AND YOU THOUGHT I WAS TALKING ABOUT POKER AGAIN! AU CONTRAIRE! (Although there remains some doubt as to whether I am “playing with a full deck!”)
I am happy to report that this week was “Book Club Week” here at the Ponderosa Ranch. On Monday I had the pleasure of driving down to lovely La Grange, Texas, a charming village approximately 65 miles southeast of Austin. Whence I arrived, I was warmly welcomed at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center. (There were no “bad Czechs” present!) After a rather brilliant oration, I moseyed on over to Weikel’s Bakery (for a homemade kolache) and then stopped briefly at Prause Meat Market (to sample the smoldering pits!) and pump out my stomach. I was fortunate to meet the mayor of the town, and during our conversation, I suggested a “town motto.” (I.E., “Keep Austin Weird”) Every town has one, I said to his honor. So….. I suggested this little doosey….. “The Range near La Grange ain’t too Strange!” (I’ve been waiting for my first royalty check from the city fathers, and just to be nice, I offered to accept payment in kolaches.)
AND NOW FOR A SHORT COMMERCIAL BREAK…… On Tuesday I had one of the very best deep tissue massages of my life! (Courtesy of Ms. Rebecca Lee, my jet setter daughter who is off to Hawaii and Japan on Tuesday) If you live in Austin, you must contact the one and only Melinda Perez (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you will not be disappointed! The young lady is simply divine! (I should know, because I have been touched by many women (the price of fame) and because when I was a lad, I wanted to be a massage therapist!) However, they told me that I “rubbed people the wrong way,” so I did not purse my rubbing license. Ah well, Melinda is much better.
FAST FORWARD TO THURSDAY! (Evening) Another stellar (actually, cellar) performance….. this time at the most famous and influential book club in LAKEWAY! Due to popular demand (and a slow week) my agent, Black Bart Berkowitz, was able to “book me” at the Lakeway mansion of Mrs. Jaime Rubenstein, the leading Grand Dame of Literature in the Central Texas area. My goodness, what a treat! The dear woman served a formal sit-down dinner (with chairs!) in her beautiful dining room, complete with high quality wines (with corks!) superb place settings (with forks!) and a meal fit for….. a KING! (Obviously a reference to the book we discussed….. THE PRESLEY PLOT.) It was not easy being surrounded by good food and wine, and a roomful of women hanging on my every word, but I managed to maintain my composure, keep most of my clothes on, and deliver another sterling performance. (the forks were sterling, too.) I wish to thank Madame Rubenstein for arranging this wonderful event. A fine time was had by all!
SPEAKING OF FINE TIMES…… Happy Birthday Wishes to Jill Crocker and Carol Yondola Finkelstein, two lovely ladies who are celebrating their 39th birthday this week! (Did I get the age thing right, ladies?)
AND SINCE WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT OF BIRTHDAYS…… Last Tuesday was ELVIS PRESLEY’S birthday. If the King had lived, do you know how old he would be? (Better sit down for this one) Incredibly, Elvis would be 78 years old! Yikes, how time flies when you’re having fun!
AND SPEAKING OF FUN….. The famous art department at Aberdeen Bay Publishers came up with a “knock-out” book cover for my second mystery novel, titled, MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE. I simply loved the initial design, and was blown away by how it caught the eye. (No hints!) However, I can tell you that the cover is very mysterious (duh) and very unusual in a good sense. If I am permitted to do so, I will post a “rough draft” of the cover on a future blog.
Finally, since several of my brilliant blog followers have inquired about upcoming projects, let me share some news with thee….. The third “Adam Gold” mystery (DEVIL’S COVE) is being professionally edited as we speak, and it should be at the typist some time around March 15th, 2013. The fourth book in the series, RANSOM ON THE RHONE, is being written at a slightly slower pace, not because of “writer’s block,” but because I am busy putting the finishing touches on my first NON-FICTION book, THE SECOND MOURNING. (THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA’S MOST BIZZARE POLITICAL MURDER) God willing, the non-fiction book will be published some time during the summer. I think you folks are really going to enjoy this one, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I (finally) won the Pulitzer Prize. (Depends on the dang judges.) I wish there was a way to bribe those dudes.
Anyway, I digress. I trust I have answered your various inquiries. Please keep those cards and letters (and royalty checks) coming. I do appreciate your blog loyalty and look forward to chatting with you again in the very near future.
Love to all,