The PR bandwagon for my novel, "The Curse of Carl Mays," is ready to roll. All aboard. This Tuesday night (Wednesday morning, to be more accurate), I will be an in studio guest on The Joey Reynolds Show, a nationally syndicated radio show broadcast from WOR in New York. It airs midnight to 5:00 a.m. in New York. I'm scheduled to kibbitz with Joey about the Red Sox and baseball and alternate history at 1:00 a.m, ET, or during that hour.
If you don't know Joey like I know Joey, he's sort of a legend. He's been in radio so long, he's actually been inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. In fact, when I first joined the workforce in 1987, Joey was working the morning drive shift on WSHE, 103.5 FM in Miami, and I was a loyal listener -- strange, round world, eh? His WOR show is on 80 or so stations and has 2 million listeners.
If you're not in New York, the best way to hear the voice of Troy O'Leary's Cow is streaming on the internet, if you have a computer, that is. Oh yeah ... right, sorry. Here is a link to it. Just click the "listen live" button on the left side column. The show also airs on these stations:
New York -- WOR 710 AM; Philadelphia -- WCOJ 1420 AM (you can probably hear WOR in New York clearly); South Florida -- WFTL 850 AM; Tampa -- WHNZ 1250 AM; Dallas -- KEES 1430 AM (airing 4-8 a.m.); Detroit -- WYUR 1310 AM (airing 2-5 only; unless they delay it, you'll miss me); Chicago -- WLBK 1360 a.m.
I might even give a plug to FanNation.
Here are links to the book, paperback and hardcover. Makes a nice Father's Day gift for the discriminating chowdah-head (and all baseball fans). For FanNation members, contact me, and I'll personalize and sign it for you -- I do this by mailing you a "bookplate," which is a fancy word for a big sticker you can plaster on the inside cover.
For the new FanNation immigrants, the uninitiated, those who are off the bus seeking to get on the bus, here is a back cover description of the story:
Was it really Bambino's Curse, or something else all along?
It's October 25, 1986-for Red Sox Nation, a date that will live in infamy. Game Six.
Pat McCarvill is Boston's popular mayor, presiding over a boomtown riding the wave of the "Massachusetts Miracle." Despite his success, he's forever haunted by a youthful decision to abandon a once-promising professional baseball career. McCarvill was born on the anniversary of the tragedy to which he has always felt strangely connected: the death of Ray Chapman, killed by a pitch thrown by a one-time Red Sox star, Carl Mays.
Hours before Game Six is to begin, that cosmic connection will unfold. McCarvill is injured while playing in a pre-game charity event, but the paramedics dispatched to his aid mysteriously travel back to 1920, rescuing Chapman instead. The historical timeline has been tampered with, and back in 1986 things have changed-for McCarvill, for the Red Sox, for all of Boston. Now, a legendary fable will be debunked, a life's regret will be redeemed, and a city's dream will be fulfilled ... but at what cost?