WELL, HERE I AM ABOARD THE LOVELY CARIBBEAN PRINCESS! (By the way, that’s the name of the ship, not a person.) We are bound for Cozumel. (Bound to get there in a day or two.) I slept GREAT last night. Wonderful mattress. Ever hear of a “sea bed?” One funny incident to report… My wife asked someone where our “mustard station” was located. (She meant muster station.) I told her to go ahead, I would “ketchup” later! I’m glad I packed some condiments, just in case I get lucky.
So what’s new in the wonderful world of literature? Funny you should ask. Are you sitting down? The Dashiell Hammett Club of Los Angeles has chosen DEVIL’S COVE (my third mystery novel) as the “OUTSTANDING MYSTERY OF THE YEAR!” WOW! I am very honored and would like to thank you for the delightful surprise. (Hammett was the author who created the hard-boiled character of Sam Spade.
I would also like to thank all of my Austin friends for buying so many copies of THE GRACELAND GANG and THE PIRATE PATH. Both books have sold well and are now being featured on the BEST-SELLER table in the front of the store. (BookPeople on N. Lamar Blvd.) They just re-stocked the shelves, so if you need an autographed copy, come on down. (I have attached a couple of photographs from a recent luncheon at the store.)
Tomorrow we reach Cozumel, and then (the day after) we go to Honduras, and then Belize. The seas are calm, the sun is out, and it’s about 77 degrees outside. Perfect tanning weather! I got lazy this morning and slept in, missing my gym time. That makes 3 years in a row. I’m about to give up exercising! My press my luck?
The Princess and I are registered to today’s poker tournament, which begins at 12 noon. Hopefully, I will have some good news to share with you, but even if I don’t win the tournament, I will make up a good story! (Any fool can convey the simple facts!)
I wish you all a safe and pleasant week, and if we don’t get captured by pirates, I will write again mid-week. If we do get captured by pirates, send me a couple of roast beef sandwiches. (Pirates love “ARRRRR-by’s Roast Beef!) Love to all…