymmoch in their "We're tired" shot ;-)




Friday, June 05, 2009

What's my name again?

So, it looks as though my website is fixed. Both www.juliehyzy.com and www.julieahyzy.com are up and running again.

But that doesn't explain why I keep spelling my own name wrong.

Seriously. I've been typing e-mails so fast lately, that my name has been coming out "Juile" or "Jluie" or even "Jukie." My not-so-nimble fingers' favorite seems to be Juile. This has been happening for months.

I usually catch these mistakes before I hit "send" but not always. So if I e-mail you, and misspell my own name, please don't make too much fun of me. But I won't blame you if you do.

To be fair, I guess I shouldn't get upset by the many "Dear July," messages I receive, should I?

Anyway, I just wanted to vent a little at my own ineptitude. Does anyone else have this problem? Or am I totally weird?

Best always,
Jules

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Printers Row

While I'm here, let me remind everyone in the Chicago area that this weekend -- June 6-7, 2009 is Printers Row. Come down to Polk and Dearborn for a weekend of book browsing and fun. The Midwest Chapter of MWA will have a half-tent there. I'll be manning it just about all weekend, so please come by and say hello. We're at location "W" on Dearborn, just a bit north of Polk near the stage.

Centuries & Sleuths will be handling book sales for all participating MWA authors including:

Deb Baker
Albert Bell
Raymond Benson
Michael A. Black
Tim Broderick
Luisa Buehler
Sean Chercover
Kate Collins
Barb D'Amato
Michael Allen Dymmoch
Jack Fredrickson
Jamie Freveletti
Bob Goldsborough
Andrew Grant
Bryan Gruley
Betty Hechtman
Libby Fischer Hellmann
Craig McDonald
John McEvoy
Catherine O'Connell
Helen Osterman,
Sara Paretsky
Sam Reaves

We will be there, rain or shine!!

Cyberspace Gremlins

Some of you may have discovered that my website doesn't seem to be there anymore. It is, but not in exactly the same place. If you visit www.julieahyzy.com you'll find it. If you visit www.juliehyzy.com, you won't.

The website was set up to respond to both versions of my name, but somehow the version without my middle initial seems to have fallen off the grid. My friend and web-guru, Beth at Cincinnati Media, is looking into the problem, but until things get back to where they should be, please use the link with the "a."

Thanks!

Monday, June 01, 2009

News and Contest!

I've been promising myself that I would keep up on this blog and that I would do more to engage readers' attention. Today, June 1st, I'm following through on that promise.

First, the news: I've started another blog. This one will be strictly for recipes (and contests) and can be found here: http://whitehousechef.blogspot.com/
I'll be posting recipes from State of the Onion and Hail to the Chef, one at a time. I'll also add in a personal recipe here and there.

Second, the contest:
Presidential Trivia.
How apt, right?

This contest will run from today through the end of June. Everyone who answers correctly will have their names put in a hat. At the end of the month, I'll draw out the winner. He/she will receive his/her choice of one of my books.

Choices are:
Artistic License (trade pb)
Deadly Blessings (trade pb)
Deadly Interest (hardcover)
Dead Ringer - written with Michael A. Black (hardcover)
These Guns For Hire - (hardcover anthology. My short story from this volume won a Derringer Award)
State of the Onion (mass market pb)
Hail to the Chef (mass market pb)


Okay, ready for the question? I'll start with an easy one:

To which of our presidents is this quote attributed?:

"Far better it is to dare mighty things - to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure - than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

If you type your reply in the "Comments" section, everyone will see your answer.
So, instead, please visit my website: www (dot) julieahyzy (dot) com and send it to me from there. (Note the middle initial "a" in my website.)

Thanks and good luck!!
Julie