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September 24th I got…



It was my first time ever getting a book signed, like, get outta town.


I was at the South California Writer’s Conference in Irvine, CA, and she just happened to be there when I picked up her book, so naturally I thrust it in her direction and made her sign it. Wise decision.

Getaway by Lisa Brackman


Michelle Mason tells herself she’s on vacation. A brief stay in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. It’s a chance to figure out her next move after the unexpected death of her banker husband, who’s left behind a scandal and a pile of debt. The trip was already paid for, and it beats crashing in her sister’s spare room. When a good-looking man named Daniel approaches her on the beach, the margaritas have kicked in and she decides: why not?

But the date doesn’t go as either of them planned. An assault on Daniel in her hotel room, switched cell phones and an encounter with a “friend” of Daniel’s named Gary gets Michelle enmeshed in a covert operation involving drug runners, goons, and venture capitalists. Michelle already knows she’s caught in a dangerous trap. But she quickly finds that running is not an option. If she’s not careful, she’ll end up buried in the town dump, with the rest of the trash. Now she needs to fight smart if she wants to survive her vacation.

Now, I haven’t read many good reviews on this book, but that’s okay. It’s the experience.

I also went to the Japanese bookstore and picked up my second title by Haruki Murakami. It is quite possibly the coolest book to ever exist.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami


Opening the flaps on this unique little book, readers will find themselves immersed in the strange world of best-selling Haruki Murakami’s wild imagination. The story of a lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plotting their escape from a nightmarish library, the book is like nothing else Murakami has written. Designed by Chip Kidd and fully illustrated, in full color, throughout, this small format, 96 page volume is a treat for book lovers of all ages.

It opens up and sort of looks like a screenplay. There are two flaps that come apart like a traditional notepad. It was pretty much the only book printed in English at this store, so it was my only option. And I literally can’t wait to get into it. It’s perfect for the month of October. My Reading list is getting seriously spooky.

And last but not least, a pretty sweet bookmark… I mean Japanese bookstore? How does one leave without a sushi bookmark.


It really rounded things out nicely.


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