Dec. 3, 2018


Hello friends,

 Greetings from absolutely incredible weather haven, Tucson, Arizona! Hopefully you are doing well, and the climate is good wherever it is you call home.

The plans go forward still with our January 26th signing date, and the work progresses with the edit book copies. We're on our third cycle now,  and the changes and adjustments continue on. They tell me by late December all the fine tuning should be completed as they work hard to make the best possible book possible!

In the meantime, I continue to write the second book, Gigs part 2, on my spare time, while I maintain a busy work schedule. I also found time to finish my own gig, a Arizona room (screened porch) here at home. I took Kalani to the Home Depot , one of her favorite places to visit, and she had a blast. Plus she always enjoys all the attention from the employees and customers she receives. 

 I also made time to finally go and see my youngest son, Johnny, in his new career as a card dealer, at the local Indian casino. I don't frequent casinos much, but I wanted to see my boy in action. He's always been good at math, so it was only natural that he found himself in that career path.

 And now that I told you how my week went,  I continue extremely excited about the book signing event. I've been in contact with the downtown library events coordinator Matt, and he has given us a green light to conduct the event as we please, and I plan to run with it!

 As you know, this is my first ever signing event, and from day one,  I never envisioned it as just another traditional guy or girl seated on a table with a stack of books, ready to be signed. I'm doing it my way, like Frank Sinatra sang, good, bad or ugly, and I'm bringing my family with me to help! Here's the run down:

The event will start at 3p.m. with refreshments, snacks and music played by my nephew Ben, a professional harpist. Twenty minutes later, my sister Angela, master of ceremonies, will open the event by greeting all who are present and by going over the gigsacrossamerica adventure with a brief overview. Next she will introduce the first of two guest readers, one who will read an excerpt from gigs part one, and followed by the second reader who will do the same except from the gigs part two. Next I will have my part on the mic, saying a few words of my own,  which I've been waiting a lifetime to say! Followed then by a short Q.& A. with the audience. Then finally on to the actual signing and more music and drinks!

What do you think friends? I hope you can make it! 

Have a great week, and take care. Until the next post, adios!



Nov. 20, 2018


Good evening friends,  

Happy pre-Thanksgiving to you! I'm doing fine myself, thanks for asking! I've been busy with work, and also with all the book printing and book signing issues. As I had posted previously, the date and time have been changed for different reasons.

 All the ongoing changes and edits concerning the book, coupled with the time of year have made it impossible to meet the December 15th deadline I had set. As I am learning, and it's a good lesson for me  since I plan to publishing a few more books this coming year,  is you can't rush this portion of the publishing process. There is so much to understand and learn between the type setting and formatting of the printing process, that it's making my head spin! Alphagraphics and Janette are doing their best to accommodate my wishes,  but in the end, the best possible product, namely my Gigs book, is everybody's goal. And as Janette said, after all the work I've put into this project for the past three years,  anything less would be a disappointment! Even if it requires moving the release date to January. 

 I also want to inform you that the book signing event has been moved from the Bookman's to the Tucson Main library. I want to thank Kay, and Bookman's for their help, but in the end I decided that the time and setting were much better for us to do the event just the way I have envisioned it from the beginning. As it stands today friends, it is scheduled for January 26th (write it down) at 3pm until 5pm. We have a few things in mind for the event, which are probably not the standard book event protocols, but we plan to make it fun and special! I will fill you in with more details as the time approaches. I hope you can make it, and you if do, please identify yourself as a website follower. I owe you much thanks!

 Thanks for checking in friends, and take care, wherever you call home. 


P.S. it will be available in ebook form prior to the book signing event!

Nov. 14, 2018


Nov. 14, 2018


First edit copy!

Nov. 14, 2018


Hello friends!

I hope you are well and warm, wherever you call home! I myself am doing just fine here in sunny Arizona. These past few weeks have just been the best weather in Tucson I can remember, and after this last summer's blistering heat, a cool change was just what we needed.

 As I've promised, I continue to keep you posted with any news concerning my book. I'm happy to announce the first copy was delivered this afternoon to yours truly! I was so excited when I got the call, and almost crashed on my way to the print shop! It's kinda surreal holding a book with my name, story and pictures plastered all over the pages, even though it is just the proof copy. Now Mary Ann and I will go over any changes in the next few days, before we resubmit it again. 

 Hopefully after a few days it will be ready for full production. The target date for the book signing event is still the 15th of December, and I hope the books will be ready in time. If not, then I will have to reschedule for another date. Its getting close to Christmas, and that means it might have to wait until the 28th. We'll just see if they can kick it up a notch and make it to the 15th deadline. 

I spoke to Kay, the events coordinator at Bookman's, and she's working hard make it happen on her end. She told me December is a busy month for other local authors to release their books, and she wants to combine all the authors involved in one big event, highlighting local writers,  with me as the headliner! I wasn't expecting that, but I'm all in with that idea. It's still in the planning stages,  so I'll keep you updated on that event.

 I also wanted to share the good news about my other books, including my first fiction story La Quecha, which I wrote five years ago this month. It is a border story, and part one of a trilogy I plan to complete after gigsacrossamerica part two is released next March! I plan on releasing that book online on January, and in limited print copies. I'll share more about that story as the time gets closer.

 Well friends, until next week, stay safe and thanks for checking in. Your interest is well recognized and appreciated!