September 25th, 2013

Breakfast in America

Once in a while, I miss those great American breakfasts. The kind you get at a restaurant, in this case the Moondance Diner in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Of course, if I ate like this every morning I’d have to take drastic action. Like skipping lunch. And dinner.

Returning to today’s business, I am pleased to announce the week 8 winner in the Doing Max Vinyl trivia contest is  Nazneen A. She correctly answered the question about why Tris named her puppy Dante. It’s because Tris thinks Dante covered just about every sort of human weakness and therefore felt it’s a good name for a male.


Unhappy with the contest results? You know what you have to do. Head over to Venture Galleries to part 27, 28 or 29 of the serialization of Doing Max Vinyl and find the answer to question #9: What seems different about the Lincoln when Brainard, Ike and Tranny return to the car? Remember, your answer has to be sent to by Sunday, September 29 at midnight PST to be valid.

Chicago buildings I admired as I walked in their shadow:


Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred's entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December 2013, and was followed by its sequel, Inferno, in June 2014.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

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