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Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th. In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Ruby Slippers for Me, Please

By Shari Randall

While I was recuperating from the flu, I watched my share of classic films on TCM. Hollywood movie musicals have healing properties, after all. While holed up on the couch I discovered a Facebook group for fans of classic movies – Turner Classic Movies Fan Site! Yes, there really is an exclamation point in the name.

Fans from around the globe meet on the site to share their love of classic film – defined as a movie at least fifty years old. This guideline is routinely ignored by enthusiastic fans. I don’t mind. This group has been a great source of fun and good movies for my watch list.

A thread from this group blew up last week with a fun question: What prop, from any movie, would you most want to own?

Over 700 people replied and responses are still coming in.

Mystery readers will be happy to know that the Maltese Falcon statue from the Humphrey Bogart movie was one of the top wants. Shortly after that entry appeared, another fan said he wanted the Millennium Falcon.

Other fans lusted for the clothes of famous screen actresses from Rita Hayworth to Jean Harlow; the ring from The Lord of the Rings; and Audrey Hepburn’s Royal Ascot hat from My Fair Lady.

I put in a pitch for Steve McQueen’s Mustang from Bullitt. The Batmobile, James Bond’s Aston Martin, and the Back to the Future Delorean were tops with car enthusiasts.

Other props were more portable: Ralphie’s BB gun from Christmas Story; Moses’ staff from The Ten Commandments; Dracula’s cape; Gene Kelly’s umbrella from Singin’ in the Rain.

The top two wants? Scarlett O’Hara’s curtain dress and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.

I’ve visited the ruby slippers at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. They were small – size five – and a bit worn. Not surprising, as they were one of several pairs of cheaply made props that Judy Garland actually danced in.

The shoes are deteriorating, so the Smithsonian ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund their restoration. If you are a fan, this is good news, as the beloved footwear will be repaired and conserved for the future. If you are a fan, this is bad news, since the ruby slippers will be removed from view while the conservation process takes place. The last day to see the slippers is April 23, 2017.

What artifact from a movie or book would you like to own?


Jim Jackson said...

After my post yesterday on "Simplify" my response must be that I don't need any artifacts from movies.

Margaret Turkevich said...

in the spirit of simplification, a refrigerator magnet book cover of the Maltese Falcon. I put a magnet on the dishwasher when it's running or clean.

Kait said...

I can't think of a prop I would like to own, mainly because I don't think the reality (like the ruby slippers) could live up to the aura the imagination brings to them. I have loved the magic of seeing multiple props on the large and small screen and the happiness, fear, affection, etc. they have brought me there, and I'm always grateful when I can visit again. Wait--I take that back--the bell in It's a Wonderful Life. That would look lovely on my tree, and if it ever rang of its own accord...well, you know.

Grace Topping said...

It amazes me that the Maltese Falcon still comes up number one. My husband and I were in Malta last spring (wonderful place) and they had replicas of it on sell in the gift shops.

I'm with Jim and don't need anymore items for my home. But I think sometimes a unique item would be nice to have--I would gladly get rid of some other things to make room for it.

Warren Bull said...

indiana Jones' whip.

Gloria Alden said...

Like Jim, I have so many things given to me or bought on my travels that I can't think of one thing else to add to all my stuff. Even a signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, would probably just collect dust on my shelves of so many books throughout my house.

KM Rockwood said...

My first thought, even before I got to it in the blog, was Scarlett's curtain dress! But I have to admit I don't need (or really want) more stuff! I love the refrigerator magnet idea.

We do have a replica of The Christmas Story's leg lamp in the front window.

Shari Randall said...

Jim, I have to admit, after all my moves I like your "Simplify" philosophy!

Great idea, Margaret! A fridge magnet wouldn't take up any room and would be useful.

Kait, you were not alone! Lots of people would also like that bell.

Grace, you are the only person I know who has ever been to Malta. You must have picked up a few souvenirs, yes?

Warren, that was a top want!

Gloria, I have so many signed books but I could never part with them. That's one souvenir I like.

KM - what a riot! I laugh just thinking about that leg lamp.

E. B. Davis said...

I'll take a Delorean if no one else wants it. I'd also take Katharine Hepburn's clothing from Philadelphia Story! To have to choose between Doris Day and Katharine Hepburn would be sad, even if they are/were totally different. Doris's clothing was wonderful, too!

Shari Randall said...

Hi EB, the Delorean is yours! I'm with you about the clothes - they were so elegant.