Literary Look: Detective Hank Palace from World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

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I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for World of Trouble (The Last Policeman Book Three) by Ben H. Winters. Ben is one  of my favorite authors. His book Bedbugs is one of my top ten favorite horror novels, and I loved The Last Policeman (Book One) and Countdown City (Book Two).

Today I’m going to break down Hank’s wardrobe. Hank keeps working missing person cases in the face of a crisis of apocalyptic proportions (an asteroid is about to obliterate Earth), and he dresses the part of no-nonsense detective. In an unpredictable world readers can count on one thing from Hank: his attire stays pretty much the same throughout the books. He’s kind of like this Biology teacher I had in high school who owned five blue, oxford cloth, short sleeve shirts and five pairs of navy blue pants so he could wear the same thing everyday. Hank’s not quite as extreme in his clothing choices as my old high school teacher, but readers get the feeling Hank is trying to keep a sense of normalcy by adhering as best he can to the dress code from his days on the police force.


1. Hank would try to wear a white non-iron dress shirt (he’s practical like that) as often as possible. That’s just so Hank.

2. Hank’s often depicted wearing a sport coat or blazer in the books. I think this tan, slightly rugged blazer looks like it would be Hank approved.

3. The watch pictured above is a Timex. I can picture Hank looking down at it and thinking it takes a licking and keeps on ticking alright.

4. I think Hank would wear a pair of sturdy oxfords or loafers. I can also see him rocking hiking boots if he could get his hands on a pair.

5. I chose navy blue, wrinkle resistant chinos for Hank, because he would want a heavier fabric than suit pants as it gets colder and even harder to get around than it was before.

6. Hank is constantly reaching for a notebook to write down observations, clues, etc. Even when he doesn’t have one he automatically reaches for it.

Look for World of Trouble (Quirk Books, 320 pages, $14.95) in bookstores on July 15th (also my 14th wedding anniversary!).

More World of Trouble Links to Checkout

Click here for The World of Trouble Pre-order Campaign. By pre-ordering readers have a chance to get all kinds of cool extras.

Click here to check out Ben H. Winter’s blog. He’s doing a reverse blog tour over at his site.

Follow along with the other stops on the blog tour:

Monday, July 7th:
The End of a Series: The tour launches with Ben H. Winters on the challenges of finishing a book series and tackling a trilogy.
Tuesday, July 8th:
The Making of a Book Trailer: The book-trailer for The Last Policeman revisited, a discussion with Opie Cooper and Ben H. Winters.
Wednesday, July 9th:
Ben shares some of the best writing advice he’s ever gotten from his peers.
Thursday, July 10th:
Pre-Apocalyptic Fashion: What would it take to dress up as Hank? A post that details Hank Palace’s attire.
Friday, July 11th:
Hank Palace, a geek? It’s true. Ben H. Winters talks about the geekiest moments in The Last Policeman trilogy.
Monday, July 14th:
The Almost & Original Covers: Ben talks about some of the original cover ideas for The Last Policeman, as well as the almost-covers for World of Trouble.
Tuesday, July 15th:
#WriterWednesday: Research. What goes in to researching for a book like this? Ben H. Winters shares some advice.
Wednesday, July 16th:
#WriterWednesday on Loss & Character: A discussion / guest post on what drives a character in the wake of everything ending / losing so much.
Thursday, July 17th:
Man’s Best Friend: An ode to Houdini. Ben talks about Hank’s furry best friend in The Last Policeman trilogy.
Friday, July 18th:  
#FridayReads for Aspiring Mystery Writers. Ben discusses books every aspiring mystery or thriller writer should read.
Monday, July 21st: 
From stage to novel, Ben talks about writing plays and how it helped him become a better novelist.


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Valentine’s Day Bookish Fashion: The Geek’s Guide To Dating by Eric Smith

Valentines Day and The Geek's Guide To Romance at Life Between Books MandyBoles.comValentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. I love everything about it: a romantic dinner with Nate, surprising the kids with Valentine treats, and the clothes… Yes, I’m one of those overzealous moms that has an entire Valentine’s Day outfit every year. (Click here to see my Valentine’s Day outfit in 2013.) This year as I was buying up Valentine’s Day themed outfits, I was busy rounding up love themed books as well.

