Monday, July 15, 2024

Book #20, The Shadows of the Seen, deal is sealed.

     


     Two days ago I announced that book #19 Almost Bluing for X-Tra Whitening a book of poetry, was in production with Big Table Publishing, and that my novel The Shadows of the Seen was looking for a home. 

A lot has happened in two days, but as of today The Shadows of the Seen is under contract with Pierian Springs Press.  Is it coincidence? I don't think so. 

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The Shadows of the Seen, is about the persistent issue of gun violence in our society, examined through the intertwining narratives of three central characters, a politician, a shooter, and a reluctant hero.

After the contract was sent back, Kurt Lovelace, Executive Editor at Pierian Springs said: 

We are very excited to be your publisher for your novel, “Shadows of the Seen”—and it is crucially timely. However, I fear gun violence in America isn’t going anywhere good anytime soon. Ergo, this topic will remain timely for a very long time.  

If only this topic could suddenly stop being timely, or at least some progress made to decrease this type of violence.  While writing this novel, I always felt the subject matter was of extreme importance. I still feel that way and I'm honored, and with boundless gratitude to be able to announce that it has a home. 

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"Timothy Gager weaves a narrative story that is entertaining and addresses the gun crisis in our country. Politicians, lobbyists, and our mental health system are shown to need a cleansing in Gager's upcoming book. "

--Barbara Legere, Author of Keven’s Choice, and Talk to Me, I’m Grieving

 

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people." However, as Timothy Gager's nasty little parable will demonstrate, the people who kill people are the very people who should not have access to firearms. In case you've been living under a rock and the national carnage has escaped your notice, it's just too easy for a lunatic to get a gun.

-Gregory Gibson, Author of Gone Boy and other books https://goneboy.com/

 

“Timothy Gager is a writer who has written about gun violence as it needs to be written. He goes past the quick “post” or “reel” that we see after each shooting that we hear about in the news. We get the sound, the smell, the feel of what gun violence leaves behind. Sometimes, it hurts to read his words, but then again, it hurts to be the victim of gun violence, so get over it and read on. We can’t imagine the pain, but Timothy can. “Big men, big guns, big egos to fill, they don’t even need a reason, got a license to kill…”  from my song “Standing Your Ground””.

-Kemp Harris, Songwriter, Actor and Storyteller

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Two new books coming down the pike....#19 on the plate, #20 still in the kitchen

A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:       

Big Table Publishing will be putting out Almost Bluing for X-Tra Whitening , my tenth book of poetry, sometime soon, looking at before the end of the year. The title covers the multiple themes held withing the page: aging, pop-culture, music, feeling blue.

The book will be divided into four sections:

1) Blue

2) X-Tra White

3) Re(a)d

4) Blu-ing

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I have blurbs for my next novel, Shadows of the Seen, but no publisher as of yet---I've sent it out to quite a few, now it's time to play the waiting game. My vision for a cover is below and please note, I am not a graphic artist. 




UPDATE:  (7/15)The Shadows of the Seen is under contract

As for the covers, I've done a mock-up to suggest a style, (just a suggestion), but what I'm looking for is a wink toward:

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Appearance on "Meet the Author" hosted by Rob and Joan Carter

   Check out the show! It was pre-recorded so when I say, "We haven't hit our heatwave here," don't worry, it's 100 degrees here today.

   Also I am very amused after watching the book commercials at about the 20:00 and 40:00 marks. For example, "You will laugh, you will cry, and be in awe of the twists and turns."


    Rob and Joan Carter host Meet the Author a show on WLFE-DB, and rebroadcast on WDJY 99.1 FM in Georgia. 

    Rob and Joan, are themselves are published authors, book publicists and paranormal investigators with Tampa Bay Spirits. 

