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Nevermore.

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

After nearly 6 years and 7,000 posts, AuthorScoop is closing up shop.

Jamie and I would like to express our deepest gratitude to our readers, the authors who have granted us interviews and everyone who has shown their support over the years.

We hope that you will still peruse our archives from time to time. The Morning LitLinks have captured just about every major writer/publisher headline since 2008, the Evening Book Reviews are a running chronicle of releases big and small, and our vast selection of writers’ quotes provoke, amuse and inspire.

On a personal note, I want to thank Jamie for her tireless efforts throughout our partnership and wish her continued success with her novels.

A note from Jamie:

AuthorScoop has been such a tremendous lesson in all the vibrant, ridiculous, and brilliant facets that today’s publishing industry offers. It also gave me reverence for times gone by. In particular, but among many, I learned to love Bukowski.

Thank you, everyone who read, commented, and contributed over these years. Thank you, William, for this fantastic opportunity. AuthorScoop is a treasure.

And so are you.

 

James River Writers Conference

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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We’ve learned of an upcoming writers event that might interest you. Learn more about the James River Writers Conference here:

PROMINENT AUTHORS AND AGENTS READY TO CONVERGE IN VIRGINIA FOR 11TH JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE

Two-day event features workshops, inspiration for up and coming writers

RICHMOND, VA. – Writers, mark your calendars. The James River Writers Conference is celebrating its 11th year as one of the most prestigious gatherings of published authors, literary agents and editors in the country with a two-day event that will inspire and educate writers on the rise.

The James River Writers Conference returns to Richmond on October 19 and 20 with an impressive lineup of literary professionals, writing workshops and opportunities for aspiring writers to pitch their book ideas, hone their skills and connect with nationally recognized authors and publishers.

This year’s conference features an extensive list of esteemed guests and speakers including award-winning book designer and writer CHIP KIDD, National Book Award-winner KATHRYN ERSKINE and best-selling, award-winning author CHRISTOPHER MCDOUGALL. Also making appearances at the conference are award-winning authors CECE BELL, LYDIA NETZER, MEGAN MAYHEW BERGMAN and PHILIPPA BALLANTINE. Book Doctors and Pitchapalooza founders ARIELLE ECKSTUT and DAVID HENRY STERRY will be on hand, and don’t forget to make time for agents including APRIL EBERHARDT, DEBORAH GROSVENOR, VICTORIA SKURNICK and PAIGE WHEELER.

Year after year, the conference is lauded for its remarkable programs and its noteworthy influence on the writing community. It’s no wonder why hundreds of people have been flocking to central Virginia each fall since 2003.

“THE JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE [IS] ONE OF THE BEST WRITERS’ CONFERENCES IN AMERICA,” says David Henry Sterry, of The Book Doctors. “IF YOU’RE A WRITER, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR, GET YOURSELF TO RICHMOND, VA., AND GO TO THIS CONFERENCE. IT’S FILLED WITH WARM, GENEROUS, TALENTED WRITERS, EDITORS AND AGENTS.”

Registration for the annual conference is open, and writing sessions are already filling up. Find more details and a full list of programs at JamesRiverWriters.org.

Tom Clancy 1947 – 2013

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Tom Clancy, author of ‘Hunt for Red October’ and ‘Patriot Games, ’ dead at 66 (New York Daily News)
Tom Clancy Dead: Celebrated Thriller Author Dies at Age 66 (Yahoo News)
Tom Clancy Dead: Celebrated Thriller Author Dies at Age 66 (USAToday)
Author Tom Clancy dead (CNN)

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder…

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

 

 

So we’re outta here!

We’ll be back on September 3rd, rested and ready. In the meantime, please be good to yourselves and don’t do anything we wouldn’t do.

-William & Jamie

 

If you’ve clicked here and found us walkabout, consider having a cyberstroll through some of our favorite links from our archives -

Midnight Poetry – Have a look. Have a think. Have a lyrical pause and enjoy.

