Strange thing about this Internet. Over time, you can make "virtual" friends you care quite a lot about.
For me, one such friend is John Griswold, the eponymous blogger posting on The Education of Oronte Churm. More significant for this post's purposes, John is also the author of the new novel, A Democracy of Ghosts. I've just ordered the book, and I am really hoping it arrives in time for my holiday weekend reading. (Read John's description of his book here.)
Meantime (and until July 10), John is offering a slew of giveaways. Check out these goodies (and if you have ties to Southern Illinois, I think you'll be especially pleased).
And congratulations once again to John on his novel's publication!