Do you remember that wonderful movie? It was based upon the true story of the real Rocky… the great Rocky Graziano. First released in 1956, it is considered to be one of Paul Newman’s best performances. The first person who can tell me who played the part of “Fidel,” will win an autographed copy of my newest mystery, A RUN FOR THE MONEY. Good luck!
The reason I mentioned this movie is because I too seem to be blessed. How so, you ask? Well, believe it or not, I just won another book award, and this one was totally unexpected. I was recently informed that my first history book, THE SECOND MOURNING, has been chosen as one of the best non-fiction books of the year by BOOKSANDAUTHORS.COM. These folks publish an online magazine for book lovers, which includes book reviews, author interviews, publishing news, book contests, and much more.
The “Book of the Year” awards are chosen by an elite panel of publishing professionals who “seek out literary gems from both established writers and first time authors, novels that whisk the reader to unfamiliar times and places, thrillers that are more than just “page-turners,” and thought provoking non-fiction that entertains as it informs.” (How are all these words going to fit on my trophy?)
I might have to go to Chicago to receive my award in person, so if anyone out there has an extra bullet-proof vest and a high-capacity rifle that I can borrow, I would be very appreciative. (Even more appreciative if I survive the trip!) On second thought, maybe I could send my wife, or my new publicist, Blind Lemon Jefferson. (Hey, somebody has to go!)
Speaking of trips, I had the pleasure of speaking to a charming book club in Blanco last week. Blanco (which is the Spanish word for “Blanco”) is a small town in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. The Old County Courthouse in town served as a set for the 2010 version of the film “True Grit.” (The Redbud Cafe served hot grits.) If you like museums, you can visit the Buggy Barn Museum. I skipped this one, but only because I hate bugs. ( I can’t imagine why anyone would want to keep insects in a barn. ) Oh wait, they might be referring to horse-drawn buggies. Never mind.
If you like barbecue, you might want to try the Old 300 BBQ Restaurant. (Which takes its name from the original 300 settlers that Stephen F. Austin brought to Texas, NOT the cost of a meal.) Personally, I would skip the food and head on over to Real Ale Brewing, where one might consume a craft beer or two before heading back to Austin.
Incidentally, our book tour to enchanting New Mexico (and Durango, Colorado) has been postponed until the spring of 2017, so if you live in those areas, I hope to see you then. I will, of course, post our complete itinerary once it becomes available. (I do need to wait until my publicist, Mr. Jefferson, completes rehab and pays a modest fine to the Republic of Slovenia.) Don’t ask, long story.
Well, that’s about it for me. I happen to be babysitting today, so I need to freshen up my margarita before sweet little Goldie wakes up from her nap. I’m hoping to watch an old Gregory Peck movie when she awakes. Have you ever seen “Tequila Mockingbird?” Great movie, salty language, but you can rent one without salt. You should give it a “shot!” Have a great week!
Love to all,