Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jungle Red Roll Call, count off now!


HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN:  Happy summer Sunday, everyone! Yesterday I trained home from Thrillerfest--such a crush and amazing! (Highlights! Nelson DeMille: "You have to know when to milk a scene." Clive Cussler: "I like the money."
Sandra Brown's utter gorgeous graciousness, chatting with John Sandford,
Karin Slaughter's amazing interview with the generous and hilarious Charlaine Harris, Lee Child interviewing Mark Billingham--the coolness level was incalculable.)






And here's my extra-meta photo of myAmtrak journey home--see what I mean?



So remember on Mickey Mouse Club? Jimmy would say: Mouseketeer roll call, count off now!




So let's do that, this Sunday! We'd love to know who's out there, those who comment faithfully (and thank you!) and those who don't (we love you, too!)  Reds and readers, where are you and what are you reading/thinking/doing?  

And to welcome those who don't usually chime in,  I have an ARC of WHAT YOU SEE for one commenter!


137 comments:

  1. It certainly sounds as if you had a marvelous time at Thrillerfest!
    I am home, enjoying the summer, and now fondly recalling days of watching the Mickey Mouse Club roll call.
    At the moment, I am reading Jonathan Kellerman's "The Murderer's Daughter;" come Tuesday, I expect I'll be reading "Go Set a Watchman" along with about a gazillion other folks . . . .

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  2. Since I'm getting ready for Dickens Universe in Santa Cruz next month, I've been brushing up on Martin Chuzzlewit and American Notes, this year's two books. But American Notes has sent me to two other great travel narratives of the 19th century, Frances Trollope's Domestic Manners of the Americans and Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad. I'm loving them both, and I feel a Twain binge coming on. But, like Joan, I'll drop everything on Tuesday when Go Set a Watchman arrives. Mysteries will have to wait a few weeks...

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  3. I am at home in Spain. Right now I am reading Lowcountry Boil by Susan M Boyer, after reading about her books here! I plan to read Fatal Reservations next and A Finer End, which is my only remaining Deborah Crombie before her newest release. I am also reading the Harry Potter books, finishing up book 3. I don't comment as often as I would like but I am a faithful reader!

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  4. I am in Honolulu at present having a late dinner at Roy's in Waikiki. I'm reading Runaway by Peter May in paperback and Rhys' first Evan book on Kindle.

    Next Wednesday I'll be visiting the island of Molokai, the small town of Kalappi (sp.?) where the leper colony was established in the late 1800s. I became interested in this island after reading the novel Molokai by Alan Brennert, one of my favorite books. This island has the highest sea cliffs in the world..

    Hank, Thrillerfest sounds like a blast.

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  5. I'm in North Carolina and remembering why it was lovely to get past the point of all-nighters for graduate school. Coffee anyone? I've been immersing myself in Rhys' Molly series over the last few weeks. I've got Hank and Louise Penny and Susan Boyer on my TBR list. JRW is my daily book talk fix, so I'm reading every day even if I don't chime in.

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  6. Having traveled most of the spring, I am enjoying a mostly stay-at-home summer at our home in the deep woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I just finished reading an ARC of a debut by Judy Penz Sheluk and am in the middle of reading Capital Crimes by Stephen Platt, which is nonfiction detailing money laundering and the world's banking system.

    ~ Jim

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  7. Oh, gpsh, Joan, I am--shocked by what iI read about Go Set A watchman. My husband says he's not reading it--he cannot bear the idea of the difference. But I will--it's going to be fascinating. Two million copies printed--and what will be the result? Even to--the legacy?

    Christopher Lord, wow. Forgive me, but what is Dickens'Universe? (I am a big Nickelby fan.)

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  8. Getting ready to read Jodi Piccoult's Leaving Time for book club. My other book club read a science fiction book, Echo, by Jack McDevitt last week. In light of the Pluto mission it was interesting to imagine how different the future might be, with space travel much more common.

    Also getting ready to leave Cincinnati for a couple of days, going to visit my darling grandson (oh, and my daughter and son-in-law) in Michigan. Usually, I spend part of July at our friends' ranch in Wyoming, but didn't go this year, so a little road trip is welcome. We've had so much rain here this summer (almost eight inches in the last couple of weeks) that I can't do much in the garden, anyway.

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  9. Amy! SO thrilled to hear from you--hurray!

    KAthy, Thrillerfest WAS a blast..amazing and crazy and astonishing authors everywhere you looked! But--what you're doing sounds equally fabulous. (I've never heard anyone say--"I'm having a late dinner at Roy's in Waikiki!" Hpw cool is that?)

    Lysa, SO lovely to hear from you! SO delighted you let us know, and crossing fingers you love the book!

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  10. Jim thank you for a terrific blog yesterday…and congratulations your book, and presidency of the Guppies!

    Hi Karen in Ohio! We haven;t had ENOUGH rain, so we are watering like mad. Safe travels,and have fun. (Did you read The Martian?)

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  11. A week of kid visits in conjunction with the All Stars game in Cincinnati. I had a mother-son bonding day yesterday power washing the deck. Crawled back last week from a month in New Orleans nursing another kid after knee surgery. Just polished off Jeffery Deaver's latest Kathryn Dance novel and Daniel Silva's new book. Watched House of Cards on DVD from the library. Clawing my way back into a daily writing routine, one page at a time.

