BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE… there is no place like home. (Although the Caribbean is pretty damn close!) I am happy to report that my month-long book tour was a huge success, and that my publicist (Blind Lemon Lefkowitz) tells me that many copies of THE PRESLEY PLOT and MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE have been ordered on Amazon.com, Kindle, etc. I would like to thank my domesticated partner for arranging the book signing gigs and listening to the (semi) fictional account of my college love-life. (For the fifth time!)
Our travels took us from Austin, Texas to St. John in the American Virgin Islands, and in-between there were book signing stops in Tupelo, Mississippi (To visit the birthplace of Elvis Presley), Birmingham (Alabama), Atlanta (Georgia), Charleston (South Carolina), Boca Raton (Florida), Tallahassee (Florida), and Baton Rouge (Louisiana). All told, we logged about 4,000 miles, and saw some lovely spots in this gorgeous country of ours.
The highlight of our trip was spending a week with two other couples in a luxurious villa overlooking Cruz Bay on the island of St. John. I would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Max Talbott and Lee and Helena Bomblatus (world famous snorkel enthusiasts) for their company and invaluable guidance on the consumption of rum. I would also like to thank Johnny Depp for letting us use his home, but I suggest that he remove the mirrors on the ceiling. (I saw some truly frightening things!)
Along the way, we met some remarkable folks and gained a large number of new blog followers. I would like to welcome a few of them, including….. Miss Nina Holcomb (hostess at the Elvis Presley Birthplace), Miss Ashley at the Tupelo Starbucks location, Miss Connie (who works at the Tupelo Hardware Store and directed us to the grave of Elvis Presley’s twin brother), the mayors of Atlanta and Charleston, Tonya and Shannon (the lovely snorkeling sisters from Pennsylvania), and all of the kind and generous folks who listened to my bad jokes and bought some books. You all made this a memorable trip.
At the request of my financial advisor (Jesse James Lipschitz) I will now spend the next week catching up on bills. (Always fun) I know that some of you folks have been trying to reach me by phone, so please do not be alarmed if your call is directly forwarded to the NSA in Washington. (I am a Verizon customer.) You know, I wish these folks would “mine their own business” and leave me alone. I’m not saying I don’t like the feds, but I’m starting to agree with one of my literary idols, Mark Twain, who said….. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog!”
Well, you’ll have to excuse me now, I’m off to bankruptcyville . If you would like to help me pay for my recent trip (or the upcoming jaunt to Belize) please send cash in a brown paper bag. (No coins, please.) I will send you a charitable donation receipt for the I.R.S. (But don’t blame me if you get audited!) We’d both be better off if you just ordered a copy of THE PRESLEY PLOT or MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE!
Have a safe and happy week….. Love to all…..
P.S. I almost forgot to welcome Ms. Maggie Baum-Wilson to my blog! Welcome aboard, young lady. I look forward to meeting you when you get home!