Is Your Book Your Baby? AuthorScoop’s original invitational essay series. Hear from veteran bestsellers and first time authors whether or not they feel parental toward their literary creations.

Graeme Cameron’s Guest Pieces – Two wonderfully funny essays on the craft: Guided By Voices and You’re Only As Good As Your Last Prolonged Period of Self-Loathing

And have a ramble through our interview series ’5 Minutes Alone’ to get a glimpse into the clockworks of some of today’s writers.

Happy End of Summer and see you on September 3rd!

Nineteen Eighty-Four Turns 64…

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I’m sixty-four? – Paul McCartney

George Orwell’s cautionary dystopian masterpiece celebrates its 64th anniversary today.

Alas, we’ve learned nothing.

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Here I Am, Stuck In The Middle With You (and you, and you, and you…)

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

So here’s the thing: since Three Graves Full launched in February, I’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for a speedy resolution to the contract negotiations between Simon & Schuster and Barnes & Noble. I’m not the only one. Author, MJ Rose, started the day with this.

The trouble with finding my book (and some wonderful others linked below) at Barnes & Noble right now stems from an upper level business dispute between two industry powerhouses. In tough economic times, both parties are working diligently to ensure their stability. What else would they do? It’s business. And sometimes there is fallout. At the moment, it’s a bunch of books and a lot of people’s hard work.

It became news this week with an article by Jeffrey Trachtenberg in The Wall Street Journal.This was followed up in short order by an article at The New York Times and a statement from The Authors Guild.

From the NYTimes article, here’s what’s happening, nutshelled:

A standoff over financial terms has prompted the bookstore chain Barnes & Noble to cut back substantially on the number of titles it orders from the publishing house Simon & Schuster, raising fears among other publishers, agents and authors that the conflict may harm the publishing industry as a whole.

Industry executives, as well as authors of recently published Simon & Schuster books and their agents, say that Barnes & Noble has reduced book orders greatly, to almost nothing in the case of some lesser-known writers.

I’m very grateful to Mr. Trachtenberg for mentioning Three Graves Full in his article. As a debut author, visibility is vital for connecting with readers. It’s almost all I’ve got. But I’m by far not the only one pinched between this rock and hard place.

Here is a list of some new (and very well-received) books that you probably aren’t seeing displayed right now at your local Barnes & Noble. That being that, browse here instead. If a title catches your eye and its cover your fancy, click the picture, follow the links and pick up a copy.

And, if you’re so inclined, please link to this article in social media so that your readerly friends can have a look at what they, too, might be missing.

The Book of Lost Fragrances The Comfort of Lies The Next Time You See Me The Storyteller

The Mapmaker's War Ordinary Grace When She Was Gone The Chalice

If I Were You Heart Like Mine Lessons In French Three Graves Full

Love Water Memory

Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

 

From The Guardian:

Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist seen by millions as the father of African literature, has died at the age of 82.

African papers were reporting his death following an illness and hospital stay in Boston this morning, and both his agent and his publisher later confirmed the news to the Guardian.

Simon Winder, publishing director at Penguin, called him an “utterly remarkable man”.

“Chinua Achebe is the greatest of African writers and we are all desolate to hear of his death,” he said.

In a statement, Achebe’s family requested privacy, and paid tribute to “one of the great literary voices of all time. He was also a beloved husband, father, uncle and grandfather, whose wisdom and courage are an inspiration to all who knew him.”

All these years, and now… Tuesday

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Jamie_Mason_color-smSo it’s Saturday and I have my coffee and a few minutes and I’m a fluttery mess. I’ve had twelve years (with a three year hiatus tucked in there for other bits of life that pulled me away, both literally and figuratively) to write and learn and fail and learn and write a little more, fail a little more, learn and write and… holy hell, it came together. The tumblers fell (some being wrestled and hammered; it was ungainly, trust me) into their places and the lock was un-ed.

