September 16th, 2013

Chicago, Here I Come

Chicago’s where I come from, and day after tomorrow I’ll be there again for a few days. Prepare the fireworks, folks, here I come. Planning to have breakfast at the Moondance Diner in Burr Ridge, Hemmingway’s in Oak Park, and maybe quaff a cold one at the Rock Bottom Cafe in Chicago. If you want I’ll put up some pictures.

Oh boy, time to announce the Doing Max Vinyl Week 7 Trivia Question winner. Marjorie R., congratulations! Marjorie was one of many who submitted the right answer, Olive Garden. She wins a $5 Amazon gift card, and thereby would have enough to buy Collateral Damage AND Doing Max Vinyl and still have credit left over. Go figure!

Doing Max Vinyl Trivia Question #8, without further chit-chat: Why does Tris think “Dante” is a good name for a male puppy? Oooh, we’re getting into the down and dirty of Tris’s psyche, now. Why is it most people don’t seem to like Tris? I like her. She gets a bum deal, doesn’t she? Anyway, the answer to all the trivia questions can be found on Venture Galleries, and the week 8 answer can be found in part 23, 24 or 25.

You know I’m not going to sign off without reminding you that all answers to the trivia contest must be sent to by midnight PST on Sunday, September 22 to be considered valid. A winner will be randomly selected each week from the correct answers submitted. All correct answers submitted each week go into a hopper for the grand prizes at the end of $200 / $100 / $50. Good luck to one and all!


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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