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  12. I'm in Fairborn Ohio (near Dayton). Today I'm reading Summer Secrets by Jane Green as part of my Summer Reading Challenge. I read here a lot, but don't post much.

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  13. I want to win the ARC! -- Marjorie of Connecticut

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  14. I'm in Brooklyn, New York. Today I'm reading Fatal Reservations by Lucy Burdette. I will also work on my bookshelf quilt. Sorry I missed you at ThrillerFest.

    Dru

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  15. Teresa, hurray! I am thrilled other from you…what's the Summer Reading Challenge? (And I'm an INdiana girl you know..and went to school in Ohio!)

    Wow, Margaret, you need a VACATION! (And don't you love Jeffrey Deaver? He is so brilliant! I chatted with him at Thrillerfest. And he gave a wonderful panel on suspense. The bigger mistakes authors make? Among other things, he says: too much back story, too much extraneous sex, and not wrapping up the red herrings.)

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  16. Hello from Warner Robins, Georgia. Wishing you a a happy Sunday.

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  17. Leaving a comment because it's good to be hopeful. Good luck Harriet!

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  18. Dru! Can't believe I missed you--what cool things happened to you?

    HI Donna! SO lovely to see you…

    And Jack, yes, you are very helpful! xooo

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  19. Hey, MArjorie in Connecticut! xoo (My train went right by you yesterday, right?)

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  20. Reading in Highlands, NC, back to Atlanta tomorrow. Read THE BOYS IN THE BOAT for Book Group, reading the third or fourth in the RIVERS OF LONDON series now. I have finished all of the Reds' latest. Write faster!

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  21. Checking in from Champaign, IL, thinking I should get back to work and off the Internet, reading The Oxford Book of Scottish Short Stories.

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  22. I am in Phoenix. Starting morning at Changing Hands Book Bar for coffee and muffin. YA Sunday finishing up Me and Earl and Dying Girl. Then escaping heat by going to see the movie.
    Tuesday must be national Watchman day, early reviews and Reading Chapter One have me concerned I am not revisiting characters as I remembered them.
    Hope to win an arc of your latest novel!

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  23. Hey, Molly! xoxoo Yes, exactly, me, too…gotta do my words today or else!

    And on, Atlanta anonymous--thank you! Yes, indeed, I am doing just that!

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  24. Hi, Steve! So great to see you! And hope to be coming your way in October.

    Your day sounds marvelous...

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  25. So many posts and tweets from ThrillerFest! It was fun to observe from afar...As always (or not), I am home in Delaware. Exciting weekend included pulling up carpet in family room. I was so sure we'd find a layer of $100 bills, a stash of gold doubloons, or a large bloodstain. Alas, only dusty hardwood pine.

    Can't wait for people to read WHAT YOU SEE!

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  26. *waves from up here in the wilds of Buffalo*

    I'm deep into writing Nun But The Brave and reading manga. Its my go-to comfort read when I'm in the writing groove. Today it's Kaori Yuki's The Cain Saga. Angst! Scenery chewing! Implausible plot twists! So much fun.

    Someday I'll get to Thrillerfest. See you at Bouchercon, yes?

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  27. I am in Portsmouth, NH where my wife Fran and I may find a way to "beat the heat". But in the longer term, we both are doing considerable planning for the apartment in Portsmouth we will be moving into toward the end of the month.

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  29. Posting from home in Lynn, near the ocean (yay!). I recently finished Edith's Maxwell's "Farmed and Dangerous," and haven't begun a new book yet. Yesterday I worked so I could meet a deadline, so today I'm catching up on FB (where I saw your post about today's Jungle Red article), resting, grocery shopping, resting, and will cook on the grill for tonight's dinner. The dogs say it's too hot out and want to be in, but then they want to be out again. That kind of day

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  30. Twenty-odd comments at 9:00 on a Sunday? Wow.

    On deck today, I've got church and then critique group. Got some more revision on the ms I'm sending for editing in October. Reading? Kind of between books right now, so that ARC would be fabulous.

    Or I'll pick up the Hugo Marston I got here a few weeks ago.

    And it was sunny yesterday! Here's hoping it holds off for today, too.

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  31. Repeating part of my post on FB: Here in Indiana corn and tomatoes are learning how to swim. Sigh. We all would like to share all this water with those who need it. May all the wildfire fighters be safe and successful. hharraatbsudotedu.

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  32. Susan D in Toronto here, where the Pan Am Games are in full force.

    Packing today for a week of cottage and camping with THREE grandsons (5, 8, 10). If I'm not crazy yet, I will be soon, I guess. (Should I even bother packing reading material?)

    Currently rereading (as in listening to) Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver. She records her own books and she's great at that, too.)

    And I will be removing my library hold for Go Set a Watchman. Based on the Big Reveal in the reviews, the book doesn't exist for me. It never happened.

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  33. I've never yet been to ThrillerFest. Must remedy that. I came home yesterday from a week in Vermont at fellow Sister in Crime Tiger Wiseman's summer home that shes's opening up as a writers' retreat. Sheila Connolly and I drove together. I wrote over 18000 words from Monday morning to Friday midday and finished the first draft of my second historical mystery! Most productive week evah.

    Now I'm getting caught up at home, eating the first blueberries from our two new bushes, and getting ready to jump back into revisions of another series. Hot and sunny summer. Love it!

