“Twisted Key”, “Lonesome Cove” and a few other bits


“Twisted Key” is off to the editors. I’ve had one manuscript copy printed in the meantime, and using it to gather reader responses from a few book dealers and readers. So far, what I’ve heard gives me lots of encouragement. One reader finished it in two days and said it’s fast-paced and kept him on the edge of his seat.

All of the add-on text, such as the Acknowledgements, Dedication, Author’s Note and so on, are done and placed in the manuscript.

I’ve already added the first ten pages of my fourth novel, titled “Lonesome Cove”, to the end of “Twisted Key”. So far, I like where the story is going. A lot. It starts on Sanibel Island, one of my favorite places in the whole wide world (especially when all the tourists are back home). I should also add that I love Cades Cove, way up in the Smokey Mountains, St. Simon’s Island off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia (read “The Marshes of Glynn” by Sidney Lanier. You’ll understand why I love St. Simon’s) and just about any spot in Israel. If you’ve never been to Israel, make a point of visiting.

I have digressed somewhat, and I refuse to apologize.

My work computer is an old Dell Dimension 2350. It’s about seven years old, and acts like it. Along with being somewhat underpowered, it’s limited to one gig of RAM. One of us should be taken out and shot, just to put me out of my misery. Since things are getting to the point where I am seriously considering doing violence to my computer, I have invested some time looking for a replacement.

Budget issues being what they are, I am tending toward a ‘build it yourself’ machine from CompUSA. They offer some nice hardware in their kits, and I don’t mind the do it yourself option. I’ve built several such machines over the years, starting way, way back when cards had to be configured with IRQ jumpers and yelling and screaming were a matter of course, right along with sliced fingers and fried motherboards.

I’m still very much in the thinking and pricing, but once I make a decision I’ll let you know. Another issue I have to deal with is Windows 7. I like Windows XP/SP3 just fine, and don’t see any reason to pay $140.00 to upgrade to the new version. I’d just as soon wait another year for all the really bad bugs to be worked out of Win 7. But with a brand new machine with current hardware, maybe I’ll make the change. Who knows?

I have a book signing at the Historic Grounds Bookstore in Green Cove Springs on 12 February, between 4 and 7 pm. Stop by if you’re in the area. It’s got wine and cheese on.

Have 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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