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Free Grand Slams samples (not the food, the audio book)--

      If you liked the free clips, the audio book for Grand Slams is free if you have an audible account is free if you have an audible account or sign up for their free 3-month promotion (99 cents99 cents for Audible account).  Same goes for Joe the Salamander

So, back to the story:

      I have to admit, listening to this after being away from it for nearly ten years was pretty amusing. Legitimately, I was laughing at my own jokes (per usual).

The cast had a lot of fun recording and producing it:

Shannon Clare McDerrmot: Producer, Narrator, Multiple/Most Voices notably the main characters Woody Geyser, Maura and Kayak Kenny
Richard Mark Jordan - Scumming Manager Joe Keating
Emmanuel Chumaceiro - Bobby Maloney, Mike Homer, Dyed Haired Bob Boulet (also appeared as a character in Joe the Salamander), Marisimo, and Sayid Chris Notarile: Dino Tribuno, Blonde Bob, Jimmy Pudlow 

So here are two free clips from the  Audible version of Grand Slams: 
     
    Part II, Chapter 59: Keating's Interview: Joe Keating's bad behavior (being a sleazebag and cocaine monkey) has caused him a little trouble. Instead of being fired he has to complete and retake all the trainings at Grand Slams restaurant. Then, he must interview for his old job, as the narration takes us into his head during the questioning. 



     Part II, Chapter 68: Maloney Afternoon Show:  Four of the college-age employees at Grand Slams head out to Jack's on Mass Avenue in Cambridge for an afternoon show to see the bands Scruffy the Cat and the Sex Execs. Also written into this scene, which takes place in 1984, is my friend, the late, great, Billy Ruanne. 



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The book was reviewed upon original paperback release by Mignon Ariel King:

     The first thing one notices in Timothy Gager's Grand Slam: A Coming of Eggs Story is the Holden Caulfield-like anti-hero protagonist Woody.  There is an ensemble of characters in the novel who make up the staff and management at a chain diner, Grand Slams, and Gager deftly weaves their backstories and inner lives into the fast-paced narrative.  Despite the often more bizarre and troubled manifestations of the other diner workers' lives, Woody is clearly the focal character.  Woody is a young almost-man who is emotionally distressed and unfocused.  He is in an emotional and social limbo a year post high school, and still living with his parents, yet he is focused enough to seek and find work over the summer break from college.  The two characters who are also Woody's age are working their part-time diner gigs around college schedules, would-be college schedules, and pre-career funks.  It is unclear at times whether the trio have any clear plans.  They do, however, have dreams and passions, the passions often misdirected.  Of the three, Woody is the most attuned to what is going on around him, very invested in how other people's lives are turning out, whereas Sugar and Bobby are just going through the motions, enduring their surroundings and coworkers.

Woody's mother (Mrs. Geyser) attempts to monitor and guide; his father, a political progressive who named his son after Woodrow Wilson, grumpily tunes out his family to focus on favorite television shows.  A comparison is drawn between Woody's father and his "work mother," Maura.  Maura is fifty-something and seems plunked in the diner with her crumply stockings and middle-aged wide middle; Woody's father is plunked in his living room in a Michelin man body.  It is no wonder that the Grand Slams "work family" is so dysfunctional with Maura as its matriarch.  She keeps things moving, but she emotionally detaches from everyone at work to go home to nobody after she picks up her check each week.  Maura left her daughter behind for a better life...perhaps, but really her life is only simpler, uncluttered by the needs of others.  She has no suitors, no girlfriends, just her job and subtle dreams of making more, having more, materialistically speaking. 

