Candy Canes & Chili

Hello friends, fans, and those who have no idea why they’re receiving this email,

Happy Anniversary to me! It’s been almost a year since I last published something with my name on it. The something in question was a holiday collaboration titled Candy Canes: A Story of Joy, Revenge, and Christmas. Written in partnership with William Todd, EM Kaplan, and JD Kaplan, it’s a quirky tale packed with suspense, action, and a generous sprinkling of humor. All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. The Kindle version is available from Amazon right now for just $2.99. It that price doesn’t float your boat (or get your sleigh off the ground) you can download the story from , get it in any file format you want, and pay whatever you want. You can even pay nothing, as in $0.00, if that’s your preference. Enjoy and you’re welcome.

In addition to free reading material, I’m getting ready to dish out some free food too. Please come visit me next Sunday 11/10 at Shops of 607 at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, New York for the November Sip and Sample event. From 1:00 until 4:00, local artists, vendors, and craftspeople of all types will be on hand to show off their wares. I’ll be there to talk about my books with anyone who wants to listen, and I’ll be featuring my 21 Sundays of Fantastic Football Food cookbook. It will be available at a special price, as will all three of my novels, and if you’re nice to me you can even sample one of my recipes. Enjoy live music and get an early start on your holiday shopping. I hope to see you there.

I already told you it’s been a year since my last publication. It’s actually been more like sixteen months since the release of Blind Switch, my latest thriller novel. I’ve got to be honest. I am less than thrilled with my recent pace of production. I really wanted to have a new book out before it became time to invest in a new calendar and that just isn’t going to happen. There is some good news, though. Despite any evidence to the contrary, I’m not dead. I haven’t even retired. I am instead up to my armpits in two different projects. The first is a Parlor City Paradise sequel tentatively titled Parlor City Payback. The second germinated as a potential collaboration with the aforementioned William Todd. For better or worse, I’m now going it alone. The point is, I am still going: writing, revising, creating, growing, learning, improving (hopefully), and always moving forward. I greatly appreciate your patience and your continued support.


Mike S.

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