I’m late, I’m late…

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…For a very important date.

Actually, I’ve been extremely busy, preoccupied and cursed with a sour stomach. Which makes for a bad combination when you’re doing your darndest to make headway against an economy that seems to be going downhill in a hurry. With vigor.

Then again, what would life be without a challenge, eh? Quiet? Maybe even peaceful?

Well, here’s a challenge for you. Actually, it’s another challenge for me, but you can chime in, if you want. “Twisted Key” is the third in my Terry Rankin series of murder mysteries. The problem is, as one reader of the manuscript puts it, that it starts slow. He’s read both “The Big Bend” and “Hog Valley” and is not interested in re-reading what happened in those two novels before he gets into the meat of the new story. So I have to pare down on the background. I already did, but what remains is still slowing down the pace way too much. New readers who pick up “Twisted Key” first might find the information useful, but then again maybe it will just be a distraction, instead. So I’ll get out my pruning shears and go to work.

I spent my weekend at the Orange Park Fall Festival and quite happily sold a large number of books. Well, not Carl Hiaasen large (no, he wasn’t there), but for me it was a lot of books. I offered a 2-fer, meaning if a customer purchased both “The Big Bend” and Hog Valley” I’d knock $5.00 off the price.  It worked, really well. I sold a lot of books (it bears repeating).

On the 6th of November I will be at the Middleburg Historic Festival, selling and signing. That’s going to be a lot of fun – they have some re-enactments scheduled, some music, lots of food and other stuff going on. The festival starts at 9:00 am and goes on until 3:00 pm.

I hope you’re having a good week.


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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