If you’re a dedicated follower of this blog, then you know that I should have received some sort of treatment a long time ago. However, it is never too late to spoil a bon vivant like me, so my bags are packed, and I’m ready to fly out to La-La Land to pick up my gold medal (and a wheelbarrow full of cash) for winning an award for “The Best U.S. History Book of 2017.” As you might know, (if you subscribe, God forbid, to The New York Times) my new history book, TURBULENT TIMES, recently won this award at the Hollywood Book Festival.
That being the case, I have been invited to participate in a gala event at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, the site of the very first ACADEMY AWARDS ceremony! I’m not really going to California, but only because I have a prior engagement in Florida, where I am going to pick up another literary award in the lovely city of Miami. (Sometimes I wish I had a mini-me!) From there, we begin our August Book Tour & Sun Tan Extravaganza. First stop, Boca Raton, (the site of my new “Adam Gold Mystery,” titled, CAPONE ISLAND.) The book is not finished yet, and I need to do some further research.
From Boca Raton, we head due north, up to lovely Tallahassee. After one or two days in the capital, we mosey on down to the Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach. I’ve never been to Rosemary Beach, but I hear it’s quite beautiful. (It’s about “thyme” I got to Rosemary!) Do I sound like a “sage?” All right, enough herb jokes. (Herb is getting annoyed.) Where was I? Oh yes, after Florida, we head west to the Crescent City. (New Orleans) Since New Orleans has French roots, I think they should call it the “Croissant City,” but that’s just me.
Thanks to my recently paroled publicist, Blind Lemon Lefkowitz, we will be staying at the lovely Windsor Court Hotel. (I knew I’d end up in court again!) I love this hotel, mainly because it has a roof-top pool and is right next door to Harrah’s Casino. (Where I fleece those unsuspecting tourists and crazy Cajuns!) If I don’t get in any trouble, I will be signing books at the French Market, so if you’re in town, stop by and we can share a beignet! (And a cup of chicory coffee.)
Speaking of sharing wonderful things… As some of you know, my second full-length book review (regarding Turbulent Times) has recently been published online by the prestigious READER VIEWS MAGAZINE. I am happy to report that the reviewer was VERY gracious and kind, and absolutely loved the book. If you would like to read the entire review (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?) you can go to the following website: http://www.readerviews.com (Just click on the “book reviews” and then type in the name of my book.)
I would also like to thank the lovely and talented Sarah Doolittle for writing a marvelously entertaining article about me and my new book. Sarah is an ace reporter from the Four Points News, and I am very grateful for her kind words. The article can be found on the Internet, too. (Just look up http://www.fourpointsnews.com) You can’t miss my sorry mug on the front page.
Well, I would normally write an little more, but I’m actually plum wore out. Today was my Grand-daughter’s second birthday, and so to keep her humble, we had a fully catered pool party at a local mansion near Zilker Park. I love the little darling very much, but she sure leaks a lot. (From at least 3 different openings!) It’s hard to believe that so much fluid can be expelled from such a small source, but she manages to do it every time. I think she may own a sprinkler company when she grows up. (I’ll explain that later.)
You folks have a safe and joyous week, and we shall chat again whence I return from my road trip. Until then, love to all,
P.S. How about an intriguing photo or two?