July 20, 2006

The Final Finalists or, Alas, Poor Blogging for Books, We Knew Thee Well...

You remember how we always lift a glass to the absent Zero Boss, because he made it up? Well. He is absent no more, and next month, Blogging for Books will return to its rightful home. SO! Perhaps it will come back here every now and again for special guest extended metaphors, but for now, it is turning like a homing pigeon and all we see is its feathered behiney zooming to far horizons. I think it's kinda cool that this last FTK B4B has me as the special guest author. And THAT means the top three entries will win special packets of Between, Georgia loots.

An AWESOME new review of Between (called Nonny Has Two Mommies) is up on the Creative Loafing website, AND, Entertainment Weekly gave it an A- and said "Jackson's tough Southern gals surprise and delight." TRA and then La!

ALSO I finally heard from an ACTUAL Betweenite...Betweenian? Betweener? ANYWAY --- Between has a Methodist church with a cemetary behind it! It's the most info I have gotten on REAL Between. Interesting. See, I made the town's church Southern Baptist and made all the Methodists drive over to get their preaching in Loganville. I can't imagine a town as small as Between has TWO churches, but, this is GEORGIA, so maybe they do.

AT ANY RATE, Special! Guest! Blogger! Kim has the B4B FINALISTS for us....

Hi Joss!
Boy when you said "and judge she will".....you were not joking!
If I counted correctly, i believe there were 32 entries, not too shabby at all.
32 entries that i read over and over and over again, 'cause there really was not a bad one in the bunch. But i had to pick 7.
That required making of lists.....lots of lists on little yellow post-it-notes.

The final seven are as follows, in no particular order.

Hello, Self
Edgy Mama
Keepin' the Faith
but i digress...
A Boston Yankee in Southern California
Mom on a Wire

Big hands clapping round of noise for all of those who entered this month. I am so glad that Ido not have to make the final choice...That, my friends,would just be too difficult.

Thanks Miss Joss for letting me share your space for a minute...

Kim Wilson

Now it is up to the finals judge The Bloggess who pens Her Green Figs to choose the winners. Be careful clicking that link---she has a MEME up today. I hear those things are catching...

IN TOUR NEWS: I am in Atlanta tonight at the Margeret Mitchell House downtown if you want to come see me. The Charlotte stop was an ASTONISHINGLY Cool Bit of Tour. FIRST, I got to finally meet up with the amazingly talented Sara Gruen. I fell in love with her third novel, Water for Elephants, when they sent it to me to ask for a blurb, and while we have emailed and such, we've never before been in the same city. We had our publicists co-ordinate so we could be in the same hotel. Sara's as delightful as her book, and oh Best Beloveds, that's saying something. THEN at my signing the next day, THREE FTK regs showed up. I can't tell you much about either the evening with Sara OR the FTK regs lunch---what happens in Charlotte, we all agreed, DERN WELL STAYS IN CHARLOTTE, but I can tell you it was double nifty plus two.

SECRET NOTE TO ANONYMOUS FTK REG: Dude, THANK YOU. That was so sweet. But PS, when you send a LETTER, you have to put a return address or people can't ANSWER and have to resort to SECRET NOTES on a blog.

SECRET TRASHY TV OBSERVATION: The best season of project runway yet is happening RIGHT NOW. I already love Laura. I already am SO sad Malan took his beautful eyebrows and left. I already want to drown Vincent in bleach.

Posted by joshilyn at July 20, 2006 9:17 AM

Tra! La!

Thanks for honoring my somewhat wicked little fairy tale (don't worry, it's PG-13).

Congrats to all the finalists!

And congrats to Joss, particularly for the EW review (btw, the book editor at EW is an old friend of mine, but I swear I had NOTHING to do with him reviewing Between--though I will e-mail him and congratulate him on his excellent taste).

