Lots of Options, here

The digital versions of “The Big Bend”, “Hog Valley”, “Twisted Key” and “Lonesome Cove” are now available on several platforms, including Amazon, Kobo, iTunes and Smashwords. To celebrate this major (for me, anyway) publishing step, I have reduced the retail price of “The Big Bend”. Since every retailer places restrictions of one sort or another on the author’s ability to set pricing, these new prices will vary. But it IS a reduced price, and I will keep it that way for a good while.

Amazon assigned 41/2 stars to “The Big Bend”, with 295 reviews. In fact all four of these novels have at least 4 stars. I can live with that.

Getting these novels formatted correctly to meet the demands of those retail sites took a LOT longer than I expected. What a frustrating and time-consuming job that was. I’m not complaining, mind you. It’s just another part of an indie author’s life, and that’s what I am.

Fall is here, and work around the place is picking up with the cooler weather. For some folks, that’s when they saddle up and go riding. For me, it’s more work on fencing, replacing rotted and dried-up posts and split and busted fence boards (and repainting all of the fencing on the property). Along with that, I still have to get all of the oak trees trimmed high enough to get a tractor and bush hog under them without the driver (never mind the horses) getting smacked by low-hanging branches. Then there’s work on the barn, replacing rotted planking and repainting.

I might get some riding in this fall or winter, but it’s doubtful.

“Standing Wave”, the fifth novel in the Terry Rankin series, will be available for purchase some time early next year. Lots of people will be nodding their heads, muttering “Sure Gary, that’s what you said LAST year”. Sorry folks. I truly am, but Life has a way of frustrating the best laid plans. The novel is in the works.

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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. 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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