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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Perfect for fans of symmetry . . .

cj Sez: It’s been centuries in the making, and you have now entered your personal once-in-a-lifetime event!

   And I quote: February 2, 2020, or 02/02/2020, is a rare palindrome, meaning it reads exactly the same forward as it does backward.

   The last time such a palindrome occurred was 909 years ago on 11/11/1111.

It won't happen again for another 101 years, when the calendar turns to 12/12/2121.

I bet you thought I was going to tell you about the Super Bowl or maybe Groundhog Day.


   One of our local book stores, The Mobile Bookseller, has a special sale on Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. I think his books are great research resources for the kinds of suspense I like to write. I also favor James Lee Burke and Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone and Spenser novels. Do you have specific authors you target for inspiration? Or do you target genres instead, no matter who the author is? 

I'll pick up a few James Bond novels when I’m at The Mobile Bookseller later this week for a book signing. Hope to meet some local readers while I’m there.

   Plan to stop by The Mobile Bookseller on Friday, February 7, anytime between 3 and 6 p.m. Authors from the VALENTINE’S DAY PIECES anthology (including me) will be there signing their stories.

The Mobile Bookseller is located at 3990 Government Blvd., Mobile, AL, in the Skyland Shopping Center, at the intersection of Hwy. 90 and Azalea Road.


On the personal front…

   A sweet, yellow kitten I rescued was diagnosed with an incurable, painful illness and died in my arms last week. I’ll be a long time getting over that one. One moment four-month-old Skipper was purring, and the next, the vet’s injection stopped his heart and put a deep scar in mine. I’m depending on the lyrics of a Gary Allan song to get me through this difficult time: “Every heartache will fade away, just like every storm runs out of rain.” It’s still raining at my house.

   That’s all for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

   Autographed print copies of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, and THE POSSE are still available at the Haunted Bookshop. TO ORDER (and support an indie bookstore) contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and an award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice. If you’re in Mobile area, do stop in at the book store; it’s a neat place to browse. These friendly people make a point to shelve the books of local authors, and VALENTINE’S DAY PIECES anthology will be available there soon. If they don’t happen to have any copies of any book you want, they’ll order it for you.

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