Monday, March 02, 2015

31 Fairly Obscure Literary Monsters

31 Fairly Obscure Literary Monsters  

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It's Texas Independence Day!

Texas Independence Day in United States: Texas Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the state’s independence declaration. It is an annual legal holiday in Texas, in the United States, on March 2. March 2 also marks Texas Flag Day and Sam Houston Day, although these are special observances rather than legal holidays.

Female Writers Who Had To Hide Their Gender

Female Writers Who Had To Hide Their Gender

Song of the Day

Fats Domino - Fell In Love On Monday - YouTube:

'Sharknado 3': Update

'Sharknado 3': Mark Cuban, Ann Coulter: 'Sharknado 3' Sets President and Vice President Roles

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback - March 2nd, 1965

Forgotten Hits: 50 Year Flashback - March 2nd, 1965

Today's Vintage Ad


Under the Lights: The First Baseball Game Played at Night

Under the Lights: The First Baseball Game Played at Night

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Richard Condon, Some Angry Angel, Crest, 1961

No one could see the color blue until modern times

No one could see the color blue until modern times

New Poem at the Five-Two

The Five-Two: David S. Pointer: PASSING ON A POSSIBLE CAREER-ENHANCING INTERVIEW FAÇADE

Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”

Stephen King’s “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”

Includes You Tube Video of the Song

Playback.fm | #1 Song On Your Birthday

A Is for Aardvark

Why The Aardvark May Be The Strangest Creature On Earth

Overlooked Movies -- White Lightning

A couple of years ago I talked about Gator, a dandy B-movie from the '70s starring Burt Reynolds, who plays a character named Gator McKlusky.  Burt returned for the sequel, White Lightning, also a dandy B-movie.  

Gator's in prison at the film's opening, but ain't nobody goin' to kill his brother and get away with it.  So Gator's going to cooperate with the Feds and get the dirty bastards, including Ned Beatty as the crooked sheriff and R. G. Armstrong as Bear, his enforcer.  That's about it for the plot, but when you have Burt at his charming best and a whole bunch of really great car chases and stunts (the finale is a real treat), you don't need much more.  If you do, though, there's some romance with the alluring Jennifer Billingsley (great line in the trailer) and a great cast that includes Diane Ladd, Bo Hopkins, and John Steadman, among a lot of others.  Don't blink or you might miss the screen debut of Laura Dern.

They really knew how to do this kind of thing back in the '70s, and Reynolds was made for parts like this.  Did I mention that I miss the old days?




White Lightning

White Lightning (1973) - HQ Trailer - YouTube:

Free for Kindle for a Limited Time

The Tower - Kindle edition by Helen Haught Fanick. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.: Lara Benedict, a mystery writer whose career is blossoming, finds herself in the middle of a real-life mystery when her cousin, Sam Hamilton, is accused of murder. Sam insists that Jim Scott, a local handyman, died as the result of an accidental fall, but the prosecuting attorney is moving forward with the case against Sam. Lara has returned to the village of Pine Summit in order to help figure out what actually happened to Jim Scott, and she’s disturbed to discover that her ex-fiancé, Daniel Riley, is the assistant prosecutor who’s handling the case against Sam. 

It’s been nearly a year since the handyman died—why the unexpected murder charge against her cousin now? Does it have anything to do with the fact that Sam is married to the dead man’s widow? Or are there other, more devious, circumstances involved? 

Jim Scott died when he fell from the tower at the corner of Lara’s family home. While trying to solve this mystery, Lara discovers that the tower holds an even greater secret, one that’s putting her life in danger. She’ll have to uncover the truth about both of the tower’s secrets in order to save Sam—and herself.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

New Getting Away with Murder Now Online

GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER #100 MARCH 2015

Orrin Keepnews, R. I. P.

SFGate: Orrin Keepnews, the celebrated jazz record producer who nurtured the work of great musicians like Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins and put out a stack of classic albums by them and other major artists, died Sunday at his El Cerrito home. He was 91 and had been in ill health.  

Hat tip to Art Scott.

2015 Derringer Award Nominees

My Little Corner: 2015 Derringer Award Nominees

10 Real-Life Female Spies Who Deserve Their Own Movie Franchises

10 Real-Life Female Spies Who Deserve Their Own Movie Franchises  

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Minnie Minoso, R. I. P.

AOL.com: CHICAGO (AP) - Minnie Minoso, who hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat when he became major league baseball's first black player in Chicago in 1951, has died, the Cook County medical examiner said Sunday.

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

Song of the Day

There's Still Time Brother by Bill Courtney on 1959 RCA Victor 45. - YouTube:

The 5 coolest NASA missions that never happened

The 5 coolest NASA missions that never happened  

Annoying slideshow warning.

Today's Vintage Ad


The Time When Pre-Sliced Bread Was Banned in the United States

Pre-Sliced Bread Was Once Banned in the United States

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Clarence E. Mulford, Hopalong Cassidy, Dell, 1947

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The 50 Best Movies About Hollywood 

Piltdown Man, Beringer’s lying stones, dinosaurs… are they all hoaxes?

Piltdown Man, Beringer’s lying stones, dinosaurs… are they all hoaxes?

