I had a lot of fun writing Win, Place, or Die especially all the visits I made to the backside of the horse racing track with my co-author Dan S. Kennedy. If you’ve already read the book (and liked it, I hope!) I’d greatly appreciate if you’d post a customer review on either Amazon, Goodreads, or BN.com. It’s always great to get feedback from readers like you.
“Win, Place, or Die,” the 17th Milan Jacovich Mystery, is now available from wherever you buy books. You can read a sample, and get more information about the book and where to buy from the publisher’s web site: grayco.com Fans in Northeast Ohio can get an autographed copy at the following book signings: Les Roberts will sign Win, Place, or Die Saturday Aug 3 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hudson Public Library, 96 Library Street, Hudson (Map) Note: Les will be accompanied by co-author Dan S. Kennedy at the event. For more info: 330-653-6658 Les Roberts will sign Win, Place, or Die Saturday Aug 10 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fireside Book Shop, 29 N. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls (Map) For more info: 440-247-4050 More to come… Be sure to check the Events Calendar for an up-to-date list of scheduled events.
I’m SEETHING that George Zimmerman skipped out of that courtroom a free man. He shot and killed an unarmed child and FLORIDA is letting him skate, just like they did with Casey Anthony. I’m sure that many MANY far-right wingers are overjoyed about this. The “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida makes them very happy, and I’m certain even more idiot weenies like George Zimmerman will rush out and buy more guns,carry them around in their hip pockets feeling macho and tough and no longer impotent, and shoot anybody they damn well please so they can claim later that they “stood their ground.” I would like to point out, though,that these same people absolutely idolize one of the greatest movie heroes of all time, John Wayne (who was a real-life acquaintance of mine back in my Hollywood days)—and they conveniently choose to forget that John Wayne, both in movies and in his own life, NEVER shot an unarmed man. Happy Sunday.
Are you a member of Goodreads? It’s a great social media site where you can find and share books you love. Because I’m a Goodreads author, I’ll be giving away copies of Win, Place, or Die through their “First Reads”program. If you don’t belong to Goodreads, it’s easy to sign up. If you’re already a member, log in for contest participation. Goodreads Book Giveaway Win, Place, or Die by Les Roberts Giveaway ends July 15, 2013. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win
My new book Win, Place, or Die is now available for purchase as an eBook on Amazon (Kindle) and BN.com (Nook). To celebrate, three (3) lucky readers and fans will get a free Win, Place, or Die ebook. Enter the drawing below, and we’ll announce the winner on Friday, June 28. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Sample Contents Prologue Chapter One Chapter Two Prologue Milan “And they’re off and racing!” That’s how the track announcer always begins the race at Northcoast Downs in a suburb south of Cleveland. I’d never heard it before that particular evening, but this was the beginning of the fifth race, and I was getting used to his call. It was my first time watching a harness race—unique, different from a horse race like the Kentucky Derby. I was as oblivious to this sport as I was about curling or croquet, but I was having a good time anyway. Leaning forward in my chair, watching horses and racing bikes pound around the track, I rooted for number six; I couldn’t even remember the horse’s name, nor the driver’s, but I’d bet five bucks on number six to win and that’s what interested me most. I’d been to horse races before. I’m no gambler, except on pro football games—which is usually not a winning proposition here in Cleveland. I’d visited a thoroughbred track, Thistledown, in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs. But I don’t get out of Northeast Ohio much, not counting my Vietnam tour in the 1970s, so I haven’t been to any other tracks…. Continue reading
The two Walt Disney animated films (at least the ones made before Pixar got into the business) that are complete, breathtaking masterpieces are “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia.” Amazing, imaginative, brilliant animation, gorgeous color, the kind of movie you can’t take stop watching, and music, once heard, will stay with you always. “Pinocchio” introduced the world to two songs which have hung around and been popular for seventy years: “Hi Diddle Dee Dee—An Actor’s Life for Me,” and the beautiful “When You Wish Upon A Star,” a song that brings tears to my eyes each time I hear it. “Fantasia” was a different story when it came to music. There were no stories in the movie, per se, but each sequence, based on well-loved classical music, was as creative and colorful and thought-provoking as anything I’ve ever seen on screen—and “Fantasia” was new and exciting more than seventy years ago. Music like ”The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (with Mickey Mouse), “Ave Maria,” and “The Nutcracker Suite” makes us all smile. As a Father’s Day treat to myself, I re-watched my DVD of “Fantasia” this morning, and was blown away, as always, by the animators in my favorite segment, showing us how life on our planet really… Continue reading
This email was written this evening to the Mayor of North Ridgeville, OH. On Friday, the so-called “Humane” officer of this city shot and killed five eight-week old kittens—for no particular reason—and he did it in front of neighborhood children. The Mayor , G. David Gillock, and the Chief of Police insist it was “justified.” I’m sure everyone knows my feeling about animals. So I wrote this email to the mayor, and decided I’d share it with all of you. Thanks, Dear Mr. Mayor, You might remember I spoke to your group at lunch one day several months ago about my work, especially my book, “Whiskey Island,” and enjoyed meeting you. Today, though, I am MOST unhappy with your “Humane Officer” senselessly shooting 8 week old kittens in front of children—and for no reason. The kittens were not about to turn on him and tear him to pieces—and then hunt down and kill his entire family. He claims it was “necessary,” as if baby animals did anything wrong or threatening. (They weren’t diseased rats; they weren’t poisonous black widow spiders. They were KITTENS!) He says the shelters were “Full” (not true), and therefore the cats had to die. I wonder… Continue reading
the new Milan Jacovich/K.O. O’Bannion adventure, “Win, Place or Die” is at the printers! It will be available in a very short time, probably at the beginning of July. And I really REALLY like the way the jacket cover has been designed, as it tells everyone that a major setting in the book is a harness racing track, which I’ve called “Northcoast Downs.” I’m very pleased with how this one turned out, and amazed at all I learned while working with my collaborator, Dan S. Kennedy, who greatly resembles one of the main characters in the book and who is himself a harness racing driver and horse owner. I did want to let all of you know that a “book preview” will be posted online sometime next week. Watch for it and get an ideas of what this one—my 17th Milan Jacovich book, and my 28th book altogether—is all about.
I’m pleased and excited to announce the results of my “Name the Dog in My Next Novel” contest. Over 1,000 votes were cast in the poll and I greatly appreciate your input. The winning name is “Herbie”— submitted by Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County. Many thanks to all the terrific animal organizations who submitted name suggestions for the contest: Cleveland Animal Protective League, Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village, Lake Humane Society, PAWsabilities Humane Society of Greater Akron, and of course Friendship Animal Protective League. They all chose great names and I would have been happy with any one of them. As it turns out, the winning name “Herbie” was based on a REAL dog’s life. Here’s what happened: The real Herbie was a pit bull, discovered more than half starved, brutally injured, and left to die in an abandoned yard in Lorain, Ohio. The police officer who rescued him and took him to Friendship Animal Protective League, Doc Ric Broz, took a great interest in him all during his surgeries and his recuperation, and despite his suffering, Herbie was a brave, gutsy, and very loving dog. Most pit bulls are sweet and loving, by the way, unless they are brutalized into being… Continue reading