First edits for “Twisted Key” and “Lonesome Cove” update

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I picked up the manuscript from one of my editors over the weekend after a book signing in Ocala (more on that later). So far I’ve worked through the first ten chapters and expect to have this round complete by mid-week. With any luck I’ll have the edits back from my other editor near the end of the week and have it all done and ready for the publisher by the end of next week.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the few readers who have seen the manuscript ran through the entire novel in one or two sittings (I’m not sure if that’s a selling point or not; lots of people want a book that will last for a while).

“Lonesome Cove” is shaping up very nicely; I would go so far as to say that this story is writing itself. I am very close to 160 pages into the manuscript, which puts me in the unenviable position of not wanting to stop writing it to work on the edits for “Twisted Key”. But needs must when the devil drives, so I have put “Lonesome Cove” aside for a week.

“Books By George”, in Ocala is located in Six-Gun Plaza on East Silver Springs Blvd. It is a large and well laid out store with a great selection of used books and a very friendly staff. They put on quite a show Saturday. Allan Ansorge and myself were the feature authors, along with a numerologist and a temporary tattoo artist for the kids. Allan is a well-known author of mysteries and writes with a quirky sense of humor. He is very well spoken, and one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.

I have an on-air interview with Larry Whittler and Robin McBlane on WOCA 1370 AM radio in Ocala on the 22nd of March at 10 o’clock in the morning, to feature my recent novel, “Hog Valley” and a book signing at “A Novel idea” bookstore in Ocala.

On the 26th of March I will be signing books at “A Novel Idea” in the Beal’s Plaza shopping Center on East Silver Springs Blvd from 12 noon to 2 PM. If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello.

Have a good week, and stay safe.


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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