I’ve used the charming city of Chagrin Falls OH several times as a setting for scenes from my books. (After all, ya gotta set a scene SOMEWHERE!) For those of you who have never been there, it’s a charming place—scenic, vibrant, beautiful. I urge you to visit—and bring a camera. This Saturday, August 10, I’ll be doing a signing—and chat with the people—at the Fireside Book Shop, right on the main street, from 1-3 p.m. This might be my 25th appearance at the Fireside—I’ve lost count. The Fireside is one of those colorful, delightful old-fashioned bookstores—a BROWSING sort of place and NOT a book super mart. It is literally about 35 steps from what gave the city its name—the waterfalls. And perhaps twenty more steps will find you at the historic Popcorn Shop. I’d bet the farm that you’ll see many people strolling the street licking on ice cream cones they bought at the Popcorn Shop. Also, the superb comedian Tim Conway (back when he was TOM Conway) grew up in Chagrin Falls. Again, within a two-block stretch there are several excellent places to eat, many elegant shops, a lovely fall-side park—the kind of setting that’s devoid of the ubiquitous… Continue reading
Check out Omnimystery News and my Q&A about Win, Place, or Die. They’re also giving away copies of the new hardcover, so be sure to enter. Omnimystery News is a great site for news about mystery books, games, television, and films. If you’re not already a regular reader, be sure to check in daily for their up-to-the minute contests, interviews, news, and reviews. Click here to read the interview. Click here to enter the book giveaway.
I am pleased to report that I’ll be “kicking off” my promotional season for my latest Milan Jacovich novel, “Win, Place or Die,” at the Hudson Library in the “First and Main” complex in Hudson Ohio (just off Ohio Rte 91 and Ohio Rte 303) this coming Saturday, August 3rd, at 3 p.m. It’s my “local library,” just minutes away from where I live (I probably visit this library at least thirty times per year), and two blocks from the Learned Owl Bookstore on Ohio 91. Learned Owl is producing this event. You’ve heard the horse-racing expression, “Win, Place or Show.” Well, the setting for this novel is at a harness racing track—and if the title intrigues you, I’m sure you know why I chose it. (Fictional characters sometimes die in my books.) I’m excited that Dan S. Kennedy, my collaborator on the mystery novel, will be there as well—and we’ll BOTH be signing. Dan is an owner and harness racing driver, and brought me much background material I used when writing the book; he vetted everything I wrote on the subject and pointed out to me where I was completely off base. (“They aren’t called JOCKEYS in harness racing,… Continue reading
If you’re a true mystery lover, you’ll definitely want to check out the web site Mystery Fanfare. Janet Rudolph (the “Mistress of Mystery”) edits this site and she does a magnificent job. This week, I contributed a guest post titled “Where Are We Now?” in which I talk about the setting of Win, Place, or Die. Check it out and add comments if you like. Click here to read the full post.
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