Free download of “The Big Bend”, “A Primer on Roses” and don’t forget to Vote!

I am very much tied up with several things right now, and so stressed for time that I am trying to speed up getting this blog post out that I am recycling parts of my last post. This attempt to save myself a bit of time, of course, is taking twice as long as it would have if I had written it all fresh.

In short, the “Authors Show” public voting for inclusion in their third annual “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” book opens tomorrow, November 2nd. Please find the link below and vote for your favorite author from their list (my name is on that list…)

My first novel, “The Big Bend”, now with a 5-star rating on Amazon with 12 reviews, will be free for download to your Kindle on November 2nd and 3rd. Again, you will find the link to the Amazon book page below. Please pass this on; I would love to give away several thousand copies.

National elections are on November 6. Please get out and vote.

“A Primer on Roses” is complete, and I have sent out a few copies of the text for comments prior to publication. If all goes well I hope to have it available for the Kindle by mid-November.

“A Primer on Roses”

“A Primer on Roses”, my non-fiction volume on rose care for beginners will be available for the Kindle in mid-November. It’s only a bit over fifty pages, but it is crammed with great information presented in a very easy to understand manner. The price will be set at $2.00.

The volume covers selecting plants, determining where to plant them, pruning for blooms and growth patterns and identifying and treating disease and insect infestations. One of my major concerns in presenting this material was to give the reader some idea of the ‘why’ behind the ‘best practices’ gardeners have developed over the years in caring for the “Queen of Flowers”.

This volume will only be made available for the Kindle.

“50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading”

I have been selected as a finalist in the competition for inclusion in the 2012 edition of the third annual “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading”, produced by the Authors Show ( The public voting for the contest, which will determine the final 50 entries, will begin on 2 November and run through November 11. Click on the link below and look immediately below the Book Cover scroller for the “Please vote for your favorite author” in red type. Click that red link to go to the voting page. Find my name (or any other, actually, but I would prefer you cast your vote for me; I could use the help.

Authors Show Contest Link:

Free download of “The Big Bend”

The Kindle version of my first novel, “The Big Bend”, has 12 reviews and a 5-star rating on Amazon. It will be free for download on November 2 & 3. If you have not snagged a copy of this great story, take advantage of this free promotion. After this final promotion, “The Big Bend” will not be offered for free any time soon.

Here’s the link for “The Big Bend” Kindle book page on Amazon:

Please repost & forward to friends & family with Kindle. I would like to get as many copies out as possible. And please do post a review once you’ve finished reading. Authors live and die by the reviews of their work.

Get out and vote on November 6!

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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8 Responses to Free download of “The Big Bend”, “A Primer on Roses” and don’t forget to Vote!

  1. Sara Flower says:

    That is awesome you are finalist on the “50 Great Authors You Should Be Reading.” I will be sure to vote for you on Nov. 2. 🙂 And! That reminds me to post a review for your book. At last. Will do very soon.

    Looking forward to your next book launch – there’s a lot of gardeners out there and I think it will be pretty marketable. I will have to tell my Dad about it too – he loves growing roses.

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