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  34. Good morning from Smith Township, Pennsylvania! "WHERE?" you ask? Yes, that's why I usually just say I'm from Pittsburgh. I'm sipping coffee and finishing up my critique buddies' pages before heading out to meet them for lunch. Happy Sunday, everyone!

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  35. North Charleston, SC at the moment but grew up in the home of Night of the Living Dead...relatives were typecast as zombies. I'm knitting socks waiting for my canning jars to sterilize for stewed tomatoes and later for ginger peaches. Don't usually comment but watch you closely on Facebook.

    Would love to have another good book to read.

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  36. Good Sunday morning from Aiken, South Carolina. I just sent off my author questionnaire to my new St. Martin's editor, and finished a piece for the Guppies August First Draft. I'm starting to work on a blog for another group and am still so excited about my two-book deal with St. Martins I can hardly stand myself. No doubt, no one else will be able to either! As soon as they come out, I will be reading the new books by Lee Child, Robert Crais, and Michael Connelly. Oh, yes, and I have to finish the second novel in my Fia McKee series for Minotaur.
    Since it's close to or at 100 degrees most every day so far this July, I stay in my air conditioned office and work. And now, back to it.

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  37. Usually lurking but counting off from the Iowasummerwritingfestival in Iowa city - delightful (as reading the arc would be)

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  38. Hi from Divide, CO. Getting ready for our usual Sunday trip to the Costello Street Coffee House in Florissant. Then I hope to make up for being gone all day yesterday by writing another chapter, take the dog for a hike, and avoid all social media because I'm recording the Men's Wimbledon final and plan to watch it later and hate spoilers.

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  39. (Throwing my arms up in the air and shouting, "Jimmy!" like a mouseketeer)

    The missus and I had a hot date Friday night--to the grocery store. Where it's really nice and cool, until you have to go back outside. It's awfully hot these days in Durham, NC. It's our first weekend at home in about six weeks and we're really enjoying not being in the car. I'm reading Murder at Bridge, from 1931, a recent addition to my collection of mysteries that feature my favorite game. And yesterday I picked up The Girl on the Train from the library, so all I need to make my life complete is an ARC of the latest Jane and Jake.

    Jim

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  40. Hi, guys/hey, y'all. I used to be a semi-regular commenter. Now I'm more semi. I do like to check in relatively often and lurk. My reading lately reflects my life - all over the place. From, yes, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN to THE MARTIAN to Lucy's FATAL RESERVATIONS to Kevin Hearn's HOUNDED and HEXED of the Iron Druid Chronicles. I've also been enjoying watching Aiden Turner play Poldark. ;)

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  41. Hey Hank! I'm in Darien, Ga, which is about an hour south of Savannah. Heading out to church, but after that we're pulling the crab traps and having us a feast of fresh seafood for lunch!

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  42. I'm in Indiana (small town of Crawfordsville, west central Indiana) and I'm reading Julie Hyzy's latest Grace mystery. (She'll be at Midwest Writers Workshop in a couple of weeks so I get to see her again!) Just finished Lori Rader-Day's Little Pretty Things—and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to pick up yours next!

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  43. Another warm day in Newmarket, with possible heat-induced thunderstorms later this afternoon. The lawn is mowed, the coffee brewed, and the laptop is open. Let Sunday commence!!!

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  44. I'm home after being away for three weeks coaching a production of Our Town in Chautauqua. I'm reading Bum Rap by Paul Levine (to be reviewed tomorrow on my blog) and then I'll start in on The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I'm NOT going to read Go Set a Watchman. I have real concerns about Ms. Lee's cognizance and don't think she would want it published. Unfortunately, I think "Follow the money"applies here.

    Soon after Paris Bookshop - another John Connolly.

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  45. Hi, Hank ~ I'm in Bozeman, MT, as always (sigh), and have just read (on The Guardian) the first chapter of "Watchman." Wryly funny; very late-1950s. Third person, not Scout's voice -- young Harper Lee's voice, I should think. Glad you DO plan to read it; tired of hearing people say they hate it & won't read it! Seems mutually exclusive... Having read the NY Times review, I'm guessing there'll be an explosion of some kind later this week!

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  46. Heat advisory in Memphis through Monday. Reading "The Beach Trees" by the pool. An intriguing read, perfect summertime read. http://www.amazon.com/The-Beach-Trees-Karen-White/dp/0451233077

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  47. Hi, Hank! I'm back in Falls Church, VA--home from a beach trip where I worked out a tricky part in my WIP. Now I'm taking a break watching the Wimbledon Men's Final. Great tennis! I'm thrilled with Serena's win. (And J.K.Rowling's put-down of a troll on Twitter!)Tonight Charlie and I are feasting on farm-fresh corn and grilled wild-caught salmon. xoxo Robin

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  48. Oh, and I forgot to say I'm chiming in from Pittsburgh, PA

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  49. The sun is shining! After the rains we've had in western New York this year, every day of sun is cause for celebration. I just finished "Fatal Reservations" and am trying to decide what to read next -- too many choices. And I'm getting ready for my annual visit to Chautauqua at the end of the month.

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  50. I am home relaxing today - in Hot Georgia! Love your book. Hank, and your personal touch with your fans!

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  51. Our atypical Oregon heat wave has finally broken. I just finished a binge reread of Mark de Castrique.

