On Memorial Day we must all remember that the story of America's quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots. Poet Maya Angelou reminded us how important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
So take some time during your long weekend to visit the resting place of some of our lost service members. And when you're standing at one of the markers or head stones, stop and listen. As Aaron Kilbourn said, the dead soldier's… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 31, 2010 at 11:30pm —
The book signing at the Borders in the Annapolis Mall was short but sweet. I was there for two hours and signed all of the books they had ordered. It was also time enough for me to be visited by a couple of old friends who were in the area, which always makes it more fun. I'm looking forward to my next visit there, when the managers assure me they'll have more of my titles in the store.
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 31, 2010 at 5:47am —
A student asked me 5 basic questions about being a writer. You might enjoy my answers, which I posted on my main blog- http://bit.ly/OwdIf
- If you're a writer, how would YOU answer them?
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 27, 2010 at 9:37pm —
The Borders in the Annapolis Mall is just three miles from the U.S. Naval Academy, and I'm proud to be signing my novels there Saturday from… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 26, 2010 at 9:23pm —
I like to share comments about my work. Today I'd like to introduce Romas Laskauska. I signed a copy of The Troubleshooter for Romas at a recent book signing at the Borders in Baltimore Washington International Airport. He later wrote to say why he liked the book and that he had ordered two more of my novels. He also asked in what order he should read them. Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 26, 2010 at 2:38am —
Some timeless questions do not grow from a need to understand God or nature or the universe. Some come from a need to understand the reasons for mysterious human plans or decisions.…
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 24, 2010 at 9:49pm —
Because of some schedule confusion my book signing at Borders in Largo MD wasn't as successful as it could have been, but I did sign a few books and make a few new friends and fans. Don't worry, I'll return there soon, we'll be more organized and it will be a much better time.
Much more successful was the dinner/book club meeting I attended. As a guest at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Arts & Letters End of Year Program, I got to have a fine dinner with 18… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 24, 2010 at 9:53am —
Today on my main blog I showcase a real self-publishing success story! Check it out at http://ascamacho.blogspot.com/
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 21, 2010 at 9:34pm —
Saturday I will visit with my friends at the Borders in the Boulevard at the Capital Centre. I'll be stationed near the newly-expanded African American interest sections at the front of the store across from the music department. They've hosted a lot of great guests at this store: Tyler Perry, Mo'Nique, Robin Thicke, Russell Simmons...… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 20, 2010 at 9:37pm —
I like to point out volumes that you may want to add to your library. This week I want to steer you to Watchlist, a book published by the International Thriller Writers, Inc. I'm not a big fan of samplers, those collections of unrelated stories by different authors, but I do like a lot of variety in my literary diet, so Watchlist appealed to me. The book features two novellas and 21 of the best thriller writers alive.
The two story ideas, and the primary characters, came from one of… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 19, 2010 at 9:20pm —
In the Army I was often told to lead, follow, or get out of the way. I often wondered how much damage was done by people making the wrong choice from those options. Now that I'm more mature I see that the mistakes made in this area even out over time.
Most who lead, can't. Most who… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 18, 2010 at 9:45pm —
The Gaithersburg Book Festival was an excellent example of what happens when a community gets behind a project. There were lots of volunteers, great food concessions, and a well organized series of speakers in large festival tents. Add to that perfect weather in a lovely outdoor setting and you can see why I had a good time. Plus, my table was next to the tent that hosted two cooking demonstrations and a presentation on gourmet coffee complete with free samples. Oh, and I signed a few books for… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 17, 2010 at 9:59pm —
I'll spend Saturday at the first annual Gaithersburg Book Festival. From 10am to 6pm the Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds will be alive with readers and writers. The event will feature presentations, book sales, and book-signings from authors of both national and local acclaim, as well as workshops for aspiring writers and activities… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 12, 2010 at 10:32pm —
I like to share comments I receive about my work. Today I want to introduce Jay Burruss.
Jay's wife bought him a copy of Russian Roulette the last time I signed books at Borders in Waldorf, MD, and he wrote me an email praising the books. Then, to my great joy they both stopped by when I was at that store Saturday, to chat with me and get more Hannibal Jones novels.
Jay's personal path parellels Hannibal Jones' in some ways. He's about to retire from the military and will… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 12, 2010 at 1:22am —
This past weekend was a very good one for signing books. I think I had my best event to date at Baltimore Washington International Airport. The manager and staff there always treat me well (Thanks Dave &… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 10, 2010 at 9:48pm —
Happy Mother's Day to all who qualify! Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. It may seem a thankless job, but Mildred Vermont reminded us that b… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 10, 2010 at 12:17am —
I like to share comments I receive about my work. Today I want to introduce Glenn Anderson.
Glenn picked up a copy of Russian Roulette at a book signing I did at Borders Express in Fair Oaks Mall. After reading it he wrote to let me know how much he enjoyed it. He said the book kept him guessing, and he liked that the pace and excitement kept building.
Glenn was nice enough to take the time to post a review on Amazon.com. Thanks, Glenn for your kind words. I've added your… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 8, 2010 at 11:09pm —
Saturday I'll make my long-delayed return to the Borders in Waldorf. This is the Borders store furthest south in the state of… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 7, 2010 at 9:37pm —
The May edition of THE BIG THRILL - the newsletter of the International Thriller Writers - features my review of a moving nonfiction volume from R. Barri Flowers… Continue
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 6, 2010 at 9:37pm —
At last weekend's mystery conference we talked quite a bit about characters having believable motives. Even the most evil villains should be expected to pursue their objectives the easiest way. For example, if Wile E. Coyote from the Road Runner show had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?
Added by Austin S. Camacho on May 5, 2010 at 9:00pm —