You know it’s going to be a bad day when…

Your wife tells you you’ve got your shirt on backwards. Well, look, it was early. I wasn’t totally awake when I got dressed. And I thought it was just a high-necked tee shirt.

Ironically, however, it’s turning out to be a good day. Thanks to my friend and fellow International Thriller Writer, Allan Leverone, I found out that Eyewall is a finalist in the EPIC eBook Awards Suspense/Thriller category.

Okay, so you’ve read Eyewall and maybe are looking forward–gee, I hope so–to something else authored by yours truly. But my next novel, whatever it’s called (more on that later) won’t be out for about a year.

I’d forgotten, which probably goes hand-in-hand with the shirt incident, that there is another eBook currently available on Amazon that contains a short piece by me. Quite some time ago I entered a writing contest called “About My Mother.” I submitted a story–a true story–about an event in Mom’s life that took place in 1944.

It’s a tale that’s a little hard to believe, but actually happened. It’s called “The Nurse.” The piece was awarded second place. It and the other top nine prize winners were subsequently published in a Kindle book titled About My Mother. So, if you’ve got a Kindle and a buck, you might really enjoy reading it.

Mother, by the way, is still alive at 95 and living independently in a retirement complex. She complains about all the residents who get in her way with their walkers and go-carts (I think she means electric scooters) when she’s trying to walk. Love ya, Mom. Hope I’m still able to complain at 95.

Now, on to novel number two, nee The Koltsovo Legacy. The title currently in favor appears to be Viral. The cover of the book will make clear that it’s about viruses, not videos.

And finally, Stormy the Wonder Dog, our 8-month-old Shih Tzu, insists that I have a dog named Stormy in Supercell, the novel on which I’m currently working.

Lord, I hate pushy puppies.

-September 27, 2011-

Image: my mom and me in our younger days… about 4 years ago.

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