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Monday, March 10, 2014

Heading for Italy!

I have plans to travel in Italy between March 11 and March 26. I'll be visiting Roma, Siena, Firenze, and, most important, all the remnants of Etruscan culture between those cities. I have completed the first draft of WILDFIRE, which has kept me busy day and night for the past several weeks. Now, I'm putting that draft aside until I return from Italy--then begins the arduous task of editing and polishing the novel for a planned December release date.

Meanwhile, being in Italy may be an opportunity for me to pick up the threads of a novel I began last year called TOMAS BOZEN, about a boy growing up in northern Italy who aspires to become an art historian.

Maybe I'll have a chance to discuss WILDFIRE with my travel companions while in Italy. That's a big and important novel, and I look forward to presenting it at the June Agents/Editors Conference of Writers' League of Texas.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Big Book Sale This Weekend!

The Kindle edition of HUSH, BOY will be available at deeply discounted prices this weekend. Discounts range from 50% on Friday, February 28, to 30% on Sunday, March 2. The promotion ends at 8 AM (CST) on Monday, March 3.

HUSH, BOY is a novel about Jonathan Harding, a young boy growing up in the Deep South in the 1930s and 40s. Five year old Jonathan is full of questions about the departure of his father, questions about sex, about race, about life itself, but the adults around him will never answer his questions. The only answer he gets is, “Hush, boy, we don’t talk about that.” He longs to hear his grandfather say he loves him, but he is frustrated at every turn and never hears those words. Jonathan’s tales follow him from confused boyhood to mature adulthood when, grown up at last, he finally discovers the truth about his grandfather’s love and devotion in a very unexpected way.

Don't miss this opportunity to own a great novel for your Kindle device at discounted cost.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Novel Underway!

Apologies for being away from this blog for way too long. I've been busy developing the premise for a new novel which is now on course. For the moment, I've put aside another project I was working on so I can concentrate on this novel and move it toward a release date of December 1, 2014, World AIDS Day. If you let me know what you think of this project by adding a comment, I might post a sample chapter or two. Stay's a teaser about the new story:

WILDFIRE is a novel about Jeremy Becker, a medical student infected by HIV as the result of a needle stick accident in a New Orleans hospital in the late 1980s. Widespread fear of a spreading AIDS epidemic leads to political overreaction and creation of a dystopian world in which segregation is reborn—segregation based upon HIV blood tests. A new law requires testing for every citizen and includes policing every social opportunity for transmission of the lethal HIV. Entrances to every singles bar, gay bar, hotel and motel—every health club, blood bank, hospital, clinic, and medical office—even every public toilet, are controlled by automated machines requiring insertion of one’s HIV card. Entry is prohibited for those whose HIV status differs from the location's designation.

In this strange world that never was, but might have been, life unfolds for Jeremy as he moves through a surgery residency, falls in love and marries. Bad actors driven by greed threaten Nobel-quality AIDS research and cause the deaths of hospital patients until Jeremy and his friends take the lead in exposure of the evil plot. Finally, the so-called Health Protection Act is repealed and Jeremy is later invited to present the keynote address at an upcoming AIDS conference—to tell of his experiences during a difficult time of political manipulation of health care.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Signing Today!

George is conducting a book discussion and signing for HUSH, BOY at The Twig Book Shop in
San Antonio's Pearl Brewery Complex TODAY  from 5 PM to 7 PM. Come by The Twig to get your own author signed copy of this exciting new novel about the joys and the trials of growing up in the Deep South in the 1930s and 40s. Afterward you might treat yourself and someone special to  a festive dinner at one of The Pearl's many fine restaurants.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

HUSH, BOY Meets Its Home Town

Recent book discussion and signing events in Valdosta, Georgia brought HUSH, BOY face to face with its setting. A reception allowed some of the Valdosta High School Class of 1949, to whom the book is dedicated, to have a look at fictional events based upon their own coming of age. Several members of the author's family joined the fun.

The Lowndes County Historical Society was represented and added HUSH, BOY to its library.

A few of the VHS Class of 1949...

...and some of the author's family members.

Next day a book signing was held at the South Georgia Public Library.

 Lively book discussion at the modern library...and a long lost cousin (the daughter of one of HUSH, BOY's characters, reappears.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Busy Weekend at Texas Book Festival

Attentive crowds were constant at the Writers' League of Texas booth at last weekend's Book
Festival on the Capitol grounds in Austin. Here are a few photos of HUSH, BOY's involvement in the celebration.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Texas Book Festival - This Weekend

Anybody in the vicinity of Austin this weekend should come by the Texas Book Festival on the Capitol grounds today and tomorrow. It promises to be a gala event celebrating all things literary. Among book festivals it has a prestigious reputation.

George will be discussing and signing his novel, HUSH, BOY, tomorrow (Sunday) at the Writers' League of Texas Booth (#414-415) from noon to one o'clock. It'd be great to see all of you there.