Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Good day, everyone.

Sit back and relax ... it's time for me to tell you all about ME ....  DON'T touch that delete button! You'll be sorry. You ALL need to read this. I have feelings too, you know.

SO what if I blow arctic winds down every block, through every bare tree, and for miles skirting the lakefront?

It's winter, my time to SHINE. How else can you really appreciate the stunning architecture of my buildings; keep warm by a roaring fire in one of thousands of my cozy restaurants; find a Starbucks on every other one of my corners to sip a delicious latte; or spend the night at one of my FANTABULOUS theaters. Are you starting to get the picture?

So if my temps drop to below zero .... so what ... right? What better time to cuddle up in your robe and read a good book; snuggle up with your honey for a romantic evening; or, if you are free at the moment, pet your treasured kitty or doggy friend.

SO why would anyone ever want to leave me .... right? I mean really people, get a grip. I am too cool for words. But yet, some one did leave me and I am devastated .... Here's his story ...

Written by ...

None other than ...

The woman who RUINED MY LIFE, by showing me in a bad light ....

Julie Flanders.

The Blurb: When Detective Danny Fitzpatrick leaves his hometown of Chicago and moves to Fairbanks, Alaska he wants nothing more than to escape the violence and heartbreak that left his life in pieces. Numbed by alcohol and the frozen temperatures of an Alaskan winter, Danny is content with a dead-end job investigating Fairbanks' cold cases. That all changes when a pretty blond woman goes missing on the winter solstice, and Danny stumbles upon some surprising connections between her disappearance and that of another Fairbanks woman three years earlier. Forced out of his lethargy, Danny sets out to both find the missing woman and solve his own cold case. 

The investigation points Danny towards Aleksei Nechayev, the handsome and charming proprietor of an old asylum turned haunted tourist attraction in the Arctic town of Coldfoot. As he tries to find a link between Nechayev and his case, Danny's instinct tells him that Nechayev is much more than what he seems. 

Danny has no idea that Nechayev is hiding a secret that is much more horrifying than anything he could ever have imagined. As his obsession with finding the missing women grows, Danny finds his own life in danger. And when the truth is finally revealed, the world as he knows it will never be the same. 

I know this story sounds great ... of course it does, Julie is an amazing writer, BUT can you honestly BELIEVE he would leave ME for ALASKA? Would you? And, to add insult to injury, she even has the audacity to have this gorgeous cover plastered ALL OVER the blogoshere! How much more can a city take?

Okay. Now you've seen it. Stop gawking. You KNOW what you have to do next ....

Bio: Julie Flanders is a librarian and a freelance writer who has written for both online and print publications. She is an avid animal lover and shares her home in Cincinnati, Ohio with her dog and cat. Polar Night, a suspense thriller with a supernatural twist, is her first novel. It will be published by Ink Smith Publishing on February 7, 2013. Find Julie online at her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook

Hi, Everyone.... I finally got  to reclaim my blog. Chicago is really in such a state right now. LOL.

I hope you enjoyed my bit of dramatic fun for this HUMP day. Have a great day! Drop by on Friday for my TAG... Yes, I got tagged by Ciara Knight for a fun meme.


  1. This is perfect weather to promote this book. It's frigging freezing out. And you're right, it's a perfect time to curl up and read.

  2. Ha! Thanks for the reminder that I have to walk my son to his bus stop in -2 F temperature. Yuck! :)

    Love this post, even if I hate the cold weather. Good luck with your book, Julie.

  3. When I first started reading your post, I knew you had to be talking about Chicago! Greatest city, ever. :) And Julie's cover is simply gorgeous.

    P.S. to Michael: I wanted to let you know that I'll be at The Glen Ellyn, Illinois, bookstore on February 21 from 6-8pm for a signing/discussion. I know that's out in the 'burbs and may not be convenient for you. But if you happen to be in the area, would love to meet you, Michael! :)

  4. Haha, thanks so much Michael! I'm so sorry I ruined Chicago's life though LOL. Please, don't take it personally. You're the best, thank you! :)

  5. Terrific introduction to this book. I've seen it all over the blogosphere and even via facebook. The cover really does look fantastic.

    Have a terrific day!

  6. Natalie had the perfect comment: fabulous weather to promote this book. I saw this cover and blurb yesterday for the first time. Thanks so much for sharing it and best of luck to Julie!

  7. What a great imaginative intro to a fascinating book. Harry Dresden, wizard P.I., would applaud you for doing it praising his city. There are sections in every one of his books where he speaks of his city with love and with sadness.

    Bet of luck to Julie!

  8. It certainly caught my attention. Great post.

  9. Each season has something great to recommend it. Winter is a great time to want to snuggle down and read and hibernate. I don't think its just the earth that needs to be...quiet and at rest.

    I do like the premise of Polar Night. I love a good suspense/thriller! I'll have to check it out.

  10. Yes, why would someone want to leave the frigid windy city in winter - for Alaska?! I guess Danny doesn't know you can't escape yourself but I suspect he'll probably find that out soon enough.

    Sounds like just the book for a cold night by the fire :)


    Hahahaha... I love it. I don't think I've ever been as gripped to see what a book would be about before. Clever, clever, clever with the whole Chicago thing.

    And Julie's work looks fantastic. Loving it, Michael!

  12. I love Julie and can't wait to read her book. :)

  13. I LOVED the intro to this promo for Julie's book and can't wait to read it!

  14. What an amazing intro. How sweet of you Michael!

    (and I already put the book in my TBR pile!)

  15. That was totally fun. Yes, Chicago is feeling exactly like that right now (judging by the 'burbs, anyhow).

    Congratulations, Julie! Hi Michael!

  16. Way cool Michael; how fitting.


  17. I do love the sound of this book, and the cover is awesome.

  18. What a book for the season--and isn't that cover shiver-worthy! Oh, how I'd love some of that cool!! However, it started raining last night, so we may have turned a corner!

    I love the dramatic way you introduced the book, Michael.


  19. Congrats to Julie! This is an amazing story and yes, it is the perfect time to curl up with a good book.

  20. Very cool blog. Interesting posts. ;)
    Nice atmosphere guests with you here on the blog. ;]
    Yours. Have a nice day. !

    Follow me on facebook fanpage and blog
    I'm very concerned about this, please. :)

  21. So exciting! Congrats to Julie- looking forward to her book.

  22. This book looks awesome. I'm going to download this afternoon. What a great time of year to promote this book.