This week, while I’m getting all these ain’t-it-too-cool blurbs from famous authors (Phillip Margolin, April Henry, John Lescroart; all of you, seriously, thank you), it reminds me of a true story.

About six years ago, mystery author Katy King asked me to write a blurb for her book, “City of Suspects.” I thought it was great. A Portlander’s Paretsky, if you will. A Great Northwest Grafton. So I agreed to write her a blurb. And because she, frankly, is very hot, I used the opportunity to turn it into a date for drinks.

(I know, I know: you’re supposed to punch your own weight and she is way out of my division. Hey, I get style points for trying.)

Later, in the Salem Statesman Journal newsroom, I showed one of the sports writers her picture and said, “This is cool. I just blurbed her.”

The guy winked at me, hit me on the shoulder and said, “Du-ude.”

It took me a few seconds of confused blinking before the penny dropped. “Um, no. That’s not, like, a colloquialism for sex. It’s… never mind.”

True story.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

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