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New for the New Year

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I've got a lot of things I want to write for the site, a short review of Rachel Kushner's incandescent THE FLAMETHROWERS, which I just finished, maybe a short essay on MOBY DICK, just because I keep thinking about the thing, and a report on my recent visit to the Hemingway House in Key West, with pictures of cats, and more cats.  The guy loved his cats.  But first I need to let you know about a few new items of mine that have finally ripened:

First, my new novel, THE BARKEEP is currently for sale as a Kindle First promotion on the Amazon website.  Even though the publication date is Feb. 1, you can buy the book for your Kindle at a reduced price of $1.99 for the month of January.  If you're a Kindle user you should jump on it.  It's what I call a novel of Zenspence, since there's a little Zen mixed in with the usual murder, mayhem, drinking and sex.  Some of it is based on THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, which I remember from my dad's little pile of night reading, which, when I think about it, is a little weird.

Also, I wrote a short Victor Carl novella called "A Bite of Strawberry" published through an Amazon imprint called StoryFront, which provides writers a chance to publish their shorter fiction for the Kindle.  It's an exciting time for writers to be able to pick and choose their platforms, and this seemed like a good platform for what I was trying to do.  As you might know, there is a new Victor Carl novel coming out later in the year, and I used the novella to get my head back in the Victor game.

So that's the news.  I'll put up the Hemingway pictures shortly.  Let me tell you, once you see the Hemingway toilet, it stays with you.

Happy New Year.


Anonymous Kevin M Smith said...

Thanks for the great news! I just loaded BARKEEP and will read it this weekend. See...I promised I wouldn't bother you again in 2013. All the best, KMS

January 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Regina Litman said...

I want to read your short story, but I'm a Nook user! Please make it available to me! Thanks in advance!

October 31, 2014 at 3:01 PM  
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Hi,nice to see you.One thing that emerged from "The Barkeep" that I don't normally notice or in any event remark on,was the chapter titles.Every one was cunningly named after a drink,which kept the bar theme going all through the book.I'm not a consistent at a bar nowadays,however it was fun getting understanding from a bartender's perspective,things they do,see,how they treat certain customers,a sort of psychological bonus inside the story!Thank you so much.
@Yvonne Sims.

December 14, 2014 at 12:10 AM  
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A few things are simply excessively awful to examine and Justin Chase carries on with his life in a state of Zen serenity: its what provides for him peace and helps him to cope with things he'd rather not think about.He tends bar and life is pretty much OK.
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