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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring 2014 Newsletter from Homer and Linda Hickam


Homer Hickam News
March, 2014
SPRING NEWSLETTER FROM HOMER AND LINDA

The Writer's Life


  Dear Gentle and Prodigious Readers:

Spring has arrived on our little Alabama mountain with some fits and starts. The daffodils have never been more beautiful and we expect the redbud, tulip trees, and dogwood to soon blossom. We still have chilly weather in the forecast but nothing that's going to stop one of our usual glorious springs. The cats are feeling frisky, especially our latest adoptee, the nefarious but thoroughly cute St. Johnian orange kitty, Yawzi. Yawzi is keeping the other cats a little off balance as he settles in. He's friendly but he's sooooo fast, he scares them!
Yawzi, The St. John bush cat!
 
We have several new things to let you know. First, if you are a writer or know someone who wants to be a writer, please consider traveling to Huntsville to attend our second annual Monte Sano Writers Conference on April 5 In Huntsville, Alabama, our home town. Last year's conference was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all of our attendees and presenters! Just $55 for the day ($65 registering on the day of the conference), everyone agrees that the conference is quite a bargain! For the equivalent information and inspiration, writers often spend thousands of dollars so even if you need to travel overnight for the conference, you'll find it well worth the money. Our nine presenters will provide you with the tools to get published, or market effectively if you already are!  Linda and I will also be there to meet and greet you and add what we can. So please sign up now. The poster here gives you the information you need.

Register for the Writers Conference HERE

Here's some great news about Rocket Boys the Musical ! It is to be staged in greater Atlanta's marvelous new Legacy Theatre October 3-26, 2014! We are excited about joining with this fine developmental theater to prepare Rocket Boys for what we hope will eventually be its Broadway premiere! If you are involved with community theater, by the way, go to the musical's website and see about the possibility of staging your own prodigious Rocket Boys show!
The Rocket Boys Musical Team
L-R Carl Tramon (writer)
Homer Hickam (writer)
Diana Belkowski (composer)
Dan Tramon (composer)



Big News! I have a new novel in the Helium-3 series coming out in June! It is the third of the series, and titled:
You'll like it no matter your age or literary interest. It's a rousing, rock 'em, sock 'em (yet romantic and thoughtful) space yarn that never lets up. Here are a few blurbs:

"An exciting romp through a surprisingly realistic future. Homer's knowledge of science gives an interesting backdrop to a universe filled with exotic creatures and amusingly fantastical elements." - Jasper T. Scott, author of the Dark Space
series

"Hickam again displays a knack for suspenseful scenes out in the "big suck" of space..." - Kirkus Reviews

"With vivid prose, wild imagination, and a keen eye for the science behind the fiction, Homer Hickam transports us to a future Moon packed with big-hearted heroes, damsels more than clever enough to get themselves out of distress, villains with double and triple agendas, and - of course - hyper-intelligent slime molds. Lunar Rescue Company is a thrill ride of space battles, runaway asteroids, and all the derring-do any reader could ever hope for." - Javier Grillo-Marxuach, writer and producer of the television series Lost and Helix.

Pre-order today from Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com or your favorite bookseller. For autographed copies, please contact Linda who will be more than happy to send it when it comes out in June along with any other Homer Hickam books!


And speaking of Homer Hickam books, we have a gigantic SALE on my novel The Dinosaur Hunter!

One of my best-reviewed novels which grew from my years of work in the Montana badlands searching out ancient bones, is the thoroughly adult story of Mike Wire, an ex-Los Angeles police detective, wounded on the job, who moves to Montana to become the top hand on a ranch owned by a woman he loves but doesn't love him back. Told in his voice, Mike is confronted by murder and mayhem that arrives on the ranchlands with a peculiar paleontologist who is hot on the trail of a far older crime, the attack of a T.rex mother and her brood by rogue dinosaurs.
For more on
The Dinosaur Hunter,
go here:  
   

Now, for the sale!

We have come into possession of some trade editions of The Dinosaur Hunter and would love to share them with our friends and fans at a very special price 


Only $.99 , plus a shipping and handling charge of $4.00.
(It really does cost that much for Linda to pack and send it), I will personalize and autograph the book and Linda will send it along without delay! We only have a limited number of copies at this price so please go here to order before we run out! So think gifts now - Father's Day, Mother's Day, graduations, birthdays, all holidays! Only $4.99!! Multiples will be $.99 cents but a little more for mailing as many as you like. (Please no resale.)   

Linda will let you know when you get in touch with how many. Contact her at LTerry@hiwaay.net for info on PayPal or Credit or for total cost for multiples. Checks for $4.99 can be sent here. Please remember to include inscription wanted:
 
Linda Hickam
4906 Whitesburg Dr. S

PO Box 16053
Huntsville AL 35802
 
That's it for now. Let us hear from you!     Homer  
  

From Linda

All is well here with the cats and family, thank you! The yard is looking so beautiful with our naturalized daffodils, I love them, so much a happy color. Wyatt is colorful too, below!
Molly paints on my ipad!
Curly Bill sits in a shoebox,
always a favorite with our cats!
Summer, Wyatt and Curly Bill play "as seen on TV"
 Cat's Meow....they love it!
Sometimes, Yawzi can't remember to take his tongue in
April has a Room With a View!
China is a big reader!

