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Happy New Year

Hey everyone, just a quick note to say happy new year!

After a great vacay, I’m energized and ready to get my body and mind back in shape, which, as cliche’ as that sounds, is going well. More than that, however, I feel a renewed creative energy and am working on new John Pilate (and non JP) stuff for you this year.

Want to learn more? Make sure you are a subscriber to Mysterious Goings On, my podcast. You’ll get plenty of updates there. We should have 1-2 episodes a month this year.

Want to encourage me a bit? How about posting reviews for my books on Amazon? It’s quick, painless and really boosts my energy to write more. (Same for the podcast—reviews help.)

So, how about you? What’s going in your world? Let me know in the comments!

Talk soon…keep reading.

Alex

New Podcast Episode!

Listen in here on your desktop to learn about Alex's latest book (which is actually his late Grandfather's) Big Cabin and Dispatches from the West. He shares the journey of this forgotten, 25-year-old unpublished novel from a dusty box to your Kindle.

Autographed paperbacks hereAmazon link here for ebooks and non-autographed copies.

Speaking of lengthy waits, Alex updates you on the next John Pilate Mysteries project.

Of course, it's Halloween, and Alex has some fun spooky podcasts he recommends you check out, including: 

Astonishing Legends

The Halloween Haunt

Halloween Unmasked

The Retroist

Hauntcast

UNTIL NEXT TIME....Keep Reading.

Podcast music by Incompetech.



Writing, Editing and Prison

The Mysterious Goings On podcast returns with a spirited and often poignant discussion with editor and writer Robert Hayes, Jr., author of Stay Out of Prison: A Practical Guide to Avoiding Incarceration.

In this lively discussion, Robert shares his freelancer journey and philosophy about creative work. He tells writers what they need to know about working with editors and the significance of a sketchy toilet.

Robert has also spent time in some of Colorado's finest Graybar Hotels for bank robbery. He tells Alex why you should never use a gun in a robbery and most importantly how and what he is doing to stay out of prison. 

Robert edited Alex's acclaimed novel Pilate's Blood and the award-winning short story compilation Pilate's 7 and is editor of the upcoming Big Cabin and Dispatches from the West by Robert E. Trevathan.

You won't want to miss this one! Click below or visit the 

Itunes link here.

 

New Podcast Episode: Rumors of My Death...

After a five-month hiatus, Mysterious Goings On returns!

In this episode...

Alex updates you on the mundane details of his health along with news of the latest John Pilate Mystery, Pilate's Rose.

He also breaks news about his collaboration with the late author Robert E. Trevathan and a very special premium for John Pilate fans! 

Get the show free on Apple Podcasts or listen right here:

 

 

New Podcast Episode is Up: Key West's Survival

There's a new episode of the Mysterious Goings On Podcast for your listening pleasure. This episode, I talk about the catastrophic hurricanes this season, what you can do to help and I also go into a little background on why Key West is so near and dear to me. 

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Get it here on the show's homepage or on iTunes, It's also available in several other places:

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Check it out--and be sure to catch all 28 previous episodes! --Alex

 

A Halloween Treat for You...

It's nearly Halloween!

In that spooky spirit, Alex reads his acclaimed suspense short story Obsidian on the Mysterious Goings On podcast. The show is free, available on iTunes, Stitcher your desktop and pretty much everywhere else you can find podcasts.

About Obsidian:

Catch a disturbing glimpse of the night with this multiple award-winning short story in the tradition of The Twilight Zone. A man awakens in a secluded cabin to find he's being watched by a shape with obsidian eyes. Who or what is watching him, and why? 

This story is the winner of the Shelf Unbound/Wattpad 2011 Short Fiction Award and the April 2010 WritingRoom Award.

Want more horror from Alex? Click here!

Note: There were some odd occurrences when recording this episode--gremlins? So you may need to adjust your device in a few places during playback. Thank you.

Want to help keep new chapters of this podcast coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how:

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Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage for more about the John Pilate Mystery Series at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/

Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com.

Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.

Additional music stings by Incompetech. 

Copyright 2016 J. Alexander Greenwood. All rights reserved.

Shock That Monkey

On this episode of the Mysterious Goings On podcast, Alex talks about inspiration he drew from attending a Sting/Peter Gabriel concert recently. Specifically, he discusses ways that getting our "monkey" shocked (as Peter Gabriel's hit "Shock the Monkey" illustrates) in real life can be dangerous, but perhaps can be useful in your writing.

Listen on your desktop here.

Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how:

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Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community onFacebook!https://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/

Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood or email him: Alex (at) AlexGPR.com.

Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.

Where's My Podcast?

