An interesting request for my readers…

Hello, Friends and Readers:

As you may know, my third novel, “Twisted Key”, is ready for the publisher.

This is the back cover text for the novel:

Terry Rankin has a new client; Fatima al Natsche, a Muslim woman living under a sentence of death for her work on behalf of women suffering under Islamic law. Terry’s a businessman – he’ll protect just about anyone who can pay the freight. In fact, he admires Ms. Al Natsche and the sacrifices she’s made to get her message out.

But then her daughter flies over from Norway and gets snatched off the street in front of her mother’s home, and all of the masks come off and all of the dirty little secrets come out to play in the Florida sun.

And this is the cover art for the novel:


It has been ready for about two months. In fact, “Twisted Key” has been available in kindle format for the last eight weeks and has been selling. But paperback copies require hands-on prepress work and cover design, and that costs money up front.

Unfortunately, my finances hare not up to the task of covering those costs. I self-publish, which means that I pay to have the novel formatted and for the cover art to be prepared according to my direction.

I have had a rough few years due to health issues, including surgery to repair a torn retina in my left eye and the onset of Type 2 diabetes. I have lived a very interesting life, and now I’m paying for it. And those expenses just had to come before I spent a single penny of publishing costs.

All of which brings us to the point of this little missive.

I am asking you to contribute to the publishing of “Twisted Key”. Think of this as pre-ordering a signed copy. In return for your cooperation, I offer the following:

For $20.00 to $30.00, you will receive a signed and numbered copy of “Twisted Key”, with a short note offering you my heartfelt thanks for your help.

For $30.00 and up in addition to the above your name will appear on the Acknowledgements Page of the novel.

You may, of course, provide any help up to $20.00, but due to the cost of the copies and the shipping and mailing charges I cannot afford to mail out any copies of the novel. But you will still have my eternal gratitude for your contribution.

This fund raising is being run through a “CrowdFunding” web site, CrowdFunding is a new and legitimate fund raising method for small projects such as mine, and has grown rapidly due to the cost of raising money through banks and IPO’s. The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules and regulations have no control over crowdfunding since no ‘Investing’ is being done and no shares are involved. In return for funds raised through crowdfunding the participants receive value from the fund raiser.

I have set a minimum of $1800.00 on this project, and a time limit of 30 days. Your funds will go into an escrow account controlled by If that limit is not reached during that time, your money will be returned to you.

Any funds raised over and above that $1800.00 will go toward the publication of my fourth novel, Lonesome Cove”. LC is about ¾ written and should be going to my editors in October of this year, with a publication date of July of next year.

You can learn more about crowdfunding and this project by clicking on the link below:

The page should look something like this:


Click on the Play Video for a short presentation by yours truly.

The Pledge buttons on the right side are pretty self-explanatory.

I thank you for your time, and wish you well:

Gary Showalter


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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