Frankly my dear, winning a major book award is ALWAYS a charming experience, but winning four of them is a bit overwhelming. Nevertheless, my non-fiction history book, THE SECOND MOURNING, has just been chosen as a FINALIST in the “History United States” Category in the 2015 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS!
This year’s contest attracted a large number of entries, over 12oo books from around the globe, many of them written by best-selling authors with very familiar names. I have no idea how I was chosen for this honor, but as my dentist likes to say, never look a gift horse in the mouth!
As you’ve probably guessed by now, I am back in Austin, Texas. My recent book tour/dive trip/rum sampling was a complete success. (Sold some books and no arrests.) I’d like to thank our St. John hosts, the Princess of Portugal and Baron Lee, for their generous hospitality. We had a marvelous week on the island, and I intend to return their silverware in the very near future! (The next time I’m down in the Caribbean.)
Hey, what did you think about my little pony? (American Pharoah) I noticed this horse before the Kentucky Derby and I had a hunch that he could go all the way. Interestingly, I used to live near Belmont Race Track, and I saw Seattle Slew win in 1977 and Affirmed in 1978. (In fact, I got married in 1978, which turned out to be a “sure bet” on my part!) Coincidentally, I’ve just finished a new “Adam Gold” mystery, titled, A RUN FOR THE MONEY. (The story deals with equine insurance fraud.) Good timing on my part, eh?
Speaking of good timing, I returned home to find my mug plastered on the front page of the Four Points News. Accompanied, I might add, by a well-written article about my numerous awards, courtesy of Sarah Doolittle, a charming and talented reporter. Thanks for the kind words, Sarah! (Next time we should use a photo of Brad Pitt!)
I also noticed that folks are talking about Bruce Jenner’s recent transformation. I don’t know much about sex change operations, but I’m glad my wife is paying attention to the story. (Maybe we can have “sex for a change!”) I know, I know, don’t hold my breath.
By the way, some of you have inquired about the losing horses in the Belmont Stakes. I’m not sure about this, but I think that some of them end up in a different kind of steak. In any case, I would avoid Arby’s for a while. (I hate to sound like a “nag,” but you never know.)
Speaking of changes (i.e., Bruce Jenner) I would like to inform my blog followers that due to an intense travel schedule (three more book tours this summer!) my Sunday blog, starting today, will be posted every other Sunday until the fall. I am not running out of lame jokes, but between writing, traveling, rum consumption, and book tours, my head is spinning! (What goes around comes around, but not in this case!)
If you experience “blog withdrawal,” take heart! I am now negotiating with a publisher who seems interested in producing a book of my humorous posts. (There were a few of them!) I’m not sure if I’ll proceed with this project, but only because I have just started a brand new non-fiction history book. These history books are very time consuming, so I might hold off on the blog book for a while. In any case, if you miss my humor, check out a guy named Mark Twain. He writes well, but he’s not as funny as me.
Well, that’s about it for now, amigos. I do hope you have a marvelous week. I shall (starting today) post a few photographs from my recent Caribbean adventure. Please forgive me, if I post any nude shots. (Trust me, they won’t be photos of me!) Love to all,