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A Surprise

The ExecutionI went by the postoffice yesterday and had a note stating that a package was being held for me. The package was a signed copy of The Execution. This was the second copy that Sharon Cramer, author of The Execution, had sent me.

The first was not sent registered mail and walked off. I contacted Sharon, after I thought sufficient time had passed for me to receive the first book.

I regret that she had to pay $22 to send this one registered, but I am grateful that this one survived the Panama mail system. It was postmarked January 21 in the US and I was unable to find the date it was received in David.

The Execution has been a memorable experience for me. In my original post, i wrote how I came to find the Execution and how the writing affected me.

However, to me the book brought me more enjoyment than just a good read, because I gained a friend by getting to know the author. Only a friend would send not one but two books to ensure that it was received. The Internet has allowed me to meet several wonderful people that I would not otherwise have met.

The Execution, which I would say is intended for an adult audience, is on the opposite end of the spectrum to Sharon’s other books which are aimed at the younger generation, such as my grandkids. Her books can be found on her webpage.

Sharon has been fortunate and The Execution is being released as a movie. I think every author’s dream is to have his or her work turned into a movie. I congratulate her. Her books are available in hardcopy in all the major distribution formats. The Execution FaceBook page is located HERE.

Thank you Sharon for this memorable experience. I look forward to the movie.

Free Download of ‘Sound of the Spade, ‘ a Mini-Anthology of Short Stories by Two Residents of Boquete

I received the following for posting.

Sound of the SpadeHola, Don! I should’ve thought of emailing you sooner about this, but it just dawned on me after my daily check of your site. The Sound of the Spade eBook is still available for free until midnight tonight.

If you see this in time, please consider posting the following for your readers:

Writer R. Allen Larsen and illustrator Nik Geiger-Duran, both residents of Boquete, have collaborated to produce Sound of the Spade. This eBook comprises four haunting stories, including 2012 Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction winner “Fireflies,” a stark, graphic tale of a paroled killer working in a nursing home; “Postal Blue,” a flash fiction piece about a postal worker on the verge of psychological disintegration; “Ant God,” a story depicting the short- and long-term effects of a boy’s brutal upbringing; and “Weeping Water,” an experimental, alternating points-of-view work detailing a woman’s visit to her grandmother’s deathbed. [Be forewarned: These stories are not for the faint of heart or those who swoon at a stray profanity or three.]

For this weekend only (11/9 – 11/10), you may download Sound of the Spade for free at


Thank you, Don! I’ve enjoyed “lurking” on you site for years. And thanks for all you do for the community, both expat and Panamanian.



Panama Business ebook

I received the following for posting. I know nothing of the services possibly offered and have not read the ebook.

Hi Don,
As a reader of your blog Chiriqui Chatter, I wanted to share this new Panama Business ebook I’ve been working on for Panama Offshore Legal Services, a Panama law firm. It’s based on listening to the experiences of expats in Panama, and answers many questions expats have when establishing a business in Panama.  I thought you and your readers might enjoy it and help keep themselves further informed.

I’m trying to get the word out about it because I think people are always looking for more detailed information on how to succeed in business in Panama. Panama business practices can certainly seem unique and our ebook provides answers to everyday concerns in a straightforward manner.
I was wondering if you’d be willing to share the ebook with your readers or fanbase. I enjoy your blogs detailing life in Chiriqui, especially the ones highlighting local businesses.  With all the detailed information you provide to those making their first steps on the Panama journey, I think this technical guide will be useful to your readers.
We put it up on our website here http://www.panama-offshore-services.com/free_panama_ebooks/panama_business_handbook.htm and your readers can easily download it for free.
Thanks and let us know if you have any questions!
Best regards,


Alaska Be Damned

ABDI just finished Alaska Be Damned by Bob Hatting. Bob is a David resident and a good friend of mine.

I enjoyed the book with one exception. The version, I have, was downloaded over a year ago. I had it on my list of “Books To Be Read”, and it is missing four editing passes that those that order it now will get.

Ignoring the editing, which has been addressed, it was a very good read. This is a good sized book with ample and accurate descriptions of Alaska, trials of commercial fishing in Alaskan waters, and containing characters you can care about.

This book brings adventure, romance, and a view of politics in the Alaskan frontier. Those that know Bob will find a lot in the main character that will remind you of Bob. I feel certain that many of his experiences in Alaska influenced this novel.

Bob tells me that this is his best selling book and I can see why.

If you want to escape from Panama for a while, this is a good way to do it.

The Roswell Conspiracy

The Roswell ConspiracyI just finished reading The Roswell Conspiracy by Boyd Morrison. If you are a Clive Cussler fan (I am) and have enjoyed the Dirk Pitt adventures (I have), then you will be right at home with The Roswell Conspiracy and its leading character Tyler Locke.

I like a book that is fun to read, has real world foundation and yet stretches your imagination. This book did that. Boyd’s characters come to life and you keep turning the pages hoping that they will survive the next challenge.

This is the first book I have read of Boyd Morrison, but with as much enjoyment as I had out of this one, it won’t be the last.

Tres Piedras

Tres Piedras is the latest book I have read and I just completed it today.

I know the author, Robert Hatting. He has helped me on multiple occasions with cases I have had volunteering as Warden for the US Embassy in Panama.

