Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Map of Lost Memories

It's been a great week here on the blog. I hope you'll vote for your favorite photo in the Camelot Where You Are contest from this week's entries. The ballot is over there at the top left and you can vote until midnight Sunday. Easy to vote and easy to enter! Each week's winner gets a free copy of Camelot & Vine when it comes out this fall!

I haven't been idle this week, oh no, I've been taking pictures and pursuing my bookish ways, sometimes at the same time. Last weekend I attended a book signing at Curve Line Space in Eagle Rock for The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay. It sounds like a wonderful book, literally! That's Kim on the left, and on the right is Karyn O'Bryant, the actor who voiced the audiobook.

I've mentioned Karyn before, a couple of times. She and I have acted in plays together and we're old friends. Kim and I are new friends. She's going to be a guest author here on PDP soon, so we can all look forward to that. I already like her, and I have to say it was especially lovely of her to invite Karyn to her signing and share the spotlight with her on her big day. Surrounded by the works of Edward Flynn, both Kim and Karyn read from The Map of Lost Memories.

I can't wait to read this book! And uh, hear it. Either way. (Although I admit I'm holding out for the audiobook.) The plot sounds exciting: set in early 20th century Cambodia, two mismatched women set out on a dangerous quest. The author has lived in southeast Asia and knows the land of which she writes.

Take a look at praise and description from Kim's website.

Have you read The Map of Lost Memories? Tell us what you think.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #4

It would be fun to make you guess where this bit of Camelot is located. Some of you surely recognize it. Even if you can't identify it you can tell this is the real wall of a real castle.

This entry comes from Dive. He recently clarified the difference between a castle and a palace for his blog readers at Small Glass Planet: "a castle is a fortification and will often have a hall or palace within it; a palace is merely a big house were someone self-important happens to live." Being a well-read architect, Dive is qualified to make the clarification.

What we have here is a castle, namely, the Tower of London. What a place! If and when you visit London, don't skip it. I don't care how over-rehearsed your guide is (mine was a riot), go. The history, the glory, the depravity, the years, the anguish, it's still there, you can't help but feel it and if you don't you're wearing too much armor.

I knew those hole-in-the-wall thingies were for arrows. I asked Dive what they're called.

"Those 'thingies' are known locally as 'wossnames'," said Dive, "but more correctly are simply called 'arrow slits'. The opening behind them (a niche big enough for a couple of men and their bows) is called the 'embrasure'."

You don't find a lot of wossnames in modern America, but you find them in Camelot.

Thank you, Dive!


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Stay tuned! Tomorrow and Sunday we'll vote for this week's favorite entry. Each weekly winner gets a free copy of my new book, Camelot & Vine, upon publication in October. Publication day is the final day for entries.

I'm excited about the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. It's easy to enter and anyone can do it. I'll accept entries until the day the book is published, which should be in early to mid-October. So send in your pics! Entry details are here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #3

Altadena has plenty of Camelot, and Laura Berthold Monteros proves with her entry:

"Here's my castle shot. It's the G.G. Green Carriage House in Altadena. You can see it from the Altadena Library parking lot. The library is on the site of the main house, which was torn down when the library was built. The carriage house, which was a small horse barn and garage for the carriages, has been turned into a family home. I went on a tour of it a couple years ago. The main home was built in 1888 and the carriage house shortly thereafter; it was sold in 1900. G.G. Green made his fortune in patent medicines, and built the Green Hotel in Pasadena in 1898, which is now known as the Castle Green."

You can find Laura Monteros and her writing in a number of places:
All Things Rose Parade
Tournament of Roses Examiner
Altadena Headlines Examiner
San Gabriel Foothills Examiner

Thank you, Laura!


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Stay tuned! Over the weekend we'll vote for this week's favorite entry. Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication, which I plan/hope/expect will be in October. Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries. So send in your pics!

I'm excited about the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. It's easy to enter and anyone can do it. Entry details are here.







Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #2

What did I tell you? Camelot is everywhere, yes it is, and Chris found it at the grocery store.

Chris found more than one grocery item. I won't tell you what the others are in case you find them and they become your entry. The contest requires one entry per person, so I asked Chris which of her photos she wanted to enter. "The King Arthur flour, of course!"

And of course King Arthur Flour has a website. Check it out. I think it's funny that they talk about their "all American flours," considering King Arthur is the quintessential British hero.

Thanks for your entry, Chris!


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I'm excited about the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. It's easy to enter and anyone can do it. I'll accept entries until the day the book is published, which should be in early to mid-October. Send in your pics! Entry details are here.

Then, all you have to do is stay tuned! Every weekend we'll vote for that week's favorite entry. Each weekly winner gets a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #1

Camelot in Jerusalem!

Our Camelot Where You Are photo contest begins with a flourish from Dina, of Jerusalem Hills Daily Photo.

Chivalric remnants can be found all around Dina's area, what with the Crusaders having charged through some years ago. Dina works on archaeological digs and knows all about these things. She told me that just this year, a Crusader horseshoe and its nails were discovered on the Temple Mount, and she got to see these items at the City of David annual archaeological conference.

The statue in Dina's photo stands outside the Tower of David Museum of Jerusalem History, and is one of a pair Dina posted about in 2008.

Thanks for your entry, Dina! And thanks for kicking off the contest so grandly.

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Stay tuned! This weekend we'll all vote for this week's favorite entry. Each weekly winner gets a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication in October. Publication day is the final day for entries.

I'm excited about the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. It's easy to enter and anyone can do it. I'll accept entries until the day the book is published, which should be in early to mid-October. So send them in! Entry details are here.

Want to win more books? PDP guest author and friend Margaret Finnegan is having a Goodreads Giveaway of an autographed copy of The Goddess Lounge!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Zen Monday: #213

It's Zen Monday all over again, the day you tell us what the photo's about rather than me telling you. Experience it, tell it, that's Monday Zen.




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The Camelot Where You Are photo contest starts tomorrow and I've already received entries from around the world! I'm so excited I almost time-traveled. I hope you're planning to enter, because each week I'll be giving away a free copy of my new novel, Camelot & Vine. Details are here. Go find some Camelot Where You Are, take a picture of it and send it in!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hair Pyrates

This photo doesn't tell you everything you need to know about Altadena, but it tells you a lot.

One thing it leaves out is the mansions. You would never guess mansions from this photo. Pasadena has mansions, too, but I don't know of a long hair shoppe.

Often, when I drop Boz off at his play date (at Sprocket's) I take side streets to come home. That gives me time to marvel at how lovely Altadena is, and then, once the border is crossed, Pasadena too. Pasadena may have shorter hair, but it's still good lookin'.


Hair Pyrates info (thank you, Katie).


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Entries are pouring in (well, they're arriving) for the Camelot Where You Are photo contest! I hope you'll enter! Its easy. Take a photo of Camelot Where You Are and email it to me. I'll post it, and at the end of each week we'll all vote on a winner (I'll recuse myself from the voting). Each weekly winner gets a copy of Camelot & Vine as soon as it's released (I'm shooting for early October). The contest will continue until the date of publication or until I run out of entries, whichever comes sooner. Contest rules are here.
Look around you. You'll see it. There's Camelot where you are.