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You won’t believe it, but some malcontent reader tried to nab my brand-new copy of THE LAST SECOND...

I’m sitting on top of my hot tub with my precious new Nicholas Drummond thriller, out March 26. Do I dare take a chance of getting this gorgeous, hot-off-the press beauty – THE LAST SECOND – a tiny bit wet? Do pages dry faster if the water is 104 degrees? Or slower?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I’m bringing it up in the frigging middle of January. Why? I’ll tell you -- it’s time for you to give mama (me) a big push – how? you ask, sitting on the edge of your seat. For your Valentine, to go with the chocolates and/or/both a Warrior’s t-shirt, you will be more than golden if you also get your sweetie the trade paperback of PARADOX. What’s so cool about trade rather than hardcover and the regular paperback? You’re asking, again on the edge of your seats. Besides looking extraordinarily cool, the trade PARADOX is larger, easier to read, and, frankly, you don’t have to wait another six months for the standard paperback (unless this format is your preferred delivery system for books). You can pre-order this splendid gift for your other half, a friend, a lover, and your bald tobacco-chewing neighbor you’d like to smack. All right, enough shameless self-promoting my books, at least for a month.

Vol. 003 No. 447

How about a Christmas party, how about having it today, in TWO hours with so much food your stomach will think Nirvana is right around the corner, and so many different desserts your thighs will pulse in rhythm with your chewing. Sound fantabulous? And then there’s the gazillion presents to open by you and all your friends and you can see their eyes light up at what you’ve given them (please, powers that be, big lit up eyes). And singing Christmas songs and carols. And do you know what’s going to happen say three hours after this incredible, over-the-top fun and food? The Warriors will play the Kings. Time for more prayers.

Vol. 443 No. 2

All of you know the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the entire year and so given I was flying out-of-state, there was little hope in this heart. I was thinking cancellations, nightmare security lines, delays, maybe even a pilot strike. A miracle, both coming and going: fast, easy, smooth, on-time flights. What happened? What universe did I step into? Even airport Starbucks coffee was excellent, the only thing what wasn’t perfect was the not-warm croissants. And that always makes me wonder: how do they get the croissants to look so perfect? (Are the kiosk chefs all graduates of a French cordon bleu croissant academy?)

Vol. 667 No 992

Every three years I havea photo shoot in Los Angeles with the incomparable photographer Charles Bush. Everything went too well – like when is the other shoe going to drop? Like on-time airplanes (gasp with surprise), hotel beautiful even though the rooms were spooky dark, staff friendly, good Mexican food down Wilshire Blvd across from SAKS, everyone at the studio in top form, and ready for fun, and finally, amazingly, the L.A. traffic wasn’t any worse than usual.