What Are The Dog Days of Summer?

These are the dog days of summer, am I right?
(At least, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere.)

Dog On Hot Summer Day

Image by Kreuzschnabel/Wikimedia Commons, License: artlibre

Do you know where that expression came from? From the Romans, of course! The Romans associated the hottest days with the star Sirius. They believed the star… which is the brightest in the Canis Major (Large Dog) constellation… caused the weather to be so hot.

These long, hot days are part of the reason I’ve offered a couple little pick-me-ups this week.
That tops today’s Saturday Special:

1. We have TWO WINNERS! In my most recent newsletter, I offered an Exclusive Surprise Giveaway to my readers — an autographed copy of one of my books. We just drew the winners’ names a few minutes ago.
Congratulations to James Kiely and Linda Zanni! We’ll be sending your books in the mail next week.

Are you subscribed to my twice-a-month newsletter? I call it my News Flash. If you’re not signed up, and you want to be included in exclusive offers like this next time, CLICK HERE!

2. Readers are being rewarded left and right around here! In addition to the Exclusive Surprise Giveaway for newsletter subscribers, we’re also holding a RAFFLE in celebration of my recent book release!

Diane Capri Flight 12

The book is Flight 12: A Jess Kimball Thriller.
The prizes? A $200 e-Gift Card, a Flight 12 Cap, and Travel Treasures.
It’s not too late to enter! Just CLICK HERE.

3. So… I have a new book cover. It’s a little too soon for me to release it publicly. But I just couldn’t resist telling you. Sorry to leave you hanging, but I think you’re going to love the way it looks. Stay tuned! You’ll get a glimpse of it soon, I promise!

4. Have you ever seen the ransom note Charles Lindbergh discovered after his son was kidnapped? We talked about Kidnapping for Ransom this week because it’s involved in my Flight 12 book. To see the Lindbergh ransom note, CLICK HERE.

I leave you this weekend with one of the most beautiful pictures of an airplane I’ve ever seen. The photo is by a man named Ravi Vora, of Loyal Renegade.

Ravi Vora

Meanwhile --

Caffeinate and Carry On!

p.s. Would a little extra cash in your budget make a difference? We might be able to help with that. Are you a member of the Diane Capri Crowd NewsFlash! mailing list? Just CLICK HERE to complete the form and refer your friends, too. Can't wait to see you there!

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Greenada Court, Winter Park

What Makes A Place Home?

Jess Kimball begins her most recent investigation in Winter Park, the city President Chester Arthur once declared “the prettiest place I have seen in Florida!” Winter Park is a suburb of Orlando, originally a resort town. Its developers required all buildings to look a certain way. They planted orange trees and worked hard to promote their […]

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Captain Phillips Rescue

3 Terrifying Kidnapping-For-Ransom Cases

We thriller authors engage in fascinating research before creating our exciting plots. Our research helps us craft stories we hope you’ll find thrilling when you read them. For example, while writing my most recent book, significant research time focused on the terrifying practice of kidnapping for ransom. (Want to know why? Check out my contribution to the […]

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To Do: Drink Coffee

Saturday Special: Time To Rest and Read

Are you doing any reading this weekend? I ask because Monday was Digital Book Day, where digitalbookday.com offered 407 books on its site … for free! Anyone could download the e-book versions of an unlimited number of books. How cool is that?! I offered Florida Is Murder for free – my double feature set which […]

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Plane loading

6 MORE Reasons Air Travel Is Incredibly Safe

You have a better chance of being killed by a hippo than dying in a plane crash. Unless, of course, you’re aboard Flight 12! (And I hope you are!) You can read my post on the first 6 Reasons Air Travel is Incredibly Safe, Part 1, HERE. Today I have for you 6 MORE reasons […]

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ThrillerFest Capri Child

Won’t You Join Me Next Year at ThrillerFest 2015?

It’s hard to believe another ThrillerFest has come and gone. Even harder to believe this one was the ninth ThrillerFest and ITW’s 10th anniversary. ITW did not exist until late 2004. So much growth since then! Where does the time go? I was lucky enough to be invited to get involved with International Thriller Writers (ITW) from the […]

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Diane Capri Flight 12

Flight 12 NEW RELEASE!

Won’t you join me in celebrating?!? Today is Flight 12: A Jess Kimball Thriller RELEASE DAY!!! On May 12th, Allan Leverone released Flight 12: A Kristin Cunningham Thriller. On June 12th, J. Carson Black released Flight 12: A Laura Cardinal Thriller. Now it’s my turn! Flight 12: A Jess Kimball Thriller features Reader Favorite Investigative Journalist Jess Kimball. When her […]

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Plane Window View

6 Reasons Air Travel Is Incredibly Safe

In the ongoing collaborative project, Flight 12, by the group of New York Times Best Selling authors who call ourselves The Twelve, Flight 12 is headed to Rome.  Since we are a group of mystery/thriller writers, you may be assuming – of course, mid-flight, something dramatic will happen and the safety of Flight 12 will […]

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Infinity Pool- Ravello, Italy

How Infinity Pools Improved Travel

Delta Magazine recently named infinity pools as one of the top “85 Things That Have Made Travel Better.” Have you ever been in an infinity pool? At high-end hotels, infinity pools are often standard features now. Check out this one at the Hotel Caruso in Italy. Amazing, right??! In addition to the gorgeous views, I think […]

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Diane Capri Flight 12

Saturday Special: Independence!

In the United States, we’re smack dab in the middle of a Long Holiday Weekend. For many of us, the 4th of July means lots of burgers, extra cheese, hot dogs, and a coupla beers. Followed often by fireworks, and another day of celebrations. In today’s Saturday Special…. 1. In case you missed it: I […]

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