Saturday, June 27, 2015
Lights, camera, popcorn -- and a killer! #bookgiveaway
We're celebrating the upcoming release---on July 7---of BUTTER OFF DEAD, the third Food Lovers' Village Mystery. Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy!
The first movie I ever saw in the theater was Finding Nemo. I was five. I’ve wanted to make movies ever since, and nothing is going to stop me. I helped start the Jewel Bay High School film club freshman year. A lot of famous people have vacation homes here, and some have come to our class and even brought friends to talk to us. John Lithgow did an improv class with us and the Speech and Drama Club. The man who produced Jurassic Park and Schindler’s list visits every term, as does a famous movie makeup guy. And Dirk Benedict, from Battlestar Galactica and the A-Team lives here part-time and helps us when he can. My mom has a crush on him.
So when Larry Abrams offered to be our advisor, I was in heaven. He is a legend in Hollywood. He knows everything there is to know about movie lighting, and he single-handedly raised the money to buy a digital film projector and a screen for the Playhouse, so we can show real movies and make it the kind of experience everyone will remember.
I’m a little worried, though, because he’s asked me to do something I’m not sure I should do ...
Still, I’m thrilled about the new Food Lovers’ Film Festival. Erin and Christine have chosen five terrific movies, and they’ve arranged for the best food and drink pairings in the lobby – a special appetizer for each movie! And on Sunday night, after the festival ends, my parents are hosting an Oscar party at the Jewel Bay Inn, where we’ll eat great food, talk about movies, and place our bets on this year’s nominees.
What’s your favorite foodie movie? Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy! (Open till noon, Monday, June 29; please include your email address.)
In an attempt to woo tourists to Jewel Bay and cheer up the townies, Erin Murphy, manager of the specialty local foods market known as the Merc, is organizing the First Annual Food Lovers’ Film Festival, popping with classic foodie flicks and local twists on favorite movie treats. But when her partner in planning, painter Christine Vandeberg, is found dead only days before the curtain rises, Erin suspects someone is attempting to stop the films from rolling.
To make matters worse, Nick—Erin’s brother and Christine’s beau—has top billing on the suspect list. Convinced her brother is innocent and determined that the show must go on, Erin must find who’s really to blame before Nick gets arrested or the festival gets shut down. And as the anniversary of Erin’s father’s death in a still-unsolved hit-and-run approaches, her own beau isn’t so keen on her leading role.
But the closer Erin gets to shining a spotlight on the killer, the more likely it becomes that she’ll be the next person cut from the program…
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.
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