Category Archives: Go Go Gato – My Novel

October Blog Tour

During the month of October, I will be doing a blog tour with Partners in Crime. I’ve had a couple stops already, and you can check out those links below.

Stop #1: Mythical Books, where you can enter to win a copy of GO GO GATO:

http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/2014/10/guest-post-and-giveaway-go-go-gato-by.html

Stop #2: Melanie’s Muse, where you can read a very nice review of GO GO GATO:

http://melaniesmuse.com/?p=450

Stop #3: Writers and Authors, where you can read an article I wrote about quieting the mind in order to write better.

http://www.writersandauthors.info/2014/10/loud-monkeys.html

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GO GO GATO update AND good websites for agent query letters

It’s almost been one week since my novel was released, and I’m pleased to report that there are (7) five-star and (2) four-star reviews on Amazon. As an obsessive-compulsive personality type, of course, I’ve read every word of those reviews, and I’m grateful and flattered some readers have taken the time. I’m also grateful for any and all who have bought my book and will just ask when you finish it to a) drop a few nice words over on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and b) maybe mention GO GO GATO on social media. Again, for a small press author, word of mouth is crucial, so I apologize if I harp on the review requests. . .

In other news, I finished a final edit on A SUNDAY IN ALPHABET LAND (my gritty crime thriller), and I’m shopping it to agents. Quick word to aspiring authors like myself: take your time when writing the agent query letter and plot synopsis. These are, I’ve learned the hard way, incredibly important. I’ve linked to some excellent articles and websites below that will help in those enterprises. (Thanks to my wife Libby for hunting them up for me and forcing me to read them!).

And finally, I just turned in final grades for the semester, and it is time to go back to work on the Eli Sharpe series. Over the next several months, I will be revising and editing the second Eli Sharpe book, which should be released some time later next year, and I will begin writing the third book in the series. After spending three months writing a pretty dark novel, I’m looking forward to getting to know Eli Sharpe again–his sarcasm, his strong moral compass, and, of course, his keen skills of detection.

Excellent website for sharpening your agent query letter:

http://queryshark.blogspot.com

Great article on the basics of writing a plot synopsis for agents:

http://janefriedman.com/2011/10/25/novel-synopsis/

 

 

 

 

GO GO GATO Reviews

There are already some very kind words about my novel on Amazon and Goodreads, which I really appreciate it. (6 five-star reviews, 2 four-star reviews.) Just a quick reminder: GO GO GATO is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com, among other places. You can get the eBook for less than a sawbuck ($4.95) and the trade paperback is only $13.

Amazon review excerpts:

From LA Noir: “Max Everhart scores a homerun with this first novel in his new Eli Sharpe mystery series. . .Like a good curveball you won’t see the twist ending coming at you.”

From stewartgark: “The whole plot flows along so nicely. The ending didn’t feel rushed at all. I’m a big fan of James Patterson’s Alex Cross series and I think that Everhart has the potential of reaching that level as well. I look forward to the next in the Eli Sharpe series.”

From Eddit Iturbi: “Everhart sets this fine novel in Asheville, NC and he breathes new life into an old form with a convoluted plot, detailed characters, and a very flawed detective. Chandler would be proud.”

From Elizabeth Dutton: “This excellent neo-noir mystery expertly blends baseball and detective work.”

http://www.amazon.com/Gato-Eli-Sharpe-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B00M179URO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

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GO GO GATO Book Launch!!!

Finally, the day is here: Go Go Gato is officially available for sale (eBook or trade paperback) on Amazon! To all those who pre-ordered, I say thank you. I worked pretty hard on this book, I’m proud of it, and I sincerely hope everyone enjoys reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it. And again, if you do read my book and enjoy it, please do me one more favor and write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and well, anywhere else. And then, tell a friend about it. Or an enemy. Or both.

Some more good news: to celebrate my book launch, I am the guest blogger today over at Southern Writer’s Magazine.  I’m honored and grateful they allowed me to write 424 words about how I managed to write and publish my first novel. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t easy.) I’d love for you to click on the link below and read my article and spend some time browsing and/or subscribing to Southern Writer’s Magazine. I read and enjoy it all the time.

http://southernwritersmagazine.blogspot.com/2014/08/my-writing-story-in-one-word-persevere.html

 

I’ll sign off by saying it has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to be a novelist, and now, my dream is coming true.  So thanks again!

