Let’s Quill All the Lawyers: I love it when a plan comes together

April 18, 2009

quill-smI love my authors. I say it all the time. I love them because they’re proactive and jump in with both feet. Donna Ballman is no exception. She is the effervescent, humorous, brilliant author of The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers (I crack up at that subtitle every dang time I see it.)

I had mentioned to her that I’d love to get a foreword, and she whups out Judge Alex. Yah, baby.

I cannot wait for this book to come out because her wit mixes beautifully with all the info she spews forth. Anyone whose characters find themselves looking down the barrel of a lawsuit will use this book as their bible.

Donna, you so rock.

Disclaimer: be sure your bladder is empty when reading.

A Different Shade of Blue

March 18, 2009


No, no, I’m not talking about my latest hair color or the weather. It’s delightfully warm, and my hairdresser knows she’ll suffer permanent nerve damage should she turn my hair any color than ravishing blond.

I’m talking about our new book, A Different Shade of Blue by Adam Eisenberg. Now one would think I fell in love with this book because the (in)famous Janet Reid is Adam’s agent, and she knows what a sop I am when it comes to her queries. Maybe it’s because she always has some hilarious story that butters me up. Or the fact that she strokes my ego, even though we both know she’s full of Bandini. Whatever the reason, Janet brings me cool stuff, and Adam’s story is no exception.

I love stories about people overcoming immense odds, and there is no bigger group of heroes (heroines) than the first women cops. They broke all kinds of barriers in those early days and endured far more crap than most, all because they loved their jobs.

a-bit-o-irelandloresAdam…’scuse me…Commissioner Eisenberg is the perfect person to tell this story because as a man of the bench, he rubs elbows with these cops all day long. He has listened to their stories and seen a different side of them than just a badge. He gave these wonderful women…these ground breakers…a voice.

The stories are hysterical, poignant, sad, and flat out unbelievable. What impressed me the most was reading how women are better able to diffuse a situation without violence – which is a total “duhh” when I stop to think about it.

But more importantly, this isn’t just a cop book, but an extremely well-written book honoring women who overcame the odds and paved the way for future generations, no matter how bad it got. If that’s not a universal message, I don’t know what is. No matter how tough you have it, you’re not rubbing elbows with colleagues who carry weapons and testosterone overload.

I happened to be talking about Adam’s book at the Big Sur Conference last weekend, and Lynda Sandoval – who used to be a cop – piped up and said that she was never afraid to use her gender to work to her advantage. Sez she, “Hell, I’d wear a pinnafore and fucking pigtails to court if it would ensure putting some scumbag away.” Heh, I really must go buy some of her books.

Ann Rule wrote the forward to Adam’s book and regales us with some of her amazing stories of her time in uniform. Such good stuff!

So if you want to read about some of the bravest women who dared to rock the boat in Seattle, Washington, please do yourself a favor and buy a pre-release copy of A Different Shade of Blue, available only on our site until July, where it will be available everywhere. Heck, buy four or five. Besides, ladies, you have to admit that Adam is hot.

And the next time you get pulled over for speeding, make sure of the gender before you pull out the “ohmygodwasIreallygoingthatfastI’msooosorry” tears. She will not be swayed one bit. I, uh, speak from experience…

Spreading out the Welcome Mat

February 25, 2009

As seen on Publisher’s Marketplace:

February 24, 2009
CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen’s JAN’S STORY: LOVE LOST TO THE LONG GOODBYE OF ALZHEIMER’S, the moving story of his beloved wife’s descent into Early Onset Alzheimer’s, to Lynn Price at Behler, in a nice deal, by Paul Fedorko at Trident Media Group. pfedorko@tridentmediagroup.com

Are there any sweeter words? I’m beyond giggly excited. When Paul sent me the proposal, I shoved everything off my desk and grabbed for the Kleenex box.

CBS correspondent Barry Petersen is in the midst of writing a moving story about his lovely wife Jan, and I’m utterly hooked.

I had never heard of early onset Alzheimer’s before, and Barry’s story melted my heart and scared the hell out of me because of how it attacks a much younger population. Jan wasn’t that much older than I am when she suffered her first symptoms.This is an issue that isn’t widely discussed, and I couldn’t help but feel Barry’s platform and contacts make him the perfect person to bring this terrible affliction to the forefront.

I know what it’s like to be madly in love with someone, and the idea of suddenly having an expiration date on “forever” is the stuff nightmares are made of. Barry writes with a great voice that is free of maudlin and sugarcane prose but, nonetheless, made me feel every emotion that he has for Jan – a marvelous case of show vs. tell.

Sniff…so, Barry, after meeting and entertaining so many of the biggest names in the world, we hope you enjoy your stay at our happy little house. We’ll take very good care of you. If we don’t, I’m sure Paul will kill us.

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