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Aug.26.2013
  FLAP COPY:   Sacrifice, slaughter, and stupidity.               The Battle for Monte Cassino, in southern Italy during the bitter winter of 1943-1944, was the most gruesome, spine-wilting, pointlessly devastating battle of...
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Aug.15.2013
  Brown Fedora Books is pleased and proud to announce the start-up of our new Paper and Ink Division.  In response to numerous customer requests, some select titles from our e-book catalogue will now also be available in hard copy, paper and ink versions.   Our initial offering is...
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Nov.09.2012
You know how you’re always complaining that there are too few books of limerick collections?  Well, Brown Fedora Books is pleased to announce the publication of LIMERICK MAFEASANCE, a compilation of two hundred and forty-two original limericks.  By me. I like to think I’m polluting the...
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May.09.2012
TUF, the second E-book in the Big Lulu Crime Series, with sentences even longer and more incomprehensible than ever and a Forward by Huckleberry Finn, is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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Mar.28.2012
I have been posting a topical limerick each day at various Facebook sites and websites, along with a link to my books.  My last two posts (referring to Pres. Obama's gaff with a live microphone in Korea and Magic Johnson's group buying the L.A. Dodgers:   Obama said to Medvedev, “...
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Feb.20.2012
  Steven Wright once said, “The universe is expanding…that should help the parking problem.”    Who would have guessed that the problem now is too much space, at least as far as we writers are concerned.  We once battled for space in publishing houses, literary agencies, book...
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Feb.16.2012
  This week’s “Pick of the Litter-ature” is Jim DeFilippi’s SPEEDO, which the author describes as his “petite-crime novel,” echoing the spiraling plots and spot-on comic dialogue of Elmore Leonard and George V. Higgins.   Chester Earl “Speedo” Castagravas, a simple blue collar guy from...
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Dec.21.2011
  A CHRISTMAS FABLE   The old mother and her six children were the poorest of all the families in the village, so they could not afford a Christmas tree.   "Can't we have a tree this year, Momma, please can't we please?" the children would beg.   "No," the mother answered, "but...
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Nov.24.2011
I had brought my camera along when I had decided to go out and get some of the best veal in the city...
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Jun.09.2011
Tis not a joyous time for Bard today, My soul is low on joy, my drive needs RAM, These tweets both clog my heart and block my way, The E-mails promise much but turn to spam.   My Netflix queue is muddled with despair, Filled with soft core porn and Tom Cruise flicks, My dreams do carry me to lands...
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May.25.2011
Cover: The Mules of Monte Cassino
As only a fighting man could, Eisenhower saw war as brutal, futile and stupid.  By far, the most brutal, futile and stupid battle of America’s World War II is the battle of Monte Cassino in southern Italy during the winter of 1943-1944. Why has this battle so under-reported?  Why do most Americans...
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Apr.10.2011
Writers, one more reason to publish E-books: Back when HarperCollins put out my first novel, BLOOD SUGAR, the hard cover sold for 20 bucks and I got 2.  Now, my new E-book, BUF, sells for 3 bucks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and I still get 2.  What a deal for the author.
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Apr.05.2011
Writers, if you ever get discouraged by miniscule book sales, read THE LONG TAIL by Chris Anderson.  It will perk you up even more than my book, BUF, does.  Anderson points out that we are the major force in publishing today.  Amazon sells more of our books, makes more profit from us, than from all...
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Apr.03.2011
BUF Cover 2.jpg
My very abnormal E-book, BUF, is now reaching its audience, even the parts that don’t want to be reached.  The great thing about E-books, of course, is that the supply never runs out, or even low.  Thanks.  Remember, you can get BUF for under three bucks (cheap) at Amazon’s Kindle Store and Barnes...
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Mar.28.2011
BUF Cover 2.jpg
My new novel, BUF, is now available at the Kindle Store and Barnes 7 Noble's Nookbooks.  Although loosely based on a true story, this book is not normal.  It should surprise you and perk you up.
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