So Monday was the best of this week, so far…

As I mentioned in a previous post, I visited Books, Inc in Gainesville on Monday. They took three copies of The Big Bend and as of yesterday two had been sold. This morning I mailed the last copy I had in hand to them. Twenty copies are being shipped to me, and should arrive next week, Monday or Tuesday, and I will get additional copies over to the store.

We probably won’t be doing any book signings anywhere until the fall season begins, although since Gainesville does not really depend on tourists, what with it being a big college town, we may do one there in July. I’m not sure, yet.

I was supposed to have my final-final round of eye surgery tomorrow – that’s been put off until next week. Such is life. Here I am, really, really wanting to have a sharp stick poked into my eye, and it has to be put off a week.

Life can get tedious on occasion…


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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