Here we go again…

I’m not sure why, but things seem to be looking up. Maybe it’s the upcoming holidays – you know, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years. Or maybe is just relief after the brouhaha of the recent elections. Or maybe it’s the recent success with the free download of “The Big Bend” and all the follow-on sales.

For whatever reason, I find myself overwhelmed by a curious case of optimism, and I don’t know how to deal with it. I haven’t felt this optimistic since I got out of the army in 1970.

I recently re-published the Kindle version of “Hog Valley”, my second novel. There were several formatting issues mentioned by reviewers, so I bit the bullet and cleaned it up. Just this morning I got an email from the nice people at Kindle Direct Publishing, notifying me of a few final errors I had to clean up before they would give it a clean bit of health and send out “Update Available” notices to readers who’d purchased the previous version, so I spent an hour doing that and republished the novel. I hope that will be the end of that.

The nice people at Kindle deserve a shout of gratitude for what they do; “Thanks, Kindle People!”

Along with reformatting “Hog Valley”, I do want to tell you that my small volume on roses, titled “A Primer on Roses” is now available at Amazon in Kindle format:

The price is $2.99.

Here’s the blurb:

A short, entertaining, but very detailed introduction to planting, pruning and caring for the Queen of Flowers. Written for the beginning or amateur gardener who wants to plant a few roses in his garden, this little book will provide all the background knowledge and step-by-step instructions needed to select a location, purchase the plants and get them into the ground so they will have every chance to thrive and produce gorgeous blooms for years to come.

I spent many years in my youth working as a gardener; roses struck my fancy early on, and I have never lost my love of and appreciation for those incredibly tough and extremely beautiful plants. I’ve been thinking of producing a little volume on roses for a few years now, and finally decided to put what I knew into print. I am amazed at how little I knew – it’s only 53 pages long, after all. Then again, I am a fairly concise fellow…

I will be working as a volunteer at the Silver River State Park tomorrow, Saturday, November 10, for the “Ocali Days” festival. This is one of the many days in the year when the park is packed full with visitors. If you’re in the area, make a point of visiting the park. it’s a blast.

I am now officially hard at work (well, kinda-sorta hard at work) on plotting and planning the fifth book in the Terry Rankin series. I’ll begin writing in January, 2013. Way too much to do to get started any sooner.



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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