Library Journal And I Are Totally Gonna Make Out

Where have I been?  I don’t know.  Where have YOU been?  Don’t be so nosey, ‘kay?

Anyway, hey, guess what???  We found another great review for LIQUID SMOKE.  And the most amazing part:  I didn’t have to pay them to say all the nice words!

Library Journal says the following:

At the beginning of a bleak February in San Diego, Noah, an independent, surfer PI, is feeling fairly content; alas, his life is in tatters by the 28th. Shelby’s third entry (after Wicked Break) catches you from the first wave, when Noah learns his father, whom he has never met, is on San Quentin’s Death Row. After the woman who told Noah about his father turns up dead, Noah is compelled to pursue a past he’s always chosen to ignore. Soon Noah is crisscrossing San Diego’s inner realms, fighting with local casino thugs and trying not to panic Mexican immigrants in El Centro, who’d just as soon have him go away. Noah’s first-person narrative makes his confusion very personal, and the fear factor ratchets up with each chapter. With plenty of twists and a startling, compelling pace, this mystery will make readers hope Noah finds some justice in the bad set he’s inherited. Hard-boiled but not quite as noir as Don Winslow or Kem Nunn, Shelby’s book will appeal to Robert Crais fans for the sense of place and the lonely world the protagonists occupy.

Whoa.  You had me at “Shelby’s book will appeal to Robert Crais fans.”  Hey, Library Journal.  Come here so I can kiss  you on the mouth.

Then And Now

I used to blog here.  It’s been about a year since FO went to blog heaven.  So many things are different now.  Like…

Then:  I had a blog with Lori, Alison, Karen and Neil.

Now:  I cut the dead weight.  (You can find them over in the side bar.)

Then:  I didn’t have a book deal.

Now:  I’m all book dealed up, baby.  Liquid Smoke on August 1st.  Stay At Home Dead in January.  (More on this book later.)

Then:  I was good looking.

Now:  I’m better looking.

Then:  I worked from home.

Now:  I teach high school students.

Then:  I wrote on a crappy computer.

Now:  I write on a super badass MacBook Pro.

Then:  I was impatient.


Then:  I had a Blackberry which refused to allow me to respond to blog comments on the go and caused me to spew profanity.

Now:  I have an iPhone to respond to your comments.  I still spew profanity for other reasons.

Then:  There were no In-N-Outs in Texas.

Now:  There are TWO In-N-Outs in Texas

Then:  Life was boring.


So as you can plainly see, Now clearly owns Then.