Most of the low-level workers in the diner are more invested than their superiors.  Keating, a nasty bastard of a boss, does as little as possible while screaming at his employees, most notably emotionally abusive toward Kayak Kenny, a developmentally challenged bus boy who fantasizes about buying a kayak.  Kenny believes girls will fall in love with him if he has a kayak, swept up in the romance of floating on the pond with him.  Keating floats on cocaine and a rather sleazy sex life.  He sweeps women off their feet with the lure of free drugs.  Sugar is the diner's beauty; she is lusted after by every man who comes within reach of her pretty, pony-tailed, short skirt- and cowboy-booted beauty.  More power to the male author who makes Sugar one of the most intelligent, focused, compassionate characters in the book.  Her flaw is pathologically bad taste in men.  She has a small life and thinks small, but she evolves and matures faster than her age-appropriate male interests.  Sugar's introspection leads her away from the sweaty, portly, mustard-stained tie and rumpled suit grasp of Keating.  Her next conquest is a socioeconomic upgrade, Sayid, an Egyptian man who is too sexually repressed (for religious reasons) to use Sugar as a sex object.  He courts her, and this is obviously something to which she is unaccustomed but which she grows to realize she deserves.  Meanwhile, Woody pines for her from afar, as he did in high school, while being her platonic friend.

There are standard types throughout the narrative. Marisimo, the half-blind ex-boxer with cauliflowered ears, is less than fluent in English and over invested in his dishwasher job.  Dyed-haired Bob, the transplanted new boss, could not care less about anyone who works for him; he re=trains the staff with an iron fist.  Woody resists the ridiculous, superficial changes in a hilarious sequence of passive-aggressive actions, such as hiding the clip-on bowties.  Even the chilly Maura begins to warm up to coworkers as her career waitressing is challenged by the new regime.  She at least is proud of her work and her 20-plus years' commitment as the company girl.  The last romantic hope she had divorced then paired up again without noticing Maura's romantic hopes for him.  Maura is a bridge between the detached elders, with their selfishness, rigor, and paternalistic actions only in the condescending sense, not in any way caring about role modeling for or promotion of the Grand Slams staff.   The three young characters are not slammed over the head of the reader, and Gager manages to use character typecasting without making the characters seem wooden, stiff props in the narrative.  In fact, the characters are so realistic, and subtly nuanced with uncharacteristic personality traits as well as those expected, that the reader is frustrated by wanting to hug or slap them.  Throughout the novel, the almost-adults keep the momentum going in the midst of the socially odd and borderline tragic, invested adults.  How will this trio grow up while surrounded by infantile, base, or simply lost adults?  The reader is invested by the third chapter in finding out.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

REPLAY CENTRAL, Virtual Replay for Virtual Thursdays Dire, WINTER 2024

 January

 Doug Crandall



Matthew Olzmann



February

Martin Ott 



MP Carver



March

Phil Temples



William Orem



Mag Gabbert




April

 Robert Fleming 



Danielle Legros George



May

Michael Keith



Mark Wish


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The Rest of the Replay Centrals

Marianne Leone, Tiffany Davenport, Jennifer Friedman Lang, Ray Guidrox, Gary Grossman, Elizabeth McKim, Carla Panciera, Dr. Dannagal G. Young, Ellis Elliot, Enzo Silon Surin, Josh Barkan, Laura Zigman, Tom Laughlin


Spring/Summer 2023 (links to website)
Jane Roper, John Wesick, Jennifer Martelli, John Fulton, Tricia Barker Barton, Cynthia Atkins, Katie Moulton, Yael Goldstein Love, Julia Lisella

Suzanne Frischkorn, Kim Addonizio, Thomas McNeely, Jenna Le, Sarah Bridgins, Lee Matthew Goldberg, Lise Hanes, Dr. Paula Perez, Michael Mark, Maya Williams, Hannah Sward, Caitlin Avery, Carla Swartz, Stacy TenHouton, Donna Spruijt-Metz, Morgan Baker

Jonathan Papernick, A.K. Small, Aaron Tillman, David Rockland, Kimberly Ann Priest, Sain Griffiths, Harris Gardner, Lisa Taylor, Michael Keith, Jim Shepard, Zach VandeZande, Rusty Barnes, Daniel Nester. Kurk Lovelace (reading from Annemarie O'Connell's book), and Nina Shope


