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My first book signing of the Fall was supposed to be at the Historic Grounds Bookstore in Green Cove Springs on 11 September, but I was way to sick with an upper respiratory infection to even think about it. I do apologize.

Yesterday I was at Flagler College in St. Augustine for a group signing for the Florida heritage Book Festival. It was held in the Rodhaver Student Union building. There were about fifteen authors and a very nice crowd throughout the day.

Frankly, I wasn’t feeling very well, but I did manage to finish out the day. Unfortunately for me, I had not yet received a single copy of “Hog Valley”, so my table looked a bit empty. But I did have “The Big Bend”, and sold several copies.

Unfortunately for all of the other authors in the room, Carl Hiaasen was there, with lots of copies of lots of his books, and he sold bunches. The poor guy spent the entire day autographing his books. His hand must have been really, really sore by the end. It must be tough being him.

The rest of us just sat and watched, for the most part (we’ll ignore the all of the hissing and catty remarks from the other authors in the room). The line of people clasping copies of his books stood patiently (it was a very long line) until they could get their copy signed. A few people bought several of his books and he had to sign each and every one of them.

But he’s earned it. Carl Hiaasen is a damn fine author.

My thanks to the folks at the Florida Heritage Book Festival for putting on on such a  great event!

You can find a list of events I’ll be attending this Fall on my web site. I’m pretty sure Carl Hiaasen won’t be at any of them, but you never know who will be…


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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