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June 2005

March 3
* Thunder From a Clear Sky: Stovepipe Johnson's Confederate Raid on Newburgh, Indiana becomes available.

June 1* The Summer 2005 issue of Texas Hill Country Magazine comes out with a great, full-length book review on Thunder From a Clear Sky.

June 10 * 1,200-word feature newspaper article on Thunder From A Clear Sky appears on Page 1 of the Spectrum section of the Evansville Courier.

June 11 * Book Signing- Rivertown Antiques, Newburgh, Indiana
Rivertown June 18, 2005
Surrounded by history lovers at Rivertown Antiques

It was a great day for a book signing. The weather was gorgeous and the annual Newburgh Summerfest Parade was a great slice of Midwest Americana. Meanwhile, all I can think about is whether anyone will actually come to the book signing. I wasn't ready for what happened. It was an absolutely incredible reaction to the opening event for Thunder From a Clear Sky. Although a wonderful article in the Evansville Courier had appeared the day before, I had no idea how many people would come to Rivertown. Honestly, I though if I could sell twenty books I would call the event a success. Before the event began there was a line forming at the cash register. I signed ninety-eight books in three hours. Between greeting people, signing books, and taking money the event was a memorable blur. Luckily, Don Johnson was there and clicked about 100 pictures of the event. Without him a warm spot in my brain would be the only thing left of what happened that day.

June 18 * Book Signing- Barnes & Noble, Evansville, Indiana
Barnes and Noble 12
Shaking hands at Barnes & Noble, Evansville

After Rivertown just a week before, I was subsumed with doubt about the turnout for the Barnes & Noble event. Surely, everyone who wanted a book had purchased one last week. Not so. Once again, there was a line waiting for me when I arrived fifteen minutes early. At one point there were a dozen people tailing towards the in-store Starbucks waiting to get their copies signed. Counting books that B&N took to re-stock their shelves, eighty-seven copies of Thunder From a Clear Sky passed through my hands in two hours.

June 22 * I receive notification that Thunder From a Clear Sky is the publisher's best selling title for the week of June 13, 2005.