Category: The Gods of Winter


“You ready to go on?” Bollero — my butler sidekick — grimaced, not too sure I was.

I gave him a quick stare. “Time already?”

“They’ve been waiting awhile for your first blog on the new website. I’d say an expectant crowd after your trailer buildup.”

“Tough act to follow. How do I look?”

“Fine…except your tie could be better.”

“No fretting over that. Look, just get on with introducing me. And make it simple.”

Reluctantly, Bollero peered at the viewers, then in a booming, bass voice, announced: H-E-E-E-E-E-R-R-R-R’S GERALD!

I waved to the scant applause and a couple of giggles, squeezing out a Broadway smile. “Hi, folks. Welcome to my new wonderland.”

“Your tie’s CROOKED!” a viewer yelled.

Always a heckler, I thought. “What I’m about to say will take your mind off of that,” I answered, a profound edge to my voice.

“I hope it’s to tell us why we should buy your book,” another viewer piped up. “Especially at $19.50 when we can get eBooks for ninety-nine cents.”

That elicited a sardonic smirk. “But what do you GET? Not rare quality, which emanates from every page of my book. Such superb quality doesn’t come cheap.”

“Aw, c’mon,” another viewer yelped. “Romance is romance, and we can get it cheaper!”

“Not this romance. But my book is not a romance book, though it has strong elements of romance. Neither is it a mystery book, though it has strong elements of mystery; nor is it a thriller, though it rings of strong elements of one; nor is it a mystical book, though it deals with the unknown. No. Spitting out genres like a Gatling gun, The Gods Of Winter is above any one genre in achieving its nobility, slowly accumulating its touch of rare quality in riveting gasps.”

“Nobility?” a viewer questioned. What gives your book nobility?”

“In part, a noble life,” I pointed with a solemn finger.

A quiet stillness settled over the viewers.

“The life of my fiancee’,” I continued, “Jane Valentine — portrayed by Gloria Hopkins in the novel, fiction based upon fact. As the story’s odyssey unfolds, you will see the nobility of Jane in Gloria. See Gloria — Jane– as such a wonder of life, possessing such a rare gift for savoring it, embracing it, eagerly reaching out and sharing its zest and love with others, with animals, embellishing their lives with the enhancing joys of living, so thankful for the marvels of life and being alive to enjoy them. For Jane, life was an amazing bundle of rainbows to be savored to the fullest, their every moment precious.

“Jane died a tragic death before her time, leaving a vacancy of spirit that will never be filled. This, too, is in the novel. Her unexpected death was the driving force urging me to write this novel; its writing a spiritual quest so that the wondrous memory of Jane would never be lost to the fading whispers of time.

So now, I ask for your help in preserving the memory of this gallant, selfless, noble being, a rare creature of nature, the likes of which we may never see again.

Buy the book, not for me, but for Jane, carrying on her memory, while the glow of her spirit transforms you with awe.

The Gods of Winter


Ah, yes folks, my cherished loyal fans and others, it has been a while since I have last posted — gads, almost two years!

It has been tough clearing out all the cobwebs here, and my butler and staff have long cleared out, leaving me nasty notes, some with lewd drawings. But undaunted, a new butler and staff are on their way here to join in a most remarkable undertaking, rather breathtaking.

You see, my absence in posting is because I have been preoccupied in the gut wrenching, emotionally draining, teary-eyed task of writing a new novel, one different and unequaled, a story so powerful that my publisher expects it to sell in the thousands of copies.

This novel is THE GODS OF WINTER, fiction based on fact, some of the facts touching upon the author’s personal experiences; a suspenseful tale of captivating happenings and interlocking, vibrant, unforgettable characters, centering out of this varying mix, two of  them — a man and woman, each notable and compelling in their own right — are unlikely brought together, as though by fate, developing a rare and daring love of endurance between them, all the while their love is cruelly set upon by a mysterious, crafty unknown force lurking with the inexplicable seeds of madness, inexorably leading the couple down a harrowing path shattering the life of their love, and the lengths one is driven to, to save that love. Love and madness pulling in a range of characters to an eventual intense, ravaging backdrop of failing hopes, trickery, blackmail, and sanity, and an unexpected ending.

This short overview in no way can give you the undefinable impact of the story, for really, it is beyond words and description, and has to be felt, sucked into the very cells of your being as you become immersed in the story’s unfolding, ranging magnetism; immersed in its wonder of humor and laughter, tragedy and sadness, hope and despair, and the unexpected bafflement of life unraveling before you, leaving you pondering in deep awe.

THE GODS OF WINTER will be coming soon, to be released sometimes around this coming October.

When it is released, I will be making another posting.

In the meanwhile, tennis, anyone?