Saturday, January 3, 2015

Peru is in my Future

Hello dear Streets of Lima readers!  I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday season!  I see that I've been neglecting you terribly, but hopefully that is going to change in the next few months. 2014 was a great year, although I wasn't able to go visit my dear Lima last summer. All signs point to a visit to the land of the Incas this July/August, so for those of you who are my friends residing in Lima, make sure you cool off some beer for me (if you just bring it down to room temperature, that would be good enough).

The most exciting announcement for the near future is that Perseid has agreed to publish my travel memoir about Peru. That should be available in a month or two. Those of you who are interested in receiving a free review copy need only write me at:, and I'll get one in the mail (virtual or snail) as soon as the book is ready to go.  Perseid is owned by Janet Morris of Thieves' World fame and it has been a joy working with her as an editor.  Like any editor, she digs into you, but what makes me appreciate her is that her comments are valid and valuable.  I've been writing long enough to know that there are no shortage of blowhards out there (many with expensive degrees) who can't tell a semicolon from a comma, but they'll lecture you for hours about all kinds of nonsense that never yields any kind of productivity.  Janet Morris knows her business, and when she speaks, I take notes (I can probably count on my hand how many people I have such respect for...I probably only need a finger or two actually).

Presenting at the Library of Congress
The other big news is that my novel "The Reader of Acheron" is currently in 5th place on the Preditors and Editors poll for 2014.  I need your votes to move into 1st!   To vote for it, 

just click this link and scroll down until you find it (it's in the Science Fiction and Fantasy novel category).  The book is listed twice for some reason, click on the second one.

I'm always a little skeptical about competitions like this.  I think they're designed to generate a good email list rather than really draw attention to any books--plus they're rigged (more on my beliefs on that at a later date).  However, I suppose it can't hurt to do well in a venue like this.  So please click here and provide a vote for "The Reader of Acheron." 

Also, I recently appeared on this podcast along with Chris and Janet Morris and Tom Barczak. This podcast is totally free, and those of you who have never met me might be interested by it.  Give it a listen and let me know what you think.  Thanks!

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The picture on the right is from last summer when I was invited to introduce Chris and Janet Morris for a speech they gave at the Library of Congress.  There's a chance I might be a featured speaker there later this year, I'll announce it if that happens.  It would be fun to meet some of my readers who live in the DC area.

That's about it for now!  I'll make an effort to update with greater frequency this year.  This is a good place to put movie reviews, etc., and I usually stumble across something to rant about from time to time.  Until next time, cheers all!  And make sure you vote for me!  I greatly appreciate it!  Here's the link!

Make sure you read my books if you haven't yet.  "Beyond Birkie Fever" is my most popular work, click on the link and check out the reviews.  Also, I'm involved with this, got something featured here, and I've been wasting a lot of time lurking around here lately.  If you want a free book to review, write me at walterrhein at gmail dot com.  Oh, and read this too.