Monday, July 18, 2011

Long overdue updates

My new cover!!
Affairs of Steak
coming January 3, 2012

I just love the covers Berkley comes up with! This one has a particularly sinister feel, don't you think? I'd have to say that this new story is a bit darker than prior Ollie adventures. But then again, this time she's assigned to work with Peter Everett Sargeant on a project. Poor Ollie!

As you probably know, I'm no longer posting weekly at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen. Do I miss it? Oh, yeah. Every day! But I have a couple of deadlines and I've fallen far, far behind. As much as it broke my heart to do it, I had to give up the kitchen. And I had to give up Killer Characters as well. Both blogs are fabulous places, and if you haven't already, I encourage you to get to know the wonderful authors there.

I don't want to disappear completely from the blogosphere so I'm going to do my best to post here more often than I have been doing. Yep, you've heard that one before. This time, however, with fewer commitments, I may be able to get posts up at least once a week (I'm shooting for more often). Of course I'll be talking about books, but also just regular stuff.

First of all - a writing topic. If you don't get the Chicago Tribune, or you didn't see this article, take a look here. My husband saw it in the paper yesterday and pulled it out for me. I think he's tired of all my punctuation complaints. I'm always chastising him for his misuse of apostrophes, and catching mistakes on signs. The nice thing about this article was the conversation it generated yesterday morning. My husband, youngest daughter, and I had a nice chat about serial commas. Pretty exciting life we lead, don't you think?

Second - health and wellness. My husband and I went to listen to a wellness coach at the local library last week. The guy, Tom Kens, is also a friend from our Toastmasters club so we had another good reason to go. The place was packed, and although Tom stressed a lot of healthy changes we already knew about, or had already adopted, he did offer a few tidbits of information that inspired us to try harder. The goal is not necessarily to lose weight - it's to eat healthier and be healthier. I'll update from time to time. Maybe...

Third - our family vacation. Yep, we survived. Three daughters, one minivan, two weeks. We visited Biltmore Estates, Colonial Williamsburg, Washington D.C. (lots more on that later), Boston, and Niagara Falls. Throughout all the driving, we listened to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on CD.

After two weeks of 24/7 companionship, we're all still quite fond of each other and we have a lot of great pictures to prove it. I'll share some stories in upcoming weeks.

Lastly - my trusty old desktop died when we got home. I had a long, nasty week trying to get a new one set up only to find out that it would hiccup (screen freeze) whenever I was typing. Of course, this problem didn't make itself known until I'd transferred all my files. Anyway, after hours on the phone with a tech, I wound up taking it back to Best Buy. I then headed directly to my nearest Apple store and bought a desktop there. Paid roughly twice as much for it, but peace of mind is worth a lot.

So, what's new with you?


Dru said...

I'm glad to see you posting even if it's on a weekly basis.

Not much is new with me. Just reading and planning for my next reader convention. Oh and finishing my latest quilt project.

I love the cover of the new Ollie book. Do you have a synopsis for it? A little dark? Cool.

Have a good week.

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks, Dru! I love your blue quilt. That's simply gorgeous! I should post a photo of a quilt our neighbor made for me when I was a little girl. It's one of my treasured keepsakes.

Synopsis... hmm... you know I think Berkley wrote one a while ago, but I don't know where it is. They write up such great little teasers. Much better than I could LOL

This time Ollie and Sargeant team up on a project for the First Lady. They expect to have problems working together. What they don't expect is to encounter a double murder. Worst of all, the killer knows what they know...

My best attempt on a Monday morning, Dru!

Shel said...

Love the cover, Julie! So sorry to hear about the demise of your desktop. I just went back to Windows from Mac, myself. What Mac did you get?
And Ollie and PES together?? Wellll ... guess I already know who the victim is... *grin*.

Julie Hyzy said...

LOL, Shel! At least you know there's no romance involved with those two!
I wound up with a plain old Mac Desktop with 21.5 inch (smallest available) screen. Nothing fancy. Not the cool new mini tower or whatever that's called. Just the basic. I think I could have been happy with a PC, except that immediate problem hit me where it hurt. I can deal with idiosyncrasies in Windows programs and having to keep my eyes open for viruses. I can can't deal with anything that affects actual writing. It may have been unique to that machine, but it also could have had something to do with loading Office 2003 on Windows 7. But I despise Office 2007. At least with this machine I have Office 2011 for Mac which is much, much better than 2007, IMHO.

More than you wanted to know, right? LOL

Anonymous said...

LOVE the cover! I added it to the book's listing at Goodreads! :)

Shel said...

Never more than I want to know, LOL. I sympathize, I really do. I've reinstalled Windows 7 TWICE in the last three weeks here;
once when I went back to it from Mac and once due to a bad hard drive. If I have to do it again anytime soon, I'm threatening mayhem.
The only thing I differ from you on is that I liked Office 2007 and adore Office 2010. But...I am a new software junkie, and I'm not using it to write novels, either! (For which we should all be incredibly grateful...*grin*).

Julie Hyzy said...

Thank you, Mississppimama!

Shel - Oh, ouch! Good luck!!

yabooknerd said...

LOVE the cover - so can't wait until January :)

Peter Rozovsky said...

Slightly darker, you say? Sounds like a well-done steak!
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

Julie Hyzy said...

Good one, Peter! Made me laugh!