Posted by: Edgy Mama at July 20, 2006 9:32 AM

I am SO excited!! :)

ALSO, I just HAVE to comment on Project Runway because, OMG I was super CREEPED OUT by Malan and his maniacal laugh, until last night when my heart actually fell to the FLOOR for him. :( And WTH, with Vincent? Everyone was blaming Angela but he wouldn't LET HER help. ...he's.... compelling TV, I guess!

Sorry to hijack. HUGE fan of PR.

Posted by: el-e-e at July 20, 2006 9:40 AM

Oh my gosh -- I'm a finalist! And it's my very first B4B ever. *preen* I totally second what el-e-e said above about Malan. At first I didn't like him, but I felt really sorry for him and don't think he should have gone home so early. Personally, I was rooting for a double elimination of Vincent and Angela. Just pathetic. And I love Laura, too! She's my favorite so far.

Posted by: Aimee at July 20, 2006 10:30 AM

One day, I will win a B4B, though not while it is here, it seems. Oh well, I will be seeing Joss on Monday.

Posted by: Heather at July 20, 2006 11:18 AM

Ahh, the stories that can never be told.

Posted by: Autumn at July 20, 2006 11:29 AM

Congrats to all of the finalists...and B4B is packing its bags???? So glad i got to be a part of its last fling here......

Posted by: kim at July 20, 2006 11:45 AM

I read WATER FOR ELEPHANTS on your recommendation. and it was wonderful. If only she had a blog like yours, so people could tell her!

Posted by: desi at July 20, 2006 4:42 PM

I feel silly, I posted a day late(blush)and on B4B's last run too! I still want to read these two books though; if they are written half as well as Joshilyn's posts; I'm in for some nice surprises, tongue in cheek, and kleenex box moments!! Perfect, and thankyou in advance, Joshilyn!


Posted by: North at July 20, 2006 4:44 PM

Patzi Raven's: Behind The Stained-Glass Window is also a great read!! Currently, I'm designing her next novel's cover. What an honour!! My first, commissioned cover job!!


To view her current best seller! I'm working on the cover, for her next one!

What is the name of the author for Water for Elephants? I love good authored books!! and usually choose via recommendations....

Posted by: North at July 20, 2006 4:49 PM

What Autumn said...!
Congrats to all of the B4B finalists!
To all of you that get to meet Joshilyn in the future, you are soooo very lucky!!

Posted by: dee at July 20, 2006 5:04 PM


Sara Gruen wrote Water for Elephants. Here's a link.


Posted by: Ybbf at July 20, 2006 7:33 PM

Thanks, vbbf!! Greatly appreciate you providing the author's name and a link too!!

It's friday!! Have a great weekend, everyone.


Posted by: North at July 21, 2006 9:58 AM

No, y'all, this isn't B4B's last run, it's just returning to Jay Allen's site (formerly The Zero Boss and the man who created B4B).

Thanks, Joss, for being a gracious hostess of B4B for all these months!

Posted by: Edgy Mama at July 21, 2006 10:09 AM

Um...looks to me like the author's name (Sarah Gruen) and a link to her website is in the blog entry?

Posted by: Oliphant at July 21, 2006 4:24 PM

Well I'll be danged. Never thought I had a chance! Thanks y'all :)

Posted by: poopie at July 21, 2006 4:27 PM

Thanks EdgyMama for the info, and to vbbf too : )

My son leaves for college in like 3 weeks, looks like I have 3 wonderful books, to keep me company to get me over the hump of empty nest syndrome!

For me too, it's rare to see an auther keep a blog-and I say "kudo's" to all!

Posted by: North at July 21, 2006 10:26 PM

What's B4B? Can cats enter?

Posted by: Miss China Paws at July 22, 2006 4:01 PM

Wow...those entries are so cool! Maybe I'll enter next time...

Posted by: The Money Guru at July 22, 2006 6:00 PM

Congrats to the finalists! Great entries, all of them. :)

Posted by: dragonfly at July 24, 2006 3:17 AM