February, 2013

Hello, Fellow Readers,

Here we are into another year. Can you believe it? I’m getting old at warp speed. ….. Things are finally winding down from the holidays and I’m glad. Seems like Christmas is a bigger stress every year.

I’m sure you’ve heard about ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend being murdered. It happened not too far from where I live. I’m so blown away by it. I’ve grieved almost as if I knew Chris Kyle personally. I read his book (“American Sniper”) just a couple of months ago and was so impressed with him as a man. Evidently that isn’t just my opinion. No one has had a disparaging word to say about him. ….. At one time before he joined the Navy, he worked on a ranch in the county where I live and I know a couple of people who went to high school with him.

Irony is something that always leaves me reeling. His death is such a supreme example of it. He was in the Navy ten years. Did four tours in Iraq. Was in the midst of some of the worst of it–Falluja and Ramadi. He was wounded twice, obviously not fatally. Then he leaves the Navy, has been home only a few years and is killed. I’ll be weeks getting my head around it.Sometimes “WHY” is the biggest word in my vocabulary.

BOOK NEWS: ….. THE TYCOON is uploaded as an e-book to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords. So you should be able to get it on just about any e-reader you have. It has garnered some good reader reviews for which I’m grateful. It will soon be available as a trade paperback from Amazon. I’m eager to hear opinions of it, so don’t hesitate to write to me. If you enjoyed it, please go to Amazon and click on “Like” or post a review. The “Likes” and reader reviews move books up in the Amazon ranking system, which helps sell more books.

I’m now about 7 chapters into Book #2, which I’m calling THE CATTLEMAN. There are a dozen books out there with that title, or one that’s similar, but I just have to live with that. That’s the one that fits my story. I gave some thought to calling it THE COWMAN, but that one didn’t seem to sound as good. If you have an opinion about it, let me know. ….. It’s the story of Drake Lockhart’s younger brother, who ramrods the Double-Barrel Ranch. Also, the dysfunctional parents of the Lockhart sons will continue their squabbling and meddling.

I now have all of my Anna Jeffrey titles uploaded as e-books.They are all for sale for $2.99. ….. I’m currently working on LONE STAR WOMAN that I published under the pseudonym of Sadie Callahan. I’m revising it somewhat and will soon release it as an ANNA JEFFREY book. I still don’t have the rights back to MAN OF THE WEST, which I also published as Sadie Callahan. Maybe someday. I will probably go ahead and write the book that was supposed to be #3 in that trilogy.

THE LOVE OF A LAWMAN and SWEET RETURN are also available as trade paperbacks from Amazon.

So, if you haven’t read any of these books and want to, there you go.

WHAT I’M READING: ….. Not too much that I thought was great. Probably the last book I read that I liked was “American Sniper,” by Chris Kyle. ….. I’m listening to Vince Flynn’s latest, “The Last Man,” as I drive to and from work. I enjoy Vince Flynn’s stories. Like many of the male commercial authors who write thrillers and adventures, the writing isn’t great, but the stories are good. That does not necessarily apply to Michael Connelly’s books though. Not only are his stories good, he’s a good writer. The cream always rises to the top, as my granny would say. ….. I read Sylvia Day’s book, “Blood & Roses.” I’m going to call it just okay. I did finish it, so that says something. She’s a good author. ….. I started reading several others that I never finished. And as you know, that means I didn’t enjoy them very much.

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS AND MEMORABLE WORDS: ….. Here is some presidential trivia from David Hoffman’s little book, “Who Knew?”

1. Three of the first five U.S. presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, all died on July 4th. … Wow. There’s some more of that irony.

2. James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, stood only five feet, four inches tall and weighed less than 100 pounds. … Can you say Napoleon Syndrome?

3. When the gray exterior of the Presidential Mansion was painted white to cover the fire damage caused by British forces in the War of 1812, the change in color brought along a change in name: the White House.

4. There is a subtle change in color of the Washington Monument about a third of the way up, because during the construction process, builders changed materials–from Maryland maarble to Massachusetts marble.

That’s all I know for today, fellow readers. Type at you later,

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