A WORD TO THE WISE!

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,

Doc Yanoff

 

*****  P.S.   I am attaching a photograph of the new book cover for THE SECOND MOURNING.  I hope you like it!

 

 

HELEN GINGER ROCKS!

Well, my old friend, Helen Ginger, the “Queen of Hill Country Crime,” has written yet another wonderful book!  (Yes, I’m jealous)   With a last name like Ginger, you might have thought she was one of the Spice Girls, but you’d be wrong.  Miss Helen is simply a marvelous writer, and the author of a great new book, titled, DEADPOINT.  (Which has NOTHING to do with the top of my head!)  Without spoiling the tale, let’s just say that the plot deals with a dead maintenance supervisor and an intrusive firebrand preacher, who have popped up at Hart of Atlantis Park and Aquarium in the Texas Hill Country.  (Helen used to work – no joking – as a “mermaid” at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos.)

Although divorced from Michael Lansing, the park’s security officer, Codie Hart (the book’s main protagonist) resolves to work with him to protect her family’s business.  The book gets wild and wooly when a ritualistic killer arrives to steal newly developed technology from the park.  I shall not spoil the ending for you, but needless to say, you will be shaking from excitement!

I don’t usually recommend other mystery-type novels, primarily because I don’t need any more competition!  In fact, I have only mentioned two other books on my blog… one from my old friend Michael Connelly and one from my mentor, Elmore Leonard.  So… this book must be pretty darn good.  (and that it is!)  Miss Helen has previously served as the Executive Director of the Writers’ League of Texas (when I was a board member), President of the Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter, and volunteer chair of the Texas Book Festival.  Her other two books, both excellent reads, are ANGEL SOMETIMES and DISMEMBERING THE PAST.

I realize that 40,000 of my 50,000 blog followers live outside of Austin, Texas, but for you folks who live in Central Texas, please make a note of the following “Afternoon with the Author” program:   (Where Helen will be signing books!)

Sunday, June 25, 2017.  (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) in the Terrace Room at 3801 Berkman Drive, Austin, Texas.  FREE champagne and caviar!  (Not really, but there will be some light bites.)  So, amigos y amigettes, be there or be square!  No excuses!

And speaking of presentations and book signings…..  last Wednesday I had the high honor and distinct privilege of presenting a brilliant oration about William H. Seward, who just happens to be the subject of my new book, TURBULENT TIMES.  I spoke to a wonderful group of folks at the Lakeway Men’s Breakfast Club, in lovely Lakeway, Texas.  Great turnout, great discussion, and a great Q & A afterwards.  I’d like to thank my good friend, Loyd Smith, for setting things up and introducing me.  I really enjoyed myself, despite having to get out of bed before noon!  I am looking forward to speaking with the Lakeway Women’s Breakfast Club in October.

Next Sunday I will have a (semi) surprise announcement about my first history book, THE SECOND MOURNING.  I shall not tease you, but the book is bound for glory!  (whatever that means)  Tune in next week and I will share all of the gory details!  Until then, be happy and thank God that you don’t live in a place like North Korea.  Do you know the name of the general who supervised that failed missile launch last week?  Sum Ting Wong.  The poor general had one very bad habit – breathing!  Alas, he no longer has any bad habits.  (or any habits at all!)

Be well and keep smiling!  AND CHECK OUT THE BOOK COVER ATTACHED TO THIS ERUDITE BLOG!   Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

**** Book Cover Attached!

 

 

 

WHAT AN HONOR!

No, I am not talking about my recent book award, but rather something of much greater importance.  This year, I have the honor of having my birthday (May 29th) fall on Memorial Day, which is Monday.  Mere words cannot express my gratitude to ALL of our wonderful military veterans.  I am fully aware (from my history books) of the incredible sacrifices that have been made to protect and preserve our country, and from personal experience, I know just how great the Greatest Generation truly was.  My father served as a bombardier during World War II, and flew across the Atlantic Ocean in a B-24, ending up in North Africa and participating in some very serious battles.

