Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book signing on December 17

Anyone in the San Antonio area come by The Twig Book Shop in the Pearl Brewery complex for an author-signed copy of WILDFIRE between 5 and 7 PM on Wednesday, December 17. George Beddingfield will discuss and sign this new novel at that popular spot for book lovers. It's also a great opportunity to enjoy dinner at one of The Pearl's many fine restaurants.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Successful Release Party for WILDFIRE!

An official release celebration for WILDFIRE was enjoyed by some forty fans on December 1, at La Fonda on Main in San Antonio. The author discussed the novel, and sales of author signed copies were brisk. Unfortunately, this blog still does not allow insertion of photos, but I will post a few on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Print and Kindle Editions of WILDFIRE Available

As of today, both print and Kindle editions of my new novel, WILDFIRE, are available at Amazon.com as well as at eleven Amazon outlets in other countries around the world. Check it out and enjoy a good read that will recall some of the recent anxiety about the Ebola epidemic.

Monday, November 3, 2014

New Novel Available

WILDFIRE is now available on Amazon.com in print edition. Kindle edition is coming later this week.
A more direct way to get the print edition is from https://www.createspace.com/4963052. The later is my own direct sales vehicle and, for the same price, offers better royalties to the author.
I'm still unable to post a photo of the book cover on this blog, but you can see it at the sites listed above, and I've posted it on Google+ and Facebook. Have a look, then get the book and let me know how you like it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Preview WILDFIRE Today

WILDFIRE is nearing ready for publication, and a preview is available right now at:

Enjoy the preview, then watch for the entire novel in November. Print and Kindle editions will both be available  at Amazon.com and other venues.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Excitement grows!

Had a conversation today with the book cover design folks at my publisher. We discussed some exciting ideas for WILDFIRE. I expect to see some preliminary concepts from them in about a week. I'd enjoy sharing those concepts on this blog, but the software will no longer allow insertion of photos with the text--so I guess I'll make cover design choices myself and readers will have to wait for publication in late November to see the result.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

WILDFIRE is coming!

I am moving ahead with independent publication of WILDFIRE. It's an exciting medical thriller about Jeremy Becker, a New Orleans medical student who is infected by HIV as a result of a needle stick accident while working with a hemophiliac patient at Charity Hospital in the late 1980s. Fear of the spreading AIDS epidemic leads to political over-reaction which creates a new kind of segregation based upon mandatory HIV blood tests. The new law, called Health Protection Act of 1989, also appropriates millions to create regional research facilities, one of them located in New Orleans, to speed up efforts to eradicate the AIDS epidemic spreading like a wildfire across the nation.
Unfortunately, greed-driven men in positions of power sabotage the research for their own financial gain. Their scheme threatens the lives of Jeremy and his roommate until, finally they recruit the FBI to help them track down the subversive operatives who include senior leaders of the hospital and members of Congress.

The novel is expected to be ready for release in November. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Writers' League of Texas Agent/Editor Conference

A great weekend in Austin at the 21st annual Writers' League of Texas Conference included many helpful breakout sessions, an inspiring keynote address, and good interactions with many other writers. Best news of all is that a New York based literary agent expressed interest in WILDFIRE, and asked to see part of the manuscript. I've sent a synopsis and fifty pages for his consideration--hopefully he'll ask for more after he reads those pages.
The synopsis I sent to New York is included below for your preview:
     WILDFIRE is a novel about fear. Fear that was prevalent in the late 1980s—fear of the poorly understood AIDS epidemic that was spreading across the nation like a wildfire. The novel tells the story of Jeremy Becker, a medical student infected by the AIDS virus, HIV, as the result of a needle stick accident in a New Orleans hospital in 1987. Widespread fear of the spreading AIDS epidemic triggers political overreaction that creates a dystopian world in which segregation is reborn—segregation based upon mandatory HIV blood tests. This bizarre segregation law provides automated machines that require insertion of one’s HIV card to enter many public buildings, including hospitals, clinics, and medical offices.
     In that strange world that never was, but might have been, Jeremy advances through a surgery residency at New Orleans Charity Hospital. The new law does have one good element. It provides unprecedented funding for Nobel-quality AIDS research that fuels Jeremy’s hope for a life without the ever-present specter of AIDS.
    But that hope is frustrated by men in positions of power who are driven by greed to sabotage the AIDS research for their own personal gain. Their scheme causes the deaths of hospital patients, even threatens the lives of Jeremy and his roommate until, finally, they recruit the FBI to help them expose the nefarious plot.
    Years later, Jeremy is invited to present the keynote address at a World AIDS Conference. He tells of his life during a time of extreme political manipulation of health care. He recounts a dark time in the annals of medicine and challenges researchers to craft a renaissance of hope for the worldwide millions affected by the scourge of HIV-AIDS.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Different Look at the HIV-AIDS Epidemic

