Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday - World Book Encyclopedia

I grew up before the Internet.  When we had a research paper assigned at school, kids went to the library to look for information in books and the reference section -- and usually had a set of encyclopedias at home.

In my family, we had The World Book Encyclopedia.  I used it often for school reports, and sometimes just read at random about interesting topics like animals or dogs.  I remember there were some pages that had acetate layers, so you could look, for instance, at parts of the body one layer at a time.  My Mom still has this encyclopedia set at her home, and I still enjoy looking at it.  

We also got a yearly annual from World Book, with updates on current events and new information from the previous year.

World Book is still around and published in both print edition and online resource -- visit World Book here.  I found it heartening to know that this beloved encyclopedia is still around!

Did you have an encyclopedia set when you were growing up?  What do you remember about it?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.

Author Interview and Giveaway - Killer Run (A Tourist Trap Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon

Killer Run (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 5)
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lyrical Underground (August 18, 2015)

Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—has somehow been talked into sponsoring a 5k race along the beautiful California coast. The race is a fundraiser for the local preservation society—but not everyone is feeling so charitable… 

The day of the race, everyone hits the ground running…until a local business owner stumbles over a very stationary body. The deceased is the vicious wife of the husband-and-wife team hired to promote the event—and the husband turns to Jill for help in clearing his name. But did he do it? Jill will have to be very careful, because this killer is ready to put her out of the running…forever!

Birdhouse Books Interviews Lynn Cahoon

Birdhouse: When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Lynn: I always wanted to write fiction since I was a teen. I just didn’t think it was a practical goal. So I went to college and got a degree in political science. When I had a brush with Breast Cancer a few years ago, I realized, someday isn’t promised any of us, so I started seriously writing and submitting.
Birdhouse: What was your favorite book as a child?
Lynn: I had two that stuck with me. A Wrinkle in Time and The Phantom Tollbooth. Something about going off into space or an alternate universe has always fascinated me. I still love stories that walk me through a different universe, like The Stand or The Talisman by Stephen King.  I find it fascinating to explore others imaginary lands.
Birdhouse:  What is your writing day like?  Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
Lynn:  Since I work a full time job on top of writing, my day is all over the place. I aim for at least a 1000 words a day depending on what’s going on with my author life. If I’m getting ready or in the middle of a release, I may not reach that goal. I get up early and write, then when I get home, I finish up the word count goal before I go to sleep.
Birdhouse:  What was the most surprising thing you learned while creating this book?
Lynn: How much I love being able to write all day. I was off the day job when I wrote Killer Run and I had all day, every day to play with the story. It was magical.
Birdhouse:  Who are your favorite authors?
Lynn: Right now I’m back on a Heather Graham kick. I’m also working my way through Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series. Any author with a good small town I can fall in love with is on my radar.
Birdhouse:  What is your next writing project?
Lynn:  Working on a new cozy series my publisher will be releasing next October.  Love building a new town in my head, with all the kooky characters, of course.

About The Author
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

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