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My first book's been published

Post by muppet hi fi » 25 Aug 2017, 11:27pm

If anyone's interested, my first book, co-written by my eldest brother Chris (CD) and my dad, was published this last July 3rd - cruelly, the day my dad died (aged 94). I (along with my younger sister) took care of him these last 10 years. My bro Chris and I wanted to read it to him before he died, but, alas.

Anyway, it's a travelogue (and hopefully much more) about our trip to the UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany in late 2007 (following the locales where he saw close infantry combat in WWII as a young [21 year old] newly commisioned 2nd lieutenant rifle platoon leader [a "shavetail" in olde timey Army parlance]).

Some folk have said they literally laughed aloud quite a bit and at times teared up. There's three very distinct voices going on (editing took a couple years), and real first-hand history to be heard/learned about that cataclysm and I'm rather proud of it.

So don't be, as Mr. Vonnegut (or was it JP Donleavy?) put it - a "short-fingered vulgarian". Art for art's sake and money for God's sake! What ho! (paperback and Kindle/Nook/Cobo e-books available for $2.99 US also).

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Re: My first book's been published

Post by white man » 26 Aug 2017, 2:46am

Congrats on the book, but sadly, condolences on the old fella. He must have been a great inspiration to the two of you.

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Re: My first book's been published

Post by revbob » 26 Aug 2017, 6:39am

Is the guy on the left just holding hos coat or is he givimg a Hoysian thumbs up?

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Re: My first book's been published

Post by Wolter » 26 Aug 2017, 1:58pm

Seconding the congrats and condolences
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Re: My first book's been published

Post by Silent Majority » 26 Aug 2017, 3:32pm

I've no words for the loss of your father.

Many congratulations on the book. When better financial times come, I will buy it.
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Re: My first book's been published

Post by Heston » 27 Aug 2017, 5:24am

Great stuff mate, very well done. Sorry to hear about the passing of your father.
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Re: My first book's been published

Post by JohnS » 28 Aug 2017, 9:17am

Condolences on the loss of your Dad, but big congrats on getting your book out. I'm sure it's a fitting tribute to the man, and it sounds like a fantastic trip went into researching it. Good luck with it sir.
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Re: My first book's been published

Post by JennyB » 29 Aug 2017, 12:58pm

Congrats and condolences. Will download the book ASAP!
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Re: My first book's been published

Post by Flex » 29 Aug 2017, 1:09pm

Same as others: congrats and condolences. Bittersweet, to be sure, but an effort worthy of a lot of pride. :cool:
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Re: My first book's been published

Post by tepista » 29 Aug 2017, 6:37pm

Congrats buddy, and sorry about your dad.
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Re: My first book's been published

Post by muppet hi fi » 30 Aug 2017, 11:46pm

Thanks, youse all. Your condolences and encouragement are truly appreciated :kiss: .

Now buy the freakin book!!! (it really is pretty rock n' roll, and hell, we've sold 8 copies/downloads so far, so it must be pretty good, yeah? :mrgreen: ).

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Re: My first book's been published

Post by TeddyB Not Logged In » 31 Aug 2017, 3:32am

Make it nine. I read on my iPad, and am maybe a bit cheap, so I bought the EBook. Looking forward to reading it.

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Re: My first book's been published

Post by muppet hi fi » 31 Aug 2017, 5:20am

JennyB wrote:
29 Aug 2017, 12:58pm
Congrats and condolences. Will download the book ASAP!
Cheers, Jenny! I'm especially interested in your take on the book, from a woman's point of view, as the the thing was written by three dudes [four dudes on the trip], so it interests me how a woman might view the account. War fighting (though not the exclusive domain of men, and generally women suffer as much or more so), tends to be told from men's perspectives.

Anyway, the thing's meant to be about something larger than war - Life, I guess.
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Re: My first book's been published

Post by muppet hi fi » 31 Aug 2017, 5:36am

TeddyB Not Logged In wrote:
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Make it nine. I read on my iPad, and am maybe a bit cheap, so I bought the EBook. Looking forward to reading it.
Ah, Teddy - I'm so looking forward to you reading it, and hopefully some honest commentary (positive or otherwise), as a pro writer your own bad self.

My stuff was written very quickly and, other than some punctuation corrections, was mainly "first take" (for better or worse. Probably for worse, but at least I got the thing done in its original spirit of memory and feeling).

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Re: My first book's been published

Post by JennyB » 31 Aug 2017, 9:12am

muppet hi fi wrote:
31 Aug 2017, 5:20am
JennyB wrote:
29 Aug 2017, 12:58pm
Congrats and condolences. Will download the book ASAP!
Cheers, Jenny! I'm especially interested in your take on the book, from a woman's point of view, as the the thing was written by three dudes [four dudes on the trip], so it interests me how a woman might view the account. War fighting (though not the exclusive domain of men, and generally women suffer as much or more so), tends to be told from men's perspectives.

Anyway, the thing's meant to be about something larger than war - Life, I guess.
It is next on my list to read, so I will let you know! I would imagine many of the themes would be universal.
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