New Star Trek Sweepstakes

Intel and Lenovo have launched a new sweepstakes in partnership with this spring’s Star Trek movie premiere:

· Zero Gravity Flight – Win a trip for four to experience zero gravity the only way possible without going into outer space.

· Star Trek Premiere in Hollywood – Win a trip for four to this star-studded red carpet event.

From now through May 8, you can enter the New Frontiers Sweepstakes at (Please note: The drawing for the Star Trek premiere trip will take place on April 3; entries received after this date will only be eligible for the Zero Gravity Flight prize.) Limit one entry per person, per day. You can also improve your odds at winning by getting your friends to enter too – more details available online.

Learn about Star Trek(r) and enter the New Frontiers Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the Star Trek Hollywood Premiere with 3 of your friends or a Zero G flight for 4.

Received in February

Here are the books I received in February for review and/or giveaways:

The Accord by Keith Brooke
Irons in the Fire by Juliet E. McKenna
Evil Ways by Justin Gustainis

The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Deathwish by Rob Thurman

Prophets by S. Andrew Swann
Living With Ghosts by Kari Sperring
The Hidden City (paperback) Michelle West
A Magic of Nightfall by S. L. Farrell
Ages of Wonder by Julie E. Czerneda

Coyote Horizon by Allen Steele
The Alchemist’s Pursuit by Dave Duncan

Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

End of the Century by Chris Roberson

The Magicians’ Daughter by S. C. Butler

Dark Haven by Gail Z Martin
Arch Wizard by Ed Greenwood

St. Martin’s Press:
Hunted by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Del Rey:
The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

Razor Bill:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Tricia Helfer Interview

Here’s the latest conference call transcript with Tricia Helfer, who has a reoccurring role as Carla on Burn Notice.

Watch the Burn Notice Season 2 Finale on Thursday, March 5th at 10pm/9c on USA NETWORK! In the explosive season finale, Michael learns some surprising facts about Victor’s past, and is forced to take on Carla in a final showdown.

When you joined the cast of Burn Notice, was there instant chemistry when everyone came together, or did it take some time to develop?

T. Helfer I’d say there was instant chemistry, but it was really only, I really only worked with Jeffrey Donovan. I met Gabrielle and I met Bruce and worked with him a little bit. Bruce is just such an easy going guy it’s impossible not to get along with him, and Gabrielle is really sweet. Jeffrey had actually emailed me prior to going down there the first time to welcome me and say he was excited that I was joining the show. So I went down knowing it was going to be a great cast to work with and they didn’t let me down, they were just really wonderful to work with.

What have you found the most challenging aspect of your role as Carla?

T. Helfer I think the most challenging aspect was actually similar to sort of the first question about Battlestar, it’s kind of not knowing the end. With Carla, I didn’t know who Carla worked for. I didn’t know who management was the entire time I filmed, so you’re just kind of filling in the blanks yourself, but at the same time you don’t really want to say, okay, this is who it is or make too strong of a back story yourself in case it is revealed. But that I’d say was the hardest thing is Carla being pretty much as elusive to me as the actor as she is to the audience.

Read moreTricia Helfer Interview

Angels’ Blood Giveaway!

Courtesy of Berkley, I have a giveaway copy of the new paperback edition of Angels’ Blood, by Nalini Singh for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends March 20. I’ll draw names on March 21, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

Read moreAngels’ Blood Giveaway!

What Are Your Favorite Authors Blogging About?

Author Blog Links:

Why Karen Miller won’t be watching Watchmen.

Why Lee Goldberg won’t be watching Dollhouse.

What Colleen Gleason thinks about single-gender schools.

P.N. Elrod talks about her latest convention experience.

Jennifer Rardin discusses the influence of grandparents.

Jim C. Hines compares writing to diabetes.

Marjorie M. Liu talks about her computers.

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