WELL, THAT WAS FUN….. Woke up under a severe tornado warning, quarter-inch hail, torrential rain, and 70-mile-per-hour winds. (Just another lovely spring morning down here in Texas!) I was about to send my wife for some bagels, when we heard a loud crack, looked outside, and found a cedar tree on our front lawn. (A tree that had NOT been planted there!) Being a good husband, I told my wife that I would get the bagels… while she cut down and removed the cedar tree. I cannot print her reply, as this is a family-blog. She did, however, mention something about a movie called The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The woman is getting lazier and lazier, but I still put up with her.
Other than falling timber, it’s been a fortuitous week. My astute publisher has revised, re-edited, and re-released my first history book, THE SECOND MOURNING. The new front cover (and the back) will show 3 of the gold medals I stole, I mean, won last year. The interior has also been touched up and the entire book looks just wonderful. The new edition will be available at the end of the month. (If anyone needs an autographed copy, just let me know.)
Speaking of signing autographs, this coming week will find yours truly at several book signings, and most importantly, at the Blackfinn Restaurant in the Domain on Thursday evening. Thanks to the lovely and talented Meagan Kiernan, I will addressing the Texas Surplus Lines Association, a group of prominent insurance professionals. My presentation will include a brief personal history (of my insurance background) some clever, and mostly true, tales, and a discussion of my insurance-related mystery series. (The Adam Gold books.) Should be another great evening.
The very next day, Friday, April 7, I will be “performing” at a special gathering for my dear friend, Lee Bomblatus, known on this blog page as Baron Lee. (I’m taking the Baron out to dinner, at a very fancy restaurant, but he’s paying. I intend, as usual, to leave my wallet in the car.) Dinner will be in Austin, but just to cover my bases, I intend to park in Waco. Hey, a guy can’t be too careful!
And since we’re discussing money, congratulations to Ms. Rebecca Lee Yanoff, the beautiful and brilliant owner of COVE Boutique. (On South Congress.) The trade papers are reporting that COVE just set a one-day sales record, and if this keeps up, you-know-who (me) should be getting a free condo somewhere in South Florida. Hey, Father’s Day is just around the corner! (Keep thinking big, Rebecca!)
The spring fling book tour has been finalized and will revolve around 4 major stops….. Boca Raton, Amelia Island, Savannah, and Charleston. (The Atlanta stop was cancelled due to the recent fire on I-85. Man, talk about burning bridges!) Most of the stops include an historic B & B, so I am really looking forward to this venture. If you live in one of the places I’m going, just drop me a line and I will tell you where to find my book signing gig. I will also list the B & Bs on a later blog, so if you’re around, stop by and say hello. (You may also win an autographed copy of my Low Country mystery, A RUN FOR THE MONEY!)
AND NOW FOR THE PIECE OF RESISTANCE, or rather, THE PIECE DE RESISTANCE! For those of you that are still awake (after all these bad jokes) I have a special surprise for you! If you scroll down after this blog is over, you will see a photograph of the front cover of my new history book, TURBULENT TIMES. I love the cover, and owe a great deal to the incredibly talented artist who suggested the basic color scheme and layout. (Ms. Rachel Zell) The book will probably be available this coming week, and I will keep you posted of the exact release date. In the meantime, let me know what you think of the cover!
Well, as I mentioned earlier, I have a tree to remove, so I must take my leave. (If I don’t supervise and give advice, my wife will make a mess of cutting up the tree.) Actually, I’ll be doing all of the cutting. She just watches and barks instructions. (Ever hear the phrase, “you’re barking up the wrong tree?” Now you know where it got started!) Have a great week, and remember to laugh!
Love to all,