Friday, May 31, 2013

Exclusive BEA Cover Reveal: Sing Sweet Nightingale by Erica Cameron

Mariella Teagen hasn't spoken a word in four years. 

She pledged her voice to Orane, the man she loves—someone she only sees in her dreams. Each night, she escapes to Paradise, the world Orane created for her, and she sings for him. Mariella never believed she could stay in Paradise longer than a night, but two weeks before her eighteenth birthday, Orane hints that she may be able to stay forever. 

Hudson Vincent made a pledge to never fight again.

Celease, the creature who created his dream world, swore that giving up violence would protect Hudson. But when his vow caused the death of his little brother, Hudson turned his grief on Celease and destroyed the dream world. The battle left him with new abilities and disturbing visions of a silent girl in grave danger—Mariella.

Now, Hudson is fighting to save Mariella's life while she fights to give it away. And he must find a way to show her Orane’s true intentions before she is lost to Paradise forever. 

Erica Cameron knew that writing was her passion when she turned a picture book into a mystery novella as a teen. That piece wasn't her best work, but it got her an A. After college, she used her degree in Psycology and Creative Writing to shape a story about a dreamworld. Then a chance encounter at a rooftop party in Tribeca made that a reality.
You can find her on twitter @byericacameron. SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE is her first novel.

Behind the Scenes at BEA Take Two

We've already shown you a look behind the scenes before the crowds and craziness took hold of the Javits Center at BEA:

Well, now we thought we'd share a few photos from the floor filled with BEA attendees as well as from many of our sponsors. Enjoy!


Stay tuned for even more!!!

Announcing Daily Winners: Day 3!!

It is time to announce our first round of winners, all courtesy to our fabulous 2013 sponsors!!  Read on to find out if you are one of our first lucky winners and how to claim your prize!!


Landi Martinez (ABookGeek)



Now that you have won, how do you claim your prize?  Follow the directions below:
  1. Review our list of giveaways and pick your top three choices.
  2. Complete the Prize Claim Form.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours, confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address, depending on your prize. 
Questions?  Email armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com.

ELDER ROAD DAILY GIVEAWAY: Counterfeit Kids by Rod Baird

It’s another daily giveaway thanks to Elder Road Books! Today I bring you Counterfeit Kids: Why they can’t think and how to save them by Rod Baird!

Veteran English teacher Rod Baird digs straight into the problem of teens, their parents, and their teachers. Demanding the best from his high school senior English students, Rod encounters everything from hovering parents to a school system that promotes inflated grades and quick processing over education. Reading the transcripts of his classroom discussions, one wishes that just once he had had a teacher like Mr. Baird. This eye-opening book should be required reading for every parent and every teacher. 

For the next 24 hours only (deadline: Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM EST), you can receive your very own e-copy of Counterfeit Kids: Why they can’t think and how to save them by Rod Baird. Send email to, subject: Counterfeit Kids Giveaway. Indicate Kindle or ePUB version.

For more information on Elder Road Books, visit Nathan Everett's website, Writer's Cramp.

Thank you to Elder Road Books for sponsoring this giveaway!

Ethics and Literary Blogging

When I thought about having this post written, I had to think hard about who should write it. Then it occurred to me that ethics and literary stuff would best be talked about by a literary agent who is also a lawyer. I really love what Eric Rueben has to say. I hope you do too!

Ethics and Literary Blogging

      As a literary agent, attorney and entertainment professional, I know that bloggers have a tremendous impact on consumers of entertainment, especially in publishing. With fewer bookstores available to authors for signings and in-person interactions with readers, blog tours have become an integral part of a writer’s marketing plan for their books. Facebook and Twitter are ways for authors to reach people who already follow them. By contrast, blog tours are a way for authors to reach readers who have yet to hear of them, or who at least don’t follow them yet. 

Blog tours basically consist of authors being interviewed by bloggers and the interviews are then posted on the blogger’s site. But that’s only one way bloggers impact publishing. They also write about what they like (and what they don’t). They recommend books and talk about a variety of issues in publishing and entertainment. They speak directly to the consumer.

As for readers, and yes I’m one, we used to have sales people we knew who recommended books based on our previous purchases. They were not the result of sophisticated computer algorithms. They were our friends and neighbors who worked in stores like Walden Books. (By the way, if you think that Amazon won’t skew results to get readers to buy certain books over others, you are incredibly naïve). 

How do we as a community of creators and consumers of entertainment content feel about bloggers who, unknown to us, are biased? Should we be advised if the blogger has a personal relationship with the author? Or their competitor? If they received gifts other compensation from the publisher?

All professions have codes of ethics. As an attorney, I had to take and pass a separate bar exam concerning ethical rules regarding the practice of law. (Try to suppress the urge to make lawyer jokes for a few minutes.)

