Saturday, June 02, 2007

Another One for the YouTube Addicts

Dubbya "singing" John Lennon...and Lou Reed.

Calling All N.C. Hellions!

Your Humble Blogger will be sharing the spotlight this Tuesday night at 6:00 at the Cameron Village Library with NC Authors Margaret Maron, Sarah Shaber, and Alex Sokoloff. In the presence of that much talent, I might just shut up and listen for a change. Come on down!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Good Start. Now Call Us.

Sci-fi writers join war on terror - USATODAY.com: Looking to prevent the next terrorist attack, the Homeland Security Department is tapping into the wild imaginations of a group of self-described "deviant" thinkers: science-fiction writers.

"We spend our entire careers living in the future," says author Arlan Andrews, one of a handful of writers the government brought to Washington this month to attend a Homeland Security conference on science and technology.

Those responsible for keeping the nation safe from devastating attacks realize that in addition to border agents, police and airport screeners, they "need people to think of crazy ideas," Andrews says.

It's a great idea. Now, Homeland Security, may I suggest you tap into another potential brain trust? By which I mean thriller writers. I mean, who spends more time trying to think up ways for evil people to wreak havoc on a huge, even global scale (other than, say Osama bin Laden)?
Of course, thriller writers think about more than just nefarious plans...they think up ways to successfully thwart them.

Think about it...when Condi Rice testified that no one imagined the idea of using airliners in suicide attacks, how many of you immediately thought "Tom Clancy did." I myself have figured out a way to sneak bladed weapons through metal detectors that I think is pretty much foolproof.


Call me.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

UNLEASH HELL!

GOOD DAY IN HELL, that is, which is being unleashed upon an unsuspecting world today in paperback. Grab you a couple. They make great gifts.

In case you'd forgotten:

Fast-paced and rich in regional color, this satisfying thriller is notable for its empathetic portrayal of the two emotionally damaged protagonists, each struggling with past trauma.
-Publisher's Weekly


Rhoades portrays unrepentant, psychotic killers but manages to make us feel, almost against our will, the human hearts that beat within their violent souls.
-Booklist

Enjoy!

Sunday, May 27, 2007