Authors in Our Midst: Bullets

I see if I want an afternoon distraction I’m going to have to post it myself.

BULLETS e-cover

This is a quick Authors in Our Midst. I received an email this week reminding me that one of our authors is offering a free download this week.

BULLETS – mystery thriller by Elijah Drive

Professional poker player Jon “Big Slick” Elder was minding his own business in a diner when an Arizona sheriff walked in and killed the man sitting next to him, a Mexican day laborer accused of murder. The law officer then arrested Slick simply because the sheriff didn’t like the color of Slick’s skin.

Slick knew that the stranger who had been sitting next to him at the diner was no murderer because, in addition to cards, Slick also kills people for money. The poor man didn’t have the look, but Slick does, and with the help of a beautiful assistant district attorney, a Navajo state trooper and a homegrown federal agent, Slick sets out to prove the dead man’s innocence. What he discovers, as he digs deeper, is a deadly mystery that threatens not only him, but his newfound friends as well. But Slick hates to have anyone… ANYONE… toss him his shoes and tell him to get out of town.

If you need something to read this week, there you have it! Again if you missed it, here are the first three posts: ONE, TWO and THREE

Consider this a book and open thread. See if we can avoid any hint of politics. Unless it’s a political thriller.

120 replies
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    trollhattan says:

    Not a thriller necessarily, but Scotty Walker appears to have appointed a bigot to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    It was revealed this week that a recently-appointed Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who was found to have written disparaging things about liberals and the LGBT community also said that women were responsible for campus date rape.

    The Journal Sentinel uncovered student newspaper columns written 24 years ago by Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley where she complained that “queers are valued more than the innocent victims of more prevalent ailments.”

    Bradley, who said that she was upset about the election of President Bill Clinton in 1992, argued that people would be “better off getting AIDS than cancer under Clinton because it would get more funding.”

    “But the homosexuals and drug addicts who do essentially kill themselves and others through their own behavior deservedly receive none of my sympathy,” she wrote. “We’ve just had an election (in 1992) which proves the majority of voters are either totally stupid or entirely evil.”

    For his part, Gov. Scott Walker (R) insisted that he had not known of Bradley’s columns in the student newspaper at Marquette University when he nominated her to the state Supreme Court.

    In a 1992 column that was unearthed this week, Bradley defended scholar Camille Paglia, who had been banned from several campuses after she wrote that “blaming the victim” of campus rape was “common sense.”

    The Mystery of course, is how Walker remains in office.

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    That looks like a really compelling book!

    I’m reading a police mystery right now, Adrian McKinty’s new book, Rain Dogs. McKinty writes about Belfast during the Troubles and historical events get blended in. This one started with Muhammad Ali’s visit to Belfast, but a previous book’s plot used Delorean’s auto factory. I’d forgotten he apparently ran coke to finance the plant.

    ETA: BULLETS is on its way to my kindle. Can’t beat that price!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    They call themselves the Dine, which is Dine for “the people”. Navajo is an insult that was given to them by their enemies and competitors in other Southwestern tribes.

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    raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman: See where Pat banned all talk of US politics!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @raven: Pat who? Huh? I’m very confused. Also, my comment really isn’t germane, hence the deletion.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    And before anyone asks me: we have a new, superseding indictment for the Bundy Bunch involved with the Malheur standoff and I’ll post it up later today.

    Right now I’m looking for anything on Jeannette Finicum’s press conference that she announced she’d be holding today when she released her statement yesterday.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @raven: oh, I was trying to figure out how Pat Buchanan or Pat Robertson fit into the now deleted comment on the Dine…

    I haven’t been over to see what he’s got posted for several days. All I can imagine is that the comments sections must be a mess for him to declare something like that. Its unfortunate.

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    Elijah Drive says:

    Thank you for the link! I’m running to a meeting, but will be back later tonight for any questions or feedback anyone wants to give me. It’s very much a political thriller about race and immigration, too.

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    Calouste says:

    a beautiful assistant district attorney

    Apparently introducing women by focusing on their physical attributes is not limited to film scripts.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Pat Lang, which is probably really comical since I this is replying to your now deleted comment about the Dine.

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    IdahoFlaneuse says:

    I am getting a lot of new books from the Authors in our Midst series. So glad you are posting them

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Doing my preliminary research for my book, which Adam very kindly helped me with last night. (If I ever get it published, you will be in the acknowledgements/author’s note and be able to add “historical romance” to your cites. ;-) I think I’ve figured out which character is going to be the villain’s target, and why, and why the villain changes his focus at a crucial point. Now I just have to decide how super-evil and manipulative the villain really is.