But what about bloggers? Are they a profession? I’ve heard the argument that blogging refers to the fact that someone is using the Internet and does NOT have anything to do with the content they create. The real issue then, is the content. 

A simple Google search yielded a code of ethics for food bloggers. Their rules include the following: accountability, civility, revealing bias, and the disclosing of gifts, comps and samples. Most importantly, they state that they will follow the rules of good journalism.

We need to know whether a blogger is an independent voice giving their honest opinion about a literary work, or a paid mouthpiece , or a close friend of the author. Without that information, readers cannot make a real choice. They think they have a friend making an honest suggestion when, in fact, they merely have a slick salesman pulling a fast one, manipulating them. Not only will we be forced to read the material THEY want us to read, we won’t ever get to see the entertainment that we would really like. It’s a new kind of censorship, one based on misinformation and greed.

Ultimately, the answer is to create written ethical assurances from the individual bloggers that are similar to those of the food bloggers mentioned above. And some way of enforcing those rules. Smart bloggers who want to see their work gain credibility might start thinking about forming an organization that would govern its members and lead to assurances of legitimacy. Those who refuse to be accountable or play by ethical rules would be exposed as biased or fraudulent. In the end, the readers and true bloggers would benefit greatly. 

Genre: Non-Fiction In All Its Forms

Today we are talking non-fiction books! Non-fiction books are a very broad category, ranging from autobiographies and biographies to historical figures or events to even travel books. It is really hard to narrow down the possibilities for this quick introduction to the genre!

Honestly, it is not uncommon for me to turn to fiction books to escape from the real world; however, a good non-fiction book is one that will stick with me beyond what I ever imagined and sometimes serves a need that a novel will never fulfill. Let me share a few of my favorite non-fiction books, across a wide range of possibilities with you . . .

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson still stands as my favorite non-fiction book of all time after reading it back in 2009. Larson does a brilliant job of writing about the lives of two men -- the brains behind the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and the monster that used the Fair to lure victims into his clutches. The book reads like a novel, fascinating me with the facts behind Walt Disney, the Ferris Wheel, Shredded Wheat, and so much more.

The Diary of Anne Frank is one that many have read as part of their required reading in school, but it is one that I turn to again and again. The innocence of Frank, sharing the details of her hidden life capture a time in our history that deserves to be on that required reading list, despite its many challenges and potential bans throughout the years.

Maus by Art Spiegelman brings a biography duo of epic proportions. This book was required reading for one of my college literature classes and my first graphic novel that I ever read. The story alone is one so powerful on a multitude of levels -- the story of survival, a page in our history that we must never forget, a relationship shared between father and son -- BUT, the images and the symbolism portrayed within those images have never left me, even more than a decade later.

This is just a quick peek into a few of my favorite non-fiction books. Now it is your turn to tell me your thoughts, your favorites, and so much more on this highlighted genre. Do share (in the comments or via the linky below).

The Ethics Committee Meets Today

Disclosure. Copyright and credit. Plagiarism. Succeeding without selling out. The path of ethical blogging is strewn with pebbles and potholes and thorny patches.

We're getting back into discussion mode in a big way today with the topic of "Ethics in Blogging." What guidelines must we follow as bloggers--attribution, disclosure, honesty? Have you had an experience with plagiarism (victim or perpetrator?), and how did you deal with it? Do you have recommendations to new bloggers about how to ensure that credit is given to whom/where it's due?

The Ethics Committee is being called together. Please post your experiences with and opinions about the ethical dilemmas we encounter as bloggers, link up, and continue the conversation!

Our bookish conversation today concerns the broad realm of Non-Fiction. We'll have a link tool in the lead discussion post so that you can share your own thoughts about the types of nonfiction you're compelled to read...and if there aren't any, talk about why not!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Special Video Coverage: Day 1 BEA 2013

Emily of Emily's Reading Room, one of our on-site correspondents, brings us news from Day 1 of BEA in NYC.  She shares a few books, a few interviews, and a lot of pictures, some of which are from our list of sponsored giveaways!!  Enjoy!!

A Look Behind the Scenes at BEA

BEA is in full swing, but before things got started we got a look behind the scenes! Take a look at how the floor looks at BEA in a way that not even attendees get to see...

Announcing Daily Winners: Day 2!!

It is time to announce our first round of winners, all courtesy to our fabulous 2013 sponsors!!  Read on to find out if you are one of our first lucky winners and how to claim your prize!!



Jany Honeycutt
Judith (Leeswammes)
Emma @ Words And Peace



Now that you have won, how do you claim your prize?  Follow the directions below:
  1. Review our list of giveaways and pick your top three choices.
  2. Complete the Prize Claim Form.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours, confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address, depending on your prize. 
Questions?  Email armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com.