 

 

 

GO GO GATO: one week and counting. . .

My debut novel GO GO GATO is scheduled for release in one week, on August 1st, and I wanted to say a quick word about marketing/self-promotion.

And the word is this: tough.

It’s tough when you are an introvert and you want to be writer.  I mean, you want people to read your work, and you think your writing is good and people might be entertained by it, but at the same time, you do not want to annoy/pester/piss them off by constantly posting things on Twitter and FB or emailing them asking for favors like writing reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and everywhere else. But alas, that’s part of the gig these days, which, really, I don’t mind doing because I love books so much.  In fact, the only reason I write at all is because I want to toss in my dash of spice to the great big wonderful stew known as Literature. (Did you see what I did there, with the metaphor thingie? How could you not want to read my book?!?)

Anyway, with that said, I would like to pre-thank any and all who have pre-ordered my book. No kidding, it means a lot to me, and I hope you enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed banging my head on the desk writing it (seriously, I did/do/will continue to do that. I have issues. Enough said.) I would also like to ask a small favor: after you read my book, if you would post an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads, I would be forever grateful. The review need not be lengthy. Even three or four sentences is a big help, especially if you actually liked the darn thing. Indie and Small Press authors like myself rely on reviews and word of mouth to gain a wider audience, so again, I say thanks in advance.

One more thing: I’m trying out a bit of a catchphrase/motto regarding marketing and my book.  Here it is: If you like it, tell a friend. If you hate it, tell an enemy. (Come on, I’m funny, right? Read my book!)

http://www.amazon.com/Gato-Eli-Sharpe-Mystery-Book-ebook/dp/B00M179URO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406297416&sr=8-1&keywords=go+go+gato

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Early Praise for GO GO GATO

Thank you very much to Steve Ulfelder, James L. Thane, Jack Remick, and Paul D. Marks for reading GO GO GATO and providing blurbs. It is always nice when authors you read and respect end up liking your work, too. Check out what they had to say about my debut novel below.

From its hero to its milieu to its eccentric, three-dimensional characters, Max Everhart’s GO GO GATO is a terrific read. The North Carolina minor-league baseball scene feels authentic and beloved, and I was always rooting for protagonist Eli Sharpe. The best news is that this excellent mystery is first in a series. Fans of Harlan Coben will want to check out Max Everhart, a major new talent!

– Steve Ulfelder, Edgar finalist author of WOLVERINE BROS. FREIGHT & STORAGE

GO GO GATO is the debut entry in a promising new series by Max Everhart, and it’s a fast-paced, entertaining tale. Eli Sharpe is a very appealing character who combines just the right amounts of wit, humor, intelligence and courage, and it will be fun to watch him in action as the series continues to grow and develop.

– James L. Thane, author of UNTIL DEATH and NO PLACE TO DIE

A missing person’s case turns deadly. In Go Go Gato, Everhart executes the classic mystery with ease and more than a few twists. All the modular scenes are there—the sleuth’s office, first encounter with the femme fatale, the victim’s lair, digging up the past, witness interviews, suspect interviews, and that essential—the corpse. But we’re not in LA or Boston. We’re not in SF or NYC. Everhart sets this fine novel in Asheville, NC and he breathes new life into an old form with a convoluted plot, detailed characters, and a very flawed detective. Chandler would be proud.

– Jack Remick, author of THE BOOK OF CHANGES

Max Everhart scores a homerun with this first novel in his new Eli Sharpe mystery series. Eli finds much more than he bargained for in his search for a missing baseball player in this fast read, best enjoyed with a glass of George Dickel in hand since that’s Eli’s favorite “poison”. Like a good curveball you won’t see the twist ending coming at you.

– Paul D. Marks, author of the Shamus Award-Winning novel WHITE HEAT

 

Press Release for GO GO GATO

Camel Press Announces the August Release of Go Go Gato, by Max Everhart: A Ballplayer Vanishes

Seattle, WA.—On August 1, 2014, Camel Press will release Go Go Gato ($14.95, 278 pages, ISBN: 978-1-60381-911-4), by Max Everhart, the first book in a new mystery/suspense series featuring Eli Sharpe, a former baseball player turned detective.