My father had planned to return to New York City and become a police detective, but a war-time injury got in the way.  My Uncle Jim served in the Air Force and Air National Guard for most of his adult life, and flew numerous top-secret missions around the globe.  My Uncle Aubry was in the Marine Corps, and served with distinction during the Korean War.  So did my Uncle Paul, who served his country in the U.S.Army during the Korean War.

I mention the above just to remind my lovely blog followers of the importance of observing Memorial Day.  Lest we forget.  Which in my house, we never will.

And before I forget something else…  I know that many of you were curious about my friend Lil Taylor, the soon-to-be-famous watercolor artist.  I inadvertently gave you her email address instead of her website address… so, just for the record, you can view her paintings at:   Lil-taylor.pixels.com    Check out her work, she’s very talented!

Less talented would be yours truly, but as some of you know, my new history book, TURBULENT TIMES, was recently chosen as a Finalist in the 8th Annual International Book Award Contest.  My book about William H. Seward was picked as an award-winning Finalist in the “History: United States” category, and for this honor, I am extremely grateful.  The 2017 International Book Awards brought in over 2,000 entries, and a complete list of the Finalists has been released to tens of thousands of national and international media outlets.  (Which should really boost sales of the book!)

If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, you can order the book from Amazon.com,Barnesandnoble.com, Kindle, Nook, and leading bookstores across the nation.  AND CHECK THIS OUT……   If you leave a nice review on Amazon.com, you will be automatically eligible to win a FREE trip to the Smithsonian Institute Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.  I will be there, and so will some VERY important politicians and celebrities!  (A free trip will not break the bank, so why not take a chance?)

When I was a young man, I wanted to become a banker, but I lost interest.

Finally, I would like to dedicate this particular blog to Angelo Petraglia, my childhood friend and neighbor.  Angie was drafted into the Army after we graduated from Valley Stream Central High School in New York.  Sadly, at 20 years of age, he was sent to Vietnam, and shortly after his arrival, he was killed in action in Binh Duong, South Vietnam.  My friend served in the 1st Infantry Division and was killed by small arms fire on December 18, 1968.  I think about him often, and hopefully one of his family members will see this blog and realize that his sacrifice — like so many others — will never be forgotten.

If you ever find yourself at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.,  try to locate Panel 36W, Line 41, and if you do, please send my best to one brave soldier.  (And one hell of a baseball player!)

Have a safe and mindful weekend…  Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

OOPS, I FORGOT TO ADD A PHOTOGRAPH!

Well, I must have had one too many Sazerac Cocktails!  I plum forgot to add the following photograph…..   (Too much plum wine?)

For your viewing enjoyment, allow me to present photographic evidence of my recent book signing/marketing venture at the fabulous COVE BOUTIQUE!

 

 

 

 

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE (TON) WITH YOU!

Hey, do you folks remember that song?  A 1972 classic, which tells the tale of an up and coming mystery/history author who gets stuck at a bachelorette party for Pippa Middleton at the Middleton Plantation in South Carolina.  (How was I supposed to know that all of those people were there for her?  I thought they were there for my award ceremony.  No wonder nobody asked for an autograph!  Snobs!)  Who names their kid Pippa?  Never heard of such a thing.  I have heard of Pippi Longstocking, whose house, coincidentally, is on Amelia Island.  (This is where they filmed that annoying movie.)  I walked by the house last week, and it still looks pretty good, which my grandchildren will be happy to hear.

For those of you who asked about Middleton, the main house (where Princess Kate and I had a little chat) is now in ruins, but the foundation and existing home dates back to the early 1700s, and is surrounded by 500 acres of land and one of America’s most beautiful formal gardens.  (The main house was destroyed by Yankee Carpet-Bagging Scum during the Civil War.  Their words, not mine.)  The garden is mind-boggling in its beauty and complexity, and was recognized nationally in 1941, when the Garden Club of America conferred its highest award on Middleton Place, naming it “the most interesting and important garden in America.”  (My rock garden in Austin was not mentioned.  What’s up with that?)

