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Welcome, Faithful Readers!

(To all other visitors: "Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here...")

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A Note To New Readers. . .

If you've come to this "author's website"—intentionally, or by happy accident, or perhaps under duress from one of my loyal corps of Faithful Readers— you've likely realized (or have been warned) that this website is a relatively accurate reflection of an oft-tormented, oft-bemused, oft-charitably-described-as-"eclectic" writer's psyche.

This writer's psyche —mine, that is— at least. (Alas!)

 

Like most people who write for a living, I'm a meat-hunter— by both nature and circumstance. For that reason alone, <sigh!> expect the not-infrequent plea-'n-pitch for you to "buy my books."

(For another excellent reason, my publishers insist that I hawk The Product. Frequently. Incessantly, even.)

But please: don't let that stop you from enjoying this website. (Or —more importantly— from buying my books.)

Still, I hope you'll also excuse such side-trips into crass commercialism... primarily, because they make me blush...

... but also, because I trust that you'll see them for what they are: the fast-forward-through-'em PBS-style pledge drives that pay the freight. (See above: "But please: don't let that stop you etc.")

 

In return for your patience, you'll receive what I hope is other content that you'll find entertaining, amusing... or even (occasionally) edifying. Clicking on the links (at left, on the menu; but also throughout the text on these pages, usually in various shades of blue) will take you there.

So (buy my books!) welcome to the Official Earl Merkel Website (buy my books!), where I hope new readers will become Faithful Readers (buy my books!) as we sidle along in our Ongoing Adventure here, together.

Ahem. We now rejoin our regular programming, eternally in progress...

—EM

 

New Content!

Uh... Perhaps My Earlier Optimism Re: 'Civil Discourse Lives!' Was A Tad Optimistic...

Op-Ed Column, Commentary by Earl Merkel

November 1, 2014

(Click HERE to read)

 

Politically Speaking, Civil Discourse Lives!

(Available in bottles or on tap, too.)

Op-Ed Column, Commentary by Earl Merkel

September 11, 2014

(Click HERE to read)

 

The Day The Towers Fell, 13 Years Ago...

Op-Ed Column, Commentary by Earl Merkel

September 11, 2014

(Click HERE to read)

 

2013 Year Summary: Newsies, We Failed Our Country...

Op-Ed Column, Commentary by Earl Merkel

December 31, 2013

(Click HERE to read)

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(Earl Merkel is the author of FIRE OF THE PROPHET (Diversion Books, 2013), VIRGINS AND MARTYRS (Five Star Publishing), FINAL EPIDEMIC (Diversion Books - originally published by PenguinPutnam/NAL) and DIRTY FIRE (Diversion Books - originally published by PenguinPutnam/NAL.)

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NOTE: For full impact, view videos as "full screen" with audio on "MAX."

NEWEST VIDEO:

The FINAL EPIDEMIC video book trailer!

(click HERE to view it on YouTube)

SLIGHTLY LESS-NEWEST VIDEO:

The FIRE OF THE PROPHET video book trailer!

(click HERE to view it on YouTube)

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A Disclaimer For All Content Herein...

"Yeah: what he said. That's my story too, and I'm sticking to it..."

— Earl Merkel

 

A Explanation For All Content Herein...

Still, it's better than having your editor say "My DOG wouldn't eat your manuscript!"

(* * GOOGLE SEARCH KEYWORDS: earl merkel • editors • editors and kindly excuses for long editing 'delays' • humor • taste • tastes funny • tastes funny not as in 'humorous' • "thanks for your submission but it does not meet our current needs" * *)

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EVEN MORE NEW WEBSITE CONTENT:

NEW VIDEO:

• View the new video "trailer" for "The Book, With Earl Merkel" radio show!

(Click here to watch it!)

(Click HERE to listen to a recent "The Book, With Earl Merkel" radio show)

(To hear additional episodes, search on that site's "On-Demand Episodes" list)

NOTE: Earl's show is on <ahem> temporary broadcasting hiatus... at least until he completes the now-overdue manuscript of his current work-in-progress, the upcoming Beck Casey thriller, PROPHET AND EAGLE.

(Keep checking this page for updates on both the manuscript status AND the hiatus!)

NEW AUDIO:

• Radio Interview Of "Earl The Author" On "Book Talk With Ginger Dawn"

(Click here to listen!)

NEW REVIEWS:

• A Sampling Of Book Reviews for FIRE OF THE PROPHET!

(Click here to read them!)

NEW COLUMN:

• "Dorothy Parker's Martini Countdown"

(Click here to read it!)

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Sage Observations (& Occasional Rantings)

From our "Every Dog Has His Day" -archives: Times have changed since the imfamous National Lampoon cover in 1973; today, the extortion notes are being written —and the gun held— by a different paw entirely.

Turnabout is, truly, fair play— but I already hear the chorus-from-critics:

"Fire away, Fido..."

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It's true: all readers, at least initially, DO judge a book by its cover.

So do authors.

I haven't always been thrilled by mine— but oddly, like most authors, I've come to channel my inner Prof. Henry Higgins... humming, when I see them on a bookstore shelf,"I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face."

It's not unlike running into your first girlfriend at a high school reunion...

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But speaking of covers, this latest one (from my new publisher, Diversion Books) roughly parallels showing off your current, smokin' hot Significant Other at that same reunion...

Of course, a truly shameless alumnus might be tempted to emulate that now-aged sexual showman, Hugh Hefner, and channel his own Inner Hedonist.

Not I, of course; never.

But if I did, my high school reunion chums might be treated to this Tempting Trio of fresh-faced escorts:

I have to admit, tho-- it would provide a whole new context to the phrase, "ecstacy between the covers..."

(For more on the books, click here)

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Yeah, we write.

And we write Rough Drafts; really, REALLY rough. Mess with us, and you'll get to meet Club Member Alice.

She's hell on typos, man...

But seriously, folks: I'm considering founding a combined "outlaw motorcycle club & writers' group," and offering franchises in cities around the country. At left (above) are our (proposed) "colors"-- of course, with "YOUR CITY HERE" as the bottom "rocker" ...a temporary expedient, until somebody in your locality antes up the franchise fee.

Motorcycle ownership is not mandatory --I think I can borrow a Vespa, but otherwise I'll be the outlaw low-life on the Schwinn-- but all Prospects should probably have written SOMEthing.

(We'll settle for you writing that franchise check, okay?)

As an incentive, members will be able to choose their own club-monikers.

Myself, I haven't decided between "Viper" or "First-Draft."

Send your own alias-choice along with your application (and that check, dammit).

First five applicants will receive a free "ORIGINAL" -member patch.

And a glue-on three-day-growth beard-wig— or a ready-to-wear merkin, should either your needs or your preferences tend toward that option...

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Great— just what I need: a mob of giggling, homicidal maniacs looking for a rafter over which to toss the noose...

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Suggested Additional Reading:

"Who The #*€% Is This Guy??!?"

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