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  52. I'm home in Seattle, getting ready for my first big writers conference (Pacific Northwest Writers Association).

    Today's task - writing my pitch for the agent pitch sessions. Also, going to the bank/grocery store, writing and reading Brutality, Ingrid Thoft's latest. A great book, for anyone who hasn't had the chance to read it.

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  53. At the midpoint of the summer, I am realizing that everything I promised myself I would do over the summer (like everything I promise myself, every week, that I will do over the weekend) will NOT get done-- nowhere near. So I am taking some time every day to just sit on the patio and look at my overgrown back yard and like it for what it is.

    As for reading, I'm trying to clear a path through my house. Whatever rises to the top (saved sections of the Sunday paper, a book I never finished, another I never actually started) is going to get read and then either filed, tossed, or donated. I'd be writing but I want to be in the moment this summer; I'll want to be somewhere else (if only inside my head and then on paper) when it's cold out again.

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  54. At the midpoint of the summer, I am realizing that everything I promised myself I would do over the summer (like everything I promise myself, every week, that I will do over the weekend) will NOT get done-- nowhere near. So I am taking some time every day to just sit on the patio and look at my overgrown back yard and like it for what it is.

    As for reading, I'm trying to clear a path through my house. Whatever rises to the top (saved sections of the Sunday paper, a book I never finished, another I never actually started) is going to get read and then either filed, tossed, or donated. I'd be writing but I want to be in the moment this summer; I'll want to be somewhere else (if only inside my head and then on paper) when it's cold out again.

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  55. Ramona, when I was a kid, we had a work-in-progress living room where the pre-carpted floor was topped with essentially thick paper. We all drew on it, all over, with crayons, knowing it would be covered up soon. It was. Years later, my parents were gong to change the rug. We were thrilled, knowing out child art would be underneath.
    Would it be hilarious, adorable? Burnished to glowing?
    They took up the rug.
    Nothing.
    It had all worn away.

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  56. So jealous of all the Thrillerfest coolness. Coupled with SDCC awesomeness, it's almost been too much.

    Regular lurker chiming in from Fort Scott, Kansas.

    As for writing, I'm working on the second installment of the Juliana Martin mystery series, titled "Ride the Lightning."

    As for reading, my TBR pile mocks me. I have some John Gilstrap, Ray Peden, and Alafair Burke just to name a few. On audio in my workshop, I have some old school Robert Ludlum.

    Terri

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  57. Hi, ALice! Waving back. I've never read manga..hmm. Yes, BOuchercon! I will be rested by then..xoo

    LOU! So great o see you…I hope our paths cross again in person soon..at Jabberwocky, maybe?

    Claire, good for you--it's the best feeling ever to make a deadline.

    Mary, cannot wait to read it!

    Anonymous ar Ball State? I miss those Indiana summers! Is the corn knee high?

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  58. Susan D? Camping? You are BRAVE! ANd Jonathan agrees, no Go Set for him. I have not decided.

    Edith, your writers weekend with pals sounds blissful! ANd congratulations on finishing your TENTH book!

    Annette, darling one! Tell every one at lunch I said hi--and hope to come visit you all soon!

    Judith, so lovely to see you here..Zombies and stewed tomatoes--you have an eclectic life! xoxo

    Sasscer, I am SO happy for you! ANd cannot wait to read your new books--you'll come blog with us about your Fia McKee debut, right?

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  59. Can not wait for this book HANK!!!IM finishing up Liar, Temptress,Soldier, riviting read!! going to the library and taking out The Bullet, Looked great!!!then taking Buddy to a dog party,takiung pictures of Buddy enjoying some Krispy Kreme items!!not eating the donuts!!!

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  60. Debra--How was Iowa?

    Terry--my husband is watching WImbledon right now--I won't say a word.

    Jimi, I just finished Girl on the Train--as you can see from the photo! Eager to hear what you think.. There was one point where I was in the back of a taxi, at night, reading it with the flashlight on my phone.

    RHONDA! We are missing you! Didn;t you love the MArtian? And Jonathan and I are divided over Poldark. I keep saying:what;s the point of this again? But he LOVES it!


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  61. Hey, MAggie! That is so wonderful..that sounds like something out of a storybook. HAve fun! (How do you cook them?)

    Kelly--of course I know Crawfordville--I have been to many a college weekend at Wabash College. LONG ago Is that still all men? Please give Lori and Julia my love, really, do. I adore them, too. MWW is so great--I'd love to go again.

    Sandra, that sounds like a perfect Sunday!

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  62. Claudia--how do you coach Our Town without crying every minute? I think there are two times of a person's life--the time (as a kid) where you read Our Town and think--so what? ANd then, there's the moment where you think--Oh, I get this. And burst into tears. And now I can barely think about it without crying. How wonderful of you-- And Paul Levine was at Thrillerfest! He's such a character!

    Mary! SO lovely to hear from you..I hope all is well… SO you read the first chapter? Yes, I think it'll be--educational. I think people are protecting their image of Atticus. So puzzling to think about how both versions of Atticus could exist…we can talk about it next week. When everyone else is, right? Love to you both..

    ANnette in Memphis..stay cool! Sounds like thou have the perfect book for it.

    Robin, I wish you lived closer..that dinner --and your day--sounds amazing! And hope the book is going well!

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  63. Chris R--yes, lots of good books! At Thrillerfest I snagged Kate Whites new one and Karen Slaughters new one. WHoo hoo.

