June 5th, 2009


And the winners are ...

First of all, thanks to everyone for the nice wishes on yesterday's post. I showed my ARC around my office like a proud mama showing off her baby, then I packed it up in a bubble envelope, and mailed it out into the world. The first copy is going to visit various Debs around the country, who will read it and write comments in it, then mail it back to me. I can't wait to see it again, battered and travel-worn, but full of Debsy goodness.

Thanks also to everyone who either participated in BAM, or watched patiently from the sidelines throughout May.

I enlisted my husband and son’s help in pulling names of winners out of a hat. (Er, bowl.)

Congratulations to the three winners, and I will be contacting you ASAP to arrange delivery of your prizes!

Decide if you want the little yellow guy or the little blue guy of these two keychains.


(Kelly Fineman)


(Kathleen of All the World’s a Stage)


(3rd grade teacher)

Oh, and I almost forgot that I was giving away one of my ARCs, so I had to go to an online random number generator, because I had already thrown away the paper nametags. (I don’t have enough ARCs to give one to each winner – I’m sorry!) The winner of an ARC of FLASH BURNOUT is ... Kelly Fineman! Hope you like it, Kelly.
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Playlist Madness!

It’s me again.

(It seems like every time I think I'll be absent from LJ, I start posting even more. ?!)

I’m still working on playlists, and I have a new question:

Which songs blew you away the first time you heard them?

There are lots of songs I love … but that I didn’t love immediately.

But some songs win me over instantly, for various reasons – passion, novelty, humor, some indefinable something.

Here are a few examples:

“Why”, by Annie Lennox. I first heard this song when she sang it live on “Saturday Night Live,” and that kind of raw, angry emotion, coming from a woman was still a little shocking.

“Creep,” by Radiohead. Oh the self-loathing! Oh the falsetto wailing! Oh Thom Yorke!

“Bring Me to Life,” by Evanescence. When I first heard this on the radio, I actually called the station to ask who the artist was.

“Breathe,” by Sia. Slurry singing backed by inexorable beats – just something seductive about it.

“Hot in Herre,” by Nelly. So funny! Plus, bonus: you can dance to it. I just love, “Girl, I think my butt gettin’ big!”

Okay, I could do this for hours, but I’ve got to get back to work.

Do me a solid and share songs that rocked your world from the very first.