Make that 100,000 words! Are you sitting down? Well, I am happy to announce that Murder Ink Press, in association with Penguin Press, has recently revised, re-edited, and re-published by first history book, THE SECOND MOURNING. (The Untold Story of America’s Most Bizarre Political Murder) The brand new edition now shows 3 Gold Medals on the front cover. The back cover has also been revised, and most importantly, the interior manuscript is flawless. (Or as flawless as you can get!)
The pricing remains the same, and due to enormous public demand (mainly from my mother) the book is available everywhere in the universe. (i.e., Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Kindle, Nook, and leading bookstores across the nation.) So, if you haven’t purchased a copy, now is the time to act. (I am going to need additional travel funds during the summer!) Seriously, though, this edition is truly a “collector’s edition,” and I will be happy to autograph the book for you. (Just in case you want to sell it on eBay!)
So what else is new? Well, if you read VARIETY, you know that this past Friday was a very special day for someone in Austin. (No, not me.) Last Friday, the eminent judge, Hon. Susan Marquess, retired from her career as the famous “Hanging (Out) Judge” of the Texas Hill Country! After many, many years of public service, our lovely jewel of jurisprudence hung up her robe and banged her gavel for the last time. (Don’t worry, she missed me!) We all wish her the very best during her retirement years!
Incidentally, as you have probably read in the New York Times (that commie rag), there was a HUGE and LAVISH culinary event marking her judgeship’s retirement. A marvelous culinary extravaganza was held at the Hill Country mansion of Barbara and Max Talbott. OMG, what a feast! Honey glazed ham, Viennese potato casserole, bean salad, pecan cinnamon buns, key lime pie, and lots and lots of adult beverages. (From what I remember, the bourbon was excellent!) Miss Barbara simply outdid herself, and I intend to return the silverware upon my next visit.
You’ll note that I did not consume any health food during the aforementioned dinner party. At my age I need all the preservatives I can get!
I would be remiss if I did not publicly thank my hosts (down in the quaint town of New Braunfels) for their invitation to last week’s “Meet & Greet An Author” event. Our day began at Naegelin’s Bakery (the oldest bakery in Texas) where we consumed several pfeffernuesse German cookies and a muffin or two. From there we adjourned to Krause’s Biergarten & Cafe, but I can’t recall what we drank, or how much. I do remember that there was some sort of foam in the mug. Maybe we had little latte? (I think not!)
By the way, the Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo has re-opened. (The owner had been suffering from a “reptile dysfunction.”) If you would like to observe a black mamba, king cobra, or python, then this is the place for you. (The snake farm was used as a backdrop in one of my Adam Gold Mysteries, a book titled, DEVIL’S COVE) It’s actually an interesting place to visit.
And speaking of visits…. As some of you know, my youngest daughter, Rebecca, owns a boutique on Congress Avenue in Austin. (COVE Boutique) Well, in this week’s “celebrity watch,” she welcomed Kevin Bacon and Norah Jones to the ever-growing list of celebrity shoppers. Ms. Rebecca (and her soon-to-be-hubby) are on their way to Rome, Italy, and I would like to wish them “Bon Voyage!” Hurry home, darling!
Finally, a HUGE shout-out to Ms. Sarah Doolittle, the BEST reporter in Texas! Ms. Sarah is about to publish another wonderful article about yours truly, and the story is soon to appear in the Four Points News. I would like to thank Sarah for her continued interest in my (semi) modest writing career. Her interest (and friendship) is greatly appreciated!
In closing, I would like to wish everyone a happy FATHER’S DAY. Having two gorgeous daughters, and being hugely proud of them, I know how great it is to be a Dad. (And like many of you, I also had a wonderful father of my own!) I truly hope that you have a love-filled day with your children, and we shall meet again next Sunday! Until then, love to all,
***** P.S. I am attaching a photograph of the new book cover for THE SECOND MOURNING. I hope you like it!