I’m suffering from a burst of optimism


Hi, Folks:

I expect the printed Proof copy of “Hog Valley” to be in my hands very close to the end of this month. The novel should be available for purchase on Amazon and my web site within another ten days. Or so.

I’ve placed a thumbnail of the cover art for "Hog Valley" on my web site www.garyshowalter.com. It’s worth a look.

I’ll let you know the day it becomes available.

“Twisted Key” is lagging. I haven’t written a word in the manuscript in a few months. Life has gotten in my way in a very big way. Health issues, mostly, and moving apartments, and more health issues. But I can see the end of the proverbial rainbow from where I’m sitting, so there is great cause for optimism.

I may not have done any writing, but I have done a lot of thinking about “Twisted Key”. And no plot I ever met suffered from an overabundance of thinking.

The moving is finished, though we are still unpacking . For another, the retinal surgery is behind me and the eye is doing very well, thank you very much. I recently had a nasty bout with an Upper Respiratory Infection, and the antibiotics are well on the way to clearing that up (all of the dust from packing up an apartment and unpacking may be the cause of the URI).

And I am now working on a 22” wide-screen monitor, which is truly a miracle of modern technology. I don’t have to squint at a small CRT screen, and any headaches I suffer will NOT be due to my monitor, ever again.

It’s been hinted at on my web site, but I’ll give you a bit more information. As much as I can at this time, anyway. There will be a major price break offered to folks who purchase “The Big Bend” and/or “Hog Valley” in the next few months. I’m doing this both to mark the publication of my second novel and to encourage folks to pick up a few Christmas and Hanukah presents.

I’ll drop the prices as low as I can, and try to keep them in place at least through the first of January, 2011.

But tomorrow I go for a blood test.

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. Those words were written a few years ago. Frankly speaking, the literary well has dried up. I now live in Dunnellon, Fl, where I amworking as the caretaker on a horse farm and looking to build a workshop here on the property where I can get back to building furniture. With any luck I will be sinking piers some time early in November and hope to have the floor joists ready for flooring by the end of the month. I'll get back to you on that.
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