GOOD NEWS: I just signed a contract with Black Rose Writing for publication of another historical novel, The Eye That Never Sleeps. It's about the strangest friendship that ever was, between a dapper young bank robber and the hymn-singing private detective whom the banks have hired to apprehend him.
ALSO: Next week I'll present an interesting work of fiction not by me but someone else. It's very special.
THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL
MY FORAY INTO THE DEPTHS OF BROOKLYN
|Borough Hall, Brooklyn.|
|Me, Silas, and the bookrack. I'm a bit tousled from a gentle breeze.|
|Here I am, with all our gimmicks. Silas thinks it a good photo, but as usual, |
I think I look like a scarecrow. Behind me looms the courthouse.
|My self-published bestseller. It upstages all the others.|
(For info on this and my other books, see
|My favorite review: "Unputdownable."|
|See what I mean?|
But the postcards showing the sexy guy on the front cover were grabbed by both sexes, and the book itself got a lot of looks; of the four copies, I sold three. Two went to quiet older men who were probably gay, and the third to a woman who planned to give it to a male friend who, she told me, was sure to enjoy it. And the two overstocked novels? For the slave trade story, Dark Knowledge, lots of nibbles but only one sale; for the novel Bill Hope, whose street kid protagonist is, of all my characters, my favorite, none. So I’m still overstocked.
|The story of a lovable scamp of a kid|
whose fingers find their way into people's
One final note: Preoccupied with the festival, for the first time in decades I failed to buy the Sunday New York Times.
If you love the city (or hate it), this may be the book for you. An award winner, it sold well at BookCon 2017 and 2018.
"If you want wonderful inside tales about New York, this is the book for you. Cliff Browder has a way with his writing that makes the city I lived in for 40 plus years come alive in a new and delightful way. A refreshing view on NYC that will not disappoint." Five-star Amazon customer review by Bill L.
"A real yarn of a story about a lovable pickpocket who gets into trouble and has a great adventure. A must read." Five-star Amazon customer review by nicole w brown.
"This was a fun book. The main character seemed like a cross between Huck Finn and a Charles Dickens character. I would recommend this." Four-star LibraryThing review by stephvin.
"A lively and entertaining tale. The writing styles, plot, pace and character development were excellent." Four-star LibraryThing early review by BridgitDavis.
"I am glad that I have read this book as it goes into great detail and the presentation is amazing. The Author obviously knows his stuff." Four-star LibraryThing early review by Moiser20.
What was the gay scene like in nineteenth-century New York? Gay romance, but women have read it and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn't hurt.)
"At times amusing, gritty, heartfelt and a little sexy -- this would make a great summer read." Four-star Amazon customer review by BobW.
"Really more of a fantasy of a 19th century gay life than any kind of historical representation of the same." Three-star Goodreads review by Rachel.