Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sunday Tidbits

I'm trying something for the first time today, with my new camera (a gift from Jim). So, you're all guinea pigs. (Oh, and Mason? This is item #10 - I spent three and a half hours doing this on Saturday!)

I received the February batch of Penguin cozy releases too late for the Treasures in My Closet. Since so many blogs don't cover cozies, and I'm a fan, I'm doing short booktalks. Remember, I haven't had a chance to read these yet, so reviews will be out in February. But, here's a sneak peek.



For more "Previews of Coming Attractions," check out the Jungle Red Writers blog. And, Hank Phillip Ryan updated that posting with information about Charlaine Harris' forthcoming books.

April 6, 2010: CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT (Charlaine Harris - editor) Prime Crime, Berkley ISBN: 978-0-425-23563-8.

May 4, 2010: DEAD IN THE FAMILY Ace, ISBN: 978-0-441-01864-2.
August 3, 2010:


DEATH’S EXCELLENT VACATION (Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P. Kelner - editors) Ace, ISBN: 978-0-441-01868-0.

Janet Rudolph, editor of Mystery Readers Journal, announced the themes for the Mystery Readers Journal in 2010. Here's the Volume 26 line-up: African Mysteries; Paranormal Mysteries; Islands; Hobbies and special interests. She's looking for "articles, reviews and Author! Author! essays for these issues. Author! Author! essays are first person, upclose and personal essays from published writers about themselves, their mysteries, and the theme connection." Janet blogs at Mystery Fanfare.

And, this is a Sunday Tidbit I'm reluctant to pass on, because I WANT TO WIN! But, I'll share the information, reluctantly. Sisters in Crime is pleased to announce the first "We Love Libraries" lottery. Monthly grants of $1,000 will be awarded from January through December 2010. At the end of each month, a winner will be drawn from entries received at our website at www.sistersincrime.org. Only U.S. libraries may enter the drawing. That link will give you all the information you need to enter. (I still want to win for my library!)

So, let me know what you think of my first try at a video. And, thanks for stopping by for Sunday Tidbits!

43 comments:

Mary said...

I wanted to watch the video but when I clicked the play button a "this is a private video" message appears. I'll check back later!

Lesa said...

I hope it works now, Mary. Or, I hope someone tells me if it isn't working. Thanks!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Great video, Lesa! There are some great books coming out. I'm especially looking forward to Krista's new one that you mentioned in the piece.

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder
Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen

Jen Forbus said...

Lesa,

This is wonderful! That was a great idea, too. It's fun to mix it up with a video now and again!

What did you use to edit your movie? I love your transitions between books.

Can't wait for more to come!

Lesa said...

Thanks, Elizabeth! I'm glad you could view it. I had it set on the wrong setting. Live and learn! It is an interesting collection of books, isn't it?

Ingrid King said...

Wonderful video, Lesa! What type of camera were you using? I'm in the market for an easy to use video camera, so I'm always curious to hear what other people are using.

A lot of these books sound wonderful. And two even had cats on the cover, even though it didn't sound like they were cat themed from the description. Guess the old saying of put a picture of a cat up and people will come doesn't just hold true for websites, but for book covers, too!

Lesa said...

Thanks, Jen. And, I appreciate your comments about your camera. I used FlipShare to edit the video. I liked the sound of my voice. I just need more practice setting it up, and shaping the books. It was fun for a change.

Lesa said...

Well, that must be true about books, Ingrid, if you immediately caught the cats on the covers.

I'm using a Flip Ultra camera. I asked Jen Forbus, and then I read reviews online, and ended up with that. I'm just learning to use it, but I'm happy with it. Now, if you're going to do real videos, you'll want an actual camcorder, but for my needs, I think this is going to work just fine.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Was it taken with a 'video' or a 'still' digital camera?

bermudaonion said...

Your video is great! It's easy to hear you and I like the way you transitioned from one book to the next. I got a Flip camera for Christmas too, so I'm glad to see it worked so well.

DarcyO said...

I loved the video and can't wait to read some of these cozies.

Lesa said...

Diane,

It wasn't taken with an actual camcorder, although the Flip Ultra can take video. In fact, if you watch carefully, you can see the blinds moving in the background. When I get more proficient, someday I'll have a short author interview, as Jen Forbus and others do.

Lesa said...

Bermudaonion,

Thank you! I had fun learning to do it. You can tell I need some more practice, with the books in focus better, etc. But, I have pleased for a first effort. I'm really happy with the first result. Have fun with your Flip!

Lesa said...

Thanks, Darcy. I didn't mean to make everyone focus on the video, although it was my first attempt. I'm glad you picked up on the cozy mysteries. (smile) I'm looking forward to some of them, too.

Cleo Coyle said...

Superior and inventive idea to do a video--and it's a great round of releases from Penguin. I'm especially looking forward to Krista Davis's new one - The Diva Paints the Town! (Krista is our own Domestic Diva, the woman who put together our Mystery Lovers' Kitchen group blog. She's also a fabulous writer as well as a fantastic cook.)

