Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I am proud to announce that I have joined a wonderful new charity called “Project E-Book,” a group dedicated to providing FREE e-books to members of the United States Air Force! Consequently, all of my brilliant mystery novels will soon be FREE to currently serving members our military. Sooo… if you have family or friends serving in the Air Force, please let them know about this modest token of appreciation. (Hopefully, this will soon be available to ALL branches of our military.)
If you’re a writer, think about joining us in this noble endeavor. Please remember that this small sacrifice for our heros in uniform is a small consequence when weighed against the sacrifice these folks make on a daily basis. If you’re interested, please contact me for details about the project. Until then, at ease blog followers!
So what else be new? Well, we are still waiting for two famous authors to “sign off” on a back cover blurb for RANSOM ON THE RHONE. (Yes, they actually charge for these endorsements!) If we don’t come to terms this week, the book will be published without their glowing words of praise. (Just between us, who cares what Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett think? Neither one of them have written anything new in years.)
In other news….. Mitt Romney has decided NOT to run for President. He said it was time for fresh faces. So that’s good news for Bruce Jenner. Personally, I like Romney. He reminds me of the guy who comes with the picture frame.
Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill A Mockingbird,” is publishing her second novel after a 55-year hiatus. (She must be a slow thinker.) Anyway, the book is tentatively titled, “Mock Two: The Need For Speed.” If you ask me, the title is for the birds. What would you expect from an empty-nester? (Did those jokes lay an egg?) Apparently, she releases a new book every time the measles comes back. Connect the dots and you’ll see what I mean.
Did you hear that Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Patriots, won the M.V.P. award at the Super Bowl? He received a brand new pickup truck. I wonder if the tires were properly inflated? Personally, I think they should have given the truck to the guy most responsible for the Patriot’s victory. (Seattle coach, Pete Carroll!)
Before I forget, I would like to thank the good folks at Ohio State University (department of history) for adding THE SECOND MOURNING to their suggested reading list for incoming freshman. I hope those youngsters learn a thing or two about our wonderful country and its amazing history. (Hope springs eternal!)
Finally, in closing, I would like to briefly address a vicious rumor floating around the Internet. There is no truth, none whatsoever, that ANY of my mystery novels have been “ghost written” by Brian Williams! A couple of chapters might have been penned by Dan Rather, but I forget which ones they were. (If you find any misspelled words, that was Daniel’s fault.)
Well, my dear friends, I must be on my way….. tonight is a special reunion dinner with some dear old chums, and the event requires that I bathe and shave and change my socks. What can I say, ” a friend in need, should be clean indeed.” I think the great Asian philosopher, Confusion, said that. Please take care and have a wonderful week!
Love to all,
P.S. Attached are a few more photographs from my river cruise in France. (The locale of my new book, RANSOM ON THE RHONE.)