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My 'Winter's Respite Read-a-thon' progress


Now that Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? has launched, I figured that I would do a little bit of pleasure reading. I just won a book in a Goodreads giveaway--it's always so fun getting that print copy in the mail--so I thought I would start that one. I also purchased some historical fiction off of BookBub that swirled around the world of barogue opera and never got to start it.

Yes, it is extraordinarily consuming publishing a novel--that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.

So, I have used this read-a-thon to dive into these two books:

Finding Harmony (Katie & Annalise #3) by Pamela Fagan Hutchins and Interrupted Aria: A Tito Amato Mystery by Beverle Graves Myers

Because I write contemporary fiction and just released a contemporary mystery, I suppose I am a little more critical of Finding Harmony. I keep comparing my mystery to hers, and I think I come out looking pretty good--though I do love her cover.

Also, as an opera wonk and opera performance reviewer for Bachtrack, Aria Interrupted is right up my alley. I love historical fiction and know that it is loads too difficult to write for me to ever attempt. Thus far Interrupted Aria is exquisitely written and informative--and I am just loving it.

So, thank you, Michelle, for forcing me to dig into some new fiction with your very cool Read-a-thon. I am having a blast so far.


Last prize up for grabs...DVD set of Tom Jones' old variety show

Today we've reached the end of our Totally Groovy Book Launch for WHO KILLED 'TOM JONES'? And in the eyes of some ardent fans, it's not unusual that I may have saved the best prize for last.

This collection is a fan fave on AmazonI've heard tell that "This Is Tom Jones: Legendary Performers" is a 3-DVD set of the best moments from Tom Jones old variety show on ABC from 1969 - 1971. It features clips of legendary entertainers such as Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Liza Minnelli--all of whom I LOVE.

Sir Tom (I am inscribing a signed copy of WHO KILLED 'TOM JONES'? to "Sir Tom") shows his versatility as a song stylist, going down home with Johnny Cash. 

Honestly, I really want to watch it myself right now since so many of Sir Tom's YouTube videos are mostly grainy and/or blurry.

If you are interested in this prize, just use the Rafflecopter widget below. Of course, you can go totally old school, too, and leave a comment on this blog post. I LOVE all of your comments, btw.

Just so you know, Rafflecopter will select four more winners once the giveaway is concluded. Each winner will have her (or his) choice of any one the following prizes featured this week on this blog:

  • The tie dyed apron 
  • The yoga pants
  • The Best of Tom Jones CD
  • The puffy shirt
  • "This is Tom Jones" volume 2 DVD set (3 discs)

And every person who enters is a winner! Not only because you read this blog, but also because you'll get a free ebook of WHO KILLED 'TOM JONES'? (Nook, Kindle, or PDF--your choice).

Totally devoted to puffy shirts and skin-tight pants,



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A puffy shirt, anyone? (You wanna be a pirate!)

This comes in lavender, aquamarine, and pink Today's prize is a pretty and elegant puffy shirt. 

Yes, a pretty one. We're not outfitting the Pirates of the Caribbean here. Though I have to say that a much younger version of myself liked that puffy shirted look on Sir Tom Jones.

This handsome gent is tribute artist Steve McCoy(And on his tribute artist Steve McCoy, the entertainer featured on the cover of WHO KILLED 'TOM JONES'?)

Though entertainers got away with the pirate look, it's just a tad over the top for men in real life.

Anyhoo, there are variations of the puffy shirt that look fun and flirty on women today--no pirate homage necessary.

So, if you'd like to win this cute little number, just leave a comment on this blog post or use the handy Rafflecopter widget below to increase your chances of winning.

Yours in pretty puffy shirts,




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Yoga pants, anyone? Today's super cute 'Tom Jones' giveaway

The band on the pants can be in any color--even black if you don't like the contrastWhat do yoga pants have to do with Tom Jones? Well, I doubt even he wears them, and we all know that he is the king of clingy pants.

There actually IS a connection to yoga pants and my new novel WHO KILLED 'TOM JONES'? One of the senior citizens who lives at the Finger Rest Home does yoga. And her yoga pants are pinched off the dryer and used to aid and abet a fugitive. (But that's all I can tell you. You really have to read the book if you want to know more. Where can you buy the book? On Amazon and Barnes & Noble, print & paperback.)

Aren't these particular yoga pants super cute? And the waist band can be in your choice of contrasting colors or also in black. And the wonderful thing about yoga pants is that you don't have to do yoga to wear them. (Although you might want to. I had a GREAT yoga class during Christmas break. I felt ten years younger after completing the five classes.)

You can win these pants by either using the Rafflecopter giveaway entry system below.

Or simply leave a comment on this blog post--the old fashioned way.

Namaste, y'all.

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Win a collection of Tom Jones best music! 

Today's prize is a great little collection of Tom Jones tunes all wrapped up in an album cover that'll weaken your knees.

In Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? Ellie Overton, the book's central character recalls her noticing the album cover, which was part of her mother's music collection:

When she entered her teenage years, she became preoccupied by his glamorously flamboyant appearance. She’d stare at some of his album covers like “The Best of Tom Jones,” the one in which he’s wearing (or barely wearing) a white tuxedo shirt unbuttoned to his trim waist, revealing all that gleaming, burnished skin. His overt sexuality made an indelible impression on her psyche without her fully appreciating the reasons why. 

Heaven, it's hard to keep your eyes in their sockets if you look at that image for any length of time.

It does offer a great collection of tunes. Here's what on the CD.

1.It's Not Unusual
2. What's New Pussycat?
3. Georgia On My Mind
4. I'll Never Fall In Love Again
5. Detroit City
6. Love Me Tonight
7. Ring Of Fire
8. Sixteen Tons
9. Kansas City
10. Promise Her Anything
11. Hold On, I'm Coming
12. Danny Boy

If you'd like to win this prize, use the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below. The more you entry points you get, the greater your chance or winning.

Or leave a comment on this blog post as to why you want to win today's prize.

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