Sara Lippmann, Robin McLean, Gregory Orr, Rich Murphy, Diane Suess, Ron Tanner, Aleathea Drehmer, Christina Adams, Sharon Applegate Greenwald, Lucas Scheelk, 
Joseph Milosch, Barbara Legere, Ellene Glenn Moore, Vincent Cellucci and Chris Shipman

Renuka Raghaven, Jessica Cuello, Jen Knox, Daniel Biegelson, Alison Stine, 
John Rosenthal, Peter Crowley, Maggie Doherty, Erin Khar, Elan Barnehama, 
Marguerite Guzman Bouvard


DeMisty Bellinger, Cheryl Pappas, Matt Bell, Michael Keith, Gloria Mindock, 
Molly Gaudry, CD Collins, Kevin Prufer, Beth Robinson/Chris Joseph, Alina Stefanuscu, Meg Smith, Gregory Wolos, Damian Dressic, Jason Wright, Blake Butler 


Natalie Brobin Bonfig, John Domini, Anna VQ Ross, Rachel Yoder


Sandra Simonds, George Wallace, Caroline Levitt, Charles Coe, Susan Henderson, 
Major Jackson, Kara Vernor, Meredith Goldstein, Kimberly Ann Priest, Joanna Rakoff


Rick Moody , Laurette Folk, Mark Saba, Sarah Anne Johnson, 
Josh Barkan/ Jennifer Haigh, Keetje Kuipers, January O'Neil,  Elle Nash, 
Danielle Zaccagnino, Marty Beckerman, Nathan Graziano , Steven Cramer


Carly Israel, Daphne Kalotay, Ryan Ridge, Marge Piercy, Kerry Beth Neville, 
Yuyutsu Sharma, Chris Joseph, Elizabeth Gordon McKim, Diana Spechler, 
Jonathan Escoffrey, Dewitt Henry, Brian Sonia-Wallace, Rebecca Fishow,
 Marguerite Bouvard, Pamela Painter, Kim Chinquee, Jessica Keener, Amy King

Virtual Thursdays Dire Literary Series Schedule, Summer 2024


June

6:  Susan Zailkind

20: Jessica Blau


July

11: Gregory Wolos

26:  FRIDAY SPECIAL with Melissa Cundieff


August

8.   Wendy J Fox

22:  John Amen





Friday, May 10, 2024

Audio Book Version of Grand Slams released TODAY. Get it and/or get it free!

 Today is the release date for the audio book version of Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story




You can get it for free with a free trial:


On Audible 


On Amazon





Click to read the previous blog entry about the voice actors and production crew

Want a free link? Message me on any social media I am on. Just ask, Audible gives me free promo links to give away!

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Also same deal with Joe the Salamander, released February 2024




On Audible 


On Amazon

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

ANY DAY NOW: Next up in audiobooks: "Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story"

 





The audiobook version of 2014's Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story, due out any day, features an ensemble of talented voices. Spearheading the production of Grand Slams was Shannon Clare McDermott, who voiced the audiobook version of Joe the Salamander.

Shannon's other credits can be viewed on her BACKSTAGE PAGE







Upon finishing she posted on her Instagram:

Also featured are the vocal talents of Emmanuel Mendes-Chumaceiro (he has a lot of credits too),
Richard Jordan an actor and established casting agent and Writer, Director, Filmaker Chris R. Notarile

The three do a bang up job as the voices of Bill Maloney, Joe Keating, Kayak Kenny---heck, most of the male characters.


Richard Jordan, Chris Notarile 
ad Emanuel Mendes-Chumaceiro




Wednesday, April 10, 2024

New Poem (Dependents) published in Oddball Magazine: End of life Themed

Art by Digby Beaumont
 


      It's no secret the way we treat our elderly in their end of life journeys. I saw it first hand, and it's heartbreaking. I've had conversations with my own children about it, and they think I'm joking, but I'm not.