    And I’m almost done with the Scrivener tutorial. The good thing is that it’s exhaustingly comprehensive, and the bad thing is that it’s exhaustingly comprehensive. Or, as the tutorial itself says:

    When you’re ready, then – after a stretch of the legs, a glass of wine, a good curse at the prolixity of this tutorial’s author, whichever helps – let’s move on to “Step 10” and look at the outliner in more depth.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @raven: BTW: the reason that Gen Breedlove wants to put an Armor BCT – and based on the way its described, my guess is it would be the BCT I was cultural advisor for from 2007-2008, the 2nd BCT/1AD (The Iron Brigade) is that there is almost no American armor on the continent right now. The current USAREUR Commander has probably requested it in order to be able to have the equipment for exercises. I don’t know the current USAREUR commander, but I was the previous one’s cultural advisor throughout 2014 on temporarily assigned control (TACON). When exercises were suddenly laid on after Russia invaded Crimea in 2014, the USAREUR commander at the time only had a handful of armor available to him. One of which is the old WW II relic mounted on display in front of the gym at Baumholder…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): I got it. I’m back on track. All is good.

    I’ll have your fix up around 9 tonight or so. Can you and LAO and Steve in ATL hold out that long considering you all doubled your doses yesterday?

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    Thoroughly Pizzled says:

    The Houston Texans are paying Brock Osweiler $72 million, or $7.2 million per career touchdown pass.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: You’re quite welcome. Glad I could be of help. Sorry it took more than one reply, but it kept nagging at me that I’d read somewhere that Bonnie Prince Charlie had a daughter and she had three children.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Iowa Old Lady:

    Adrian McKinty is pretty good. I read the first one in that series. (Belfast and the Troubles being a pet obession and writing project of mine own).

    Damn…there are too many good books out there now! Isn’t Vicky Delany an author in our midst? I noticed that our library catalog had her newest on the front page, so I’ve got it, “Cordelia’s Honor” (remember, I blame *you* for my new LMB jones), “These Old Shades”, and finishing up a really cool, strange one called “The Wolf Border” (British writer, fiction about a wolf re-introduction project in England).

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    raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman: It’s going to be tough to enforce but it suits me.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Bullets looks like a great novel. Quite intriguing and timely given all the police shootings we have now.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Thanks in advance. I’m way behind in my fix citations reading; I’ll try to get caught up before this evening’s dose.

    I only saw a snippet (“I know that they stopped and put their hands and heads out the windows to show that they were unarmed” and to tell them there were women in the vehicle). Emphasis mine. Link

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @raven: Not my problem anymore. Having to help moderate comments there was never fun.

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    Miss Bianca says:


    I’m going to be doing a Scrivener tutorial in my writing group next time…taking one, I mean. There’s also a free, web-based program that’s similar called TrueNovelist, that I’m going to look into.

    Keep plugging with the writing – your premise sounds intriguing!

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Adam L Silverman: You’ve referenced the “Bundy Bunch” a couple of times (at least I think it was you) – I keep reading that as the Brady Bunch, which I assume is deliberate by you. I get these visions of a cross between the Brady Bunch and Mad Max

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    MomSense says:

    I made a banana mango smoothie that was delicious. I also took a long walk at lunch without a coat!

    It was about 55 today and sunny.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Just One More Canuck: Its like the Brady Bunch you’re not you when you’re hungry snickers commercial…

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    raven says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Just figured I’d let you know.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @MomSense: That’s positively Caribbean.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Through Wikipedia, I was able to determine that the dates will work out almost perfectly — the son survived (well into old age, in fact) and since his heritage was an open secret, he spent most of his young adulthood well away from the Napoleonic Wars, including time in the US and Canada. That persistent Stuart problem with fertility, though — he married a couple of times but never fathered any legitimate children, so the current claimant is through one of the sisters. (Not that he actually wants the throne — he seems perfectly content just to have his ancestry publicly known.)

    Now I get to fiddle around with the facts to make it plausible that my character would be mistaken for the heir by the villain, which is the fun part!

