Red over Red

Red over Red

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jim and Lisa's Great Virginia Adventure

Just got back from Mount Vernon, where I had the chance to deliver one of the talks at their Michelle Smith Lecture Series. Excellent trip. On the morning of the talk my wife Lisa and I (we had driven to Virginia the day before) woke up and had a leisurely (i.e. no kids) breakfast then drove the half hour to Mount Vernon. There we were shown the suite they were putting us up in (I'm not saying it was terrific, but they did have to call security to get us to leave the next day. The guards had to pry Lisa's fingers from the post of the four poster bed) and we spent the day touring the grounds and the wonderful museum they have there. Great place, a must see.

Here we are in front of Mount Vernon

Later on we changed and walked through the grounds to the Welcome Center where I gave the talk. A full house, and people who love Washington and all things Revolution, the best kind of audience. After that signed books furiously for forty-five minutes. Sold out nearly all the stock of books. Next Lisa and I had a wonderful dinner with Jim Rees, Executive Director at Mount Vernon, Mrs. Smith who sponsored the series and some other wonderful people. That done, it was back to our suite.

The next day I said to Lisa, "I'm not sure how a day can get any better..."

Furiously signing books - my favorite activity
(or at least it's pretty high on the list)

And now, back to reality...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Let the Madness Commence!

The official book promo madness has begun! Did my first book signing for With Fire and Sword the other night at Borders in Portland, Maine. Had to sign books quick as the bank was in the process of repossessing the store while I sat there.

Naw, just kidding. Apparently none of the Borders in Maine are slated to close. Which is good because every other bookstore in the state has been crushed underfoot.

Tomorrow my wife Lisa and I are off to Virginia for a talk at Mount Vernon (members only...which makes me ask, "would I want to give a talk at a place that would have me as a speaker?") then next weekend off to the Virginia Festival of the Book. The whole nutty schedule is on my web site,

With Fire and Sword got a nice review in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Actually, a very nice review.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Pub Date!

For regular folk, a "Pub Date" would probably mean taking your wife or girlfriend out for a fun evening at some quaint Irish or British-inspired drinking establishment, sucking down Guiness and playing darts. But to the writer, those words have a much greater significance:

The New Book is Out!

At long last, the most anticipated literary event in south western Harpswell, Maine, With Fire and Sword: The Battle of Bunker Hill and the Beginning of the American Revolution is officially available! While it may take a week or so to filter into stores, it is available for immediate purchase on line at, (careful of that bankruptcy thing) and Barnes &

Rush out in a buying frenzy! If you buy two, you can use one for parts. And remember, it is scientifically proven that buying used books can cause irritable bowel syndrome.