Summer and Albert in front of the fireplace

Rainbow Head Wyatt

Please, prayers and support our courageous troops fighting across the world. A shout out for our nephew, Sgt. Ethan Terry, and his team. We have our old oak tree decorated in your honor Ethan, and so look forward to you cutting it off on your safe return.
Ethan's "Old oak tree"  
Happy Spring!
Linda and our Furchildren

Autographed Books - Sale

I would be glad to help you with any special gift of Homer's autographed books, just get in touch at LTerry@hiwaay.net And don't forget

                      The Dinosaur Hunter


trade paperback, inscribed and autographed, for just $4.99, a limited offer, so order bunches now!  

And of course all the Sixteen Others ... 

Rocket Boys hardcover, $30, $41 with shipping.
And of course I have his sixteen other books available too. Please see Homer's website to see the selection and prices or email me.  (click on the white gift book with the green ribbon, looks like below) All of his books are described in detail on his BOOKS page there too.
 
In This Issue

Quick Links

Speaker, Homer Hickam

Homer is an often requested and talented speaker. However he cannot travel and speak and get a book or more written a year without it being well worth his while. Honorariums go towards maintaining our five college scholarships. Thank you for your understanding.
Please contact
Greater Talent Network
to find out his availability.


Eagle Scout Congratulations
This is a prodigious award and Homer could not be prouder of the young men who achieve this major landmark in their lives, but he has been put on some lists where he is receiving up to 50 requests a week! PLEASE, we require a SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE for return congratulation letters. Send the requests and stamped envelope to:

Homer Hickam
Eagle Scout Request 
4906 Whitesburg Dr. S
PO Box 16053
Huntsville AL 35802



Stay Connected - these are Homer's links, say HI!


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013



Homer Hickam News
December, 2013


The Writer's Life

 

Dear Gentle and Prodigious Readers:

Well, here it is the Holiday Season, a busy time for all of us, but for the Hickams, something of a relief. The Fall of 2013 was one thing after another, most of it all good, but requiring our full attention! Before I tell you all that happened, let me remind one and all that Linda is prepared to fill all of your Christmas autographed Homer Hickam book orders for that special person in your life who loves to read. See her section below and don't wait! Of course, the Coalwood books are available - Rocket Boys , The Coalwood Way  (aka A Coalwood Christmas), Sky of Stone, and We are Not Afraid.  

The acclaimed Josh Thurlow series set during World War II - The Keeper's Son, The Ambassador's Son, and The Far Reaches
are available as are the stand-alone books, and so is Red Helmet
(a romantic tale of the coalfields),
The Dinosaur Hunter (a grand adventure and mystery story set in today's Montana), My Dream of Stars

(the memoir of the Iranian-American astronaut Anousheh Ansari), and the young adult sci-fi Helium-3 series set on the moon- Crater and Crescent.


Linda also has the printed version of the short e-books Paco: The Cat Who Meowed in Space  (the story of my early years with NASA and a very special cat), and From Rocket Boys to October Sky (the story of how the memoir was written and the movie made).

Check in with Linda at LTerry@hiwaay.net and she'll help fill your orders. DON'T WAIT! Book prices can be found in some specials Linda has below and the full list is here on my website.  Just click on the white gift with the green ribbon there!




I just turned in my latest novel, the third in the Helium-3 series, titled

Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company.     

I've pulled out the stops on this one but it won't be available until June so please hang on for the latest adventures of Crater, Crescent, Maria, and all the characters in the first two novels in the series.  



We had the most marvelous time this year at the second Rocket Boys/October Sky Festival in Beckley, WV. It was great to see the other boys - Roy Lee, Billy, and O'Dell - plus a special treat in the appearance of Chris Owen, the great actor who played Quentin in the movie. Next year, the main Festival day will be Saturday, October 4.
Billy, O'Dell, Chris Owen, Princess, Roy Lee
and Homer
From the moment we set foot in Beckley, we were in a whirlwind of activities. I spoke to visiting students, ran a writer's workshop, talked to the audiences of the movie October Sky, and, on the prime day of the celebration, greeted the crowds and signed books all day while visitors celebrated with music, great food, visiting vendors and other authors, not to mention launching rockets! Linda had been stung on her hand by a yellow jacket and had a reaction and an infection from it but persevered anyway during our busy but wonderful time.

I next headed to the Big Apple, New York City, to talk to my fellow creators of  Rocket Boys the Musical after a third popular season at Theatre West Virginia. After the recent successful presentation at Fairmont State University, we think we're in great shape to keep going toward that brighter sky!
Linda's 92 year old dad Walt watching football with Albert



In NY, I also took the opportunity to visit Kate Nintzel, my wonderful new editor at Harper Collins who will guide me along as I write book eighteen, Carrying Albert Home: A Family Epic
(the working title). Much more on this later!

  Our Albert is much loved
wherever he goes!




