Blue Blazes!

So, I’ve been away. Brain melted for a while.

But! I’m here, now, and I wanted to share with you. Chuck Wendig over at Terrible Minds is having a contest for a Big Damn Stack of Books. I liked the sound of it, so I decided to take some shots and enter. The contest was,

Go get The Blue Blazes. Physical copy probably makes a prettier photo, but you can do a digital copy on the e-reader of your choice (long as I can tell what book it is). Get your picture taken with the book. Send me that picture…

I already had a copy so I thought it would be a cinch. I had some ideas,  but I made the mistake of “just reading the first few pages to get a feel for the book.” And, like with all Chuck’s work, I looked up a couple hundred pages in and hours later, so elated by the book yet angry at Chuck for some of the character’s actions. A good writer does that to me-sometimes I just want to reach out and strangle the character’s keeper. Lovingly. Lovingly strangle the word smith. That’s how I know it’s a good book-if I’m yelling at the pages and cringing and wanting to email the author and ask them why, it’s solid.

Killing Chuck (with love) aside, getting that far into the book gave me a pretty good feel for how I wanted the picture. Despite still wanting to beat sense into her, I love Nora and threw together my own version of her look, although the tartan skirt was a little lost in the pics. I added a fine scotch because yes, and a shotgun similar to Werth’s. No skates for the Get’Em Girls, so my roller blades had to suffice (Although I totally have skulls on my socks!)

Oh! I almost forgot-I’ve got the Blue Blazes! (Read the damn book already!)

Shaun helped with the first go-round of pics, but between the late hour and his hurt back, I couldn’t ask him to keep at because I wasn’t happy yet.

This round I did, about 12:30AM last night, using a tripod, a Nikod D50 and a remote. You’ll notice my hand holding the book might look strained, but something had to push the button.

I’m emailing Chuck a touched-up version of one of these for the contest, but I thought I’d share. Hope you like! For selfies, they’re not too bad. I think. Maybe.

Pick up your own copy of Blue Blazes from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or track it down at a local indie bookstore through Indie Bound.

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