Saturday, April 04, 2009

Guest blogger: Author Liz Jasper

Please welcome my guest blogger today, guest author Liz Jasper. My apologies for posting this late. I thought I had ALL of the interview up, not just a few words. My husband calls it "Oldsheimers'" disease. I'll leave this up for tomorrow, Sunday, April 5, 2009 as well so that Liz will have her time here. I'll post otherwise tomorrow on the 5th at Hitting The Hotspot Blog for TEB so come and visit me there, too.


By Liz Jasper

Winner of the 2008 EPPIE Award for Best Mystery

Go Green, Read an e-book!

Did you know if you read 20 books a year in e-book format instead of the printed version and switched to reading two newspapers on-line, you'd save a tree a year…plus associated pollution costs from making paper, transporting books, etc. etc. That stat might not fit your reading habits, but still, it makes a good point. Given all the readers out there, switching even to a few ebooks a year adds up to a lot of saved forests. And though the recent release of the Kindle 2 (and its software made available free on iPhone) makes reading e-books easy and effortless, you do not need a special device to read e-books. (If you're reading this, you can read an e-book.)

And, though about half of e-books sold are romances, the e-book market has recently taken off and you can easily find books in every genre. So why not give e-books a try?

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Science teacher Jo Gartner thinks teaching geology to hormonal pre-teens is deadly... until she is bitten by an inept vampire and becomes UNDERDEAD--all the problems of being a vampire, none of the perks.

When she finds a body on her classroom floor with teeth marks in his neck, she must figure out who is trying to frame her for murder before her Underdead secret gets out. But she's running out of time. The detective in charge of the case is dogging her every move, her vampire traits are evolving in new and embarrassing ways, and someone wants Jo dead...the traditional way!


“You should go talk to him,” Becky said, giving me a nudge.

“In front of everyone? You’ve got to be joking.” My legs felt like jelly. I gave myself a shake. I was being ridiculous, overreacting. Becky was right. If this was my response to the first good-looking man I saw, I really did need to get out more.

“Please. There’s smart, and then there’s stupid,” Carol said. “You’re going to let Roger and a bunch of old gossipy biddies keep you from a man like that?”

Carol was right. It was time I showed a little backbone. “Not when you put it that way,” I said. I risked a glance back in his direction. He was watching the band, giving me a good look at his profile. It was gorgeous too.

Too gorgeous, actually. Sanity returned. I turned around more firmly in my chair.

“Go on.” Becky gave me another little push.

I didn’t budge. “No way,” I said. “There’s something wrong with him.”

“What? What is wrong with him?” Carol demanded.

“He’s boring, he’s vain, he has six wives in various countries, he lives in a yurt with fifteen Chihuahuas, he sells deodorant for a living—I don’t know, but I stand by my theory. No one can be that good-looking and have a personality.”

“Oh, for goodness sake!” Carol said. “What a load of crap!”

Becky gave her a stunned look at this unexpected reversal of argument. Carol never backed off something that had been written up in Scientific American.

Carol continued, on a roll now. “Stop inventing reasons to avoid talking to him. If you want to forgo meeting fabulous men to sit here with the likes of us for the rest of your life, be my guest.” Her glasses had slid down her nose and she glared over the top of them at me.

“What she said,” Becky said. “Though I don’t know why you’d even care if he has thirty wives and eats deodorant for a living. You don’t need to have him around for scintillating conversation—look at him! He’s so hot he doesn’t need a personality. What do you want to talk to him for anyway?”

“Gotta love liberated women,” I muttered. “Equal opportunity chauvinism.”

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A bit about my blog campaign:

Liz Jasper is the award-winning mystery author of Underdead and its sequel, Underdead in Denial, both available in e-book format. She's also an avid e-book reader, blogging this month for All Romance e-books' Go Green/Read e Campaign. Find out more about the Go Green/Read e Campaign at To learn more about Liz Jasper and to read excerpts and reviews of her books, visit her website at

You can find Liz Jasper's Underdead mysteries and thousands of other e-books on-line at

Liz Jasper
Award-winning mystery author


Sandra Cox said...

Oldsheimers, love it! I suffer from it too:)
Liz, you are on my read list. You're books look hilarious. I can't wait to try one.

Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sandra.

It's good to have you here today, Liz. Like Sandra, I can't wait to read your book.

Diana Cosby said...

Hi Ashley, your premise/book sounds fascinating. I wish you the very best! [Oldsheimers - *G*]


Liz Jasper said...

Thanks for having me here, Ashley. (oldsheimers .g.) Hmmm. I'm inspired to write a vampire character who has it...lots of fun possiblities there.

Thanks Sandra! I hope you enjoy reading the Underdead books.

And Diana, is your comment meant for me? If so, oldsheimers is catching and we should all stay away from Ashley.
Happy Sunday all,

Diana Cosby said...

No, Oldsheimers isn't for you. *G* I'd never heard that term before. Enjoy your Sunday!

Shelley Munro said...

I love ebooks, too, and buy mostly ebooks these days. There's nothing like being able to download a book any time of the day or night.

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