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    @MomSense: It hit 80 in Massachusetts today. Crazy weather.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @raven: Thanks, I appreciate it. I check over about once a week or so to see his take on what’s going on in the Levant. Just the front page analysis. He’s forgotten more about this stuff (and he’s not forgotten much at all) than almost anyone else ever knew.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mnemosyne: Excellent! Glad it worked.

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    MomSense says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I was sippin’ banana mango in the sunshine.

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    And tomorrow rain? Yesterday we had hail and snow. Crazy weather indeed.

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    @Adam L Silverman: When you have braved subzero temperatures, 55 can feel pretty balmy.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: I lived in PA for five years – one four year stretch and one one year. During the four year we had to deal with the drunken, polar vortex staggering around twice. I’ve also lived in Little Rock, which gets ice storms, Denver, New York, the mountains of NM and in Scotland. That covers a lot of places that get cold and dark!

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    Cermet says:

    I know the answer! It was a four year old boy in the back of the car …no, wait. That is reality and it was a mother that was shot … .

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I’ll have your fix up around 9 tonight or so. Can you and LAO and Steve in ATL hold out that long considering you all doubled your doses yesterday?

    I’ve been pacing myself, just taking occasional peeks at JJ MCNab’s twitter feed

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    Snarkworth, short-fingered Bulgarian says:

    @Elijah Drive: Consider it ordered, Elijah! It looks a little on the scary side. Will it give me nightmares?

    It’s impressive how many authors hang around here. I’m one, too. My published work is non-fiction, from quite a while ago. Now I have a mystery, in search of a publisher. Y’all will be notified should it become available.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Thoroughly Pizzled:
    Some investment. So, J.J. Watt continues being this generation’s Barry Sanders?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    Scrivener is *very* cool and I think it’s going to let me write out of order. That’s good, because part of my problem in the past is that I would lose steam halfway through (thanks, ADHD!) This way, I’ll be able to jump around as needed and then edit it as a single document at the end.

    Still, the tutorial is a slog. I brought my laptop to work so I could get through a bit more of it while my brain is fresh and medicated instead of trying to do it at night when I’m tired and having trouble focusing.

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    trollhattan says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:
    Say what? Seems unpossible, although I’ll allow we had the warmest, driest February on record here and I stopped wearing jackets at all, now winter is back.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Happy dance alert:

    A commenter on BJ needed help with a doggie rescue, and it looks like we have found a foster/adopt for him here in my town! I’ll be picking him up Friday, and have a nice date at the dog park lined up with the lady who’s helping me.


    I hate online tutorials. That’s why I’m psyched one of the authors who uses it is going to do an in-person!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Mnemosyne: If I may be pedantic for a moment, or for a lifetime, just to be clear you are posting about your book under the “open thread” proviso and not under “authors in our midst” since your book is unfinished as of yet? I can’t articulate the reasons, but I feel that this distinction is important somehow.

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    Gimlet says:


    Figure the gun was under the drivers seat and shifted into the back footwell.

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    JPL says:

    @Cermet: and if only, she had a gun, she could have defended herself.
    She believes that it’s to late, when you have to call 911. (the last part I stole from facebook.)

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    The Moar You Know says:

    See where Pat banned all talk of US politics!

    @raven: I did see that. Not sure where that came from; he personally approves every comment that gets posted on his site. Maybe he just got buried by the Trumpentariat. Who knows. He’s been getting a lot weirder in the last couple of years. Wondering if he’s got health issues he isn’t telling anyone about.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Thoroughly Pizzled:

    The Houston Texans are paying Brock Osweiler $72 million, or $7.2 million per career touchdown pass.

    So RGIII to Denver?

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    @trollhattan: That’s what the thermostat in the car said the outside temperature was when I drove home about half an hour ago.

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    LAO says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I’ll have your fix up around 9 tonight or so. Can you and LAO and Steve in ATL hold out that long considering you all doubled your doses yesterday?

    Yes, I can wait with bated breath. Did you also see Randy Bundy is going pro se?

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    raven says:

    @The Moar You Know: From some of the typos I at least think he tips one now and then on the late shift.

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    @Miss Bianca: I really enjoy LMB. Miles is just such a character in both sense of that term, and I like the reproductive technology and gender identity stuff she does. So I’m happy to take the blame.

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    Nate Dawg says:

    For sci-fi fans, if you haven’t read the Hugo award winning “Three Body Problem”, drop everything you are doing, including small children and fine China, and get your paws on a copy of it.

    It’s the first in a complete trilogy, and the second is even better than the first.