    Hi, Trish! And aw, thank you!

    Hi Plum! DidI know you were in Oregon? I love hearing from everyone! It makes me imagine you so much more clearly.
    Hey, Kate! Yeah, I loved Brutaliity--as you can see from my quote on the front cover! ANd did you see the article I wrote about iIngrid--she's the cover of the new Mystery Scene! And I was so honored to do it.

    Ellen K--MIDPOINT OF THE SUMMER??? Noooooo...

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  64. Judy Hoyt--don't eat the doughnuts! Or lick them, either. :-)

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  66. HI, Terri Lynn Coop! SO great of you to chime in--love this! zoo

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  67. Devoted Jungle Red fan here, and ever devoted mystery fan. In fact, I find such joy in reading a great story and trying to solve the puzzles so therapeutic- I was in the hospital this weekend after being rushed in with chest pain, etc I was having some sort of "heart event". Needless to say, I was scared. To calm myself, I started reading one of your books, Ms Ryan, which I somehow managed to miss previously. I got so engrossed in the story that I made the cardiologist wait before getting me ready to do a heart Cath. I could not take the meds until I got to the end of the chapter! It totally took my mind off where I was and what was happening. Luckily, the cardiologist is also a fan and was very understanding. So thank you a million times for getting me through a very scary time.

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  68. I'm new here. I'm currently reading Susan Wittig Albert's memoir, "Together, Alone," dusty old books for research purposes, "Writing a Killer Thriller" and "Lowcountry Boil" and jokes on the internet. Keeps my brain buzzing!

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  69. Oh, my goodness, Mary, you bring tears to my eyes! Thank you! Aw. That is lovely--and I am thrilled.

    But dismayed by the circumstances! How are you? Please let me know…xoxoxo

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    1. Still having tests, but doing much better. Thank you.

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  70. Hey, Kimberly! Welcome! ANd delighted to see you..hope you make it a habit! (We hope to keep your brain buzzing, too!) xoxoo Good luck on your book...

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  71. Oh, Mary, what a wonderful testament as to how a good book can take us away under any circumstances! I hope everything was resolved and there aren't going to be anymore scary heart incidents.

    I'm back from Books in Boothbay, in midcoast Maine, and am going to spend some of this glorious afternoon (sunny, light breeze, 88 degrees but dry, so it's not oppressive) driving kids around and doing some in-the-shade gardening. I'm still battling back the forsythia I told you all about last July!

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  72. Well Mary is a bit hard to follow....I'm Caryn and I'm in St.Louis, MO. Currently I'm reading A Pitying of Doves by Steve Burrows and The English Spy by Daniel Silva. My husband is also reading the book so that is why I have 2 books going at once. As for Jungle Red, I used to come over and read the blog a couple of times a week but I haven't visited for at least a year.

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  73. Happy Sunday to you all. I am participating in a new summer book club hosted by the newspaper here in Orange County -- The Register. The first selection is T. Jefferson Parker's classic "Laguna Heat (not 30 years old NO NO!?!?!?). I dug out my old paperback copy and started rereading it. Everyone will be reading it and participating in discussions on Facebook., then on August 12, Jeff will be at The Register office for a discussion. It should be great.

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  74. Caryn! Come baaack! SO lovely of you to visit! (And my husband and I do that, too..he took my Nelson DeMIlle, so I am juggling it with Karin Slaughter!)

    Barbara, that is SUCH a great idea! (And he is so brilliant. But I agree, wow, 30 years old??)

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  75. Chiming in from Florida. I'm an on again off again Jungle Red reader. It is a great blog, but I have so little free time. Lately I do more listening that reading. An hour commute to and from work gives me lots of time to listen to audio books.

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  76. Today I'm going to break out of book jail for a brief time to attend the SinC-LA meeting. But I'm chained to my computer before I leave. I'm so close to the end of this draft I can taste it, but it's still going to take a couple more long days.

    I'm reading some of the British Library Crime Classics that Poisoned Pen Press is re-releasing. Currently, I'm enjoying "Resorting to Murder," a collection of classic short stories set in holiday locales. It's a good antidote to the drama and activity of action on the racetrack!

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  77. Tammy! Don;t you love it, though, when you can SEE the end..and all you have to do is get there? I LOVE that part! Tell everyone I said hi..and good writing!

    Oh, welcome back, Gwen! Yup, audio books are SUCH a treat! xooo

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  78. Okay, Mary.. xoxoo and keep us posted.

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  79. Enjoying a quiet Sunday after vacationing at Cape Cod and gearing up for RWA National next week. Love your books!

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  80. Thank you, Helen! SO sorry to miss RW--I hear it is going to be amazing! Cannot wait to hear all about it!

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  81. Hiya, Hank - Loved THE MARTIAN. Rod kept after me to read it, and I'm so glad I did. As for Poldark, I never saw the original, so that probably makes a difference. Likewise, I also feel "what's the point" about the new Man From UNCLE movie. So, there ya go. :)

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  82. Hi Hank,
    It's Sunday. Hubby is out of the hospital. We went to church and then went to lunch. Now that I'm on Weight Watchers and ate too much at lunch, I'll be having rabbit food for dinner.
    Now, off to working on my novel.
    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    Hugs,
    Dee

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  83. Dee, one big lunch can easily be overcome! You go! xoxo Writing burns a lot of calories. Right, right? And give your husband a hug from me, okay? Hope he is doing fine.