So read all about it with the poem accompanied by a wonderful picture "Empty Chair" from Digby Beaumont  


read the poem Dependents



Saturday, March 30, 2024

Music - That was then, this is THIS FRIDAY (now)

So, I'm playing music again. The main reason is because of the brilliance and musical talent of Lisa Haley. I don't think she realizes she's a genius---most geniuses don't, but it's more of a life saving experience. It's nice to be able to play songs again, and it's fun. That's what it's about for me now...not "making it" but having fun. Mr. Chan's Chinese Restaurant isn't CBGB's, The Ritz, The Rat, The Carpenter Fieldhouse, or even The Deer Park. Repeat. It's a Chinese Restaurant in the suburbs. We're not sharing the bill with Talk Talk, Our Daughter's Wedding, Tommy Conwell, The Hooters, The Ventures or The Psychedelic Furs, but it's in front of people, and it feels pretty good. 

Recently I was at a show at the Sinclair, I was thinking about how I had actually played in clubs like that, opening for bands that were well known and known club worthy---concluding who I was playing was pretty good.
I was pretty lucky too, but I never realized how grateful I should have been. I was too busy with a chip on my shoulder. I was a kid. I also had a lot of addictive issues, which probably caused things to end (that and drummers are hard to find). 

So Friday I get to play. I get to play with a genius, and we get to sing a lot of harmonies. I get to play a few songs by myself as well. I show up at a few open mics without Lisa, but this is a lot more songs than that. 




Somewhere in the 90's-Walking Erect


Somewhere in the 80's, The Wake, The Maytags, The Zippers















Monday, March 25, 2024

At Tewksbury Library Event, I was interviewed and spoke about writing.

 I've had some great writers I've had the pleasure of interviewing on my Virtual Dire Literary Series.PLAYLIST/PLEASE SUBSCRIBE


Also, I get to book special lessons for writers for my daily writing group. Lots of INFOALL VIDEOS HERE


It is rare that am I put on the hotseat, but I was last Thursday, and I got to talk about writing and give a little advice. It was a privilege to be interviewed by Dale Phillips for the Tewksbury Writers Group out of Tewksbury, Massachusetts.  Check it out if you get the chance



Wednesday, March 13, 2024

2024 READINGS And MUSIC updated and new

 Thur, March 21, 2023, 7 PM EST, on Zoom

Tewksbury Writers Night Out, Tewksbury Writers Club
Chat about writing with Dale Phillips
on Zoom, contact me for link
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Sat, March 23, 2024, 3 PM EST (sign up 2:30 PM), Somerville, Ma.
Music and Poetry Open Mic, Somerville, Ma
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Fri, April 5, 2024, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT, Milton, Ma.
4 hour MUSIC FEATURE DUO PERFORMING WITH LISA HALEY


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Wed, May 8, 2024, 7:00 PM EDT, Somerville, Ma.
Poetry Reading
Somerville Library West Branch
40 College Ave.
Somerville, Ma.
Hosted by Michael Steffan
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Thur, June 27, 2024, 7 PM EST, Southbridge, Ma.
reading at Poetorium Series
Starlite Bar and Gallery
39 Hamilton Street
Southbridge, Ma
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Wed, July 10, 2024, 8:30 PM EDT, Lynn, Ma.
MUSIC FEATURE DUO PERFORMING WITH LISA HALEY
Speak Up at Walnut Street Cafe
Walnut Street Cafe
157 Walnut Street,
Lynn, Ma
Hosted by "Call Dave" Somerset
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Thur, August, 2024, 6:30 PM- &:30 PM EDT, Nahant, Ma.
MUSIC FEATURE DUO PERFORMING WITH LISA HALEY
Nahant Summer Music Series
Nahant Public
15 Pleasant St,
Nahant, Ma
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Thur, September 5, 2024, 6 PM EST, Lynn, Ma.
reading at GALA Arts, National Recovery Month
25 Exchange Street, Lynn, Ma
Hosted by Thursday Poets, reading with Kali Lightfoot