“This book will part your hair”

Here in the dubious off-kilter state of Florida, it’s coming on “the season.” Those clued into what that means notice their hair stands on end with more alacrity than is usual at NOAA news of happenings (waves, depressions, rotations) as far away as the coast of Africa (esp. the Cape Verde Islands).

No one in the know thrills at the thought of being blown to bits by wind and rain, and if we had our druthers, we would prefer a “heads up, batten down the hatches, seek higher ground or even a wry ‘Here comes the Big One, soooo …. kiss your bootie good-bye.’”

At any rate, after listening to one of these sobering NOAA reports recently and stumbling on a peculiarly intelligent newspaper article relative to the subject, I was hit by (pardon the pun) a mental thunderclap!

Good grief! I’d nearly forgotten!  THAT was the setting/backdrop for my last novel. Yes, it was. Published as a matter of fact … just this year.

That is, the odd confluence or synchronicity of the worst part of hurricane season with the thunderclapinous launch of SEC football (read Gator football, as in UF).

So anyway, sort of backing into this sideways (how’s that for a mixed metaphor; talking about my own books gives me the hives and EMBARRASSING facial twitches), I thought it might be worth mentioning to those few frequenters of this blather-sphere that they may find ….




… of interest (if not a hair-raisingly accurate depiction) of the annual madness that suffuses the tropical atmosphere down this way this time of year, that churns brains and waters to frothy nonesuch and which results in the perfect duck soup for one hell of a plot with a heroine that is in a storm category all by herself…

That would be one Garnet Sullivan, Florida small town reporter extraordinaire—with red hair. (rhyme intentional)


“Prepare to Have Your Hair Parted”

 Extraordinarily entertaining! Garnet fans will love this! January 22, 2013

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“Be prepared to have your hair parted as this story charges off the starting blocks at breakneck speed with hardly a pause for breath until the final page! The thoroughly likeable, yet fallible, Garnet Sullivan, stops at nothing to uncover heinous crime doers on her patch of Florida. Ever conscious of approaching deadlines, as the sole crime reporter for the local newspaper, this puts Garnet under untenable pressure to deliver up the culprits…
Margaret Langstaff’s extraordinarily entertaining use of language will have you gripping the arms of your chair, unable to put the story down in case you miss a slice of the action! Keep your wits about you, sit back and enjoy the ride! A thoroughly enjoyable read.”

(words from a PARTICULARLY perspicacious reviewer)

I will quickly end (red-faced) this end run around a quasi-promotion by saying, goldernit, the other reviews have been great too.

“Alpha Psi THIS”

WAIT! Did I mention sorority girls, homecoming, a retired FL dermatologist who thinks he’s the Devil??? Well, I should have.

And, say whut?  Yeah, sistahs, you. Sui generis Delta Delta Delta cest moi 🙂 Delta Love. 

Nevertheless. The truth will out (yeow). Anyway….lost my place….

Oh.  BTW, it’s available at fine bookstores everywhere, AS WELL AS the not so fine notorious bookstores online.

All of which is to say (?)

Thank you for … stopping by (BUY-BUY-BUY).

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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