BEA Most Wanted: Canadian Edition

Every year there's always a few titles that are in high demand. As the Canadian International Liasion I wanted to highlight some of this years highly anticipated reads from Canadian authors.  I'm not sure if all the books in this post will be at BEA but they''re all highly anticipated reads and definitely must have additions to your TBR pile.

Descendant by Lesley Livingston (Starling #2)
August 27 2013 / HarperTeen / Goodreads
The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods. The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.

Ink by Amanda Sun
June 25 2013 / Harlequin Teen / Goodreads
On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building. Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets. Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch
June 6 2013 / Random House / Goodreads
Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert. Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin. Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #2)
December 3 2013 / Razorbill / Goodreads
Auranos has fallen and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now united as one country called Mytica. But still, magic beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world...When the evil King Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined

Rush by Eve Silver
June 11 2013 / Katherine Tegen Books / Goodreads 
When Miki Jones is pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game—her carefully controlled life spirals into chaos. In the game, she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival, and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

Summer Days, Starry Nights by Vikki VanSickle
June 1 2013 / Scholastic / Goodreads
It's 1962, and thirteen-year-old Reenie Starr comes alive the minute guests begin to arrive at her family's summer resort. She dreams of the day she can run Sandy Shores, and she spends her time helping out at the resort, swimming, climbing trees, and singing under the stars. One day, Reenie's mother announces that she thinks the resort could use some entertainment. She invites Gwen, her best friend's almost-grown daughter, to come and teach a dance class. Although Gwen seems sad and remote, Reenie's thrilled to have her there. As Reenie starts to learn more about the world beyond Sandy Shores, she comes up with a plan that could really put it on the map. She also finds herself caught between the simpler world of her childhood and all of the wonderful new discoveries (boys) and heartaches (boys) that growing up can bring. Reenie thought she wanted Sandy Shores to never change, but after this summer nothing will ever be the same again.

Tag Along by Tom Ryan
October 1 2013 / Orca Books / Goodreads
It's junior prom night. Andrea is grounded for getting her older brother to buy booze for her, Paul is having panic attacks, Roemi has been stood up by his Internet date, and Candace is busy tagging a building (before she gets collared by a particularly tenacious cop). By happenstance, the four near-strangers end up together, getting into more trouble, arguing and ultimately helping each other out over the course of eight madcap hours.

Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock (Hemlock #2)
September 10 2013 /  Katherine Tegen Books / Goodreads 
Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn’t want to be found. The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow. Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.


The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
May 7 2013 / Touchstone / Goodreads
Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes sees images; glimpses of those who have owned it before. It’s never been a gift she wants, and she keeps it a secret from most people, including her practical boss Sebastian, one of London’s premier dealers in Russian art. But when a woman offers Sebastian a small wooden carving for sale, claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, it’s a problem. There’s no proof. Sebastian believes that the plain carving—known as “The Firebird”—is worthless. But Nicola’s held it, and she knows the woman is telling the truth, and is in desperate need of the money the sale of the heirloom could bring. Compelled to help, Nicola turns to a man she once left, and still loves: Rob McMorran, whose own psychic gifts are far greater than hers. With Rob to help her “see” the past, she follows a young girl named Anna from Scotland to Belgium and on into Russia. There, in St. Petersburg—the once-glittering capital of Peter the Great’s Russia—Nicola and Rob unearth a tale of love and sacrifice, of courage and redemption…an old story that seems personal and small, perhaps, against the greater backdrops of the Jacobite and Russian courts, but one that will forever change their lives.

Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood
August 27 2013 / McClelland & Stewart / Goodreads
Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, which is being fortified against man and giant Pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. While their reluctant prophet, Jimmy -- Crake's one-time friend -- recovers from a debilitating fever, it's left to Toby to narrate the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.  Meanwhile, Zeb searches for Adam One, founder of the God's Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. Now, under threat of an imminent Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the centre, is the extraordinary story of Zeb's past, which involves a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.

Omens by Kelley Armstrong
August 20 2013 / Dutton / Goodreads
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens. Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past. Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home, and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
September 10 2013 / Penguin / Goodreads
A visceral portrait of life at a crossroads, The Orenda opens with a brutal massacre and the kidnapping of the young Iroquois Snow Falls, a spirited girl with a special gift. Her captor, Bird, is an elder and one of the Huron Nation’s great warriors and statesmen. It has been years since the murder of his family and yet they are never far from his mind. In Snow Falls, Bird recognizes the ghost of his lost daughter and sees the girl possesses powerful magic that will be useful to him on the troubled road ahead. Bird’s people have battled the Iroquois for as long as he can remember, but both tribes now face a new, more dangerous threat from afar. Christophe, a charismatic Jesuit missionary, has found his calling amongst the Huron and devotes himself to learning and understanding their customs and language in order to lead them to Christ. An emissary from distant lands, he brings much more than his faith to the new world.

