Sunday, February 27, 2011


Gini Koch's Blah Blah Blah Blog on February 8th! I know, I know, I'm sooooo tardy. But the IMPORTANT part is that the winners (thanks to a random # picker on the Web) are [insert drum roll, please]: Lisa Lingenfelter Dovichi and JoAnna Halpin Becker!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Matrimony on a $5.00 Bet

It's the late 1920s.  A tall and slender young woman with firey red hair and bright blue eyes wears a standard waitress uniform-- dress snug at the waist and a small white apron-- and wipes down the counter at a nameless diner in a southern Indiana town.  Calvin Coolidge is President, and this is middle-class America, conservative, small and blue-collar.  She's beautiful and cocky, and when the other woman working with her remarks on a good-looking man at the end of the counter and tells the redhead she doesn't stand a chance, the redhead arches an eyebrow and says...

"I'll bet you five dollars I can get him to marry me."

Three days later, the redhead and the man at the end of the counter are married.  Two weeks later the marriage is annulled. 

The redhead collects her five dollars and smiles.  The Great Depression is on its way, bread is ten cents a loaf, and this five spot is a heck of a lot of money.

The redhead's name is Kate, although she'll ultimately be more comfortable with just Kay.

My  Grandmother.

(Originally posted in Red Room by me February 23, 2011, 10:26 am)

Friday, February 18, 2011


Where?  Yuma, Arizona at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

There will be giveaways and a costume contest.  There are zombies shambling around.  There are zombie drinks such as the Zombie Blood, Graveyard Dirt, Ghostly Mist and The Cure, and a snack, the Zombie Heart, in the Cafe.

And in the midst of it all, authors Yvonne Navarro and Weston Ochse try desperately to do their part by signing books and passing zombie judgment.

Please, we beg you.  Be there to help us save this small city. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Come on, people! Last day or two to win a copy of HIGHBORN (which, by the way, got a fantastic review in the February issue of LOCUS!). Pop on over to Gini Koch's BLAH BLAH BLAH blog to find out how!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The BLAH BLAH BLAH Interview!!!

Yes, it's happening right now, at this very same immediate SECOND! What? you ask (of course you did). Why, a very, uh, "telling" interview of The Husband (Weston Ochse) and myself over at Gini Koch's BLAH BLAH BLAH Blog. So check it out, then come back and leave a comment here. Why? you ask (of course you did). Well, there's a very good reason... but you'll have to read the interview over there to find out!

(And for those of you who left comments below, yes, the all-seeing Eye of Von is upon them and they have been noted!)

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