Cheers and looking forward to more Lesa Video Reviews! Woot!

~Cleo
Mystery Lovers' Kitchen
“Six mystery writers cooking up crime…and recipes.”

Mason Canyon said...

Lesa, wonderful video. Sorry it took over three hours, but it was worth it for us to see. Great books coming out in February, can't wait
Oh, is the video something we can look forward to each week or each month? :) I hope.

Lesa said...

Diane - Jim told me to tell you a Flip is a video camera because it can't take still photos. What do I know? (grin)

Lesa said...

Thank you, Cleo! I'm so glad you liked the video reviews. It was fun, and once I get used to it, I'm sure I'll do a better job framing.

I hope Krista is happy with the book chat!

Thanks for the cheer!

Joe Barone said...

I enjoyed your little video. I've read the first two Pendragon (sp?) stories and liked them.

I read all kinds of mystery stories (noir to cozy). Sometimes it amazes me the variety of subjects (occupations) cozies encompass.

Lesa said...

Each week, or each month? It was fun. I just don't want people to get tired of it, Mason. Maybe I'll have to keep it in mind for Sundays, and talk about the books that arrived that week.

I could film on Sundays while the cats are napping (grin). Although, I'm sure most readers won't mind watching Jinx climb around the books.

Now, for a clever title for that section of Sunday Tidbits. Anyone have any ideas?

Lesa said...

Thanks, Joe. I'm looking forward to reading that first Pendragon mystery. It looks interesting.

It's fun to see the variety of hobbies and jobs covered in mysteries - everything we do in real life, I guess.

Janet Rudolph said...

Love your video clip. We all love to be read to...

Lesa said...

Thank you, Janet. I used to do adult story times - that's what I called my reader's theater performances in Florida, but knew adults wouldn't come to adult story times.

Wendy said...

Your video book chat was excellent, Lesa! I saw several books I'd like to read or recommend to friends and family. You go, girl!

Karen B said...

You have a very "listenable" voice and I enjoyed the video very much. Hope to see more of them!

Lesa said...

Great, Wendy! Thank you. That's the point of the entire book preview, to highlight books others might want to read. Thanks!

Lesa said...

Thanks, Karen. You never know exactly how others hear you, so it's nice to know it's a "listenable" voice. Thanks!

Janel said...

Loved the video. I discovered some books that I'll have to get!

Janet said...

I really enjoyed the video, and I'll be looking for several of the books.

And I'd really like to thank you for your review of "Faces of the Gone". I read and loved it. I had to order it at our local Borders, but based on my recommendation, they've ordered copies to sell in store.

Mary said...

Lesa, no problem getting it to work this time (was it just me?). Anyway, I love this way of getting word out about new books. Well done!

le0pard13 said...

Wonderfully done, Lesa! You have a good voice for these and the video edits were finished well. I hope to see more :-). Thanks for this.

Kay said...

Lesa, look at you. You're a star!! I really enjoyed this and you did a really good job. Thanks for the heads-up on lots of new books (like I need any more!! :-)).

Pat yourself on the back. The number of comments you've received so far tells you how popular this will be! Take care, girlfriend.

Lesa said...

Janel - Perfect! That's exactly what I want to do, encourage others to read more! Love to tell people about new books. Thanks.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Janet! Perfect! I'm glad you liked the video, picked out some books, and, even better, bought Faces of the Gone. It was on my list of top books for 2009. Thanks for asking the bookstore to carry it!

Lesa said...

Thanks, Mary! No, it wasn't just you. I'm glad you left me a note. It was my fault. Jim had told me to make the YouTube video private so people would go to my blog to view it. But, when I made it private, no one could watch it on my blog! Fortunately, you told me early enough that I could change it. Of course, I want all of you to see it. So, I owe you a note of thanks!

Lesa said...

le0pard13 -

Thank you. I appreciate your comments. Since I never know how others hear my voice, it's nice to know it's a good voice for this. I'll do more, but I don't want to wear people out with them. Maybe on Sundays.

Lesa said...

Thank you, Kay! No pat on the back. I want to continue to make them better. But, I appreciate the kind words, and I'll continue to do them. Oh, I know you don't need more books, but isn't it nice to get a sneak peek?

Krista said...

I love your video! What a great idea. Thanks so much for mentioning The Diva Paints the Town! I can't believe it's about to be released!

~ Krista

Lesa said...

Thank you, Krista! And, you're welcome. You need to thank a publicist at Berkley who sent me the book. Good luck with The Diva Paints the Town!

Beth Hoffman said...

Oh Lesa ...

I loved this!!! Very clever and informative. And I loved listening to your voice.

Applause to you, my friend!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Beth! I'm glad it worked, and I'm happy you thought it was clever and informative. Thank you!

Bonnie said...

I enjoyed the way you highlighted the cozies. I've been reading more of them so appreciated seeing the new titles. I hope that you continue to do this Lesa.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Bonnie. This week wasn't a good week to film, but I'm going to keep it up. Thanks for the encouragement!