3.6.15 - Sunday Smatterings

Sunday Smatterings

Happy Sunday, lovely people!

Amy here. I hope you've had a nice, relaxing weekend! I've been reading Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale and eating Mexican food and donuts.

Because I spend my weekends partying hard.

Speaking of partying hard, J.T. and I have been cooking up some fun around NO ONE KNOWS' release later this month.


In the form of an iPad Mini giveaway!

If you'd like to throw your hat in the ring, just email proof that you pre-ordered NO ONE KNOWS to me (amy@jtellison.com)! On March 22 we'll email a randomly selected winner. Your chances of winning this iPad Mini are exceedingly greater than winning the lottery. Just sayin'.

And if you'd like to help us spread the word about NO ONE KNOWS to your friends, you can join our Thunderclap! What's a Thunderclap, you ask? In two clicks, you can automatically send out a message to your friends on NO ONE KNOWS' release day—2 clicks, that's all it takes. And everybody who signs up will send a message at the same time—hence, a social media "clap of thunder"! And we've got some thank-you goodies for taking time out of your day to spread the word. We really appreciate you!

Now then. Here's what happened on the Internets this week:


If you watched the runaway Netflix hit Making a Murderer, you might be interested to hear that Steven Avery's lead prosecutors, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, are touring the country to have conversations on the criminal justice system.

Have you ever heard an interview with someone and immediately thought, "I wanna be their best friend!" I had one of those moments when I heard this interview with Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah. She's fascinating and hilarious, and I can't wait to read her book!

With the hectic schedules and chock-full routines that consume our lives, sometimes you need poke in the heart to remember why you get up in the morning, why you do what you do. If you need a pick-me-up, read Calvin & Hobbes cartoonist Bill Watterson's 1990 commencement speech at Kenyon College. That man knows how to distill wisdom.

I might've eaten this Madras Chicken Salad for, um, four lunches this week. And maybe a couple of dinners. It doesn't matter if you eat Paleo or not, this chicken salad is the bomb. 

You may know comedian Aziz Ansari from his stint on NBC's Parks & Recreation as Tom Haverford, the silly millennial with a passion for starting ill-fated businesses. But Ansari's passion in real life is food (he and I can agree on that). I follow Aziz's Twitter feed to see where he eats as he travels—it's an easy way to get food suggestions when I visit the same cities. But in the end, Aziz's favorite dish in the world is his mom's  chicken korma, which looks so good and so easy to make that I'm going to try my hand at it this week! (PS if you've never tried your hand at Indian food, it's actually pretty simple to make—the hardest part is gathering the spices, but now that we have the Internet, spices are just a click away!)

And closer to home:
 

Get to know the woman I'm proud to call my boss. This article in a local weekly paper came out this week, and I glowed because so many people got to say lovely things about J.T. She blushed. She teared up. It was wonderful.

On The Wine Vixen, I discussed a red blend that paired delightfully well with chocolate cake. I know. These are the pressing matters I need to keep you informed of.

That's it from me! Be good, enter to win an iPad Mini, and I'll talk to you soon!

–Amy

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JT Ellison

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of fifteen critically acclaimed thrillers and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. With over a million books in print, Ellison’s work has been published in twenty-five countries and thirteen languages. She is also the co-host of A Word on Words, Nashville's premier literary TV series, which airs on Nashville Public Television. She lives with her husband and twin kittens in Nashville. Visit JTEllison.com, and follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick or at Facebook.com/JTEllison14.