Unless you need to turn to WTAN radio (1340 on your dial) in Tampa, Florida. Why? Because yours truly will soon be featured on the “American Authors’ Show,” a highly entertaining program hosted by the great Jack Drucker. WTAN is known locally (in Pinellas County, Florida) as “Tan Talk,” and it is one of the most popular stations in the country. (You can pick it up coast to coast) On August 23, Mr. Drucker and I will be discussing my newest mystery novel, A RUN FOR THE MONEY. Listeners can also call in during the interview, so if you’re one of them, please ask me a simple question! (i.e., “What is the meaning of life?”)
I’m actually thrilled to be invited back to the program, as this show is just about the most popular radio show in the nation. (Featuring authors, books, and upcoming television and film projects.) They have a national following, which produces an enormous amount of publicity for a new book. If you miss the interview, don’t worry, my entire “performance” will be available on a podcast shortly after the original program is heard. (The podcast is free, but you should still send me a few thousand dollars to cover the cost of my trip to Florida.)
Speaking of Florida….. I’m off (again) to the Sunshine State to conduct the above interview, sign some books, and visit some family and friends. One more visit this year and I think I’ll be a legal resident of the state! I guess I shouldn’t complain. (WTAN might have been located in Arkansas… or Vermont!) If you’re from those states, I’m just kidding. I love razorbacks (whatever they are) and simply adore maple syrup. In fact, when I eat pork, I like to smother the meat with syrup. (Anybody falling for this routine?) If you can fake authenticity, you’ve got it made!
And since we’re on the subject of authenticity… Do you believe that our beloved “Sesame Street” is now being produced on HBO? Uh-oh, that could spell trouble. (t-r-o-u-b-l-e) HBO might try to offer a more accurate portrayal of the life of a mentally ill homeless cookie monster living in a trash can! Yikes, what if they go nuts over there? Imagine Bert and Ernie dealing with profanity, gritty realism, and graphic sex scenes. (The kids should have to wait until they go to school to see that stuff!)
Several hundred blog followers (actually 5 people) have asked for a drop of information about the island of Malta, and its lovely capital of Valetta. The city is quite fascinating, and contains buildings dating back to the 16th century, when the joint was ruled by the Knights of Malta. (Valetta became a World Heritage Site in 1980.) The island of Gozo is part of Malta, and is best known for scenic hills and gorgeous beaches. (Gozo is one of the top scuba diving spots on earth.) Gozo’s most prominent “claim to fame” is a magnificent stone arch known as The Azure Window. A great dive spot on the western side of the island. Hopefully, I shall post some photographs of this lovely place at the end of this blog. With my limited abilities, you never know!
Finally, I have a small favor to ask… If you’ve read my latest mystery, A RUN FOR THE MONEY, and you enjoyed the book, please leave a nice review on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, or Goodreads. As I’ve mentioned before, good reviews produce more advertising dollars from the publisher, and in these tough economic times, every penny counts. Your efforts will be greatly appreciated, and you will have a much better chance of getting into heaven later on. (I know some people in VERY high places!)
Well, my dear friends, have a safe and superfluous week. And be careful out there!
Love to all,
***** Naughty photos attached! ***** (just kidding)