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The first Aidy Westlake mystery DID NOT FINISH is my Book of the Week. It’s 99c/99p on Amazon.  DNF is very personal to me because it’s based on my experiences as a racecar driver. It’s a period of my life I am very proud of…and that’s includes the good, the bad and the ugly. Motor racing shaped me as a person and I’ve infused that into the character of Aidy. The storyline is inspired by an actual incident and a secret I kept for twenty years.

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The books are available elsewhere in all e-formats, print and audio. You can find all the links here. I hope you’ll pick up this story because this series is very special to me.

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My frustrated DJ self emerges yet again for a playlist for my the latest Aidy Westlake book, HALF-INCHED. The playlist reflects the various themes and plotlines from the book series. If you’ve read the books, these songs will make a lot of sense and if you haven’t, it should give you an inkling as to what to expect. Either way, the songs should result in a shake of the head…or a groan.

So here’s what’s on the playlist:

“The Distance.” – Cake

“Fast Car.” – Tracy Chapman

“Jerry Was Racecar Driver” – Primus

“The Road To Hell” – Chris Rea

“Shut Up And Drive” – Rhianna

“Cars” – Gary Newman

“Road To Nowhere” – Talking Heads

“Keep The Car Running” – Arcade Fire

“Everyday Is A Winding Road” – Sheryl Crow

“One Headlight” – The Wallflowers

“Passenger Seat” – Death Cab For Cutie

“Drive” – The Cars

“Passenger Side” – Wilco

“Granddad” – Clive Dunn

If you have any musical suggestions, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the playlist.  Now just hit play to listen. Enjoy!!

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As many of you know, Julie and I rescue and foster animals. The animals were tend to adopt tend to have problems. We’re suckers for a weirdo. This year, we’ve working overtime to help out the county pound taking in a bunch of long term fosters. That brings us to Gordo. A big mop of a cat that we discovered has a big problem. He has a bone deficiency which means a lifetime of care.

Several people have asked how they can contribute. I’d love it if people would take part in A BOOK FOR GORDO. Buy a book from my bookshop and the money will go to medical bills. Use the code GORDO10 and get a 10% discount.

I hope you’ll buy a book in support of us supporting others. Thanks!

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Connie Jasperson interviewed me about my plotting techniques after attending my writing workshop at the Southwest Washington Writers Conference.  You can read it here.

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I am emceeing Danville Ladies Club’s BOOK ALIVE event next week. If you’re local, check out the flyer. ALL the signup details are on them.

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I’m on a mini book tour this September. I’ll be traveling around Washington for a few events and I hope you can join for one of them. Here’s where I’ll be:

September 8th: I’m the keynote speaker at this year’s Southwest Washington Writers’ Conference, at Centralia College in lovely Centralia, WA. If you’d like to attend the conference or be at the book signing, let me know.

September 9th: Noon in Seattle. I will be entertaining a mystery book club. This is a super secret event. If you’d like to attend drop me a line.

September 10th: South Hill Library at 7:00pm. I’m the topic of the library’s Book Discussion Group in Puyallup (where my wife grew up). It’s open to the public and all are welcome. Details here.

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I moved to the US 20 years ago this week. Doesn’t seem that long ago. It’s been hard at times, but I’m glad I took a risk & came.

Thanks to all the Americans welcomed me in & who helped make this country home. In return I feel I’ve made you a little better by being here. 😉

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There’s a 2nd edition of La Ragazza Senza Passato (The Italian version of THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY) from Newton Compton with a slightly tweaked cover.

Hopefully, they’ll remember to send me a copy.

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I’m on a mini book tour this September.  I’ll be traveling around Washington for a few events and I hope you can join for one of them.  Here’s where I’ll be:

September 8th: I’m the keynote speaker at this year’s Southwest Washington Writers’ Conference, at Centralia College in lovely Centralia, WA.  If you’d like to attend the conference or be at the book signing, let me know.

September 9th: Noon in Seattle.  I will be entertaining a mystery book club.  This is a super secret event.  If you’d like to attend drop me a line.

September 10th: South Hill Library at 7:00pm.  I’m the topic of the library’s Book Discussion Group in Puyallup (where my wife grew up).  It’s open to the public and all are welcome.  Details here.

 

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