Anniversary Bash 6: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Adventure

Barbara Vey -- March 12th, 2013

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Welcome to day 2 of the 6th Anniversary Bash here at Beyond Her Book.  Today we celebrate more of my favorite genres.  I cut my teeth on Agatha Christie, Robert Ludlum, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Erle Stanley Gardner and Ian Fleming.  Our party takes place at the Bates Motel.  I remember the first time I saw Psycho.  I was just a kid, but it scared the crap out of me.  I didn’t take showers until I was well into adulthood, only baths.  Even now I find myself looking through the shower curtain with flashbacks to my childhood.  That’s the sign of a great thriller that stays with you.

margaritaAdelle Laudan is passing out Strawberry jello with peach schnapps shooters. Ann Stratton decided to go with a Mexican theme although I’m not sure what Tequila, Margaritas, tacos, quesodillas, chips, hot sauce, and sombreros have to do with the  Bates Motel.  Kim Hornsby says, “I will bring a frosty jug of Blue Hawaii’s along with taro chips and Maui onion dip. I’m also bringing a male hula dancer to give hip swiveling lessons.”  Lisa Mondello has some fine Italian food from Providence along with Heroes of Providence, those sexy Police Officers and Fire Fighters to protect and serve.This day has sure got a lot of international flavors.


Brad Parks says, “In honor of Barbara’s passion for the Milwaukee Brewers, I’m bring bratwurst and a selection of beers by Leinenkugel. Game on!”  I’m all about the brats and I hope he brought some sauerkraut to put on them. Tonya Kappes told me, “I’ll bring Skyline Chili dip and chips! It’s a local favorite and I’d love to add a little spice to the party!”

Nancy Naigle has done her homework and says,  “Since The Bates Hotel has been doing some upgrades. I’m bringing the new fluffy bathrobes and slippers — crimson red. One for everyone who checks in.”  I just saw S. Froetschel with a strange mixture of cupcakes, candles and mace.  Tina Wainscott said, “Aside from a really good lock for my room, I’ll bring Kill Me Now shots (these are usually served at closing time when the lights come up).”

dead bodyWhile a lot of the authors are all about the food, D.V. Berkom has just walked in with a dead body.  Not good. E.K. Prescott said, “I am bringing Sherlock Holmes. I have read all of Conan Doyle’s stories about this famous literary detective. Thus he has a part in every book. One of the main characters Detective Professor Richard Wikki receives a replica of Sherlock’s pipe from his mentor upon graduation from Cambridge University in England. And the third book in this series murder mystery will align with Doyle’s short story printed by Strand Magazine in 1923.”  Elizabeth Delisi has just found a card from the “Fatal Fortune Tarot,” to help solve the mystery.  Erick D. Burgess is  bringing his good friend Batman — a perfect partner for solving crimes and delivering justice.


Sally Eggert brought sangría in an ominous shade of blood red, some snazzy popcorn seasoned with roasted garlic and olive oil, and one of my favorite romantic, suspenseful films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” complete with spine-tingling mood music composed by the great Bernard Herrmann!  Sharon Hamilton walked in with a freaky mobile DJ who plays Oldies.

Dianna Love’s Slye Temp agents have set up a huge cabana next to Bates Motel where they’re giving massages. Josh is behind the bar mixing apple martinis.  Here comes Ryder with lattes and a smile.  Nick and Dingo are setting up the chocolate fountain and looking scrumptious all on their own. To die for activities at the Bates Motel.  L.J. Charles is bringing on the bling with Mardi gras beads…lots of them.

Bottom Line:  I thought the cemetery was bad yesterday, but this Bates Motel is the thing that nightmares are made of.

Here’s the rules.  Leave any comment and get an entry to win one of the fabulous prizes.  You can comment more than once for more chances.  Winners will be picked daily and posted on the blog March 18th.  Winners will have one week to claim their prize.

Many thanks to the following for their generous prizes:

Dianna Love – Kindle Fire tablet and signed copies of Last Chance To Run, Nowhere Safe and Justifiable.  ***PLUS, Dianna is here today with a special “invasion.” She’ll be visiting all day and offering “Win It Now” prizes from 8:00 am – 5pm CST.

Lisa Mondello – A Nook HD 8 GB

Ann Stratton – three paperback copies of Buried Heart

Brad Parks - A signed, personalized copy of THE GOOD COP. Tufts of the author’s chest hair are also being offered but are not considered mandatory.

D.V. Berkom – Signed copies of the Leine Basso Series (Serial Date and Bad Traffick) 2 sets (US only)

E. K. Prescott – 1 book: The Ivy League Chronicles: 9 Squares

Elizabeth Delisi – Two e-book copies of my paranormal mystery, “Fatal Fortune”


L.J. Charles – One complete set of the Everly Gray Adventure series (4 books + Novella). Either digital or print – winner’s choice.

Marilyn Baron and Sharon Goldman- A copy of their new eBook, Murder at the Outlet Mall.

Nancy Naigle - $10 Amazon Gift Card

S. Foetschel – Signed copy of 4th mystery, Fear of Beauty

Sally Eggert – A $20 Amazon gift card

Sharon Hamilton – Signed Jimmy Thomas poster of Accidental SEAL, paperback version of Accidental SEAL and Fallen SEAL Legacy (one each only)

Tonya Kappes – two print copies of my cozy mystery Strung Out To Die and two digital copies any format of the same.

Erick D. Burgess- PDF copies of my two mysteries, Under Abnormal Conditions and Mask of Shadows, and an advance PDF copy of my thriller, Darker Than Night

Adelle Laudan – A signed print copy of Killer Scents

Tina Wainscott – Winner’s choice of any digital book by “Tina Wainscott writing as Jaime Rush.”


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