    The third is due out in August (it’s been released in China, and the English translation is available then.)

    Just an amazing story. Can’t recommend highly enough.

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    LAO says:

    I hate myself for how hard I laughed when I read about that this morning.

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    trollhattan says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:
    Great opportunity to wake up the A/C and make sure it works. They get “sticky” when idle for months. :-)

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    Thoroughly Pizzled says:

    @trollhattan: I guess he’s got that title now with Megatron retiring.

    [curls into fetal position and weeps]

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    LAO says:

    Anybody goof off today? It’s beautiful here in NYC? Just got home from a long liquid lunch. There will be typos

    Eta: like unnecessary punctuation

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: Yes I did. It’ll be part of tonight’s fix.

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    JPL says:

    @LAO: What? I thought we were writing a story. Did you see the facebook page before it was removed? It was awesome.

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    LAO says:

    @JPL: no. 😭. Not on Facebook. Sorry I missed it.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @JPL: I’m completely lost by this exchange, and I didn’t have a liquid lunch, though I did goof off a bit.

    ETA – tracking after a google search. Target shooting (apparently what the FB page noted)? I can’t even.

    @LAO: I would have felt awful for him too.

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    I’m so glad we’re talking books and writing books…soon I will out myself as an author, but not quite there yet. My first one – finally completed the first draft. I’m getting ready for the friends and family read through. After that, I’m hitting you all up for advice.

    Also, did John set on a time for the book chat with Barry Eisler? I don’t want to miss it.

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    LAO says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): guns right “activist” shot by her 4 year old. Only funny because he didn’t kill his mom. Had he killed her, than I would have felt bad for the kid.

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    JPL says:

    @LAO: The mother that was injured had a facebook page, where she promoted her more guns for all, view. She even linked to a photo of a child holding a gun and believes 911 is for suckers.
    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): This is a link to the original story..

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    LAO says:

    @JPL: I know! I love karma! It can be awesome. I just didn’t get a chance to see it.

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    MomSense says:

    Did anyone see the news about Google DeepMinds beating Lee Se-dol at Go?

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    So, J.J. Watt continues being this generation’s Barry Sanders?

    I thought that was Megatron.

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    LAO says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): In my defense (liquid lunch) I was supposed to start a trial on Monday second seating a state lawyer in federal court but after jury selection, we took a plea. So my calendar was clear.

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    J R in WV says:

    I like this kind of novel, crime thriller, tough guys.

    Free is a great price, BUT, I can’t use it. I don’t do Amazon, and Amazon doesn’t do anything to help me. I use Ubuntu Linux, and Amazon does not. I can’t even tell how to download the file from the Amazon link. I’ve clicked on everything that acts like a link, and did manage to read the sample part of the book, which was pretty good, but that was the end.

    Any chance Defiant Press supports downloads? Nah, they don’t even confess to knowing anything about “Bullets” in a search.


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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @LAO: No defense required, and I assumed it had something to do with a resolution eliminating a week or two of trial prep.

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    LAO says:

    @TaMara (BHF): Congratulations. Like most lawyers, I’m a frustrated novelist. I wish I had the fortitude to follow through.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Yes, it’s a work in progress, so it’s part of the Open Thread. I would feel more guilty if Elijah hadn’t said he had to run to a meeting and can’t answer questions about his featured book right now.

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    @J R in WV:

    I don’t do Amazon, and Amazon doesn’t do anything to help me. I use Ubuntu Linux, and Amazon does not.

    They now have a cloud app you can run in your browser, so you could read it in Firefox.

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    @J R in WV: If you have a smart phone, you can download the Kindle app for free (also on any tablet) and read it there. I read across platforms, my phone is not ideal, but if i’m stuck waiting somewhere, I can pull up my book on the phone and read it.

    @Roger Moore: Oh, right, I forgot, that too :-)

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    LAO says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): did the prep but eliminated a week long trial. Considering, I got involved as a favor, I should be happy but ever since I gave up trial work, I find myself occasionally missing it.

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    @Mnemosyne: I took one look at Scrivner and said forget it. I had most of my stuff broken down into word docs anyway. If I had more room, I’d have a clothesline up and a physical timeline with note cards hung from it. LOL

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    @Mnemosyne: This is actually what I envisioned when I started this – kind of a published, unpublished and in progress discussions.

