Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Yes, the day has finally arrived! THE BIG FIX has officially been released. I think that calls for a trumpet fanfare, don't you? (Never let it be said I don't enjoy my "moments" to the fullest. *grin*)

Photo by Glenn Brunette, via Wikimedia Commons.
I tried to get that town crier who just announced the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana to record a similar announcement for me, but apparently some things are Just. Not. Done. 

Oh, well. 

By the way, have you seen the new cover yet? (...asked Linda disingenuously.)

What's that you say? It looks the same? Ah, but it's not! Look closer. See there at the bottom right? 

They added "A Novel." 

That's how you can be sure it's not, you know, my autobiography or something. ;)

And here it is NAKED:

It's hard to tell from the pic, but the lettering and Tor logo are in a metallic raspberry pink. Pretty! :)

And now I have a small favor to ask. (Don't worry, it doesn't involve lending me money.) All I'm asking is, if you have the opportunity, that you help me get the word out about THE BIG FIX on any social media platform you happen to participate in. It can be something as simple as a tweet with the hashtag #TheBigFix, or a mention on Facebook, or Tumblr, or Pinterest, or Instagram, or even Google+ (does anyone even use Google+?).  

Anything to raise awareness would be great! Because I'd kind of like to sell enough of these suckers to convince my publisher to let keep on writing them. 

P.S. I'm leaving for the RT Booklovers Convention day after tomorrow. If you live near Dallas (or will be in the area), stop by the Hyatt Regency on Saturday (May 16th) between 11a.m. and 2p.m. I'll be signing at the Giant Book Fair, and I'd love to see you!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

And the Caption Contest Winner is ...

Last week I posted a picture of a camel and asked for captions. (No need to take my word for it. Click here to see for yourself.)

I said another camel would be here this week to announce the winner, so here ya go:

Photo via morgeFile.com; words via moi.
If you can't see what the camel is proclaiming, it's Renee' Ross!!!

Her winning caption? This:

Photo via morgeFile.com

"It's Wednesday, you say? Darlin', in my world EVERY day is HUMP Day!"

I'd say that expresses what that camel is thinking quite nicely. Or, rather, quite naughtily. Which, to me (of course), is hilarious. 

Renee', if you'll email me at linda(dot)grimes(at)gmail(dot)com, I'll make arrangements for you to receive your pre-order of The Big Fix.

Anyone else who left a caption, email me and I'll arrange a digital copy of Pre-Fix for you via Amazon (for Kindle) or Barnes and Noble (for NOOK). Well, as long as you live in the US. I'm not sure how to give digital copies internationally. 

Thanks to everyone who participated! 

And may everyone have a Happy Hump Day! Whether it's Hump Day or not. *waggles eyebrows*

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Writer, a Camel, and Monty Python all walked into a bar...

Okay, who misses the camels? 

One person that I know of, at least. You know who you are. 

In case anyone else has been pining for camel pics*, here ya go:

Photo courtesy of morgeFile.com.

I love the smile on this camel's face. Makes you wonder what it's thinking. 

Hmm. What is this camel thinking? Something nice? Something naughty? Something totally outrageous?

I know! Why don't you decide? 

Caption-the-Camel Contest:

1. Study the picture.
2. Imagine yourself to be the camel. (If you're into method acting, that is. Otherwise, skip this step. It's not like I'll ever know the difference.)
3. Tell me in a comment what "you're" thinking.
4. Amuse me! Move me! Enlighten me! Make me groan! (Your choice. You don't have to do all of them.)
5. You know I'm difficult to offend, but do try to keep in within the realm of decency. If you find that you, in your new camel persona, are thinking bad words, mask them in the customary way ("@#$!"). Trust me, I'll fill in the blanks just fine. ;)

The First Ten participants will receive a free download of PRE-FIX (if you want it; if you already have it, you may transfer it to another party, or simply receive my gratitude for the smile you've no doubt given me).

The Writer of the Caption I Like Best (hint: this typically involves laughter on my part--I love to laugh), will receive a free pre-order of THE BIG FIX. Even if you're not in the first ten, you're still eligible for the main prize. (Again, this is transferable. Might I add that books make a great gift?)

Let's give it a week. The caption contest will end at 8 a.m. EDT next Wednesday, May 6, whereupon another camel will announce the winner. 

(This contest is US only, I'm afraid. But never fear, within a few weeks, in a guest post I'm doing on another blog, there will be an international contest! Details to follow.)

On your mark ...
Get set ...

*As opposed to pining for the fjords.**

**Yes, that was a gratuitous Monty Python reference.***

***If you don't know Monty Python ... oh, come on. Nobody doesn't know Monty Python. But if your memory is cloudy on the Dead Parrot sketch, here's a refresher:

P.S. Yes, I know. There is no bar. The camel, Monty Python, and I are not, in fact, having a drinking contest. Which is sad, because that probably would have been fun. Sorry about that! (Geez, writers will say anything for attention, won't they?)