Sunday, November 20, 2016

Guest Blogger Jaime Samms

For a long time, now, Mary has given me a standing invite to visit her blog, but for various reasons (read: Jaime is crap at remembering to do things) it hasn’t happened until today. So thank you, Mary, for being so very, very patient.

I'm really happy to be unveiling this print anthology of my dance stories, with three brand new, exclusive to this collection short stories about some of the in-between times and fringe characters alluded to in the main stories. Fair warning, I am totally dragging Mary into this, so be prepared :)

Now, if you all are like me, and I think it’s safe to assume a lot of you are, because if you're here, you probably read Mary’s books and maybe you’ll agree that one of the funnest things she does is treat us to little Easter eggs in her stories. No, not actual Easter eggs. I love it when a Marshal turns up in some unexpected place, or we see a crime boss in the background of a random restaurant scene, or one of Sam and Jory’s kids runs helter-skelter through someone else’s crime scene. (I don’t think that last one ever actually happened. But it could. Food for thought, Mary…)
Anyway, the thing is, this penchant of hers makes me pay more attention to those seemingly inconsequential tertiary characters. You never know where they might pop up again. They might even get their own book some day. In doing so, I have actually ended up paying more attention to some of my own throw-away characters. They become not-so-throw-away, and I feel like they need their little bit of the universe expanded.
So in a way, you can say that Mary is to blame for the three extra short stories in this anthology. So blame Mary. She’s awesome that way.
I’d like to give away a copy of this book while I’m here, and since it’s a print only volume, it will be signed. Here’s what to do: Comment on one of your favourite Easter eggs (one of mine, or one of Mary’s) and I’ll pick a name from the commenters out of a hat and send you a book!
I’ll give some hints for mine, because I’m guessing fewer of you have read fewer of my books than Mary’s. Think Patchwork Heaven music and The Detail Security Experts.)
Good luck, and let’s talk books!

Oh, but first. Pretty cover, because, well. It's spectacular!



11 comments:

  1. Thank you fro having me over, Mary!!

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  2. I just read Mary's When the Dust Settles. In it, one of the characters turns to the law firm Knox Jenner for assistance. Richard Jenner, and his firm, are characters from the A Matter of Time series. And I was so happy to see that pop back up!

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    1. Oh wow! See, I didn't know about this one, because I don't have this book yet. Now I'm gong to have bump it up the list and look for this.

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  3. I love the scene in Hannah's Big night where she runs into Ian & Miro. I think Mary is the first author who (for me) created easter eggs like this, it makes her worlds feel much more real. I mean we all know someone who knows someone, or is married to X's cousins next door neighbour :-)

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    1. Right? I'll never forget the day hubs was in Tim Horton's with or kids and some strange lady walked up to him, introduced herself and said "These must be [my mom and dad's] gradnkids. Which one are you married to?" (I have four brothers and four sisters, so maybe that ups the odds of meeting random people who know our people.) The lady in question was from our church. Hubs was understandably taken aback for a sec. lol!

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  4. One of my favorite, almost continuous Easter eggs is how Nate Qells's ex-boyfriend from "Acrobat", Duncan Stiel becomes part of the Matter of Time universe when he shows up in "But for You" then get his own book and NOW Nate and his partner pop up in the Marshalls series "Tied Up in Knots". Whew! Love it.

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  5. I luv that Mary surprise Miro at the airport scene toward the end of the book "All Kinds of Tie Down" with quick interaction between Sam and his daughter Hannah as well as Jory gave a quick "hi" to agent White..

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    1. I just love Sam and Jory's kids. They crack me up. They are so much their fathers' children. I think she did a great job with that.

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  6. Guess what came in the mail today! I now have my author copies, so I will count from latest post to first (1-4)...pick a number at random...2, which makes Josie the recipient of a signed paperback. Please get in touch and will figure this thing out :)

    Jaime

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