Elephant news and other things

It’s the new year (2023) and I have not landed on a new project. There are options. The elephant book is going to be published in China and Serbia, and will soon be released as an amazing audiobook. That’s the news about The Elephant on the Karluv Bridge. I look forward to seeing the covers for China and Serbia — usually a wild throw of the dice, but always amusing.

I have a new book on the market, looking for a good home. The Saudade is about a man named Bruce Flynn, who has an unruly and terrifying fear of death. His wife, Pilar, who wants to help her husband, decides that by telling him complicated and convoluted stories, perhaps they can disappear inside the digressions and Death will be unable to find them. In a cafe in Macon, France, on a vacation, Bruce’s wife tells him one of her complex stories and at the end of the story, he looks across the table at his wife, but she has vanished. She’s gone. In their hotel room, he finds that all her bags are gone – her clothing, her toiletries, everything is gone. He decides that, knowing his wife, he will follow the clues inside the story she was telling at the cafe. And this is the journey he begins the next morning.

The Saudade is sweeping tale that moves from Macon to Lyon, France; to Palm Springs, California; to Seattle; to Lake Louise; and to San Remo, Italy. It is set on cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Note: Saudade is a Portuguese word that means “a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present – a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness.”

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