From its hero to its milieu to its eccentric, three-dimensional characters, Max Everhart’s GO GO GATO is a terrific read. The North Carolina minor-league baseball scene feels authentic and beloved, and I was always rooting for protagonist Eli Sharpe. The best news is that this excellent mystery is first in a series. Fans of Harlan Coben will want to check out Max Everhart, a major new talent!

–Steve Ulfelder, Edgar finalist author of WOLVERINE BROS. FREIGHT & STORAGE

Go Go Gato is the debut entry in a promising new series by Max Everhart, and it’s a fast-paced, entertaining tale. Eli Sharpe is a very appealing character who combines just the right amounts of wit, humor, intelligence and courage, and it will be fun to watch him in action as the series continues to grow and develop.

–James L. Thane, author of UNTIL DEATH and NO PLACE TO DIE

When Almario “Go Go” Gato, a handsome young Cuban baseball player, goes missing mid-season, his agent Veronica Craven hires a private investigator to track down her best client. No police. No press. Enter Eli Sharpe, an Asheville, North Carolina-based ex-ballplayer turned private detective who specializes in investigating professional athletes.

Eli begins by questioning Maria Gato, Almario’s roommate and fraternal twin. Maria watched while both her parents drowned on the boat ride from Cuba to America, so she is naturally desperate to get her only brother back. She tells Eli a secret: Almario may have a problem with drugs and alcohol.

Eli tracks down Almario’s supposed girlfriend, a rich sorority girl, but is soon led to another woman in his life, Sheri Stuckey, his cocaine supplier and fiancée who works in tandem with a gay bartender named Dantonio Rushing. Stuckey, a drug abuser and single mother, claims Almario split because she wanted the two of them to check into rehab. But Rushing, dazzled by Almario’s boyish good looks, tells a different tale: Almario has taken out a $500,000 life insurance policy on himself and named Stuckey as the primary beneficiary.

With the help of his a mentor—a former homicide detective—and five ex fiancées who still care about him, Eli follows Go Go’s trail, determined to locate the elusive ballplayer before one of the nasty people in his life—or his own bad habits—do him in. Max Everhart had this to say about his protagonist:

Eli Sharpe is an amalgamation, a Frankenstein I cobbled together out of spare parts just lying around the junkyard in my brain. From television, I constructed my detective from Atlanta Braves games circa mid-1980s, reruns of The Rockford Files, the first season of The Wire, and the Fletch movies. From hard-boiled PI books, I borrowed elements from Lew Archer, Philip Marlowe, C.W. Sughrue, Archy McNally, and dozens of other fictional detectives. From my own life, I drew on half-remembered conversations between my father and me, fragmented images from my time in Asheville, and god-only-knows what else. But in the end, Go Go Gato is the kind of story I like to read, and Eli Sharpe is the type of detective that I, as a reader, would become obsessed with. Hopefully, other readers will share my obsession.”

Go Go Gato is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com. After August 1st, it will be also for sale in eBook and print editions on BN.com, the European Amazons, and Amazon Japan. Bookstores and libraries can order by contacting info@camelpress.com or through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, or Partners West. Libraries can also order through Follett Library Resources or Midwest Library Service. Other electronic versions can be purchased on Smashwords or at any of the major online ebook stores.

http://www.amazon.com/Go-Gato-Max-Everhart/dp/1603819118/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399319850&sr=8-1&keywords=go+go+gato

Go Go Gato Book Cover

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Here is the cover for my debut detective novel Go Go Gato. This is the first book in the Eli Sharpe series, and it will be released on August 1st (Camel Press). Below is brief “pitch.”

In Go Go Gato, a strikingly handsome young ballplayer named Almario Gato goes missing.  Having recently negotiated a $1.2 million dollar signing bonus from the Colorado Rockies for her best client, Veronica Craven hires a private detective to locate Almario “Go Go” Gato.  Enter Eli Sharpe, an ex-ballplayer turned private detective.  With eight years experience, five ex-fiancées, and charm and wit to spare, Sharpe takes the case.  But after meeting the women in Almario’s life—his statuesque agent, his devoted twin sister, his spoiled girlfriend, and his cocaine-dealing fiancée—Sharpe begins to wonder if Almario is missing or in hiding.  Navigating a quirky cast of characters that could only reside in a hodgepodge town like Asheville, North Carolina, Sharpe soon discovers Almario may very well be in danger.  The mortal kind.