How true, how true. Over the years I’ve learned that self-doubt is a writer’s worst enemy. Of course, I could be wrong about that. I’m not really sure. Repeating one’s self is also a problem. A big problem. A very big problem. You might be wondering where I’m going with this routine… I have no idea. Perhaps I’m still bitter about not winning that dang Nobel Prize for Literature. I had such a good acceptance speech! These were my opening remarks…. “My fellow Scandinavians, I dream of a better world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned! I dream of a day when the Kardashians are buried not in publicity, but in an avalanche of snow! I dream of Jeannie!” (The chicken joke was for my friends who went to “Perdue University!”)
Oh well, no use crying over melted snow. Besides, I recently received a literary honor equal to the Nobel Prize. (In my mother’s eyes) Last week, the newest “Adam Gold Mystery,” titled, A RUN FOR THE MONEY, was chosen as one of the “Best Mystery Novels of 2016!” This honor was bestowed upon thee by the prestigious 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards. The judges were kind enough to mention me in their press release, which stated that, “Yanoff’s clever mystery embodies the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and the judges salute him for his fine work.” Very kind words. I appreciate the award and look forward to meeting some of my fellow writers at the gala ceremony in Los Angeles, which might be hosted by Tom Selleck! (There goes my marriage!)
Before I forget, I would also like to thank Ms. Hannah Reed, the publisher of “River Place Living Magazine,” for publishing a full-page article about me and my books. The article, which was written by a super-talented gentleman named George Lowe, appears on page 25. (You’ll see my ugly mug at the top of the page.) Thanks again for a great interview and a fascinating article. (God, I love reading about brilliant and humble authors!)
And since we are on the subjects of “greatness” and “magazine articles,” allow me to be the first to congratulate Ms. Rebecca L. Yanoff (my youngest daughter) for her latest amazing accomplishment…. Rebecca’s clothing store, COVE BOUTIQUE, was recently named as the “Best New Clothing Store in Austin!” The award was announced in this month’s edition of Austin Monthly Magazine. (The citizens of Austin nominated the stores and voted for their favorite shopping venue.) If you find yourself downtown, just head on over to 1318 S. Congress Avenue. (Across the street from Perla’s Restaurant.) Mention my name and you will receive a free (wire) hanger! (Then go to Perla’s and order a hanger steak!)
Now for some REALLY big news…. as some of you know, we have been attracting a lot of new blog followers this year. If the trend continues, we will soon surpass the magic number of 40,000 blog followers! Well, if you can convince a friend or relative to join our blog, they will be eligible to win a FREE trip to Rome! (Only new blog members are eligible!) The prize will be awarded in March, so get out there and spread the word! (There is never any cost or obligation to remain a follower) Winners will, however, be obligated to bring me back a cannoli and some wine!
Well, I must take my leave… today is the day that we are choosing the photographic inserts for my new history book, TURBULENT TIMES. (The Remarkable Life of William H. Seward) I only have to review several hundred photographs, so this should be a snap. (Meaning that I will probably snap!) Where the heck is that Jose Cuervo fellow when you need him?
Hasta la vista, baby! Love to all,
P.S. Semi-nude photos attached. (Made you look!)