A very busy and (hopefully) profitable day

As I mentioned last week, I had to drive to Shands Medical Center in Gainesville this morning. I will be driving back on Thursday morning for another ‘final’ bit of surgery on my left eye.

Not one to waste a perfectly good trip on one goal alone, I set up meetings with book store owners in Gainesville, Ocala and The Villages. I also made arrangements to drop off a brochure and a copy of “The Big Bend” at The Villages Daily Sun newspaper.

After meeting with the eye surgeon I drove up to “Books, Inc” on 13th St, then  to Ocala to the “Novel Idea” bookstore on Silver Springs Blvd, then down to the the “All Booked Up” store in The Villages. The owner has two stores in the area, and will be carrying The Big Bend in both. We will be doing signings in July at both stores.

The newspaper in The Villages will run a review on the Sunday before the signings, which will be on Monday, the week of the 19th July.

I have yet to contact the Gainesville Daily Sun to see if they will run a book review for the signing at the Books, Inc. store on 13th St. I’ll get to that tomorrow.

I left the house at 7 am and pulled in around 5 this evening. A very long day, indeed.

I’m going to be ordering a lot of books in the next few weeks.

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About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. He currently lives in Deland, Fl, where he is co-authoring "A Silent Star" with Tony Attanasio. "A Silent Star" is the true tale (though novelized, with names changed for security reasons) about the 4-person covert action team sent into Yemen to capture Osama Bin laden immediately after the bombing of the USS Cole in the Aden harbor in Yemen in October of 2000.
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