Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Beach Book Blast launch party is here!

It's party time!

I’ve got the pleasure of participating in a group book launch party today through Saturday, Aug. 18! The Beach Book Blast Summer Launch Event features almost 20 new releases and even more writers. Visit the Beach Book Blast for more details. At the site, you can enter for the chance to win a Kindle Fire and find a book that’s perfect for your end-of-summer reading!

As part of the launch event, and since I enjoy solved mysteries, I asked my fellow writers a question:

What real-world mystery (i.e. Bigfoot, or washing machines eating socks, etc.) would you like solved and why? 

I got some amazing responses as varied as the authors and books featured in the Beach Book Blast itself. Here they are:

It would be cool if D.B Cooper actually ran a convenience store somewhere now.
Dale Amidei

Oh there are so many! I worked in molecular biology for WAY too long which is all mystery hunting and most of mine are still medical related. In day to day stuff it would have to be how the heck MS Word could end up being the standard word processing program and still work as wonky as it does. Maybe that is just a writer thing?
L.C. Giroux

The mystery lovers in my family are the kids…so I let my daughter take this ‘wish’. Her first choice—she would want to know if Chupacabra’s are real. Funny thing was, it was the one thing that popped into my mind, too. That’d be one less Monster Quest question to deal with.
Stacey Joy Netzel

Before I was born, my grandfather's brother moved from Malta to England. My family and he stayed in touch for years, corresponding via letters. When I was born, they sent him pictures; he really loved me and asked after me very often.

Then one day, the letters stopped. My family searched for him. My dad even went to England, to the man's old address, and asked questions. He couldn't find any records of him - except that he moved one time, then the trail went cold. My dad searched the death records - nothing.

What really happened to my great-uncle? This is one mystery I would love to solve, but doubt I ever will.
Natalie G. Owens

One year for Christmas when my son was about four he got a Fisher Price baseball glove and ball. They were soft versions for little guys. We saw the ball for about five minutes then it disappeared. Of course, my son cried because he wanted the ball. I tore the house apart and went through all the wrapping paper. We never found it.  Where that ball went is the unsolved mystery in our house. We have concluded that it is buried in Giants Stadium with Jimmy Hoffa.
Janice Lane Palko

I have always been fascinated with Lizzie Borden. I've watched the movies, read books, wondered about the various theories out there. It would be amazing if the murder could be solved without question.
Christina Routon

I’d like to solve the mystery of dust bunnies. How do they get out the message so they know where to congregate next? And when they gather, what kind of evil house-dirtying plans are they making?
Sheila Seabrook

Roy: Who was Jack the Ripper? His story is intriguing because he was the first nightmare-come-to-life superstar-serial killer. His gory headlines captured the attention of the world. I might add that I would like to have pumped ten rounds into his skullcap in return for his horrific contributions.
Alicia: I’m intrigued by ancient artifacts and always want to know who used these tools or who wrote the cuneiform tablet. I love digging through academic journals to discover things about the lives of people who lived so many thousands of years ago.
Alicia and Roy Street

Other authors participating in the event include:

Debra Burroughs

Greg Carrico

Kristine Cayne

Rhonda Hopkinds

Liz Jasper

Liz Matis

Lily Silver

*lizzie starr

Kiru Taye


  1. I love these answers! Natalie, yours in particular is SO intriguing. I think you should write a book with that as the premise.

    Shelia, share the answer to yours if you find out. :)

  2. I know you mentioned this mystery in your post, but seriously here I have given hours of thought and manpower to finding the solution of the missing socks and the closest answer I have been able to find is the funny on FB that says that the dryer lint is the byproduct. I just don't know LOL

  3. thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. it is interesting to see what everyone would like solved.

    i would like to know if there is really such a thing as a "vampire". every society down thru history has it's own version of one so i would like to see where that all came about and of course if it still existed. LOL!

    tammy ramey

  4. Stacey, I agree - what a mystery!

    Where are those missing socks, Denise? I think sometimes they get lost before they get to the dryer. I found one of my son's socks behind the couch the other day - gross!

    And, yes, Tammy - same goes for dragons! Lots of societies, lots of dragon lore!

  5. Since the Vampire question has already been raised...I'd like to know hard facts about ancient constructs like Stonehenge & the Sphinx -- who built it, what was it really used for??

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

    P.S. Socks that go missing in the dryer are transported through a transdimensional portal where aliens in a parallel universe are knitting a huge argyle sock!

  6. Yes! Good mysteries, Book Attict! And at least those aliens will be warm.