Monday, November 25, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Who said it? The first two people who can identify the speaker of the following quote will receive a Kindle version of The Rules.
"I don't mind if you don't like my manners. I don't like them myself. They're pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings."
Leave your answer in the comment box or email it to mark at marktroy dot net. Make sure I have your email address so I can send it to you.
Monday, October 28, 2013
If Mary Fran's book club is reading a book in which food or libations are mentioned, they will try to serve them when they discuss the book. When they did Rick Riordan's Big Red Tequila, they served both Big Red mixed with tequila (a really awful drink) and Tres Navarre's favorite margarita.
I got to thinking about some of my favorite series characters who have signature drinks. For James Bond, of course, it was a vodka martini, shaken, not stirred. For Spenser, it was beer, beer, beer, usually Rolling Rock, but sometimes Amstel, Blue Moon, or Sam Adams. The Wire's McNulty drinks Jameson. (Once he was offered a Bushmill, but he waved it off calling it a Protestant whisky. When the bartender told him it was free, however, McNulty relented.) Travis McGee drank Plymouth Gin.
In The Splintered Paddle, coming out in June, Ava Rome drinks vodka and tonic. However, I think that in the next books, she ought to have a signature drink. I am open to suggestions. Ava is a private eye in her early thirties, single, living in Honolulu. She has travelled most of the world in the Army.
What would be her favorite drink? If you have an idea, leave it in the comments. Give me a few lines about the drink and why she would like it. Tell me where I can find the recipe, or if it is a brand of liquor, tell me what makes this brand so good.
If you have a Kindle and include your email address, I will send you a copy of The Rules. I promise to try all the drinks mentioned. If I like one, I might turn Ava onto it.
The giveaway ends on Thanksgiving.
But if you can't wait for the audio, you can purchase it in the Amazon Kindle store: http://www.amazon.com/The-Rules-ebook/dp/B00FGTBLW6/
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
I signed up for ACX to turn The Rules into an audio book. The next step is to audition actors to read it.
I received the copy-edited manuscript from Five Star today, which means things are moving forward. They want the manuscript returned by October 15. I have not looked at it yet, so I don't know how much work is entailed, but I assume I will need to spend most of the next two weeks on it.
Monday, September 30, 2013
The Rules is now available for you to purchase in the Amazon Kindle store: http://www.amazon.com/The-Rules-ebook/dp/B00FGTBLW6/
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I'm going to give some background on this novel, The Splintered Paddle, which Five Star Publications is bringing out in June 2014.
Early on in the story, the reader learns that the splintered paddle is ingrained in the Hawaiian spirit. It is a call to protect the defenseless and a symbol of that forms part of the Honolulu Police Department badge. Here is the badge.
The green square in the center shows crossed canoe paddles and represents the Law of the Splintered Paddle. It is a reminder to the police of their primary mission, to protect the defenseless. You can read more about the badge on the Honolulu Police Department website:
Here is an excerpt from the story where the badge is first mentioned:
Jenny said, “Ito told me you’d be like this. He said after I meet your practical objections, I should bring up the moral issue. So, no pimp, no addictions. I’m defenseless and I’m not innocent. Nothing in the law says you have to be innocent.”
I didn’t need a reminder of the law and I didn’t appreciate Jenny putting pressure on me. “Innocence isn’t a requirement for me, either, but I need something more.”
“The bastard who did this to me? Ron Nevez?” she said. “That bastard is a cop.”
I despise the betrayal of trust by those who wear a badge. I spent ten years of my life in the military police, tracking down deserters and other people who disgrace their uniforms. My father was one of those and I hate him for it. I didn’t need any more persuasion, but Jenny wasn’t done.
“Have you ever seen the Honolulu Police badge?” she asked.
“Yes,” I said.
“You know what’s on it?”
“Yes,” I said.
“An image of a splintered paddle,” she said.
“To remind them to protect the defenseless.”
“Ron Nevez seems to have forgotten that."
“It’s time he had a reminder,” I said.Technically, Jenny was wrong about the image. It's actually crossed paddles, but it's intent is the same.
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