Dirty Laundry

It’s Here! It’s Here!

BEAT THE BAND has been officially released today! And the whole world is celebrating! (See below). Run don’t walk down to your local bookstore and grab a copy before they’re all gone!

I’m celebrating by taking care of my poor wife who fell down the stairs and tore all the ligaments in her back. Okay, well, I’m not actually celebrating but the good news is nothing’s broken and she should be up and running around again in a couple of weeks. It’s been very difficult for her (beyond the excruciating pain) because she is a get-up-and-get-things-done kind of woman. It’s very hard for her to lie around and be taken care of but she’s learning because she really doesn’t have a choice.

And now, without further ado, some shameless self promotion:

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I think it’s fair to say that it is probably going to be a real challenge finding a copy of the book on the shelves after all of this wildly extravagant and expensive promotion, but if you do manage to score one, drop me a note and let me know what you think. I really love hearing from all of you who have read my books!

Of Books… And Bugs

Some exciting Beat the Band new! The reviews have started to pour in and it seems that people are very happy with the results of the second book (I know I am).

Kirkus Reviews called the book a “side-splitting sequel” and said “...fans have nothing but more good gross fun to look forward to.” Which I thought was very nice of them.

Booklist says that BEAT THE BAND is an “endearing follow-up to Swim the Fly” and “As the slang-happy Coop might say, this is one part brill and one part ridic.”

So there you have it. Thoroughly endorsed by people who aren’t me and who don’t even know me.

And keeping with our current topic of BEAT THE BAND (set to appear at bookstores everywhere in just eleven more days) here is a shot of the great big box o’ books that just landed on my doorstep. It was nearly as fun as getting that very first copy.

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Feel free to buy your very own great big box o’ BEAT THE BAND books on September 15th. I’m sure your local bookseller will greatly appreciate it. I know I will.

Moving on to things much more entomological, I give you several shots of my recent visit to a Bug Zoo.

Me and some sort of stick bug (That’s me on the left)

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Holding a real live tarantula. I would never have done this prior to buying a grave site.

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Just in case you wanted to get up close and personal. If you’re squeamish… well… it’s too late, isn’t it.

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Don’t try this at home.

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Entomology lesson for the day: The bigger the scorpion’s claws, the less poisonous the stinger… Or so I’ve been told.

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If you’re squeamish… oh, wait, we’ve done that one already.

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