TB: I think you've already lost a little weight.
Me: I just started this Hell on Monday, stop kissing my ass.
TB: ::bends over and air kisses my ass::
Me: Hardy har har.
TB: No, really. I think you have.
Me: I haven't eaten any vegetables yet today, so I'm not bloated yet. I think my body is still in shock from the roughage.
In news that isn't TMI - I figured out the other day that the walk I take on my lunch break at work is exactly one mile. And the time spent on this brisk walk just flies right on by thanks to downloadable audio books and my trusty MP3 player.
In case you haven't seen it here or here yet, September marks the month that all of Harlequin's front-list titles will be made available as ebooks. That means you can get the ebook version or the print version at the exact same time. Whatever format tickles your fancy. I personally don't do ebooks (no Reader, and do I really need to create the monster of a digital TBR pile?), but think this is pretty darn cool. And hey, even if you don't care for romance novels, Harlequin publishes "other stuff." Their Mira line has been chock full of interesting sounding suspense/thriller titles for the last several months.
Speaking of kick-ass publishers, I love the folks over at Holtzbrinck (St. Martin's Press, Tor and others) because they seem eager to share the wealth with librarians. They even have a Library Marketing Manager who has not only come out to visit with me, but has been loading me up with interesting ARCs - including the upcoming (January) Gas City by Loren D. Estleman. I adore Estleman's Amos Walker mysteries, so I'm particularly overjoyed to have an ARC - even if it's not part of that series.
A power struggle—between a police chief who has looked the other way for too long, a Mafia boss who holds the city's vices in his powerful grasp, and media reporters looking for a big story—turns what has been a minor dispute into a desperate struggle for survival.Setting this drama in a blue-collar metropolis dominated by an oil company, Estleman, with an unerring eye for telling detail and an ear for dialogue that reveals the secret desires of his characters, crafts a fascinating, deadly tapestry of love, ambition, revenge, and redemption, a stunning portrait of the human condition.