(AND I DON’T MIND IF YOU STAND UP AND SHOUT IT!)
Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure (and more money) to inform you that Aberdeen Bay Publishing has just (yesterday) agreed to publish…… my second mystery novel!
Yes, it’s true! The second “Adam Gold Mystery” will be available to the general public (and certain penal institutions) on or about MARCH 1, 2013!
For those of you on the Pulitzer Committee, the name of this book is…… MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE. As some of you know, Maiden Lane is located in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. In fact, the lovely lane is right around the corner from my old insurance office on John Street. Maiden Lane has quite a checkered past (much like my high school girlfriend) but is most famous for two things…… being in the heart of the “high risk” insurance neighborhood, and being the home of Captain Kidd, the famous American pirate.
AND SINCE WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT OF PIRATES……. I shall now share with you the exact “book cover blurb” that will appear on the back cover of the new book…. right above my new and improved photograph….. (Let me know if it grabs your attention!) If so, you can grab the book on Amazon.com when it becomes available……. All right, here goes…….
“WHILE EXCAVATING A VACANT LOT IN LOWER MANHATTAN, WORKERS UNEARTH A 300-YEAR-OLD SKELETON AND SOME COINS THAT MIGHT BE PART OF A PIRATE TREASURE. THE DISCOVERY HALTS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SKYSCRAPER, DRAWING THE IRE OF CORRUPT POLITICIANS, GREEDY DEVELOPERS, AND THE MAFIA. IT ALSO ATTRACTS THE ATTENTION OF A MYSTERIOUS YOUNG WOMAN WHO CLAIMS TO BE A DESCENDANT OF A FAMOUS PIRATE….. A WOMAN WHO IS WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET HER HANDS ON THE TREASURE!”
Well, there you have it. The cover is in the “design phase” as we speak, and will be a bold presentation of color and content. (Much like me) If I get an opportunity, I will post some of the first designs to give my blog followers a sense of how a fiction book is put together. I think you will find the process quite interesting.
AND NOW FOR SOME OTHER NEWS……. CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Rebecca Lee Yanoff, who has a brand new position in Austin. A commercial development project coordinator for a prestigious local firm that is about to build the very first “high end” luxury day spa in the city! Rebecca’s responsibilities are numerous, and in order to build an authentic Japanese facility, the firm is sending her (and the marketing genius) to ………. Hawaii and Japan! Yep, you read that right. My little girl will be spending four or five days in MAUI (Wowee!) and then fly to TOKYO AND OSAKA to interview some of the leading Asian spa owners on the island. The idea is to see and learn what makes a world-class facility. When the Austin project is complete, they want Rebecca to manage (and partially own!) the spa. So…… hooray for Rebecca-san! (But remember, no blow fish!)
A big shout out and congratulations also to Mr. Adam Zell…… the First Place Winner of the “River Place New Year Poker Championship!” Adam played very well and beat some terrific poker players (including me!) on his way to the final heads-up competition. It was looking grim until the lad got lucky on the river and pulled a Jack of clubs, giving him a very sweet flush! He won a substantial amount of money. (None of which he shared with me!) What’s up with that?
More congratulations to one of my long-time blog followers……. Mrs. Rita York-Hennecke…… the beautiful daughter of the beautiful Portuguese Princess Helena Bomblatus. Rita has recently discovered that she is “with child,” as they say in Kansas. Her pregnancy is wonderful news! I’m sure she will have a gorgeous baby. (If she has a boy, I think “Stephen” would be a wonderful name. Just saying.) Best wishes to Rita and Mike!
FOR MY ADORING ELVIS FANS……. (OR SHOULD I SAY, “ADORABLE”) ……. DID YOU KNOW…… That on this day in 1957, Elvis made the last of his three appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show? (Which was filmed at the Maxine Elliot Theatre on W. 39th Street.) I used to go there when I was a youngster, but I missed this show. Too bad. The King sang “Hound Dog.” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Love Me Tender,” and “Heartbreak Hotel.” Wow! Imagine hearing the big guy sing all four of those classics! (By the way, this is the infamous performance where the network would only film Elvis from the waist up!) Just think of how far we’ve come (descended) from those days! Now all television is a “waist.” (Waste) Incidentally, after the show, which was a “really big show,” Elvis took the midnight train home to Memphis! Well, at least he was on the “right track” back then! Amusing to think that there were no flights to Memphis at the time.
In closing, I would like to tell you that THE PRESLEY PLOT has now been purchased (and hopefully read!) in 40 different countries around the globe! God Bless the internet! We should all be grateful to Al (Jazeera) Gore for inventing the darn thing in his spare time. Thanks to the world wide web, great literature (and my books) can be shared with uneducated heathens and unrepentant criminals in all four corners of the globe! (By the way, how can a globe have corners? The dang thing is round! Just saying.)
Well, I wish you a happy and healthy week and a wonderful post-New Year period. Drop me a line when you can, and thanks again for following my weekly rant.
Love to all…..