After that, I headed to Watertown, Connecticut, to help them celebrate both Rocket Boys: A Memoir and Crater 
as their 2013 annual city/library read! I was very much made to feel at home by the wonderful folks in Watertown and made many new friends.
 
Before I had time to scarcely turn around, I was on my way to Denver, Colorado, where I celebrated the selection of Rocket Boys by the Commerce City School System as a school-wide read.  I was most impressed by the educators and students in this high percentage Latino district. They understand how to use education to motivate their students be successful in the USA! I was proud to help out and so pleased that the story of the Rocket Boys is meaningful to these wonderful folks.

Linda and I next drove up to Blacksburg, Virginia, to help the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Skipper, the game cannon I helped build in 1963. Joining us was Ben "Butch" Harper and George Fox, my fellow cadets at that time who joined in to build a grand brass cannon that for so many years was the pride of the Corps.

Although the original Skipper is retired now, her legend lives on in  Skipper II. What a wonderful reception we received from the Corps including a special firing of the new Skipper on the drill field.   
The Cannon Boys and Skipper
Right after this, I was honored by being selected by the governor of Alabama to serve on the board of the United States Space & Rocket Center, the home of Space Camp and Space Academy. I look forward to working with Dr. Deborah Barnhart and my fellow board members in my hometown of Huntsville, Alabama.

Then, with a great sigh of happiness, Linda and I headed for our prodigious home Skyridge. There, as always, we had a most marvelous time, snorkeling, scuba diving, have meals and drinks with friends, gardening and working on the house, getting it shipshape for the rental season. We will be back soon, with my brother and his family in January, their first time there.
Dusk view from Skyridge deck
The most beautiful full moon rising
over "The Narrows."
From our deck this last trip




We wish you joy these holidays, from our family to yours. May you take time to be with friends and family and make time for what really matters - memories, and the gift of your presence, not opulent presents.

Happy 2014 - Make it your best year yet!

Homer 




Merry Christmas from the KnowInk Shipping Department - Linda, the Fluffies here
and all the rest of my VERY helpful crew!

From
Linda

The holidays are HERE!
Order your Autographed Books
 for that hard-to-find-a gift-for person NOW!

Autographed Books - Sale
Think Christmas NOW!  The purrrfect gift
- a personalized, autographed book! We will mail for you, no postal line. Gift wrapping even available :)

Rocket Boys hardcover, $30, $41 with shipping.
And of course I have his sixteen other books available too. Please see Homer's website to see the selection and prices or email me.  (click on the white gift book with the green ribbon, looks like below) All of his books are described in detail on his BOOKS page there too.
For your young ones, 5th grade on up, Personalized and autographed trade paperbacks of the second Helium-3, Crescent, for $12, $6 priority mail - $18 total. I do have hardcovers of the first book, Crater still, $22 with mailing. If you want the pair, $30 total with priority mailing.

Red Helmet
(hardback, out of print, collectible) $22.00 Shipping, $11.

I have 10 copies of the very rare, out of print hardcover collectible
My Dream of Stars    $40, $6 mailing.
 
For the hard to buy for guys (girls too!) 
The Dinosaur Hunter
Hardcover is now available, collectible out of print, a perfect "BOY gift!" $25, $11 shipping.
Trade $16.00 Shipping, $6 so only $22.00

I have the  Josh Thurlow Trilogy
also, WWII buffs will love it. The trilogy includes Keeper's Son and because that book is rare, the price is $85 for the 3, $11 shipping.

Ambassadors Son and Far Reaches are sold alone also for $25 each but not Keepers, too rare. 
Six books will fit in one $11 mailing box. Confused? Write me!
Send check or money order to me here, or email for credit order  Lterry@hiwaay.net  

After DEC 19 credit card only by email, orders will not get there in time, order now!
  
Note: Prices here are current and supercede the website list - most are lower, a few higher due to new scarcity.  

Linda Hickam    
2124 Cecil Ashburn Dr
Suite 100
#210
Huntsville, AL 35802
     
After Jan 1, email me at Lterry@hiwaay.net for new mailing address.  
Wyatt watching his weight during the holidays ;)
In This Issue

Quick Links

Speaker, Homer Hickam

Homer is an often requested and talented speaker. However he cannot travel and speak and get a book or more written a year without it being well worth his while. Honorariums go towards maintaining our five college scholarships. Thank you for your understanding.
Please contact
Greater Talent Network
to find out his availability.


Eagle Scout Congratulations
This is a prodigious award and Homer could not be prouder of the young men who achieve this major landmark in their lives, but he has been put on some lists where he is receiving up to 50 requests a week! PLEASE, we require a SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE for return congratulation letters. Send the requests and envelope to:

Homer Hickam
Eagle Scout Request 
2124 Cecil Ashburn Dr.
Suite 100   #210
Huntsville, AL 35802



Stay Connected - these are Homer's links, say HI!


Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   View our videos on YouTube   Visit our blog   Find us on Google+   Find us on Pinterest
www.homerhickam.com
Copyright © 2013 - All Rights Reserved
All photos and content owned by www.homerhickam.com and cannot be used without permission