Well, if you’ve been reading VARIETY, the show-business magazine, you probably know the huge, earth-shattering news….. Murder Ink Press has purchased the book and movie rights to THE PRESLEY PLOT and MURDER ON MAIDEN LANE!! Both books will be revised (and lengthened) and reissued with new and improved front book covers in both soft-back and hard-back versions!! They will also be available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Kindle, Nook, etc.
In a word, I am….. Astonished! Delighted! Grateful! Flabbergasted! (Wait a minute, that’s four words!) Well, what can I say, a lot of books have “four-words!”
Seriously though, this is wonderful news, and I am one very lucky author. A lot of the credit goes to you, my loyal blog followers, so thank you very much for your continued support and encouragement! I shall not let you down!
So what else is new? Judge Susan is coming over today for a “Mexican Swim Party.” (Lots of “dips.”) She is bringing her three gorgeous grandchildren, too. After I finish this blog post, I’m going to Home Depot to buy 100 gallons of Chlorine! (Use your imagination here.) Congratulations to Rita and Michael Hennecke on the birth of their new daughter. She is absolutely beautiful, but due to rising hospital costs, the parents have not yet chosen a name for her! (I suggested “Hey, you” but I doubt the name will stick!)
My Texas Hold ‘Em tournament play remains hotter than a stolen tamale. I’ve made it to the “final table” seven times in a row! (Without winning the tournament, mind you.) Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of sitting next to the beautiful and talented Beverly Skipper Lange. My dear friend just got back from the MAIN EVENT at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, where she placed 86th and won….. $70,000! Well done, Miss Beverly!
Another poker great, Kevin Evans, surprised our last tournament group with some very special t-shirts. The shirts were emblazoned with the front book covers of my first three mystery novels! (The Presley Plot, Murder on Maiden Lane, and Devil’s Cove.) Thank you, Kevin! The shirts were very cool… very considerate… and very colorful!
Several of my blog followers have asked about my upcoming trip to Detroit. We had to cancel the trip, mainly because people are moving out of the city in record numbers. (Motown has become LessTown!) Even the schools are falling apart. Did you know that Detroit kids spend the first two weeks of school studying their Miranda Rights? What do you think the average Detroit student gets on his or her SAT? (Drool!) **The preceding jokes are dedicated to my one and only Detroit friend, Gary Rubenstein!
In conclusion, I would like to remind you that the first novel ever written on a typewriter was…. TOM SAWYER! (I forget the author’s name.) I still use an electric typewriter, which is why the neighbors think we have a pet woodpecker. (No woodpecker jokes, please!) Have a safe and joyous week!
Love to all…..