One of my favorite love themed releases of the past year is The Geek’s Guide To Dating by Eric Smith. When I heard about Smith’s dating guide coming out, I was like, “It’s about time! Where was this book when I was a geeky teenager”?

(Read more about The Geek’s Guide To Dating and look for outfit info after the pictures.)

Valentine's Day Fashion and The Geek's Guide To Dating on Life Between Books

T-Shirt: J. Crew (The tee from J. Crew is on sale and about to sell out, so here’s a similar shirt.)
Jeans: J. Crew (Last seen in this post.)
Boots: Hunter
Boot Socks: Hunter
Ring: Vintage
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co. (charm here)
Umbrella: ModCloth
Glasses: Marc Jacobs (old)
Book: The Geek’s Guide To Dating by Eric Smith available at ModCloth

geek_FINAL_72dpiMore About The Geek’s Guide To Dating by Eric Smith

You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your closets are full of officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You’re hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear but now you’ve discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall.

What’s a geek to do? Take some tips from The Geek’s Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer is jam-packed with cheat codes, walkthroughs, and power-ups for navigating the perils and pitfalls of your love life with ease. Geeks of all ages will find answers to the ultimate questions of life, the universe, and everything romantic, from First Contact to The Fellowship of the Ring and beyond. Full of whimsical 8-bit illustrations, The Geek’s Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.

About The Author:
ERIC SMITH is the cofounder of Geekadelphia, a popular blog covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as the Philadelphia Geek Awards, an annual awards show held at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, and (Summary and author bio provided by Quirk Books.)


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Bookish Fashion: The Book Bag and The Beach

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I love books. I mean obviously I heart books. I’ve been writing about books on the internet for about four years now, so my love for books is a given. But did you know I also love fashion? I’ve mentioned it a couple of times on the blog before, and I also write a feature called Literary Look. Lately I’ve been thinking abut the ways fashion and books intersect in my life. One  of the many ways the two converge is when I go purse shopping. I tend to judge a purse by how many books it’ll hold. Basically, I never grew out of the “book bag” phase. Granted, I don’t run around with a Jansport backpack like I did back in high school, but the concept is still the same. I like a substantial bag that fits at least four paperbacks, an eReader, my makeup, wallet, and camera. Yes, I carry all of that stuff around with me at all times. A quick trip to the grocery store or to pick my kids up from school are maybe the only two exceptions to the rule.

I found a bag recently that fits all of my criteria for the perfect book bag. It’s called the Collector’s Item bag by Disaster Designs (pictured above). I purchased it from Modcloth and it’s even cuter in person than it is on the shop site. Click here to take a look. I’m planning to do more bookish fashion posts in the new year. Sometimes they’ll feature a book or a book related item of clothing. These posts make me incredibly happy because I’ll be able to write about my two passions at once.

Here are a few photos I took at the beach on our property. Clothing and featured book info follow the pictures.

Bookish Fashion on Mandy Boles: Life Between Books Fashion for Book Lovers

Bookish Fashion on Mandy Boles: Life Between Books Fashion for Book lovers

Bookish Fashion on Mandy Boles: Life Between Books Fashion For Book Lovers

Outfit Info:

Sweater by Milly (I purchased it at Grant’s For Her, a local boutique in Biloxi.) Click here to view it.
Jeans by J. Crew (on sale!) Click here for more info.
Boots by DV for Dolce Vita (on sale!) Click here for more info.
Hair: Dipali Bobbies by Anthropologie Previously seen in this post.
Ring by Stella & Dot
Necklace by Stella & Dot
Earrings by Stella & Dot
Bracelets by Stella & Dot 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Bag: Collector’s Item Bag by Disaster Designs Find it on ModCloth here.
Books Featured: The Good Wife by Jane Porter, Saved By Cake by Marian Keyes, Mr. Maybe by Jane Green, and Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster. (You can find my review for Here I Go Again here.)

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