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February 28, 2010

Elizabeth Somer lands in the LA Times!

"It's time for a diet makeover. Included in [EAT YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS] is advice we hear from many quarters today...But [Elizabeth Somer] also goes further, quantifying what we should aim for and including research to back up her claims. She outlines an ideal diet"
- Los Angeles Times

February 22, 2010

A starred review for the O.C.

Publishers Weekly is down with ORANGE COUNTY NOIR, edited by Gary Phillips:

“There's a dark side to most places,” even California's sunny Orange County, Edgar-winner T. Jefferson Parker observes in his foreword to this outstanding entry in Akashic's noir series, one of the stronger of the all-original anthologies. The crisp, often seductive prose of the 14 contributors, most of them relatively unknown, is a tribute to the critical judgment of the editor, whose own assured story, “The Performer,” involves a heist at a dog food factory that ends with more than one surprise. Robert Ward, a writer-producer for such TV shows as Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice, offers some wicked twists in “Black Star Canyon,” in which a fictional alter ego gets bounced from the program he created. Gordon McAlpine uses his narrator's job as a security officer at Disneyland in “The Happiest Place” as an effective catalyst for a classic noir plot of betrayal. Other notable tales include Susan Straight's “Bee Canyon” and Dick Lochte's “The Movie Game.” (starred review)

February 19, 2010

Girls with Dreams go for The Scoop

Girls With Dreams has a wonderfully candid review, by a teen girl:

"[Dr. Jennifer Ashton's THE BODY SCOOP FOR GIRLS is] a great book for girls who don’t talk to their mom, who don’t like to talk about this stuff, or who don’t have anyone to talk to. I think girls can be embarrassed about some stuff and sometimes just simply reading about it and knowing you’re not alone make things better.

I think the author did a good job and giving examples of girls she has talked with and not being like a mom and more of “here is what is best, you don’t have to do what I say but this is what I think you should do” It’s not a book all about telling, it’s more about advising. It’s not only a book teens can read, but adults can read it too, I’m sure they can learn something from it, plus they can see exactly what teens are going through."

An Agatha nomination

Stefanie Pintoff has done it again!

Not only is her debut novel IN THE SHADOW OF GOTHAM nominated for an Edgar, but it's also up for an Agatha award.

Winners will be announced May 1 at Malice Domestic.

Seeing the whole (grain) picture

Elizabeth Somer is a special guest on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act to address "women’s top three wishes with food, managing our weight and cravings, better moods & looking and feeling our best." If you missed the segment on Jan. 25, it airs again on Feb. 23 and March 22.

Check out the healthy recipes and learn more in Elizabeth's book EAT YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS.

February 9, 2010

Tuesdays with Tyrus

Check out this dapper writer on the right. What do you want to bet that he has mysterious things to say about the Super Bowl, interrobangs, and authority figures?

Give a listen here.

February 8, 2010

Buy, baby, buy!

The beloved Buy buttons are restored to Macmillan titles! The hostage crisis has come to an end!

February 7, 2010

Come see Elizabeth Somer

... at Legacy Books tomorrow night (Feb 8) at 7 pm!

A frequent guest on TV shows like NBC's Today and AM Northwest, Elizabeth Somer, M. A., R.D., will be sharing tips on how to get healthy and stay healthy -- a perfect way to follow up that new year resolution!

She'll also be signing copies of her new book EAT YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS.

February 4, 2010

Release the hostages!

Visit Duane Swierczynski's blog SECRET DEAD MEN for updates on the tense standoff between Amazon and Macmillan!

The blogs are burning up about Elizabeth Somer

U. S. News & World Report features Elizabeth Somer's podcast chat with Deborah Kotz about "What to Eat to Feel Happier".

On MSN, Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen (authors of the YOU series) highlight Elizabeth in their articles "Top Foods to Put You in the Mood" and "Top Diet Myths Exposed".

Elizabeth also addresses "Smart foods: Healthy eating and brain power" in a video on ABC News.

February 3, 2010

The Hulk is loose

"Based on Greg Pak's 2006-2007 arc in the 'Incredible Hulk' comic book series...'Planet Hulk' is an excellent addition to Marvel's lineup of animated features, and holds up well as a standalone film...a fun film that should prove entertaining for mainstream audiences and fans of the character."
- Rick Marshall, MTV

DVD, Blu-ray and digital download go on sale today!

February 1, 2010

Two-fisted action

Punisher scribes Duane Swierczynski and Victor Gischler get some lovin' from Rod Lott (Bookgasm):

"Okay, it’s official: The Punisher is my favorite character in comics, and if he weren’t there already, then PUNISHER: FRANK CASTLE — SIX HOURS TO KILL would’ve pushed him there. It’s an all-out, hard-R crime tale that’s dripping in black humor and red blood, illustrated by Michel Lacombe, who does not hold back.

My enthusiasm extends to PUNISHER: FRANK CASTLE — WELCOME TO THE BAYOU, a Southern-fried adventure from novelist Victor Gischler and artist Goran Parlov, who draws humans getting chomped in half by alligators like no other.

BAYOU is both horrifying and hilarious, as Gischler doesn’t dare pull back on the reins. Same goes for the collection’s one-off tale, also from his savage pen, “Little Black Book”"

Once you go green...

(Exclusive clip via

PLANET HULK is out on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download tomorrow, Feb 2!

Doing some damage

Catch Scott Phillips in his interview with Jay Stringer at Do Some Damage (where they're rather blithe about the apparent blogger-napping of Steve Weddle).

Scott is also writing Under the Influence in this month's Crime Factory magazine.

Who are the Doppelgangers?

Hop over to for Alafair Burke's hilarious dissection of "Literary Look-Alikes"!