I've been thinking today of Maximillian and Carlotta, that unemplyed Royal couple who set off to conquer Mexico in the 1850s. Ah what an aristocratic tragedy that was, as they semi-ruled that then chaotic nation with a part Austrian, part Belgian and part French army until the Mexicans, who had retreated into the countryside for a time, rose up to throw them out. Maximillian was beheaded in Mexico and Carlotta went insane in Europe. Supposdly there are remnants of a castle in Cuernevca that they used, sometimes as a summer palace.
Back on the home front I'm expanding my sales for Hostages to include Bookbuzzr and Freado, and there will be a contest giving away free books.
It starts tomorrow on Freado.
Well, the heebie jeebies are over, I guess. Things have gone pretty well on the Blog Tour, and all the reviews have been good. Here's a link to another one.
I'm going to be doing another one soon.
Well, the Pirates beat the Cubs today in another nail biter, 3-2, (Please forgive me for being a Pirates fan), They're tied for first with the Cardinals, and I was able to watch the game on WGN out of Chicago. It would be quite the dream to see them win the series, but where they are now is a big imporvement over the string of 20 losing seasons, yuck.
Things are going okay on the Blog Tour, with two recent promos.
More reviews are coming out this week. I'm looking forward to them. Almost all of the reviews of Hostages have been quite positive.
Finally the heat broke today in Baltimore, where it has been hot
and humid for a few days. It
reminded me of Robin Williams' imitation of Walter Cronkite, that old CBS
evening news anchorman, doing, of all things a weather report.
He had him saying, "today it's hot and sweaty, hot and sweaty, with more
hot and sweaty tomorrow, hot and sweaty...." (From his classic movie, Good Morning
Vietnam.) Well, of course the
eighth graders were a little crazier than usual- in their non-air conditioned
room. Ah well.
On the writing front it was another stop on the blog tour
today. Give it a look! There's an interview, a guest post by
your truly, and a nice little sample from Hostages.
The Tour is in full swing now. You can read an excellent review on this stop.
There is a question posed about what adventure novelists are writing about here:
And there's an interview and promo here:
The first review of the tour is in, and I like it. It says a lot of things that people have said who have read Ho