    Yes, Rhonda, I loved The Martian, too! And I will try again at Poldark. :-)

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  84. Right now I am supposed to be cleaning the kitchen up, but here I am reading your blog. This is better. It's a quite day, especially in contrast to the fireworks we've been hearing lately. I think folks must have blown their stock up. Finally.

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  85. Camping in Santa Barbara! Love the new cover!

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  86. Hi Hank, delurking to say happy Sunday. I just got back from a quick visit this morning to the Huntington (Long Island) lighthouse, originally built in 1912 and now being restored, followed by lunch with a group of wild weekend women. Still trying to recover from the void left now that the World Cup is over - so satisfying to see the U.S. Women's team play so strongly.

    Just caught up on Linda Castillo's fantastic series featuring a small town police chief who used to be Amish. Next up, Julia Dahl's RunYou Down...

    XOXO.

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  87. Nancy, I think if you wait, the kitchen might clean itself. Really. What fireworks?

    Kristi!! SO great to see you. Camp;ing? In Santa Barbara? Very glam…

    Hey,Chris! Happy SUnday to you, too! Yup, that parade looked amazing. And Julia Dahl is a particular friend--and a terrific writer. Hope you love RUN YOU DOWN! xxoxo She'll be so thrilled you are reading!

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  88. I check the blog every day, but comment only now and then.
    I love your contributions ("You" means all of you). I've forwarded them to my husband many times. He appreciates good writing and good writing about writing.

    It's a quiet Sunday at home. I'm trying out a new recipe for chicken, low and slow with a dry rub. Definitely something new for me.

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  89. I'm having a lazy weekend here in Austin, Texas, where it is hot and humid. I just finished Jane Casey's The Burning, am currently reading Rhys's In Like Flynn, and Ann Cleeland's Murder in Retribution, and about to start Lucy's Murder in Four Courses. I rarely have this many going at one time, but I'm catching up on series!

    Jungle Red is a daily must read! You guys are too funny! Plus, I like your books! Enough with the !!!!!!!'s. I rarely comment, but am salivating on the chance to win your new one, Hank.

    Thrillerfest sounds like a blast. I've been enjoying all the pictures posted by writers that I follow.

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  90. This blog is one of my favorites. The discussion is always so interesting and fun.
    I'm in Brooklyn NY, where I live, and spent some time today at my granddaughters 2 year old birthday party. It was on the roof top play space at the Y where my daughter works. Sprinklers! Big pans of water to splash! Things to climb! Ice pops! Pizza! And lots and lots of happy children in the range of 1 -4 years. It was a blast!

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  91. Aw, Triss, thank you. And that sounds like another perfect day.

    Libby, that's great. And this is what we hoped would happen…I love the idea that there are people reading-even without commenting! But it's such a treat to hear from you.

    Stitchkat, what a great line-up of books! Whoo. (And thank you!)

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  92. In reply to your questions on blog, I am heading out to Unity Church of Hawaii followed by a walk along the ocean near Waikiki, afterwards seeing a film at our local Movie Museum then hanging out with a friend. Summer in Paradise. Congratulations on your new book Hank! Would love to win it and definitely want to read it! Thank you. Aloha and Mahalo!

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  93. And by the way I am currently reading "A Good Killing" by Allison Leotta! Good read.

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  94. Mark checking in for sunny Southern California, where it is expected to only hit 90 today. Yesterday, I went to the first birthday party for some friends' son, then I went to Hallmark ornament premier and started buying from their 2015 ornament line. I have more than enough ornaments. I truly need to stop now. Not that I will.

    Today has been church so far. Well, and another stop by my Hallmark store. I'll be talking to my family in a little bit, then heading out to play ultimate Frisbee.

    I've just started reading The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. It's a middle grade novel, and based on how much I loved the first one, I'm expecting to love it. Yesterday, I finished a reread of Mrs. Pollifax Pursued by Dorothy Gilman. Always fun to revisit her and Carstairs. I've also recently finished Murder on the Bucket List by Elizabeth Perona, which I just loved! I'll be reviewing it on my blog tomorrow.

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  95. I'm a daily reader, but infrequent commenter (TFJ or Tricia if I remember). Just finished Hallie's Night, Night, Sleep Tight --- loved it! Am now reading Lee Child's Personal, 100 hundred pages in, good stuff. It's a gorgeous day here in Solana Beach (north coast of San Diego) and I'm about to walk to farmers' market and figure out what's for dinner.

    I can't say it enough (as I don't comment enough!), but thanks to all the Jungle Red authors and consistent daily commenters. You've all gotten me through the past 14 months of cancer diagnosis, treatment, surgery and now, recovery (latest CT scan is 7/15, expecting nothing :)

    ~Tricia

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  96. The answer to your question, Hank: I cried almost every day. My husband was in a production of Our Town last fall at the Long Wharf (in New Haven) and I sobbed then. Then I coached it in Chautauqua and every day something new would hit me and I'd cry. You're absolutely right - when you're young you don't get it. Well you get, but on the surface. When you're older...oh my god, it's so poignant and heartbreaking and life affirming, as well.

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  97. This afternoon, just been hanging out and watching PanAm Games!

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  98. I'm in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently reading a UK only release called Frist One Missing by Tammey Cohen.

