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Gypsy Spy: The Cold War Files

In Cold War Europe, a young intelligence operative is making his presence known. Learn his dark secrets and hidden triumphs in this new spy thriller.

Every character is shaped in their own crucible; for Carlos, that was the Warehouse.

A friend informed me that he was somewhere around page 300. Page 301 is one of my favorite chapter closes. This novel scene is for him. Thanks, buddy!

Come to my book signing event at the Book Exchange in Virginia Beach on Saturday, April 8, 2017. I’ll be there from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are located at 2720 N Mall Dr #200, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.

“He took a look over his shoulder. The earth was still below him. He closed his eyes and breathed deeply to calm himself. The actions he must take played themselves in his mind once again. Before he could change his mind, he let go. If any spectators had been on the ground, they would have believed it suicide. If they would have been able to observe his descent, they would have been sure that he had died before hitting the ground, for his body would have been seen bouncing off the balconies as it fell, which is exactly what Carlos did.”

Writer’s Angst

“Write what you know,” my teachers said. One always hopes those who know appreciate the end result.

I received word of a public sighting of Carlos de Leon in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I’m on the case!

A Meme with no President

I’ve been reading Robert Baer’s musings on his hunt for Hajj Radwan in his book The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins. When I developed Carlos de Leon, I thought the idea of an assassin/spy that hid among the impoverished and outcasts a novel idea. It appears that Radwan, perhaps the most lethal Middle Eastern assassin in history, did just that.

You won’t find Carlos de Leon in a Monte Carlo casino or cruising down the lane in an Aston Martin. License? What license?

Find him on Amazon and check out the trailer on YouTube.

This is the first book trailer video that I have produced. I used 123rf.com for the stock photos and Pond5.com for the music. Elements were created and assembled using the Adobe Creative Cloud (the learning curb has been steep!). Video production was done inside Adobe Premiere Pro. Some of the transitions didn’t translate into the mp4 format as well as I would have like (they looked better in my video previewer), but all in all I am very happy with the end result. I look forward to your feedback in the comments section.

Paperback and Kindle editions are available on Amazon.com.

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Last Stop – Gypsy Spy 2016 Tour

I am back for another engaging Saturday afternoon at the Book Exchange Norfolk, December 17th, 12 – 3 p.m. for my final book signing event in 2016. Book Exchange Norfolk is the best of its type that I have ever been in. As a teenager, I spent a substantial amount of my earnings (after rent, food, and gas) on brand new books. If this store had been in my hometown, I would have had more books in my library and more cash in my pocket.

John and his staff are wonderful. The atmosphere in the store is bright and welcoming. They inspect and clean the books they take in. You can pick up old favorites and fairly recent releases for half of what you would pay at Barnes and Noble. Come on out, get a signed copy of Gypsy Spy: The Cold War Files and finish off your Christmas list with books, movies, and music from Book Exchange Norfolk at 116 E Little Creek Road.

Writing and marketing are two different set of skills. Writing has rules. Marketing is trial and error, guesswork, and a few principles sprinkled in. Writers, if you want a headache learn marketing. If you want to have fun, continue to be creative in as many formats as possible.

Check out the start of my next creative effort: book trailers.

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