Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wednesday Scramble

Tomorrow's Guest

Laura DiSilverio is on her virtual book tour for the first mystery in the Mall Cop series, Die Buying. She will be my guest tomorrow, so I hope you'll join us and see what Laura has to say about a writer's purpose in life.

The Cosy Knave

Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen’s novel The Cosy Knave has just been released as an ebook on Smashwords and for Kindle. Other e-reader versions are coming soon.

Those of you who follow Dorte's blog, djskrimiblog, are already aware, but if this Danish teacher and mystery writer is not already on your radar, you might want to check her out (and her book launch relay race as well). I love her book's cover art so much I'm posting it here:

Rachelle Gardner's blog

Literary agent Rachelle Gardner has more how-tos posted on her blog this week. Check out How to Write a Query Letter and How to Market Your Book.

The marketing post is WordServe's first Parade of Blogs where the agency asks its clients to write a on a given topic and then Rachelle provides the links on her own blog. I really liked finding this list of writerly blogs (not to mention the chance to discover new books for my TBR stacks--as if I didn't have enough unread books in my house and on my Kindle already).

Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt

I still have yummy frozen concoctions on the brain, so when I spotted this recipe for Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream at Angela's Foodie Road Show, I had to check it out. I already have the coconut milk but now I'm on the hunt for chocolate peanut butter. I think our Saturday morning Farmer's Market usually has a stall featuring homemade peanut butters, so I plan to try there first.

Since I'm not a vegan, I may have to try the chocolate peanut butter in a frozen yogurt as well. If it doesn't set up well, I can always drink the mixture like a smoothie.

What I'm Reading

Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. This one is sandwiched between Sophie Littlefield's latest Stella Hardesty mystery, A Bad Day for Scandal, and Sandra Balzo's first Main Street mystery, Running on Empty.

And Finally, Nathan Bransford's Words of Wisdom

Here is his "The Solution for Every Writing Problem That Has Ever Existed."


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - Thanks for all of these "heads-up"s. I am so excited for Dorte's book launch, and thanks for pointing out Rachel's blog, too. Such helpful stuff! And I'm looking forward to Laura's post tomorrow.

Hope you'll let us know if you find that chocolate peanut butter :-).

Dorte H said...

Thank you so much for mentioning my book!

And every time I see posts like this, I am *so* happy I didn´t go for a professional cover artist. I´ll let my blog friend know how many people rant about her wonderful picture :D

Jemi Fraser said...

I loved Nathan's advice! Rachelle always has such great advice on her site :)

Elspeth Antonelli said...

When I saw Nathan's post a few days ago I groaned. It's just so true. But WHY isn't there a magic solution? It's just not fair.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Dorte -- you're very welcome. I think you made a great choice on that photo for your cover.

Margot -- I'll definitely let you know about the peanut butter.

Jemi and Elspeth -- It's painful to see such simple advice and know it's the only way...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chocolate peanut butter? Now that sounds tasty.

Morgan Mandel said...

I hope you'll also mention this tomorrow on Facebook so I'll remember to come over to see about Die Buying. I love the title.

Morgan Mandel

Jina Bacarr said...

Pat, you've got to give us all the yummy details when you find the chocolate peanut butter!

Rachel's blogs are excellent--bookmarked the post with links to her clients' post about marketing your books. Thank you!


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Marlena Cassidy said...

Thank you for all the links, Patricia! I bookmarked Rachelle's blog so that I can refer back to it when I'm ready to write my query letters. And the ice cream sounds delicious. Good luck with it!

Helen Ginger said...

What a fabulous list of links, Patricia. Thank you!

Patricia Stoltey said...

You're all so welcome! Thanks for coming by to check out this week's Wednesday Scramble.

I'll work on tracking down that chocolate peanut butter this weekend -- I have at least three Farmer's Markets I can visit.

Anonymous said...

I haven't visited Nathan Bradford's blog in a while. I'll stop by as he usually has something practical and useful to say.