During our stay in Savannah, we had the pleasure of meeting two lovely (and talented) ladies from Hickory, North Carolina, Miss Gina and Miss Lil.  As I always say, the best part about traveling and book tours is meeting other people, and Gina and Lil were absolutely delightful!  True, we consumed a bit too much port during the evening (and were reprimanded by the resident ghost, I mean, host) but other than that, we were fairly well-behaved.  (Yes, the Kehoe House is haunted, but so are all the houses in Savannah!  Lots of “spirit” in that old city!)

Incidentally, if you want to view some hauntingly gorgeous watercolor paintings, take a look at Miss Lil’s website.  (She is a renowned artist of immense talent.)  In fact, she is so good that I asked her to create the front cover of the next “Adam Gold Mystery,” which is titled, CAPONE ISLAND.  (This one deals with Al Capone’s buried treasure in Florida.)  The book should be finished in about a year, and I can’t wait to see what Miss Lil comes up with as far as a cover.  You can view her lovely paintings by going to:   liltaylorsgallery@yahoo.com

By the way, did you know that the song I referred to in the title of this blog (Stuck In The Middle With You) was written by the songwriting team of Leiber & Stoller?  If you read THE GRACELAND GANG (my first mystery novel) then you might remember that they were the geniuses who wrote some of the best rock and roll songs in history.  (Including, for Elvis, “HOUND DOG” and “JAILHOUSE ROCK.)  They also wrote two wonderful songs for the great Ben E. King, “STAND BY ME” and “SPANISH HARLEM.”  Apparently, Leiber & Stoller enjoyed writing for kings!

And since we are on the subject of royalty, I would like to mention that my daughter’s elegant boutique, COVE, was recently featured in Tribeza Magazine.  The article begins on page 78.  Check it out and you will see a photograph of the beautiful and talented Rebecca Lee!  I am proud to announce that you can now purchase any of my brilliant books at her store on South Congress Avenue.  At the end of this fascinating blog, you will see a photo of her new sign (in case you get lost) and a photo of Miss Rebecca taking possession of my history book, TURBULENT TIMES.  (She’s the attractive one!)

Well, compadres, I must say adios for now, as I am off to a “Sazerac Cocktail Contest.”  (I am a judge, not a drinker, although….. )

Assuming I find my way home, I shall post another joyful blog next Sunday, describing in painful detail, my stay in historic Charleston.  Yes, I have more photos to share!  Yes, the blog writing will be superb!  No, I won’t be sharing any good jokes.  (I don’t know any!)  Until then, please take care and have a safe and smile-filled week!

Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

***** SEMI-INTERESTING PHOTOS ATTACHED  *****

 

 

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DOC YANOFF?

I’M GLAD YOU ASKED…..   I have just spent the last two hours driving from Savannah, Georgia, to Charleston, South Carolina.  The route was very interesting and took us through some tantalizing areas, marked by numerous “Hysterical Markers.”  (Indicating that something hysterical happened at that particular location.)  Obviously none of the markers had any relation to my lame jokes, but no matter, this is still one of the most intriguing areas in the nation.

The “Lowcountry Shrimp & Literary Book Tour” has taken us to the lovely city of Charleston, which is also known at “The Holy City,” due to the large number of churches in the city.  We are staying at one of the most famous Bed & Breakfast joints in the nation, an historic residence called the Motel 6.   Just kidding.  We are staying at the famous John Rutledge House, downtown, just across the bay from Fort Sumter!  (If you’ve read my new book, TURBULENT TIMES, you know how cool this is for me.)

A word about our new digs…..   The John Rutledge House has a rich history, including the very place where the writing of drafts of the Constitution of the United States took place within its walls!  Mr. Rutledge built this lovely house as a wedding gift for his bride Elizabeth in 1763.  In the second floor drawing room (just below my room) the drafting committee  wrote several iterations of the Constitution of the U.S.  Rutledge, having no computer, found time to sign the document along with a house guest who once slept in the room I am now occupying… a fellow named George Washington!