Stone Age Update

Stone Age Britons imported wheat in shock sign of sophistication

Vintage Treasures: Echoes of Valor III, edited by Karl Edward Wagner

Vintage Treasures: Echoes of Valor III, edited by Karl Edward Wagner

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Free for Kindle for One Day Only

The Perfect Coed (Oak Grove Mysteries Book 1) - Kindle edition by Judy Alter. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.: Susan Hogan is smart, pretty—and prickly. There was no other word for it. She is prickly with Jake Phillips and her Aunt Jenny, the two people who love her most in the world. And she is prickly and impatient with some of her academic colleagues and the petty jealousies in the English department at Oak Grove University. When a coed’s body is found in her car and she is suspected of murder, Susan gets even more defensive. But when someone begins to stalk and threaten her—trying to run her down, killing the plants on her deck, causing a moped wreck that breaks her ankle—prickly mixes with fear. Susan decides she has to find the killer to save her reputation—and her life. What she suspects she’s found on a quiet campus in Texas is so bizarre Jake doesn’t believe her. Until she’s almost killed. The death of one coed unravels a tale of greed, lust, and obsession.

A Short History of The Gunsmith & an Update -- Robert J. Randisi

OUR MAN CLINT

The Gunsmith Continues

By Robert J. Randisi, aka J.R. Roberts

It was a bloodbath, probably fitting, given how long adult westerns and men's adventure paperbacks have been spilling blood within their pages.  But in one fell swoop publishers, with seeming disregard for the readers—or the readers that were left, anyway—cancelled all the Adult Western series—notably the long running Longarm and Gunsmith series—and mens adventure series—most notably, the Mack Bolan series.  This move, as of April of 2015, will not only rob loyal readers of the adventures of Custis Longarm and Mack Bolan, but will also put entire stables of writers out of work. Both series, along with many others, were written by multiple writers, having supplied work for many working writers for a good 40 years.  In fact, the Adult Western genre not only invigorated the western genre and kept it alive, but provided income for dozens of writers over the years. And now it’s the end of an era for all of them . . .


. . . except The Gunsmith.

Why?

Very simple answer. For the most part, the Gunsmith was created and written by one man. When Charter Books contacted me in 1981 and asked me if I could create an Adult Western series for them, I jumped at the chance.  I created a bible and, when it was approved, signed a two book contract.  Then a contract for a third.  And then they called me and said they wanted to go into the genre whole-heartedly, and could I write a book a month.  I was 30 years old, had no idea if I could write a book a month, but I said “Yes!”

I started writing under the pseudonym J.R. Roberts.  When I attended my first Western convention I discovered what anomaly the Gunsmith and I were. There were several other monthly adult westerns running at the time, and they were being written by three or four writers under a single house name. A “house name” is a name used by many authors on one series.  My “J.R. Roberts” nom de-plume was a pseudonym used by one person, not a house name. (It was only after Berkley Books purchased Charter Books and wanted to keep the Gunsmith going that they asked if they could hire two more writers, just to build up an inventory. The writers were to be approved by me, and I was to own even those books which I did not write, and receive a royalty. It made me even more of an anomaly in the genre. Once we had built up a one year inventory, I went back to writing all the books.).

And I have done so since then, for over 32 years.  Gunsmith #1: Macklin’s Women came out in January of 1982, and there has been a Gunsmith every month since then.  Berkley Books decided to end of the run in April of 2015 with #399, and I was given enough warning so that I was able to place the series elsewhere and assure that Gunsmith #400 would appear in May of 2015, with no break in the action.  They will appear with a new cover design in ebook for from Piccadilly Publishing, and in paperback from Western Trailblazers.  And Our Man Clint will go on appearing in a book a month for as long as my flying fingers can flex.

So to those loyal Gunsmith readers who pick up up each and every month, you may continue to do so, with heartfelt thanks from me, and from Our Man Clint Adams.

I should also thank Charter Books, where it all started, and then Berkley Books, which has kept the series going all these years, as we all move on to the next bend in the road.




NTTAWWT

Seattle doctor disciplined for sexting during surgery   

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Histories of—and Stories Behind—8 Movie Studio Logos

The Histories of—and Stories Behind—8 Movie Studio Logos

Song of the Day

Demons and Witches - YouTube:

The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review 

Today's Vintage Ad


12 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

12 Celebrity #TBT Photos You May Have Missed This Week

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Harry Whittington, Halfway to Hell, Avon, 1959

Independent bookstores in Houston are doing well

Independent bookstores in Houston are doing well 

Peter Pan is the book with the nation's favourite opening line

Peter Pan is the book with the nation's favourite opening line

NTTAWWT

Air marshals' flight schedules rearranged for sexual trysts 

Once Again Texas Leads the Way

Man arrested while wearing "I do dumb things" t-shirt

Literature from Librarians: Great Reads Written by the Experts

Star Man’s Son by Alice Mary (Andre) NortonLiterature from Librarians: Great Reads Written by the Experts: This is a unique reading list - these books were all written by librarians and most of them were recommended to us by librarians. If any profession is well qualified to write books then librarians truly fit the bill.