“Hog Valley” has been nominated for the Dan Poynter Global eBook Award




This is a very big deal, friends and neighbors. Dan Poynter is a mover and shaker in the world of ePublishing, and he has set up this contest for eBooks to ensure national and international recognition for the best of the best in electronic books. “Hog Valley” has been nominated for this award.

If you have read the novel in either paperback or in Kindle format, please click on the link below and give the novel a rating (preferably the highest), and leave a brief comment on your opinion of the story:


Just below the book title “Hog Valley”, on the top left of the page, you will see 5 ‘E’s. Click on the right hand ‘E’ to give the novel the highest possible rating. Further down the page is a Comment box. Please leave a brief comment about your response to the story.

I cannot promise to name my first-born child after you. He’s 25, much larger and meaner than I am, and he would probably object to having his name changed. But I would still be very grateful to you.

Awards mean a great deal to the commercial success of any novel. Not only does the author get a pretty sticker to put on his book covers, but major publishing houses, literary agents, book reviewers and readers all pay attention to these awards and the author whose work grabbed that particular brass ring.

“The Big Bend” and “Hog Valley” are both available in paperback and  the Kindle eBook format, and my third novel, “Twisted Key” has recently been released in Kindle format. It should also be available in paperback some time in July or early August.

Right now, the Kindle versions of my books are on a par with the paperback sales. As awareness of Terry Rankin stories grows I fully expect Kindle sales to outpace paperback sales. That is the way the publishing industry is moving. eBooks have all sorts of advantages over paperbacks – price is only the most obvious of those differences.

I’ll get my regular post out in another few days.

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. 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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