In 1853, the house was renovated, and during the Civil War (known locally as “The War of Northern Aggression”) the place survived a great fire that destroyed the building next door in which the Articles of the Secession were signed.  The present owner told me that the house took a direct hit from a Union (carpet-bagging scum) cannon during the siege of Charleston.  (Which, by the way, is also described in painful detail in my new book, TURBULENT TIMES.)  Nice segue, eh?

Speaking of segues, the wife and I took a Segway all around Savannah, and after I pay for the property damages we caused, I intend to give you all of the gruesome details.  (On next Sunday’s post)

Well, I must say farewell for now, as our distinguished host has requested my company for evening port.  Any port in a storm, I always say.  It’s not raining, but we can still drink some port.  Tomorrow we are off for Middleton Plantation, and God willing, a profitable book signing at the gift shop!  (If I don’t sell a lot of books, I intend to steal some postcards!)  Hush my grits, and suckle my honey, I do love the South!

Keep those cards and letters coming and we shall converse again soon…

Love to all,

(Especially our new friends, Gina & Lil from Hickory, North Carolina!)

Colonel Beauregard Stephen Ashley Wilkes Yanoff, C.S.A., A.S.P.C.A.

 

 

 

 

AMELIA-RATING CIRCUMSTANCES!

Greetings from lovely Amelia Island, a charming venue just off the north eastern coast of Florida.  You get here (from Boca Raton) by driving 6 hours north (on I-95) and then crossing over a long bridge to the island.  We are presently staying in the historic district, at a charming B & B called Addison on Amelia.  I shall be posting some photographs upon my return to Austin.  (No nudes.  Not quite warm enough for that sort of thing!)

One of the great joys of writing books is walking into a new hotel or B & B and finding one of your books on display.  Stephen King may not find this exciting, but I love it.  When we were signing in, a lady at the front desk saw my last name and asked me if I was the same fellow who wrote “A RUN FOR THE MONEY,” a book that was prominently displayed in their reading library!  (I spent the most of the next morning selling and signing books!)  Ah well, part of the fun.  Nice way to meet your fellow guests, too.

The food has been surprisingly good, and as you might expect, mostly based upon fresh seafood.  (This is where the U.S. commercial shrimp industry began.)  Some of the local fishermen are of Portuguese descent, so they have some wonderful Portuguese restaurants along the marina, and one of the best is called ESPANA.  If you ever pass this way, this is the place to dine like a king.  (Great sangria, too!)

There is a local bookstore that is featuring some of my mystery novels at a wine party this evening, but before that, we are heading over to the Amelia Island Museum of History, and then we’re off for a catamaran adventure to Cumberland Island, Georgia.  (The island is known for its dolphins, manatees, and wild horses.  None of them edible, but still fun to view.)

So far the weather has been nearly perfect.  Average temps around 80 to 85, bright sunshine, and not a cloud in the sky.  We arrived (on Saturday) for the start of the 45th annual Shrimp Fest, which featured a zillion locals artists, ten zillion antique dealers, and numerous culinary shrimp contests.  I was forced to consume a fair amount of those tasty crustaceans, and they were really wonderful.  I think most of them fell into the category of “white shrimp,” which blends nicely with grits.

Tomorrow, which is Tuesday, we are off to Savannah, Georgia, and another historic B & B.  After our “ghost tour,” we are scheduled to stop by a local book dealer and chat with some customers who are history-lovers.  I shall be presenting a short, but riveting lecture on my new literary masterpiece, TURBULENT TIMES.   On Wednesday, we are supposed to join a local group for a special Segway tour of the historic district, which should be great fun.  (We are staying close to the park where FORREST GUMP and MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL were filmed.)  If we don’t meet any ghosts, we shall have to look for spirits elsewhere.  (Probably in a tavern!)

Well, my dear friends, I must take my leave, as duty calls.  Hold on, that wasn’t a duty call, just a call to breakfast.  (Even better!)  Today our innkeeper is offering something called “hash-brown muffins” and “Rebel omelets,” which sounds yummy and will hopefully contain some more shrimp.

Have a safe and laugh-laden week!  Love to all,

Doc Yanoff

 

P.S.  Be the first to identify the following photographs and you will win an autographed copy of TURBULENT TIMES!

 

 

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