All these years. And now… Tuesday.

I’m under the impression that I might be quite busy over the next few weeks with the launch business of Three Graves Full. Maybe it won’t be smallerversionthat hectic. I don’t know. I’ve never done this before. But just in case, I wanted to have a place to add links to online milestones for anyone who might wander by and be interested.

And for any who fit that description, thank you and all the best to you.

And special thanks to everyone who hosted an interview, giveaway, or took their time to post a review. Thank you, thank you.

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(Reprinted from Because I Love To Hear Myself Type. For updates beyond 2-9-13, click here)

Firstly, and thrillingly, Three Graves Full gets a terrific little write-up in Marilyn Stasio’s Crime Books column in The New York Times. Eeeeep!

There are still a few hours left for the giveaway (ends 2-9-13) but the interview will remain at (My Bookish Ways)

Next, there’s an interview and signed book giveaway at Free Book Friday (ends 2-14-13).

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THREE GRAVES FULL & Jamie Mason’s Read-a-Thon of Distraction

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Win a book, then assign any book for me to read

 

There are still a few Advance Review Copies of THREE GRAVES FULL left, and so the fun begins.

As you can imagine, I’m quite excited and preoccupied with the goings on here recently. That’s the nicest way to put it. What I am, actually, is a hepped-up hamster on a squeaky wheel of hyper-vigilance. It’s this |—| close to making me hate myself. And I hate hating myself. So in order to get my head out of my own… er… well, book, I’ve decided to stage a contest for readers, and a week’s worth of mental vacation for myself via some intensive reading – to the tune of five books, one each day, Monday thru Friday, January 21st to January 25th.

And I need your help.

Here’s how the contest will work:

- leave a comment – a nice or at least neutral one please, thankyouverymuch – here or on my website (use the Contact form) and make sure I’ll be able to find you again!

- I’ll put all the names into a randomizer and let it select five responders, each to win an ARC of THREE GRAVES FULL (these are books with shovel cover, in paperback)

- if you’re selected, I’ll sign a copy and send my book right off to you and, in turn, you get to pick one book – any genre, fiction or non – for me to read in my Five-Books-In-Five-Days Readathon (Please no 1,000 page epics, or impossible to find volumes – I’d like to be able to actually do this assignment.)

(Best if you have two or three in mind, just in case it’s something I’ve read before – AND DON’T TELL ME BEFORE THE SELECTION PROCESS IS OVER. I want the surprise.)

The contest is open from now (December 31st) until 11:59pm on Friday, January 11th. This should be good fun, and thanks for entering!

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Three Graves Full giveaway at Goodreads

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books has launched a giveaway over on Goodreads, and that’s fun for me on two fronts. First of all, it’s 20 copies headed out to readers and that’s wonderful.

And then there’s the cover.

This giveaway is for 20 advance review copies – the only version that will feature the first cover design. I’ve spent some quality time with the new cover and have mooned over the full layout and I am unreservedly in love with it, but that stark shovel will always hold a special place in my heart. (And possibly in a poster on my office wall. And maybe in a mural on the side of my house. And maybe a tattoo — hey, it was my first book cover!)

So have a click if you’d like to win a copy – http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/37659-three-graves-full

and thanks for being out there!

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The Business of Fiction Is Stranger Than Fiction

Monday, November 5th, 2012

The months leading up to the launch of THREE GRAVES FULL were always going to be a course of firsts, thrills, and practical hurdles. But sometimes seconds are pretty good, too. As such, unveiling the second cover is new fun. The powers-that-be changed course for a more atmospheric feel and have set the new mood for at least the outside of THREE GRAVES FULL:

The Bookseller, by Mark Pryor

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

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It’s a big day for friend to AuthorScoop, Mark Pryor, as it dawns on the release of THE BOOKSELLER, Library Journal’s starred Debut of the Month.