    No need to enter me for the ARC drawing, as I have a copy that is ever slowly making its way to the top of the TBR pile. Resisting is not easy, but the reward later will be so worth it.

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  99. Wow, you are right, Ricki! Summer in Paradise! (wait, are you near Kathy Reel? A Jungle Red hawaii meet up!)

    MArk, will you do a blog focus about your ornaments this season? LOVE to see them!

    Tricia! That is…incredible. I am SO happy to hear that, on so many levels. Ah. Thank you! And HURRAY! That is marvelous. xoxoo

    Oh,Claudia, I am so with you. Yup. Completely. It changed the way I look at the world. And some day the actors will remember you teaching them about it…and that is a gift.

    Libby, sounds like SO much fun!

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  100. And Kristopher, did you see you won a book on Femmes Fatales??? You are ROLLING in books! (And so delighted you have WHAT YOU SEE…crossing fingers you love it..yeesh.)

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  101. Well I am working now ... but earlier I was planting butterfly bushes at home. Lynn Steinmayer, Goshen CT

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  102. I'm at home in San Jose, CA, having thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 months of my retirement and looking forward to the rest of my life (my husband will retire in December). We spent this weekend with our two sons (one local, one who lives 3 hours away) and daughter-in-law, including time at the beach in Santa Cruz yesterday. We recently enjoyed a Caribbean cruise and look forward to the next Left Coast Crime in Phoenix in February. Right now I'm enjoying The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood, which was recommended by Terry Shames. Terry gives great recommendations--the last one was Lou Berney's The Long and Faraway Gone. I love having more time to read!

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  103. Lynn! How are you??? I love butterfly bushes..and they really work! GIve my love to the kids, okay? HOpe all is well...

    Margie, that sounds like bliss. Were you worried about retiring? Whoo. A cruise, reading, and family. Fabulous! I hope to go to LCC--lucky you!

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  104. Claudia, now I wan't to reread Our Town. I haven't read it since college.

    Hank, I need to get a copy of your interview with Ingrid. I had a lovely chat with her during her book signing a couple weeks ago. I would love to listen in on the two of you.

    kate

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  105. Im Beverly I live in Missouri and right now im reading Julia Londons new book this weekend only other thing im doing is hanging out with my family and getting time in with my love and batteling broncitus

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  106. Hi, Betty Jo from Suffolk Virginia. Have finished reading Diving for Pearls Part 3 and continuing to read Jill Shavllis's Second Chance Summer.
    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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  107. Hi, Betty Jo from Suffolk Virginia. Have finished reading Diving for Pearls Part 3 and continuing to read Jill Shavllis's Second Chance Summer.
    Bettyjo.English@gmail.com

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  108. Home in Chestnut Hill, MA after visiting my sister.
    I visit Jungle Red Writers daily, but rarely comment.

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  109. Not an extra entry, but just wanted to add that I sat with my 92 year old neighbour this afternoon on the back deck, while my chicken roasted in the barbecue. She told me more stories about her years as a nurse during WWII in London.

    And yes, I'm documenting this stuff.

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  110. Diane Russom HarrisonJuly 12, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Diane Russom Harrison here reporting in to her favorite journalist! XOXO

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  111. I'm just sitting here in NE Indiana. The dogs are going crazy because my son is outside working on his truck. Whine. Whine. They want to play with the tools and truck too!! They are too loud for tv and interfere with reading concentration.
    pmettert@yahoo.com

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  112. Oh, Late, it'll be SO different now! Cannot wait to hear what you think.

    Hi Beverly--LOvely to see you! I'm hoping all that family affection helps you feel better…

    Betty Jo! SO great you're here today! Is it really hot in Virginia? My husband and I just took a long walk--I think it's 90 here! Shower time!

    Mary C--welcome home! (You know I live in Newton, right??)

    Sandra--so fabulous! I bet Susan MacNeal is dying to hear all about it, too!

    Hey, Diane! thank you! xoxoo

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  113. Richie, I'm finishing up lunch at Wolfgang Puck Express across from the beach. Plan on walking back up towards beach area in a few. Away from Diamond Head.

    And, Hank, how I left out begging for your ARC, I don't know.

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  114. Almost missed roll call. I was at my in-laws' place 60 miles from here. Trying to organize and clean out items in preparation for family swooping in to put dibs on what they would like. Father-in-law died a couple of months ago and mom-in-law is living at a retirement center now.

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  115. Late in the day -- at home in Falmouth, MA -- I am reading "Hidden Child" by Camilla Lackberg and I have both Hallie's book and Roberta's book in the queue. Had a medical procedure on Friday so I am logging in some great reading time (now that my head is unfuzzed). Absolutely beautiful Cape Cod weather.

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  116. At home after a visit to Topeka to see some friends. 108° heat index outdoors. Glad my AC works, both at home & in the car.
    I read here but rarely comment.

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  117. I forgot to say what I'm reading. Just finished Pride v.Prejudice by Joan Hess. No one does snarky comments better than her characters!

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  118. Hi Hank! Liberty here. I just got back from picking the grands up in NH. We're keeping them for a week. Right now I am working on my edits. :)

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  119. I'm Kelli Jo and I'm from Hurst in Southern Illinois! I just started reading Jewell by Tina DeSalvo. And I was in a play called Healin' Home this weekend (and next). ��

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  120. Here I am, Sally Grandma Cootie in California, relaxing this evening after movers put upstairs furniture back, halfway through remodel, yay. Recent reads Girl On a Train, snuck in Fatal Reservations, then Cold Cold Heart and right now Dear Daughter. An ARC of What You See would be perfect!

