Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Signing

Hi folks,

If you're in or around Ft. Wayne, IN on Saturday, November 12, please stop in and say hi. I'll be signing and selling copies of several of my books at the Allen County Public Library. I'd love to see you there!


Blue skies,
Les

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS...

Hi folks,

Here's a post I ran a long time ago and I thought I'd dust it off and run it again. Hope you enjoy it!


KIDS ON MARRIAGE
(This was sent to me a long time ago by someone and I can’t remember who it was to give them credit. Sorry! Out of the mouths of babes…)

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY? (written by kids)

(1) You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you
like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should
keep the chips and dip coming. - Alan, age 10

(2) No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to
marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later
who you're stuck with.  - Kristen, age 10



WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

(1) Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. - Camille, age 10
(2) No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married. – Freddie, age 6 (very wise for his age)



HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE  MARRIED?

(1) You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. - Derrick, age 8



WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

(1) Both don't want any more kids.  - Lori, age 8



WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

(1) Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to
know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long
enough. - Lynnette, age 8
 (isn't she a treasure)

(2) On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that
usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.  - Martin, age 10
 (Who said boys do not have brains)


WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?

(1) I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the
newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.-Craig, age 9



WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

(1) When they're rich.- Pam, age
7  (I could not have said it better myself)

( 2) The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that. - Curt, age 7 (Good Point)

(3 ) The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should
marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do. -  Howard, age 8  (Who made that rule)
 


IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. – Anita, age 9 (bless you, child)



HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF
 
PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?

(1 ) There sure would be  lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
- Kelvin, age 8



And the #1 Favorite  is........

HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

(1 ) Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a 
truck. - Ricky, age 10  ( The boy already understands)
 

Blue skies,
Les

 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

NO BOUCHERCON, ALAS...

Hi folks,

A bit of an update—I won’t be able to attend Bouchercon this year because of a combination of too much ongoing back pain and too little dough. Really kind of bummed—this is my spiritual home town and the place I’ve lived the longest except for where I find myself now, in Fort Hooterville, IN. I was really looking forward to visiting old haunts and old friends—especially the Dungeon and the Oriental Triangle. Or Lakeside and Bucktown and the clubs out there, Fat City, Maple Street and other hangouts. Deannie’s out at the Lakefront. I understand Deannie’s now has a place in the Quarters—my guess is that they jacked up the prices and cut back on the spices. Not gonna miss the Quarters—hardly ever went there when I lived there unless I wanted to eat at overpriced, overrated restaurants (with a couple of exceptions), pay triple prices for watered-down drinks, or hang out with tourists from Iowa, so… hardly ever. Even when I worked in the CBD at the Fairmont and rode the streetcar to and from work every day, a half a block away from Bourbon. Much better coffee at any Morning Call over Café du Monde. Mostly, natives avoid the Quarters—there’s much, much better party and eating places that cost a lot less and don’t attract the tourists. Better music venues than the Quarters also… The Takee-Outees have hugely ruined it...

Hint to visitors—the real party animals come out at two o’clock after the out-of-towners have gone back to their hotels to sleep…

Might try to make Thrillerfest this year instead. Or even Killer Nashville.

I hope I get back to the Big Sleazy one of these days. My preference would be to go down for Jazz Fest. Like most natives, I stay away from town during Mardi Gras. That’s really a deal for the tourists. I do enjoy Mardi Gras down at Grand Isle—it’s much, much gooder.

The Quarters seem like a cool deal when all you’ve seen is cornfields… But, there are other parts of N’Awlins that are so, so much better.

For my friends who do go down—laizzez les bon temps rouler! Go for the lagniappe! And, be sure to walk in the center of the streets and don’t wander past the boundaries. There are projects that await, eagerly…

That sounds like I don’t like New Orleans, doesn’t it? Not the case—just hate the overly-commercial cartoon they’ve made the Quarters into. The rest of it absolutely rocks.

Blue skies,

Les

P.S. Just made a deal with Eric Campbell, the publisher of Down&Out Books for a couple of new books which will be released next year. And, this fall my very first novel, The Death Of Tarpons, is coming out with a new title (don't know what it is yet) as an ebook from Endeavour Books in the U.K. and in paperback from Betimes Books (UK). Tarpons previously only existed in hardcover from the University of North Texas Press and we got the rights back because it had sold out.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

GOOD NEWS... BAD NEWS...

Hi folks,

Got back from visiting my best friend, Tom Rough and his beautiful wife, Lisa, in Scottsdale a few days ago and had this in my FB account. Very proud to be in such good company. Had a great time in Arizona and got to visit with a couple of my online class students--Maegan Beaumont, who's not in class these days and is releasing her fourth book this week, and Linda Thompson, who's just about to have her novel sent out soon by her agent. And, Joe Beaumont, Maegan's HUGE husband, who I always try to keep smiling... Got to watch Tom's new salon, Taglio, going up and it looks great! Actually, it's not his new salon--he's just moving to a better location in the same mall--but the physical plant is all brand-new.

The bad news is that I won't be able to attend Bouchercon this year. I was really looking forward to going back home to New Orleans, but a combination of finances (read: no money...) and a back which has me in daily pain just won't allow me to. I'm gonna miss going to some of my old hangouts, seeing old friends--both in the Big Sleazy and at B-Con, and meeting new friends at the convention. 

Life...

Here's James Tuck's announcement of his book in which I have a story:

James Ray Tuck Jr
So today a book came out with my name on it, actually both my writing names on it, and I am VERY proud of it. It's a thing I conceived of and put out in the universe and the universe answered. I present to you: MAMA TRIED Crime Fiction Based On Outlaw Country Songs. from Down & Out Books.
Its got some amazing stories from some amazing writers. I got to edit it, contribute a story, and design the cover. Seriously, this one is one to pick up.
Here's the link, order it and if you don't mind, share the link.
Outlaws. It’s what makes the best of country music and crime fiction. Sometimes it’s hardened criminals: murders, thieves, and convicts, sometimes it’s just a poor…
AMAZON.COM

Monday, August 1, 2016

DIETER KALTEIS, SAM WIEBE AND MOI

Hi folks,

If you've got a minute or three, you might want to pop over to Dieter Kalteis' blog, Off the Cuff, where I got to participate in a fun exercise with him and Sam Wiebe, where we discuss what music we listen to while writing. It's at http://dietrichkalteis.blogspot.ca/2016/08/off-cuff-51.html

I'm curious as to what other folks are listening to when they write.

In two days, I fly out to Scottsdale, AZ to spend a week with my best friend Tom Rough and his gorgeous wife, Lisa. Can't wait! On Saturday, I get to spend an afternoon with some of the members of my online class. Hope the bar is fully-stocked...

Me and Tom... doing what we do best... drinking, eating and mostly... LAUGHING!


With some of the members of our online class a few years ago...

Blue skies,
Les