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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Long Time Gone

It's been a long time since I posted anything on here. I apologize to the 22,000 people who have visited this page since my last blog post. Not sure how I can go about reaching out to them all to apologize personally, but I am guessing that my readers in Guam and Chile will eventually get over the trauma of it all and go back to tending their alpaca herds and such.

On average, I get about two queries a week online and in person regarding when my next book is coming out and what I have been working on lately. And, if my math is correct, I should anticipate a best seller next go around if each query results in a book sale.

I do have a manuscript I have been working on for the last few years. And by "working" I of course mean allowing it to age like a fine wine in my desk drawer. It's a different kind of book, and currently, it remains about 20,000 words too long. My editor has had her way with it already, but I am having trouble removing my editorial sword from its sheath and hacking away at my baby.

That, and time, she gets away from you. It happens. Life happens. Writing doesn't happen. You have to make it so. I am hoping that perhaps this post might help to inspire me back to action and complete the current draft round of the thing. So, if you happen to check in from Guam or anywhere else, pop me an email and remind me to get off my ass and finish it. Also... buy a copy on Amazon of Silence of Centerville. I promise to give any profit from it these days to some charitable good. Mostly, I just need some sign that I ought to be working.

Thanks for reading!

Buzz Malone

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Prices so low I must be CRAZY!

I just might be the world's worst marketer. For every book I have ever sold, I have probably given away two. In keeping with my trend and desiring to try out Amazon's latest and greatest marketing tool, I am announcing a promotion for my book, Silence of Centerville for kindle.

Between March 28th and April 4th, the kindle version of Silence will be available at a reduced rate. If you act fast, you can get it for as little as $.99 and leave the author with just enough in royalties to buy a rock hard gum ball out of a machine.

Regardless of whether you opt for the kindle or paperback version, I encourage everyone to check it out on Amazon, read the reviews, and help support an independent artist by purchasing a copy or ten today.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Timothy Hurley's Shortstack. A Book I Can Never Seem to Finish Reading

I was planning on writing a review when I finished reading this book, but it appears as though I may never be completely finished with it. As I travel around the country for work, Shortstack has been a constant companion for the past few months. It stays neatly tucked inside of my bag beside my laptop and I pull it out and read a short story at the airport, or before bed, or while waiting for a meal to be brought out at a restaurant. There, I open the thing up anywhere and read whatever short story emerges.

I must have, by now, read each one at least half a dozen times, but it doesn't seem to bother me. I still keep opening the thing and reading them over. While not usually a fan of short stories, I am a very big fan of Timothy Hurley. The stories he has assembled in this book are very much like the proverbial box of chocolates, as the reader never really does know what they are going to get. There are heart touching truth based tales about the author's world that remind me of Robert Fulghum with lessons from a life well lived. And there are whimsical, seemingly nonsensical tales that you have to read two or three times to find all of the little hidden gems of wit in.

Whatever story you open to though, you may be certain that it will be a good one, well written, well crafted, and well delivered. Shortstack has found a permanent place in my world, alongside a very limited number of books that I hold dear and reach to open, time and time again. That's why I had to finally write this review...because I'll never be completely finished reading this one.

Shortstack on Amazon 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Sky Behind Me

I just finished reading The Sky Behind Me by Byron Edgington.

At face value, it is the memoir of a man who spent a lifetime in the air as a helicopter pilot. It's nostalgic and endearing and touching and sentimental and contains some great stories. But forget about all that stuff. Forget about flying. Forget about Vietnam. Forget about saving lives in Iowa.

What is impossible to forget is the fact that Byron Edgington is a great writer. The sentences are concise and powerful and the period seems to slam shut on the words. I am reminded of how Hemingway mastered the short sentence and harnessed the power of thrift for a time.

Sentences become stories and there are stories within the stories, and all are drawn steadily downstream by a philosophical undercurrent that reminded me time and again of Richard Bach. So much so that I was not surprised to see the name mentioned toward the end of the book.

To me, this is less a memoir about flying, and more a genuine work of literary art to be appreciated by connoisseurs of the written word. No matter what Edgington decides to write his next book about, I'll be standing in line to buy a copy because with writers like this, there is always so much more to it than first meets the eye. I am an overnight fan. 

Author Byron Edgington

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Great Read From an Independent Author

My Five Star Review:
The Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives tells an enchanting story. However, for this reader, the journey into the writing of Chaunce Stanton transcended the story itself. Mr. Stanton has created some incredible prose within this novel, worthy of standing alone as, if not poetry, then as moments of literary genius. As when reading classic works, I found myself reviewing sentences and paragraphs to savor them all the more, and even writing them down to better remember them and appreciate both style and structure. I'll not speak to the plot for fear of giving it away, except to say that layers of depth exist beyond this apparently simple tale. I would recommend this book to anyone who has genuine appreciation for the craft of the written word, and I look forward to reading future works from this author. 

What can I say about Chaunce Stanton the author? Almost nothing that he hasn't already said about himself. Stanton doesn't have a serious bone in is body. He is a prankster and a whacky jester without a court; a clown without (a) class! There isn't anything apparently serious about the man at all...and yet he has managed to create some very serious literary fiction in his latest work, The Blank Slate Boarding House for Creatives. 

Like any great work of literary fiction, I doubt that you'll ever see it on the shelves of the Mega Mart beside a Fifty Shades trilogy, and it is far too literary and complex to be appreciated by most of the instant gratification world we live in. BUT, it will always be among my favorite works and I will, in all seriousness, read anything that Stanton creates in the future. The story was good. The writing was phenomenal. It teeters at times, upon the edge of perfection that every writer aspires to.

For the purpose of full disclosure, and to those who might be thinking that I am only posting this because Chaunce Stanton is probably a friend of mine, I say this:

I am from Iowa. Chaunce Stanton is from Minnesota. We are sworn enemies and it is likely that we could inflict grave injury to one another in the future, engaged in some  snowball skirmish (we pack them with ice so they hurt more) between the states. 


Thanks for Reading, Everyone!