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  121. Here I am, Sally Grandma Cootie in California, relaxing this evening after movers put upstairs furniture back, halfway through remodel, yay. Recent reads Girl On a Train, snuck in Fatal Reservations, then Cold Cold Heart and right now Dear Daughter. An ARC of What You See would be perfect!

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  122. Here I am, Sally Grandma Cootie in California, relaxing this evening after movers put upstairs furniture back, halfway through remodel, yay. Recent reads Girl On a Train, snuck in Fatal Reservations, then Cold Cold Heart and right now Dear Daughter. An ARC of What You See would be perfect!

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  123. Kathleen from Colorado reporting in late. Regular follower who almost never posts. Quiet day today, although note the date and time...I ironed today. This is a rare enough occurrence to be noteworthy. :-) About to go give Mike the Cat his meds and do the dishes. Currently reading Miranda James' CLASSIFIED AS MURDER. May be forced to adopt a Maine Coon kitty as a result.

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  124. Kathy, so wonderful of you! Send me your address,okay? You are a different situation…

    Pat D..good luck. It may take some patience..xoo

    Liberty! Good luck to you..report back, okay?

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  125. Kelli Jo--so cool! What is Healin Home?

    Grandma Cootie--what did you think of Girl on the Train? (DId you like the photo?)

    Kathleen--IRONING! You are awesome. (And I love ironing, so let me know if you need assistance…)
    Miranda James will be so pleased..I will let "her" know!

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  126. Healin' Home is about three orphans running away from the Orphan Train and happening across a couple who are grieving the loss of their daughter. It takes place in 1910.

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  127. So many comments! I have always wanted to go to Thrillerfest, it seems like a wonderful event. I just hot back from the American Library Association conference in San Francisco with tons of books, but no ARCs of this one. Trying to decide what to read and I ended up with a library book The Proof of Forever which one reviewer called The Sisterhood of the Time Traveling Pants.

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  128. Susan259--that's hilarious! Sounds great. I love ALA--the books are crazy! What did you get?

    Oh, Kelli Jo, that sounds terrific. What a brilliant idea.

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  129. A friend (who happens to be a character un the Jane Ryland series) and I are on the road trip from hell. Going from Virginia where she lives to Ottawa where I live. Currently in Pittston, PA.

    An ARC might make me feel better. Or a cannoli from Mike's. ;-)

    Elaine

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  130. Hank how do I get in touch with Kathy Reel (is that you her name is spelled?) a Jungle Red regular who apparently is also here in Waikiki or Oahu? The only Kathy I see on Facebook says she is in Kentucky. I would love to connect with her. Can you suggest a way or get her in touch with me on FB?

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  131. Just catching up tonight on blogs & FB. No big plans for summer, aside from reading and writing whenever I can, and enjoying lots of pool time. We're still traveling regularly between our farm in East Texas & visiting with friends and family/taking care of my folks in the Dallas area. I've always got more than one book going at a time. Just finished Death Before Wicket: a Phryne Fisher Mystery, and began on Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs (which I can't read before bed because it makes me too hungry)and At Water's Edge by Sarah Gruen. On my Kindle I'm half-way finished Sue Grafton's short stories titled Kinsey and Me. All very fun reads!

    Thrillerfest sounds like it was terrific. Can't wait to read your latest, Hank. Same for all the Reds. Even though I don't have as much time to comment often, I'm still a regular JRW fan! xo

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  132. HANK HERE: Ann Mettert! Missed you… another Indiana girl! xoxo

    Elaine N..safe travels…it'll be fun in the end. Trying to think who your friend is..Jan?

    RIckie, Kathy says she is in Honolulu--she's like the fourth comment down. See if there's an address!

    Oh, Lynn, the Sue Grafton--so terrific. xoxoo Hope the weather is not too crazy where you are!

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  133. AND THE WINNERS ARE!

    (SO many wonderful comments--hard to pick one. SO I told Jonathan..scroll through and pick 5!)

    Chris Aldrich
    Kelly Odell Stanley
    Claudia
    Barbara Howe
    Tricia TFJ

    Email me at h ryan at whdh dot com--and I will send you WHAT YOU SEE! Everyone, thank you SO much--it was delightful and wonderful to see you all!

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  134. Hey Hank - the photo rocks! And the book was good - suspenseful and sad at the same time.

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  135. I'm late, but hopefully not too late! I live on a boarding school campus in NJ, but my family is in Cleveland so I'm also there a lot during the summer. Just finished being MOH/wedding coordinator/music conductor/free DIY labor for my sister's wedding, and now back in NJ to do the same thing for two friends getting married on Saturday. In between all of that, I'm currently reading "Ghost Boy" by Martin Pistorius (crazy non-fiction tale of a man who was in a vegetative state for years and eventually woke up) and, since I've been in the car a LOT lately, listening to John Grisham's "Sycamore Row" (I've always really liked his books in audio version).

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  136. Back to Alaska for 2 days after PNWA (I was a finalist) then using my Malice Domestic grant to attend Book Passages where Rhys and Hallie will be teaching.

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