It’s official. For the second time in just over two years, I am very proud to announce that something I created is available for purchase. Parlor City Paradise, a suspense novel set in Binghamton, New York, can now be found at Amazon and nearly everywhere e-books are sold. That includes Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and of course the Kindle Store.
To coincide with the book release, I have scheduled an author event to take place Saturday, June 11th at SHOP 607 in Binghamton. I will be there from 1:00 until 3:00 to discuss the novel, answer questions and hopefully avoid making a fool of myself. If you are anywhere in or around the Tri Cities and have not yet visited SHOP 607, I strongly encourage you to stop by. Among other things, you’ll find handmade clothing and jewelry, arts, crafts, foods, books, and a whole lot more, and it’s all from vendors based in the Binghamton area. It’s wonderful to have a retailer that celebrates local goods and I can’t imagine a more appropriate location for my book launch.
I received a lot of wonderful feedback for A Shot at Redemption, my debut novel. I’d love to think all those who bought and enjoyed it have been waiting impatiently for this new release and they clicked the pre-order button as soon as that option became available. They likewise advised their book-loving friends and family members to do the same. I know that’s how it’s supposed to work anyway. When I read something I like, I always try to spread the word. Incidentally, I’m currently reading Don’t Look Back by Gregg Hurwitz and The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag. Both novels are excellent. Please tell them I said so and maybe they’ll return the favor. Of course, Hurwitz and Hoag are New York Times bestselling authors already and they’ll do just fine with or without my recommendations.
There’s a great deal to be said for name value and name recognition. At this point in my career, I don’t have much of either. I’m still earning my stripes, or whatever the literary equivalent would be. Maybe I have to develop carpel tunnel syndrome to prove I’m dedicated to my craft. For now, though, I’m relying on creativity to get my proverbial toe in the door. I sponsored a photo contest to increase interest in Parlor City Paradise. And now that the book is out, I am resorting to the exploitation of children. I’m nothing if not classy.
On June 11th, SHOP 607 will be offering much more than a selection of local wares and the chance to meet a fiction author most people have never heard of. Many members of the Windsor High School music program will be on hand to show off their myriad talents. They’ll be highlighted by the mixed A Capella group Noteworthy, but you can expect other individual and small group performances as well. I have no doubt these young men and women will steal the show. Many of them are seniors, and this is likely the last time they will have the opportunity to perform together. They were a big part of an author event I hosted at about this time last year, and I am truly honored they have agreed to participate once again. I hope to see you there. If you are a music lover, I can promise it will be worth your while. Maybe I’ll even be able to convince you to buy my book. It would make for a great Father’s Day gift.
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