Between a rock and a hard place

I know it’s a bit of a cliché to say that, but in my case it is true. My schedule has gone to heck in a big way; it has become more of a goal to be achieved than a reality. Maybe it’s the season between Thanksgiving and New Year, or maybe it’s just me. I’ve got a list of corrections on the Kindle version of “The Big Bend” that have to be made, a bit of reformatting and then republishing the text, I’m still planning to the next Terry Rankin novel with the goal of beginning the writing some time in January, and I haven’t shaved in a week or so.

Things tend to get out of hand if you don’t stay on top of them. Let’s not mention Christmas/Hanukkah shopping, shall we? Please?

How does that Jethro Tull song go? “You work your fingers to the bone and what do you get? Boney fingers.”

More (so very much more) important than writing a novel (writing, editing and rewriting, and rewriting and rewriting), is marketing. And I will admit that I do spend much more of my time these days involved in marketing my work. That’s how an author makes a living from his work. Whatever sort of book you produce, you invest a great deal of your life in its creation. You invest your self and your life in your work. You, as an author, have to make a living from your work. Unless, of course, you are independently wealthy to begin with, or some sort of artistic snob so far up in the clouds you have no awareness of the harsh realities the rest of us have to deal with every day. Like paying bills, buying food and covering medical bills and so on.

If you live on the same planet I do, however, you have to invest not only in creating a book, you have to invest even more of yourself in marketing. Get busy, or I’m going to sell my books to people who might otherwise buy yours. That’s okay with me, by the way. I’d much rather the money flow into my pockets than yours.

If you feel differently about things, you’d better get busy learning how to sell yourself and your books.

So in that vein, I would like to announce another free download promotion:

Free download of “Hog Valley”

My second novel, “Hog Valley” (4 stars on, is set in and around Marion County, Florida and the Ocala national Forest. It is a novel of greed, corruption and drug dealers hell-bent on revenge. It is a grand tale on a grand scale. It is also going to be listed as $0.00 on 29 & 30 November.


Here’s the text from the back cover:

Terry Rankin is the owner of Rankin Protective Services Inc, in Orlando, Florida.  It’s a small company with a few very nice contracts. Terry has a meeting with Travis Warren, at his horse ranch just north of Ocala. He has invested a few months in negotiating for a very lucrative contract to provide bodyguard services to Mr. Warren and his family. This is the morning when all of that time and effort are going to pay off.

He does not expect to walk into a home invasion.

As the thieves wrap up their looting, Rankin and Mr. and Mrs. Warren are being held in Travis Warren’s office. Terry watches through the French doors along the rear wall as five well-dressed though disheveled Latino gentlemen cross the back lawn and step onto the flagstone patio. As the leader of the thieves raises his shotgun toward Rankin, Terry watches in relief as the Latinos fire into the backs of the invaders.

What Rankin doesn’t know is that the five Latinos have orders to shoot him on sight.

Here’s the link to the book page on Amazon:

Please do me a big favor and repost this on your social media pages and in your blogs.

I do wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.


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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