     The HBO film presentation of Larry Kramer's THE NORMAL HEART has many thinking again about the worldwide implications of the HIV epidemic. An accident of timing has allowed my novel, WILDFIRE to be completed this same week. WILDFIRE tells the fictional story of a medical student who is infected with HIV by an accidental needle stick injury in a New Orleans hospital in the late 1980s. Public fear of the poorly understood AIDS epidemic, perceived in those years as spreading like a wildfire all across the nation, becomes political fear that results in a law intended to limit transmission of HIV by imposing a new kind of segregation.
     This neo-segregation is based upon one's HIV status, and it is enforced for every bar, hotel and motel, every health club, hospital, clinic and medical office. Entry is regulated for all public places where politicians believe transmission of the virus might occur. In this dystopian world young Jeremy Becker, the infected medical student, pursues his dream of becoming a surgeon. But first he must deal with life-threatening mystery, unexplained deaths of hospital patients, and leading edge HIV research sabotaged by greedy politicians who divert federal funds to their personal use.
     WILDFIRE will be presented at the Writers' League of Texas Agents/Authors Conference in Austin in late June. If the novel doesn't capture the interest of a major publisher at that conference, I plan to publish it for release later this year on World AIDS Day.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

HUSH, BOY On Sale This Weekend

The Kindle edition of HUSH, BOY will be on sale this weekend via amazon.com, beginning at $1.99 on Friday, May 9 and increasing each day until Tuesday, May 13, when it returns to the full price of $9.99. Here's a big chance to get an exciting novel about the sorrows and the joys of growing up in the Deep South in the 1930s and 40s at rock-bottom prices. Reminder: If you don't have a Kindle device, consider the free Kindle reader available from amazon.com which can be installed on any computer or portable device to allow downloading and reading Kindle books.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Back From the Etruscan Empire

     I've been back at home working on  WILDFIRE for a while, but I'm unable to link any photos of the Etruscan trip to this blog for some reason. Sorry about that--I really wanted to share some of the great sights. Learned more than I ever thought known about the Etruscans. Visited many (maybe most) Etruscan sites between Rome and Florence, including the best of the best museums of Etruscan antiquities.
     An astonishing, non-Etruscan site visit was a fine tour of the Antonori winery, producer of the best Chianti Classico in all of Italy. Their new winery has been open only a few months, though the house is many generations old. It's a model of eco-friendly construction: built entirely underground beneath a vineyard and not visible from the passing roadway. Modern in every way, including a fine restaurant on the roof which is the only above-ground structure of the complex.
     In Florence, and after returning to Rome, we abandoned the Etruscans and gave attention to some relics of the Roman Empire and the Medicis. An interesting distraction was the Rome Marathon, which happened to take place in the city streets on the same day we'd planned to visit the Coliseum. Thousands of runners and spectators made it difficult to cross the streets in that neighborhood.
     I'll have to give up on trying to add photos to these posts. This Blogger is not helpful. WILDFIRE is moving right along. I'm now in the final editing stages and hoping for release on December 1, which is World AIDS Day. Remember the chapter I shared a while back...about a medical student who was infected with HIV in the late 1980s as a result of a needle stick accident in a New Orleans hospital. It's an exciting novel. I'll share more of it as we move closer to the publication date.

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 tuned...here'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.