We’ll be seeing Mark a little later in the week for ‘5 Minutes Alone‘ but that certainly gives you enough time to run out and get the book, or at least order it if you’ve got an ugly to-do list for the next few days.

Congratulations, Mark!

AuthorScoop Goes Fishing

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Mid-summer has brought some furious non-AuthorScoop obligations to the AuthorScoop team – most of them even good! So, we’re going to draw the shades for a few weeks for some housekeeping and maintenance and will resume our regular features on Monday, August 6th.

In the meantime, if you’re so inclined, here’s a few of our favorite links from our archives -

Midnight Poetry – Have a look. Have a think. Have a lyrical pause and enjoy.

Is Your Book Your Baby? AuthorScoop’s original invitational essay series. Hear from veteran bestsellers and first time authors whether or not they feel parental toward their literary creations.

Graeme Cameron’s Guest Pieces – Two wonderfully funny essays on the craft: Guided By Voices and You’re Only As Good As Your Last Prolonged Period of Self-Loathing

And have a ramble through our interview series ’5 Minutes Alone’ to get a glimpse into the clockworks of some of today’s writers.

Happy Summer and see you on August 6th!

Jeffrey Deaver: Crime Minstrel?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeffery Deaver at Killer Nashville in 2010. But lucky for him (and for us all) his trip to country music’s capital city yielded more compelling fruit than just getting a chance to chat with me across the keg at Killer Nashville’s founder, Clay Stafford’s, house.

The two of them have collaborated on something truly unique – a tie-in album to Deaver’s latest thriller, XO. Here’s the scoop (click here for the full, fascinating story):

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR JEFFERY DEAVER
TAKES A NOVEL APPROACH TO HIS LATEST MYSTERY/THRILLER XO
HAVING HIS MAIN CHARACTER, A STALKING VICTIM,
RECORD A FULL LENGTH CD!

THE PROLIFIC AUTHOR RETURNS TO HIS MUSICAL
ROOTS, PENNING LYRICS TO ELEVEN SONGS THAT HELP
HIS HEROINE KATHRYN DANCE SOLVE THE MYSTERY

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With an incredible 29 novels under his belt as a mystery/crime novelist since the late ’80s, Jeffery Deaver –the internationally acclaimed bestselling author Newsweek calls “a suspense superstar”– has sold books in 150 countries and had his work translated into 25 languages.

Three of his titles have been turned into films, most notably The Bone Collector, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, and the HBO production Dead Silence, based on his A Maiden’s Grave, starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin. Deaver has topped bestseller lists in the New York Times, London Times and Los Angeles Times, and has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America and numerous other accolades in his genre. In 2011, he was tapped to write the latest James Bond novel Carte Blanche.

But how many of his millions of fans around the globe know that his first love is music?

Long before he was keeping readers up at night, scared but still turning pages, Deaver aspired to be the next Bob Dylan or Paul Simon– and performed original songs at clubs from his hometown of Chicago to San Francisco, where he moved after receiving his journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

A few decades after that dream took shape, Deaver has at last found the perfect voice to help him share his formidable songwriting talents: Kayleigh Towne, the beautiful and talented pop/country singer protagonist of XO, the third novel in his series featuring heroine Kathryn Dance, released June 12, 2012…

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‘Three Graves Full’ Gets a Cover

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

In a fit of rabid self-promotion, I’m compelled to say that on February 12, 2013 this should be on a shelf near you:

From the catalog copy:

“There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.”

With this memorable first line, we meet Jason Getty, a regular guy in every mild sense of the word. But extraordinary circumstances push this ordinary man to do something he can’t undo…and now he must live with the undeniable reality of his actions. And just as Jason does finally learn to live with it, a landscaper discovers a body on his property—only it’s not the body Jason buried.

As Jason’s fragile peace begins to unravel, his life is hitched to the fortunes of several strangers: Leah, an abandoned woman looking for answers to her heartbreak; Tim, a small-town detective just doing his job; and Boyd, a fringe-dweller whose past is about to catch up to him—all of them in the wake and shadow of a dead man who had it coming.

