I had a wonderful time meeting folks at my book signing event at Julie's Barber Shop in Acworth, Georgia last Saturday, July 16, 2016. Thanks to the promotional efforts of David and Julie Shockley, we had a continuous stream of people come by, all of them very gracious and interesting. A few had already read one or two of my titles, which always makes these events more interesting to me. I signed lots of books and enjoyed talking with fans. Conversations centered around such things as the shock surprise ending of my first novel, THE WISDOM OF LOONS, the music I reference in my books, and my progress on my next book, HOBO JINGO, which is the long-awaited sequel to KING OF THE HOBOS.
Thank you, one and all who came out and made the day special. Thank you David and Julie for your advance PR efforts and for being such cordial hosts. And a special thanks goes to Ashley Y. for the awesome storefront display. I really appreciate your time and effort. I had a blast!
It's been a while since I have been able to escape the creative confines of my office to get out and meet the reading public. I'm happy to announce that I will be doing just that next month. If you are in the Atlanta area and are so inclined, come on out to see me Saturday, July 16. I will be at Julie's Barber Shop in Acworth, Georgia for a meet-and-greet and booksigning from 11 am until 2 pm.
Why a barber shop, you ask? Because Julie runs the best damn barber shop in Georgia and because many of my most loyal fans live in that area of Atlanta. It should be a lot of fun. I will have copies of all four of my books for sale at discounted prices, and I'll have some interesting giveaways as well. So mark your calendars . . . come on out and get a great haircut with a neck massage, and pick up a few signed copies of my books while you're at it. I hope to see you there.
Here are the particulars:
WHEN? Saturday, July 16
11 am to 2 pm
WHERE? Julie's Barber Shop
4138 S. Main Street, Suite C
Acworth, GA 30101
Hi folks. I have been away from the site for a few months and am checking in. Contrary to tabloid rumors, I have not been abducted by aliens nor have I won the lottery and taken off on a round-the-world jaunt. I have been holed up at home cranking out chapters to my next novel, HOBO JINGO, the long awaited and (hopefully) exciting conclusion to my second novel, KING OF THE HOBOS. I am working at my usual slow, meticulous pace, so it will be a while before it is available, but I do plan on publishing a few chapters on this site as advance teasers when I get further along. I hope that all of you who enjoyed the adventures of my train-hopping hobo Derek Parnell and his one-eyed bo-ette Elaine Leibrandt will be as excited about this new book as I am. As always, a huge thank you to all who supported KING OF THE HOBOS back in 2012. I couldn't do this without you.
While I've been away I have also been reading (one of my few good habits). I discovered a terrific new author, Allen Eskens, whose first novel, THE LIFE WE BURY, is as close to the perfect literary thriller as it gets. I'm not going to say that I read it in one sitting (I constantly see reviews where the reviewer claims they read the book in a single sitting, and to me, it ruins their credibility because I certainly have never been able to read an entire novel in one uninterrupted swoop). But I did find it difficult to tear myself away from this literary who-dunnit. I devoured THE LIFE WE BURY in two intense days. Check it out. Let me know if you agree.
I also continued my love affair with Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series. THE BURNING ROOM is I believe the 19th in the Bosch series, and it is just as fresh and inventive and entertaining as the previous 18 novels. While many authors of long mystery series seem to go through the motions of meeting publisher contract demands and pumping out the same formulaic crap year after year, Connelly takes great pains to give us something fresh and daring with each outing. He seems to try and top himself with each effort. With THE BURNING ROOM he presents three seemingly disparate crimes, and through well-paced plotting and deep character development, he brings the three crimes together in an intelligent and credible way. It amazes me the way Connelly can juggle so many internal stories and characters and not drop the literary balls. Quite the contrary. The author is a former award-winning crime reporter who knows how to take his readers along for the ride and lay everything out in easy-to-understand detail. I wish I was half as good a writer as Michael Connelly. And in final scenes of THE BURNING ROOM, he gives his longtime protagonist, Harry Bosch, a surprise that changes the direction of Bosch's life. Great stuff! Michael Connelly hates formula and predictability almost as much as I do.
The mini promotional tour for my latest thriller TO TOUCH INFINITY came to an exciting close Saturday, November 7. Despite stormy weather, we had an enthusiastic turnout at Eagle Eye Bookshop in Decatur, Georgia. I gave a talk and did a reading before signing books. Afterward, the band I play in, The Third Rail, performed live classic rock covers for the gathering. A great time was had by all. Eagle Eye is the best bookstore in the Atlanta area, if not the entire state of Georgia.
I started my booksigning jaunt with appearances at what might be the best bookstore chain in Tennessee: McKay Books. On Saturday October 17, I visited McKay's in Nashville, followed by an appearance at McKay's Chattanooga on October 24. I met so many wonderful people, real book lovers one and all. My stops in Tennessee generated as much interest in my backlist titles as the new book. I sold an equal number of copies of my first novel, THE WISDOM OF LOONS, as I did TO TOUCH INFINITY. McKay Books is a book lover's paradise.
And speaking of McKay Books, I recently had the pleasure of discussing my life and works with Becky Conway, Corporate Communications Director for McKay Books. Becky is a fellow musician (bass player) and we hit it off immediately. She even got me to reveal a few things about my past that I have never made public before (i.e., how I acquired my nickname of Doc, and the fun I had in my career as a technical writer goofing on reviewers of my documentation. You can read the interview in its entirety here ... Interview with McKay Books.