One case was a young man whose father (a treasure salvager) was murdered off the coast of one of the locations mentioned in Tres Piedras. Bob’s knowledge of ships provided excellent consulting for the young man who needed to sell his father’s boat. Bob appraised it and his estimate was on target.

Bob’s ship experience winds up being a large part of Tres Piedras.

On another case, Bob volunteered to be the auctioneer to help me sell off the belongings of a US Citizen that was murdered in Panama and whose kids could not afford to come to Panama to settle their dad’s affairs. I imagine auctioneering is something he picked up during the cowboy phase of his life. The country in Bob shows up in this book.

I have read and enjoyed another of Bob’s books, which was The Last Fruit Stand on Guam. Yes, Bob spent time in Guam and added that experience to his book inventory.

Bob has lived an interesting life and his life’s experiences seem to find their way into his books. Tres Piedras is his latest and he calls it a novella, because it is shorter than most of his other books. The majority of this book takes place around Panama.

In an opening note in his book he wrote the following.

TRES PIEDRAS was inspired, and certainly influenced, by my recent exposure to the woman I’ve dreamed and written about my entire adult life. She was always a fictional character; the loyal life partner that made life worth living. Now, this heroine is part of my real life and inspires not only my imagination but my way of living.”

I am happy that Bob has a lady in his life. I am happy she is making writing as well as living fun for him again.

I will tell you this. This book is written in ADULT language, and the scenes contain plenty of sexual narrative. If you are prudish in what you like to read or if you have a weak heart, I would pass on this book.

However, if you want to put a little salsa in a dreary afternoon, it will spice things up for you.

The Execution

I am not sure how I became acquainted with the BookBub.  It is a site that notifies you of eBooks being sold at an excellent value. Each day, after signing up, you will receive an email with current specials. The books are available for the majority of the popular readers.

The good thing is that you will be presented with a lot of great reading at prices beginning at $0. The bad news is that in a matter of a week, if you are value conscious like I am, you will have several weeks of reading in front of you. At this rate, I will never get them all read.

It was through BookBub that I found The Execution by Sharon Cramer.

I took mine as an Apple download, but the link I provided above is for the Kindle.

Here is the description the was provided by Amazon;

The Execution is a powerful piece of dark, romantic fiction. A gripping thriller, set in the fourteenth century, it has strong elements of romance and intrigue. This book will propel you along in ways you’ve never experienced as you follow two parallel stories that come crashing together in a stunning finale. Award winning author, Sharon Cramer will break your heart beautifully as she compels you to recall what absolute hate and perfect love truly feel like.

When the young priest, D’ata, faces the ruthless killer to be executed the next morning, all is not as it seems, and things quickly crash out of control for both of them. Set in fourteenth century France, it is an epic, two-sided tale, woven amidst the cataclysms of that magnificent and wretched time as the two men tell the astonishing stories of their lives.

Recommended for adults only: Contains Graphic Violence, Sexuality, and Mature, Adult Situations

It was the book cover that caught my eye and I downloaded it with minimal expectations. Amazon’s description is on target. Especially it’s adult reading recommendation.

I am one of those folks you notice sometimes in a movie that is sniffling, if not downright bawling, when a movie has done a good job of doling out a very emotional scene.

It is something I can’t help. I get involved in the movie and its characters and when they are happy I am happy and when they are sad I am sad.

However, I think this may be the first book that produced so much moisture streaming down my cheeks. To say it was a page turner is not enough.

The mental images that are presented in this book capture you and you are transported into the 14th century. You will find yourself deeply involved with the characters and hoping that the next chapter is better for them.

I will make a bet with you. If you read this book’s first chapter to its very end, you will not put the book down.

I need a tissue.


I have just realized another reason I prefer reading a book on my iPad instead of in paperback or hardback form.

It is WORDS!

I guess I never read the way some people read, with a dictionary in one hand and the book in the other.

I never took the time to look a word up in the dictionary when I was reading a book. If I hit a word I didn’t know, I would ignore it and get the meaning of what was being written by the surrounding sentences that had words I understood.

Had I not been so lazy, maybe my vocabulary would be better now and maybe my spelling too. Thank goodness for spell checkers.

Back to “words” and the iPad. When I am reading a book on the iPad, it is simple and quick to tap on the word and a define option appears. I tap on “define” and a nice window pops up and I am no longer wondering what the word meant.

I suspect it it may be the same with the Kindle as well, but since my Kindle reader is an Apple app, I can’t be sure.

I am reading a book by Stephen King (On Writing) and have hit the define request several times. I got my copy from the iBook store, but the link I gave you was to Amazon. I buy my books from Apple if the prices are the same.

Sometimes I wonder if I am the last verbally challenged reader out there.

In a previous post I mentioned another reason I enjoyed reading using this medium, that being able to crank up the font size.

Well, I am going back to the book, but since I had this revelation, I thought I would share it with you.

The Healing Book

So after years of my daughter saying she was going to do it, she is actually doing it! Kim Frank (my daughter) and Lindsay Kaye Corse (my granddaughter) are co-authoring a trilogy together! They anticipate the first book to be released sometime this summer. It will be available on Amazon and possibly Barnes and Noble online as well. Please “like” their page for The Healing Book. They will be revealing a little about the storyline in the coming weeks and will hopefully have the cover design finalized within the next month. http://www.facebook.com/TheHealingBook