When I saw them on the last day of Renovation, Francis Hamit and Leigh Strother-Vien were just fine. They gave me a review copy of The Queen of Washington, Francis’ new Civil War/espionage/alternate history novel. Unfortunately, soon afterwards they were struck by a sudden and severe illness:
A day after Leigh and I returned from our six-weeks long road trip we were mugged by a gang of microbes and given a new kind of pneumonia that they are still trying to figure out. We thought it was flu and would be gone in a few days. It wasn’t and was not. On September 30th we went to the ER at the VA hospital in Westwood. Leigh was released, although still very ill and I was admitted, to spend a week on IV fluids and antibiotics and oxygen before I could again breathe well enough to go home. We are told we will be weeks, possibly months recovering and are relying on our part timer to do a lot of things we normally do ourselves as a matter of routine. We have canceled all events just as the next book The Queen of Washington is about to be released.
Apparently someone at Amazon.com decided this book will be a best seller. They are pricing it at 34% off. An almost eleven dollar savings off the $32.00 price of the hardbound. Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million have similar offers. We are pleasantly perplexed by this since we get the same money per copy back. The discount is out of their end I’m assuming that the five star reviews for The Shenandoah Spy helped drive this decision. Here is a link to their page for The Queen of Washington.
As for the health crisis it is one. I damn near died. Almost beat Steve Jobs to the exit door. It gave me a lot of time to think. In the meantime, people of good will, who want to help us out a bit need only buy the new book on the offers mentioned above. Sales beget sales. And if you haven’t read The Shenandoah Spy please consider buying that as well. It’s still in print and in e-book formats.
Francis also says he is willing to send review copies of The Queen of Washington to qualified reviewers. It does slip into the “Alternative History” sub-genre of S-F, so those reviewers are welcome. Contact him via e-mail — Francishamit (at) earthlink (dot) net.