Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Eggs, Post Mortem-Style

Not many writers can resist slipping in-jokes and homages into what they write-- I certainly can't. In honor of Sunday's holiday, here are a few of the Easter Eggs you can find in Parish Mail #2, Post Mortem.
  • The street where Beauchamp's House of Voodoo is located is named after the city where I wrote both Post Mortem and Dead Letter Office.
  • The look of the mailbox tree in the series is an homage to the special trees in the Song of Ice and Fire books (and the Game of Thrones HBO series) by George R. R. Martin.
  • Celia's description of the Fleur-de-Lis Sisterhood in the dinner scene with her grandparents and Tilly contains a shout-out to Alphas, a TV show I worked on. It's one of Gary's signature lines.
  • If you choose the incorrect path in Chapter 8 for Celia and Tilly to investigate, they'll end up at a location that's an homage to an infamous spot in the TV show Breaking Bad, one of my favorite shows.
  • Depending on the choices you make, you might meet a ferocious Rottweiler who's named after the childhood pet of a good friend. The name's the only thing the two dogs have in common -- the real version was a fairly dim Cocker Spaniel and in no way ferocious, I'm told.
  • Celia's wry words to Tilly in Chapter 11 just as they're about to head into danger include a subtle Eureka reference, another TV show I worked on. Sheriff Carter uses this phrase to describe a terrifying robot. (I didn't write the line, by the way: Co-Executive Producers Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer did)
  • The name of Celia's mom's band is the name of my band in the videogame Rock Band (and is also another Alphas/Eureka in-joke, one that's too hard to explain...).
Happy hunting, and Happy Easter!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway: DLO Hard Copy

From March 25 through April 26, you can enter on Goodreads to win a limited edition print copy of Dead Letter Office! How is that? I don't even have one of those! (Hmm, maybe I should enter myself...)

Enter today and good luck!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Dead Letter Office Gets an "A"!

A big thank you to Verb Vixen for her review of Dead Letter Office.

Do you like:
New Orleans? Ghost stories? History? Mysteries? Choose your own adventures? Stories set in high school? Magic? Swoon worthy boys? Girls with gumption?
If you replied yes to ANY of the above then you’re going to love Dead Letter Office!
Kate also calls out the book's NOLA setting and interactivity for a positive mention, and I just love this description of Celia:
[Celia] is recklessly brave, endearingly hopeful and most of shines with an inner strength and resolve that we often don’t see in heroines in contemporary YA these days.
Check out the full review!


Thursday, March 07, 2013

FREE Coliloquy Ebooks for Women's History Month

I'm honored to have Dead Letter Office included in a wonderful giveaway my publisher Coliloquy is holding in honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day. Just email them for a copy of DLO or several other terrific interactive titles.

Check out all the details on Coliloquy's blog!