With the tense pacing of a thriller and the language and beauty of a fine literary novel, Three Graves Full heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in fiction.

Book Review: Alex Adams’ WHITE HORSE

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at an advanced copy of WHITE HORSE (which hit bookstores last Tuesday) but decided to hold on to my review until you could get your hands on it. ‘Cause you’re going to want to.

If you survived the end of the world, what would you become? Surely you don’t imagine you’d remain the very same you, the you that you’ve come to know and love (and self-loathe at intervals.) Would you become a hero? A hermit? Or perhaps a looter, or a lunatic?

What is there left after every achievement you’ve gained in life becomes meaningless and you’re stranded on the ashy other side of all you’ve ever known? Once someone (or something) has pushed the reset button on civilization, who will you be? And what will you cling to?

Hopefully, these kinds of questions are all just hypothetical exercises for us here on AuthorScoop, but as I’ve always said, fiction is the best way to exercise your mental muscles for empathy, outrage, compassion, judgment, and interpretation. As such, Alex Adams’ WHITE HORSE is one hell of a workout.

In her debut novel, Adams treads a tightrope of excellent words over an abyss of death and destruction. And what little umbrella does she employ to balance against the gusts? Hope.

WHITE HORSE tells the story of Zoe Marshall’s trek across a world ravaged by a disease dubbed White Horse. She goes through wicked trials in her trans-Atlantic journey, fighting despair and digging for decency and dignity in her darkest moments. She risks all that’s left in the search for the man she loves, in the hope that he has somehow survived the plague. Zoe jousts villains and collects allies from those who remain – the small percentage of people who have natural immunity from the virus, and also the others, a scattering of the changed: the ones who didn’t die, but didn’t exactly survive, either – not recognizably as themselves, at any rate.

This isn’t for the squeamish. But what apocalypse really is, if we’re being honest?

Highly recommended.

Get it at your favorite place to buy books. If that’s online, start here.

Breakfast in Paris, by Graeme Cameron

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

As a paving stone on the path to something much bigger, friend to AuthorScoop, Graeme Cameron, is offering up BREAKFAST IN PARIS, a wonderful short story, for free download to Nook, Kindle, or whatever gadget you may use for reading. (Kindle download) (All other formats)

From the jacket copy:

At a sidewalk café on a bustling Parisian avenue, a man awaits a rendezvous with the woman of his dreams.  But as anticipation turns to dread, is he about to wake with a start?

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If you haven’t got an ereader, both Barnes & Noble and Amazon offer free ereader software for your PC, Mac, tablet, or smartphone. (And if you tell me you haven’t got one of those, I’m going to look at you funny and ask how you’re reading this.)

Get it – the software and the story. You’ll love it. And if I’m right (which I am) do take a moment to voice your approval with stars, or even a review.

This is the start of something wonderful.

(Note: A quirk of Amazon has the story initially listed at $.99 through the Kindle link, but it will revert to a free download soon. Now, I’m sure Graeme wouldn’t object to a cut of the nearly-a-buck, but if ya like, the other link has the Kindle download free of charge immediately – just save the .mobi format to your ‘My Kindle Content’ and synch your device/app. Et voilà!)

What’s in a Name? ‘The Liar’s Margin’ gets a new title…

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Publishing news can be big, but sometimes it’s only big on a small-ish level. As such, I’d like to share my news:

So here’s the thing, fiction titles come in basically three varieties. You’ve got your titles that nod to the theme of the story, titles that draw from the plot, either directly or obliquely, and then the bead-stringing type of titles that keep a series going (ONE FOR THE MONEY, TWO FOR THE DOUGH, etc. from Evanovich, Dean Koontz’s ODD books, and also Sue Grafton’s alphabetically-spaced suspense novels; that sort of thing.)

