The audio Book version of “The Big Bend” is now available

After three months of work, the audio book version of “The Big Bend” is now up for sale on Audible.com (www.audible.com). It is over eleven hours of listening and priced at $24.95 ($17.46 for members). The link to the book page at Audible is:

http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_2?asin=B00E9WBKOK&qid=1375456016&sr=1-2

Just below the CD cover art you will find a link to a 2-minute audio sample.

The audio version will also become available on both Amazon.com and iTunes.com by mid-week next.

I cannot adequately describe my feelings at this point; pleasure, yes, a sense of accomplishment, certainly, excitement – well, of course I am excited. This opens a completely new market for my work; new ‘listeners’ and a new revenue stream. Well, I hope it becomes a new revenue stream, anyway.

We – myself and the narrator, Neill D. Hicks, are hard at work on producing “Hog Valley” as an audio book. The first chapter is complete, and chapters 2 and 3 are being edited and prepped for delivery as we speak (sic). “Twisted Key” and “Lonesome Cove” will also be converted to audio format in their turn over the next year.

In the meantime – in whatever spare time I have – I am working on chapter 3 of “Standing Wave”, the fifth novel in the Terry Rankin series. I had hoped to have it published for the Kindle in time for the Christmas selling season, but that goal has slipped to some time in February, due to the work on converting the existing novels to audio format. I am not complaining, mind; a boy has to have some priorities, and as I grow older (if not more mature) I begin to learn – or at least acquire through harsh experience – that I do have some limits on what I can accomplish in any given time period.

Along with the writing, I also have four horses, a dozen or so (it’s hard to keep up) Tennessee Fainting goats, two large and loveable Great Pyrenees dogs and a barn cat to feed, and a large piece of property that needs mowing, fence repair and tree trimming. Do understand that I do not own this place; I live here, and I care for and about the property and all who live on it. What I do, I do for the sheer, unalloyed pleasure of the doing.

I have very little complain about in my life, and a great deal of thanks to my G-d and my friends and my readers (many of whom have become my friends over the years) for what I have, and that is as it should be. I would be nowhere in my life without each and every one of them.

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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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