November News #2 2023
November 16, 2023
My newest book, Into the Marrow, hit the stores on November 7th. I thank everyone who bought the book, and all those who gave it a good review. If you haven't gotten it yet, please click here, and it will be delivered to you in time for the Holidays. Also, it makes a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift. Order as many as you like.
I've received many emails, all good (always a bonus), and I'm thankful to all who've taken the time to reach out. I apologize if I haven't emailed back. I try to respond to every message as time allows. But as I work on the third Leroy Cutter novel, time is a luxury and I'm light on dimes.
An old Navy buddy, Dan Yarnall, reached out to me, hesitantly excited to see his name in the book. I told him he'd be famous now, and he was no longer hesitantly excited but weary. Sorry, buddy, but that's just the way it goes sometimes when you're friends with a writer.
The Key West Citizen wrote up a nice review for Into the Marrow saying, "Allison passes the test with flying colors." It's always nice to get a thumbs up from the local press, especially Key West. Those island folks are really sensitive about their territory. I don't blame them. I love the Florida Keys. If you want to read more of the review, click here.
Of course, the big news is that Barnes and Noble signed on to carry the book in their stores. They're not going to go out and buy a truckload, but you'll still be able to find Into the Marrow on the shelves. Life of an independent author, I'm afraid. Still exciting news, though. If you frequent a B&N, let them know you want a copy.
I'm busy shopping around The Sinful and Into the Marrow to Hollywood. I think Leroy Cutter would make a great series. That's a long and frustrating road, though, so I'm not hanging any hopes and dreams on it. Besides, I have a novel to write. But since the screenwriter's strike is over, maybe someone will get a bee in their bonnet and go for it. We shall see. And that sums up Hollywood in a nutshell. We shall see.
Speaking of The Sinful, the Kindle version reached number 2 in the United Kingdom this month. It took them long enough, but those island hopping, pub dwellers came through. The Sinful is still going strong in the UK, but I'm a little disappointed it didn't reach number one. I guess that's why they've never won a World Series. If my American readers want to show them how it's done, I won't stop you. Show them the ol' American know-how and take The Sinful to number one on Kindle. It's only $0.99, which is practically free. At least that's how it feels when I get my royalty returns.
I'd also like to recommend a gem of a find called The Peacock and the Sparrow by I.S Berry. This is Berry's debut novel and it was published to great reviews. If you like a good spy story, then you'll love The Peacock and the Sparrow. I stumbled upon Berry at a Detroit book festival and picked up a signed copy. Didn't know anything about the book except that it was an espionage thriller. She also looked miserable as people passed by her table ignoring her wares. We've all been there. Glad I stopped. The book is fantastic.
November 11 was Veterans Day, and every year I wish my old shipmates a happy day. We've known each other for over 30 years now and we may be thicker around the waist, but we still have our wits and sharp tongues. I'm happy we were there for the Cold War and not the War on Terrorism. Well, some of us were there for the WoT and I think about them often.
And finally, my favorite American holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner. May everyone have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Stay home on Black Friday. It isn't worth it. That is unless you're going out to buy books.
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