Lead-in to a New Year

I do hope everyone have a Merry Christmas, and I pray we will all have a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.

“Hog Valley”, which has been in production for the last three months (longer, I think, but who keeps track of thHVAudioBookCoverat sort of thing?) is finally available as an audio book ( here’s the link on audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Hog-Valley-Audiobook/B00H84PY3Y/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1388089941&sr=1-2 ). It’s available through Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

My goal was to have it available for sale prior to Christmas, but unavoidable production issues forced us to push the delivery date to ACX back a few weeks. It couldn’t be helped, but it cost us more than a few lost sales. Christmas IS the retail market “Silver Bullet” for poor sales during the rest of the year, and we missed it by a few weeks.

I love the sound deadlines make as they go whooshing by…


“Twisted Key” is up next. Narration should start some time in the next week or ten days, according to Neil Hicks, the narrator.

“Standing Wave” the fifth novel in the Terry Rankin series, is moving along. Slowly, I will admit, but it is moving along. I will be back in Suwannee, Florida some time after New Year’s, for another round of research, photography and interviews.

After that, it’s down to writing, rewriting and editing. Well, that and feeding the critters, exercising the horses or saddling Ebony for a ride with a  few friends. A boy’s got to have a life, right?




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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