    Plus favorite books. ;-)

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @TaMara (BHF):

    I have had way too many Word docs suddenly get corrupted and go sideways on me to trust it anymore, particularly with a long project (this will probably be 100K or 150K words at least). I’ve always wanted Scrivener, so I decided to treat myself.

    It was really the organizing features that sold me — I can put a placeholder in where a chapter will go and write out of order. The very idea is already making my disorganized brain happy.

    And PG Wodehouse used to pin each page of his short stories to the wall to edit them, so you have precedent!

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    @Mnemosyne: You can use book class in LaTeX, it is free but there is a steep learning curve. It is the best word processor there is.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Cermet: @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): @JPL: @LAO: @Gimlet:

    My understanding is that they can’t charge the four year old as he was standing his ground.

    More seriously this woman is in for a world of hurt. Apparently the four year old wasn’t in a booster seat, which is required in Florida by law. And it is unclear if there was even a booster seat in the truck based on the reporting I’ve seen. Unfortunately the kid is in for a prolonged exposure to Florida’s Department of Children and Families (what we used to call Child Protective Services). They are notoriously terrible as a result of constant budget cut induced shortfalls leading to far too many cases for far too few case workers.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Miss Bianca: Excellent, glad you were able to get that sorted!

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    Mike in NC says:

    Figured that Drumpf would consider naming failed business woman Carly as his running mate, but she just endorsed Cruz.

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    Mary G says:

    Borrowed Bullets through my Kindle Unlimited subscription. Don’t know when I can read it. I haven’t gotten to Becoming Phoebe yet, or the two books from the last authors in our midst post. Good problems to have!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @srv: Which is interesting, because Hillerman brought the Dine and their beliefs to many people that would never otherwise have read about them. And he did it in a consistently good manner.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @srv: I know Tyler and he is a perfect, but sad, example of someone who has seen one too many deployments where he and his unit were in contact with the enemy far too often. I worry about him.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @MomSense: I’m loving the warm weather. Yay to being able to turn off the heater and stop bundling up!! The older I get, the less I can tolerate cold weather and long winters.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    What’s even better is that there’s a….shhh… (local) p*litic*l aspect to it…in deference to TaMara’s plea I took that part out ; ) …but suffice it to say, that I may have killed two birds with one stone flung in good faith…

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    LAO says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I want to feel bad for the kid but the mother deserves this scrutiny. I grew up around guns and never did I or my brothers ever come across an untended gun. I understand she referred to her weapons as toys. This enrages me. Hopefully not enough to you know

    Eta: my links never work!

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Nate Dawg: I’ve read that book. Good reading. Looking forward to the second book in the trilogy and the eventual movie.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @LAO: She was absolutely stupid. Especially given the several, but thankfully still few, high profile incidents similar to this one over the past several years. If you’re not using it (target/range, hunting, cleaning), carrying it (for whatever reason anyone would), then it has to be secured where it can’t be accessed by those who aren’t supposed to have access to it.

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    MomSense says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    I don’t tolerate cold the way I used to. How about a balloon-juice colony in the south of France?

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    daveNYC says:

    @Nate Dawg: Is Three Body Problem that good? The last Hugo I read was Ancillary Justice, which was weaponized ass.

    Some of the reviews mention that it’s a slog, and that the science is iffy for what is supposed to be hard sci-fi, which would be especially annoying since if I’m going to read through plot science, they should either get the science right or just skip straight to technobabble.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Roger Moore:

    You have to have an account with them to download even a freebee. I’m just not willing to go there ever since they admitted to having a bunch of fatalities in fulfillment warehouses. Not to mention putting lost of small stores out of business, much as Walmart did a few years ago.

    I deal with Tor and Baen online, and a local bookseller when I have an ISBN they can order.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @srv: Of course they would, who wouldn’t? As a former New Mexican, as well as someone who loves a good detective story, I thought he did a good job with both aspects. Especially his ability to play off of his two main Dine characters: Leaphorn and Jim Chee to relate and delineate the Dine context – from historical to social to religious to economic.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @J R in WV:

    Have you ever used Overdrive through your local library? Sometimes they’ll have ebooks in formats other than Amazon. Go to and it should let you enter your library card number and see what they have.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    it has to be secured where it can’t be accessed by those who aren’t supposed to have access to it.

    But then it’s no fucking protection.

    As you may know, I’m in the guns are tools and are always loaded unless you, personally, unloaded it within the last 30 seconds. I also believe that if you need to defend yourself with a firearm, things are already far too sideways to be salvaged.