Fans of the podcast have no doubt noted we took a little break from production after our first 15 chapters (episodes) of Mysterious Goings On. This was due mostly to stuff you would file under "life" and "am writing".  I hope you will stay subscribed (what? you're not subscribed? HURRY and click here!) and that way you'll get an automatic download of the next chapter.

When will that be? Well...some things must remain a mystery...

In the meantime, I am writing and will be back to podcasting as soon as I can. (You'll hear from me soon!) Thanks for reading...and listening.

--Alex

A Death in the Family

Alex discusses why the loss of celebrities we've never met like David Bowie, Prince, Garry Shandling and even Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, can feel like a death in the family. 

Please leave your thoughts about this episode in the comments section below!

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Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how:

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Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter: @A_Greenwood

Anyone for Boat Drinks?

Are you as sick of the cold weather as I am? Craving sun, sand, a refreshing cocktail with a shot of mystery? Then you need a Boat Drink.

Perhaps the overall fan favorite character in the John Pilate Mysteries (besides John himself) is Taters Malley, captain of the fishing charter boat TenFortyEZ.

In "Boat Drinks", a short story from Pilate's 7, it's fun to see Taters in his own element--guiding the TenFortyEZ straight into mischief in the waters off Key West. 

So, fix yourself a boat drink, put on your flip flops and get set to enjoy my hammy reading of one of my favorite stories. All you have to do is click one of the links below to Chapter 13: "Anyone for Boat Drinks?" on the Mysterious Goings On podcast:

iTunes link:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mysterious-goings-on/id1080474124?mt=2

Stitcher link: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/mysterious-goings-on

 

SoundCloud link:

https://soundcloud.com/alex-greenwood-14/chapter-13-anyone-for-boat

If you enjoy this story and want more, you can pick up the Pilate's 7 ebook from all the usual suspects, including AmazonBarnes and NobleiBooks, andSmashwords

Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast!

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Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how:

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Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/

Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood.

Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.

Fired Up for Horror!

Alex thinks all this cheery spring weather deserves some gloom. Therefore, on the latest episode of the Mysterious Goings On podcast, a reading from the horror short story "A Debt of Fire" is our big feature this week.

Amazon link: http://amzn.com/B00EEIXBJ6

Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast!

http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/

Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how:

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Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On community on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/

Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood.

Weeding Out New Ideas

In the latest episode of the podcast... 

Alex talks about mowing the grass as a means of generating ideas for his fiction.

Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast!

http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/

Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how:

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Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/

Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood.

Latest Podcast Episode with Jason McIntyre Available Now

The latest chapter of Mysterious Goings On podcast welcomes back acclaimed author Jason McIntyre about the unique concept of Jason's ten-book Dovetail Cove series, reading books "out of order," and more. The pair also compare and contrast the style of the Dovetail Cove Series with Alex's John Pilate Mystery Series.

Jason is the #1 Kindle Suspense author of THE NIGHT WALK MEN, bestsellers ON THE GATHERING STORM and SHED, the multi-layered literary suspense THALO BLUE and his latest: ZED. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards.

His debut novel ON THE GATHERING STORM is cited by readers as an 'uncomfortably thrilling' read and earned McIntyre a spot in the Top 20 Debut Authors for the Goodreads Choice Awards.
 

Learn more about Jason at his mothership:http://www.thefarthestreaches.com/p/the-author.html.

 

Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast!

http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/

Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how:

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Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/

Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood.

Why I Hate Book Signings

Listen in to the Mysterious Goings On podcast for this week's episode...

Alex talks about why he hates doing book signings. (Yes, smart guy, it's mostly because nobody shows up.)

I want a brownie.   

I want a brownie.

 

However, he also offers some tips on ways to make your book launch more successful with the huddled masses yearning to read.

Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast!

http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/

 

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Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how:

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Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/

Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood.

New Podcast Episode Up!

Chapter 8: The Keys Go Viral is available now!

I have the stomach virus, so you get the Key!

Listen on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/chapter-8-the-keys-go-viral/id1080474124?i=364189442&mt=2

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Or, Just Listen Right Here On Your Desktop: 

Thanks for listening and a big thanks to iTunes for selecting us as a "New & Noteworthy" podcast!

http://pilatescross.com/clues-alexs-blog/

Want to help keep new chapters coming? Please tell a friend about us, and definitely leave a review on iTunes. It only takes a minute! Click here to learn how:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201991

Be sure to visit the Mysterious Goings On webpage at www.PilatesCross.com and join our community on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/John.Pilate.Mysteries/

Are you an author? Want to be a guest on the show? Contact Alex on Twitter:@A_Greenwood

 

Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.