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PRESSING THE FLESH

PRESSING THE FLESH

A very successful, wise, and kind bookseller once told me, “Nobody goes to book signings in December.” It was an offhand comment that took me aback, essentially because all of my books, up until now, have been released in December. Had I been wasting my time and money making winter-time in-store appearances in support of my novels? There’s another issue relating to December book releases. Are books released at the end of the year less likely to be included on a reviewer’s “Best of the Year” list? Those lists are often compiled in October and published in November. While it’s […]

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THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN

Halloween is almost here and that means it will be New Year’s Day before we know it. At least that’s the way it sometimes seems as we approach the end-of-the-year holiday months. Is it the old saw about time flying because we’re having too much fun? The end of the year always seems to be stuck on fast forward. For me as an author, October means a whole new set of tasks and responsibilities beckon (and during the World Series, darn it!), since my last three novels have all been published at the ends of their respective years. And with […]

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Q & A with Ed

Q & A with Ed

I’ve been doing a bit of guest blogging around the Web to help promote the release of my thriller novel, GOOD JUNK, the second in the Cliff St. James series.  Some of the questions thrown at me are provocative, some mundane. And just as there are no small parts, only small actors, I’d say there are no dumb questions for writers, but maybe dumb answers from some writers.   Personally, I feel privileged to be published by a major New York publisher and to have gotten such good reviews for my books.  So I don’t mind answering any and all questions […]

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Reviews for Good Junk

Reviews for Good Junk

Well, we’re in that slack-off week between Christmas and New Year when I get to slack-off from my security gig here in Crapistan, Central Asia, and devote some time to writing.  And to promoting my new thriller novel, GOOD JUNK, which has been out for a couple of weeks now. I’ve been very fortunate to get some terrific reviews.  And well, hell, let me share a few with you: Good Junk received the rare honor of a *Starred,* boxed review from PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY:  “Kovacs outstanding second Cliff St. James novel…powerful prose that evokes a city still struggling to recover its […]

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Update from Central Asia

Update from Central Asia

The cold is descending upon Central Asia, where I am currently deployed, like an icy blanket. Soon it will be seriously cold, with wind chill factors that could make Eskimos shiver. But I have plenty of extreme- cold-weather gear and today I am off duty and am warm and fuzzy with a Cuban cigar and a bottle of red from Moldova that is almost drinkable as I sit in the foyer of our quarters. For the 7th time in the last eight years I will be deployed away from home for the holidays, and for the second year in a […]

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NOLA 44 — Forty-four hours in New Orleans without ever entering the French Quarter

A maxed-out weekend in America’s favorite party town without ever entering the French Quarter. A person could spend one weekend a month for an entire year in New Orleans without ever leaving the French Quarter, and still not patronize all of the hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs, shops, and other activities on offer. Quite frankly, the Quarter is the bomb. And while nothing says New Orleans like the French Quarter, the city has such a “deep bench” of gastronomic and hedonistic delights, you could skip that venerable historic district on your next trip and not even miss it. So forget the […]

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DOUBLE DOWN MICRO TOUR WINDS DOWN

It’s been a fun ride; exhausting at times, but then I’ve been living out of a suitcase for almost seven years now. George Clooney a Road Warrior? Ha! I’ve pushed so far past that envelope it amazes me. Strange to feel “at home” in so many foriegn and domestic cities. Discussing and signing STORM DAMAGE has not only been a learning experience, but I got to meet a lot of interesting folks along the way. Some terrific book store owners and staff, of course, not to mention the book buying attendees. I really enjoy the store appearances, if not the […]

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Kind Words

Sitting in a “Pay lounge” at Seoul, Korea’s fabulous Incheon Airport, one of the best airports in the world. I had a six hour layover, and for $21 you get a food and beverage buffet and other basic ammenities. It’s crowded today, but what the hell, the two glasses of red wine I’ll drink would easily cost $21 if I bought them at a bar here. Free wi-fi is all over this airport, and I need to find the free local phones so I can call some good friends in Seoul and apologize for not having enough time to jump […]

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An Unsolicited Reader Review of STORM DAMAGE

This review is from a reader unknown to the author. Thanks to them for taking the time and the thoughtful effort to post it on Amazon. “A collective pathology of quasi post-traumatic stress hung like a cloud over the delta.” Set in New Orleans five months after Katrina, Kovacs’ mystery features ex-cop Cliff St. James, nearly homeless in a city known for its surfeit of crime and its attendant vices, all thrown into chaos since the storm, the lack of resources available and the unmet needs of countless people made homeless by the hurricane. St. James has found shelter in […]

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“DOUBLE DOWN MICRO TOUR” book signing schedule for STORM DAMAGE

As I become a short-timer here on this security contract in Central Asia, I’m trying to do as much prep now as possible so I can hit the ground running when I get back to the States in January. Hope to see as many of you as possible during the book tour, and thanks for your support. Since we’re getting close to the Holiday Season, please visit my “Charities” page and donate generously, if possible. Have a great one, Ed BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE FOR STORM DAMAGE January 10, 2012   7:00PM                                                                                      Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood, Ca 90069                              310.659. 3110 […]

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