“Hog Valley” & “Twisted Key”


I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating. “Hog Valley”, two years in the writing and preparation, will be going to the publisher at the end of this week. I cannot begin to tell you how very good that feels.

My novels run from 104,000 to 109,000 words. They feature good character development, complex plotting lots of tension and mystery and bits of humor to change the pace of the narrative. Read through the Reader’s Comments page on the web site to see what real people have to say about “The Big Bend”: www.garyshowalter.com.

“Twisted Key”, my third novel, is once again on the front burner of my life. All of the housekeeping is done, all of the recent rounds of edits have been read through, considered or rejected and all of the changes made to the first hundred or so pages. Once the file was saved, I copied out the first three chapters and saved them as a separate file. I replaced the file I had on the web site with the new material and made up a new PDF file of the chapters and uploaded it to the web site. Then I sent out notification emails about the availability of the new material.

I’ve added a third even to my calendar for the fall. the event is a ‘Fall Festival’, oddly enough right around Halloween, at one of the churches here in Orange Park. I participated in their Spring Festival and sold half-a dozen copies of “The Big Bend” before the blazing hot sun threatened to broil my brain. The vendors were all sitting in the middle of an asphalt parking lot. I, of course, did not have a tent…

But this Fall I will be back, with copies of both “The Big Bend” and “Hog Valley”. I hope to sell large numbers of both, to repeat and new buyers, what with Christmas being right around the corner. I’m also looking at dropping the price, but I can’t say much more than that right now.

But I can say that folks who buy more than one book will see a further price break, ‘L’ encourage autre’, or however they say it in France…


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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