In the case of THE LIAR’S MARGIN, when it came time to put a name to the manuscript, I liked the idea that the crimes, mistakes, and character flaws that drive this story around its bends are basically lies that fall in a range of little-and-white to sooty-and-irreversible. It occurred to me that even our memories of events are filed away in a perimeter around what actually happened – the Truth, as it were.

The good folks at Gallery Books, however, had a different take on things. My terrific editor, Karen Kosztolnyik, steered me to thinking towards the plot for a title, rather than to the theme.

So I had a think and then a few handfuls of hair gripped from my scalp – lather, rinse, repeat. Such is the titling way, until you’ve paced a dull spot into the floor’s finish and you need to buy a hat.

But eventually I caught a thread that led somewhere; something that made a tiny bit of sense. And since it’s very important to the story that more than one person lands in a physical hole, or a metaphorical one, I’m happy to announce the new title of my debut novel, due to hit the shelves in February 2013:

It’s rhythmically pleasing, definitely suspense-y, and it cuts its eyes at the black humor that gives the story its bones. I like it. THREE GRAVES FULL.

Sons of Gods: The Mahabharata Retold, by Aruna Sharan

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Strictly speaking, AuthorScoop is not a book review site, but occasionally we’ll come across something in our private reading that really calls for a crowing. As such, here I go.       -Jamie Mason

I’ve always loved mythologies. Like most of my American contemporaries, Greek and Roman myths were part of our school curriculum. On my own, I sought out Native American and Norse tales. As I let them, they spilled the secrets of the forces and spirits that put color and flourish over the grey cogs of physics and rationalism. I’ve loved these stories for the freedom from the strictly literal that they offer; the chance to swim in what it says of humanity in the stories we invent to explain the universe.

I had certainly heard of India’s rich fables and parables, particularly, the Bhagavad Gita. But I didn’t know of its larger contextual epic, The Mahabharata. And I also didn’t know that I was poorer for it.

I had read Sharon Maas (writing here as Aruna Sharan) several years ago. Her gorgeous and riveting, OF MARRIAGEABLE AGE, is a treasure to me, as it is currently (but perhaps not for long) out of print. I was delighted for the opportunity to read a new work of hers.

SONS OF GODS: THE MAHABHARATA RETOLD is kaleidoscopic in its beauty and intricacy. The hurdle of the tale’s massive scope has always daunted translators, and the difficulty of prising the right tone from an ancient grand epic to suit a modern and Western audience has relegated it to largely academic obscurity.

What’s saved it for us is that Aruna Sharan knows full well that love, betrayal, lust, envy, pride, devotion, and heroism never go out of style. SONS OF GODS is a literary soap opera with a soul that spans the full horizon.

Love for the panoramic story itself and the patience of more than three decades of careful crafting has solved the literary puzzle of how to present it for an audience in the digital age. Aruna Sharan is well-suited in both talent and passion to deliver a new classic for lovers of mythology.

The unique category of mythology also makes SONS OF GODS a clever fit for Amazon’s Kindle publishing as a proving ground for its appeal. The price is incredible for a work of such excellence. Still, I hope for the day to hold it hardbound in my hands, as well. This isn’t just a book, it’s the Universe explained.

Win a Sneak-Peek of WHITE HORSE, by Alex Adams

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

On April 17th, Simon & Schuster, Atria and its imprint, Emily Bestler Books, will roll out a major release, Alex Adams’ WHITE HORSE.

But right now, there’s a little window of opportunity to win an Advanced Review Copy of the book, by heading over to her blog and weighing in on one question:

In White Horse, one of the few possessions Zoe carries with her is a toy monkey—a favorite from her childhood. If the world was ending, and you were on the run, what one thing (not a person or a pet) would you take with you?

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If the hero in your head loves to ponder apocalyptic what-ifs delivered in zipping style, then WHITE HORSE is for you. Why not have it sooner than later?