Red Planet Blues  by Robert J Sawyer
March 26 2013 / Ace / Goodreads
Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up forty years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush. Trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, Lomax tracks down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers—lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when he uncovers clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O’Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what he’ll dig up...

Worst Person Ever by Douglas Coupland
October 8 2013 / Random House / Goodreads
Worst. Person. Ever. is a deeply unworthy book about a dreadful human being with absolutely no redeeming social value. Raymond Gunt, in the words of the author, "is a living, walking, talking, hot steaming pile of pure id." He's a B-unit cameraman who enters an amusing downward failure spiral that takes him from London to Los Angeles and then on to an obscure island in the Pacific where a major American TV network is shooting a Survivor-style reality show. Along the way, Gunt suffers multiple comas and unjust imprisonment, is forced to reenact the "Angry Dance" from the movie Billy Elliot and finds himself at the centre of a nuclear war. We also meet Raymond's upwardly failing sidekick, Neal, as well as Raymond's ex-wife, Fiona, herself "an atomic bomb of pain."

Are any of these books on your to read list? Did you know all these authors were Canadian? Are there any you think I forgot?

ELDER ROAD DAILY GIVEAWAY: A Nickel's Worth by Mark Sawyer

It’s another daily giveaway thanks to Elder Road Books! Today I bring you A Nickel’s Worth by Mark Sawyer!

Synopsis:  This loving biography of Captain Bob Nickel, hard-living sailor turned enlightened Advaitic guru, captures both sides of the man, his love of the sea, of India, and of satsang. Woven with strands of the big man’s last day of life, the stories will make you laugh, cry, and just possibly set you free. 

For the next 24 hours only (deadline: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM EST), you can receive your very own e-copy of A Nickel’s Worth by Mark Sawyer. Send email to, subject: A Nickel’s Worth Giveaway. Indicate Kindle or ePUB version.

For more information on Elder Road Books, visit Nathan Everett's website, Writer's Cramp.

Thank you to Elder Road Books for sponsoring this giveaway!

Genre Post: Literary Fiction

Today's genre is literary fiction. Much like "genre fiction" and "classic fiction," literary fiction can be a very broad topic. Not necessarily a bad thing.

I (Emily) am very new to literary fiction. I am currently working towards an English degree, and am just getting my feet wet in the ocean that is literary fiction. I am enjoying the complexity and beautiful storytelling that literary fiction provides, and I can't wait to see what you all have to write about this topic.

As I mentioned, I'm new to literary fiction and don't get into a whole lot of discussion about it, mostly because I'm embarrassed by how much I haven't read. Here are some prompts if you're looking for what to write about:

What books have you read this year that would fit into this category?
Is there anything coming up that you're particularly excited about?
What authors/novels would you recommend to someone new to the genre?
Are there any misconceptions or things that you'd like to clear up for people unfamiliar with literary fiction?
What got you started into this kind of book?
Name a novel that hasn't received a lot of buzz that definitely deserves it.

Link up your blog posts below, check out other bloggers, and leave some feedback in the comments!

Today's the Day To Give It Away!

The main event--the exhibits and conference sessions of Book Expo America--opens today, and the books will be there for the taking giving! Here at Armchair BEA Central, we're into the giving spirit too. Our own Danielle will be presenting the very first Armchair BEA Bloggers Book Awards on-site at Book Expo this morning--thanks to Shindig, and to everyone who nominated and voted for their favorite books of 2012, for making this event possible! 

We're also hosting the first of three prize-filled Twitter Parties today at 11 AM Eastern time (8 AM Pacific), and you're invited, of course.

And we love when Armchair BEA participants get into the giving spirit too. Are you hosting an Armchair BEA-related giveaway at your own blog? Link to it right here, and get ready for visitors!

Our featured book genre today is one that doesn't easily fit the "genre" conventions: Literary Fiction (of the non-classic variety). We'll have a link tool in our lead discussion post so that you can share your own posts about the literature you love.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Announcing Daily Winners: Day 1!!

It is time to announce our first round of winners, all courtesy to our fabulous 2013 sponsors!!  Read on to find out if you are one of our first lucky winners and how to claim your prize!!



Tanya Boughtflower
Kim Wright
Michelle Birbeck

Now that you have won, how do you claim your prize?  Follow the directions below:
  1. Review our list of giveaways and pick your top three choices.
  2. Complete the Prize Claim Form.
  3. A confirmation email will be sent within approximately 24 hours, confirming which prize you have won as well as your email/mailing address, depending on your prize. 
Questions?  Email armchairbea (at) gmail (dot) com.