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    J R in WV says:

    @MomSense: Now that’s a good, sound, idea! Only been there once, but it was sweet! October was wonderful, as we traveled from Basque country over to Toulouse. We visited most of the neolithic caves with paintings, plus the local museums, bars, cathedrals, etc. The bars in Spain and France have better food than the high-end restaurants in the US.

    The signs indicated that the universal word for “Bar” in Europe is : Bar !

    Now you know all you need to know to travel in Spain and France.

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    J R in WV says:


    Thanks, a great idea. I’ll try it out soonest.

    I’ve been mostly borrowing classical music CDs, which is great, they don’t skip and pop like vinyl does.

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    Elijah Drive says:

    @Snarkworth, short-fingered Bulgarian: It depends on whether or not racist cops give you nightmares… but you should like where it eventually ends up.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @J R in WV: @MomSense:

    South of France? Oui, alors – je serai parmi vous. (that’d be “count me in”).

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    Elijah Drive says:

    @J R in WV: It’s only available on Amazon for free, but if you can order a hard copy from anywhere, I’ll bet. I love Amazon, it’s given my writing career a new life, and done the same for many of my writer friends… lots of writers are making a living now because of Amazon.

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    Elijah Drive says:

    Also, Amazon is actually helping a LOT of small speciality stores… because they can now sell their goods thru amazon around the country. far from putting stores out of business (and this includes used book stores) they’ve given a lot of stores new retail outlets. And B and N put a lot of those stores out of business. ..

    The thing about the warehouse, if I recall, was dealt with … I remember reading about it on the Passive Voice, and Amazon responded pretty quickly toward fixing the problem.

    Personally, they made life a lot easier for many people, imo.

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    Elijah Drive says:

    If you want to hit me up on my Facebook page, if you truly don’t have an amazon account, I may be able to help you out there…

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):

    I wonder how many of these same idiots would hand their four-year-old a plugged-in power saw. Hell, they probably wouldn’t give him or her a real hammer to play with. But a gun? Sure, why not?

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    MomSense says:

    @J R in WV:

    I traveled all through that region way BITD. We could all be very happy in a nice little village with a good bar and plenty of banter, smelly cheese, and bread.

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    MomSense says:

    @Miss Bianca:

    Tres bien!

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    I think safety problems are an inherent problem with the carry at all times people. It’s obviously possible to carry a loaded gun safely, but it requires thought and effort, while a major goal of the carry at all times movement is to minimize the thought people have to put into carrying their guns. You simply can’t have both of those things.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Miss Bianca: moi aussi

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Florida gun nuts are the best gun nuts

    “best” also means “worst” of course

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @MomSense: And gaufres au cholcolat! Don’t forget the gaufres au chocolat!

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    Betty says:

    Thanks, Tamara and Elijah. Looking forward to reading it.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @daveNYC: I’m still trying to figure out what the appeal of Three Body Problem is. I think I made it about halfway through before giving up when I was doing my Hugo reading last year.

    I dug into spoilered discussions after giving up, trying to motivate myself to push through despite the Eight Deadly Words, and I don’t think even my tolerance for technobabble would have gotten me through it.

    Taste disclosure: I enjoyed the Ancillary series, but it’s not high on my reread list. I voted for The Goblin Emperor last year. We were very pleased with it. My current favorite mostly-hard SF is the Expanse series.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Roger Moore: Retention holsters in combination with a gun with at least a grip safety.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steve in the ATL: We, as in Floridians, may resemble that remark…

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: It’s so rare to have a genuinely nice protagonist these days.

    My nominating reading is becoming a slog. I’ve never been a fan of short forms in the first place (one reason I haven’t nominated in the past), and they’re all starting to run together. I think I need a Bujold break.

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    @Adam L Silverman:

    Retention holsters in combination with a gun with at least a grip safety.

    Technically, yes, but you also need to be able to maintain the mindset that the gun is dangerous and needs to be treated with proper respect. The problem is that that the “guns everywhere” crowd are quite deliberately trying to break down the perception that guns are dangerous and need to be treated that way. They want carrying a gun to be as normal as carrying a cell phone, and that erodes the required attitude.

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    I’m thinking of teaching a computer class at the library where I work on how to e-publishing using Kindle Direct. Smart idea or no?

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    Steeplejack says:


    Repost in an open thread that’s not on its last legs.

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