“The High-Five”

Every now and then, I run into someone who is a die-hard fan of my works. Today was such a time —

I saw him at a distance, stood and stared at him – smiling.

He raised his arm, headed toward me.

He raised his hand in a high-five maneuver. I didn’t even realize people still do those; so very cool.

We did the high-five twice!

He began to tell me how much he is enjoying “the one about the tall boy.”

I nod, provide the title — “Ah THE EIGHT-FOOT BOY.”

He raves about it. He likes my writing style and the story and the situations and the characterizations.

Then he tell me “You’re going to break that ceiling, I think. I think you are going to be on the NY TIMES BESTSELLER list one day. I really do.”

I laugh and tell him my plan is to write at least 25 novels before I kick off and maybe I’ll be remembered for doing that!

He laughs.

“You wait and see,” he says.

Oh Carley I loved your book…

Those 6 words are some of the best a writer ( named Carley ) can hear – “Oh Carley, I loved your book and oh, so did my friend.”

“Which one did you read?”

“METAL MAN WALKING. I just loved it — the man walking North Chuck ( that’s North Charleston ) and his love of baseball when he was a kid. I just loved it. I want to read all your books.” He pauses, adds, “You write like a guy — you know, for guys.”

I smile. He’s right about that!

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Earlier, a different guy says a similar thing, “I’m loving your book.”

“Which one did you buy? I forget.”

“ANNIE DREAMING.”

“Oh yes; well when you finish it, you need to read METAL MAN WALKING. They go together.”

“Oh, okay,” he says. “That sounds great.”

I’m Ready for You to Buy My Book

That’s what I say to an acquaintance today – “Hey _________!” I sit down beside her, touch her shoulder lightly, smile, say, “I’m ready for you to buy one of my books.”

She smiles back, says, “Do you have one with you?”

“Yes I do,” I say. “Do you have $10?”

She smiles again, pulls out two crumpled five dollar bills. She asks, “Which one should I get?”

I suggest METAL MAN WALKING. She nods.

I get the book; she gives me the ten dollars. I sign the copy and hand it over. Another woman picks it up, peruses the cover. As usual, I feel a tad guilty but I’m happy to have another reader.

Could Not Put This Book Down

I wish to write a review of Metal Man Walking, set in Charleston, SC, my city. The freedom that the character searches for is no less than any of us on a given day. I loved the description of the surroundings, as if you are walking with the character.

The challenges and struggle to survive are not emphasized as much as the love the character has for his siblings. I could not put this book down and when finished reading , wanted the book to go on.

– Cheryl H.

SC Artisans’ Center in Walterboro

Drove to Walterboro this afternoon with my friend, bought a print of a fish ( the artist takes a real fish, puts ink on it, wraps it in special – usually rice – paper and… well you get the idea ).  While there, I SOLD a copy of METAL MAN WALKING to one of the storekeepers. She thinks it might be a good read for her book club!

Here’s to that!

I also stopped at Single Smile Cafe to set up another book-signing for October 5th 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A New Review of METAL MAN WALKING

A Great Take on a Modern Trouble, July 31, 2013

This review is from: Metal Man Walking (Paperback)

Really, a book about a homeless man? How good could it be? But I bought Metal Man Walking because Carley is my friend and I wanted to read my friend’s book.

Honestly, it sat on my shelf for quite a while until one dull, rainy Sunday afternoon. I had nothing better to do, so I figured I’d read a couple chapters. After those couple chapters I was still turning pages . . . straight through to the end.

I was thoroughly amazed at Carley’s development of her main character and his life, where he came from, his relationships, his potential and his reasons for being homeless. Carley weaves the story from the present to the past and back. You meet his family, his baseball buddies, his friends, and most importantly his sister with whom he has a special connection that keeps him going when times are really difficult.

When I closed the book, slowly, I had been touched by Chuck and his hardships, his strength of character, and most especially by his choices.

This is a great story of the trials of modern times. Read it!

Another Kindle Sale of METAL MAN WALKING

IMG_1088Thanks to whoever ( or is it whomever? ) purchased METAL MAN WALKING for their Kindle ( or Kindle app. )

Happy reading!