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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Steve Berry on Jadeite: A Tight, Taut, Terrific Thriller



Steve Berry knows a thing or two (or twenty) about adventure thrillers. He’s the New York Times bestselling author of 19 novels, including The Amber Room, The Romanov Prophecy, The Alexandria Link, and The Emperor’s Tomb

Some have compared his work to that of Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code, Inferno), centered on adventure quests and measured in thrills per page.

So to receive an endorsement from a thriller-novel master is like finding a long-lost treasure.

Steve Berry calls The Color of Jadeite “a tight, taut, terrific thriller.”

Learn more about Steve Berry and his work at www.SteveBerry.org.

Learn more about The Color of Jadeite at www.EricDGoodman.com/Jadeite.html.

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Saturday, July 04, 2020

Independence, Syndic Style


The July 4, 2020 edition of Syndic Literary Journal is all about the Independence Day. It includes my short story, “Flag in the Road.” You can read it, or listen to an emotional reading by Charles Rammelkamp!

Charles Rammelkamp has his own work in this issue of Syndic, as does Nitin Jagdish, Matt Horner, LeRoy Chatfield, and more!


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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Come With Me to Beijing with Baltimore Style


Before writing an adventure thriller set in China, I wrote travel stories about China. 

Learn about some of the exotic settings you'll encounter in The Color of Jadeite by visiting them in my published travel stories.

This one, on Imperial Beijing, was published in Baltimore Style Magazine.

https://baltimorestyle.com/crickets-and-dragons/

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Join the Adventure



The Advance Reading Copies for my new literary adventure thriller, The Color of Jadeite, are available for your reading pleasure now. This is your opportunity to receive a free copy of the novel.

Print and ebook ARCs are available for reviewers. Many will go on the adventure by reading the book—why not be a part of the adventure by taking it a step further and writing a review for publication in a review journal, magazine, newspaper, or website or for posting on GoodReads or Amazon?

If you’d like a free ARC, please PM me on Facebook or email me at edgewriter@gmail.com.

The Color of Jadeite is being published by Loyola’s Apprentice House Press this fall. 


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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Pennsylvania Literary Journal Features “Old Spruce”



My story, “Old Spruce” is featured in the most recent issue of Pennsylvania Literary Journal. Along with other fiction and poetry, the nearly 450-page issue features academic essays, literary criticism, and more.

Some readers may remember an earlier version of my story “Old Spruce.” I read an earlier, shorter version, “Leaving,” on Baltimore’s NPR station years ago. The story of a woman who lets her yard go wild at the advice of the tree at its center, this is a story that began back around 2003 at the same time I had begun writing stories to include in Tracks: A Novel in Stories.

The Pennsylvania Literary Journal Spring 2020 issue is offered online as a PDF, or you can purchase a print copy




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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Jadeite Uncovered



In my new novel, The Color of Jadeite, there are a number of scenes in which Clive Allan and his sidekicks, with a sense of anticipation and wonder, uncover a new clue or old artifact.

That’s sort of how I felt when the package arrived on my doorstep and I, along with my family, unboxed the Advance Reading Copies of my new literary thriller.

Print and ebook ARCs are available for reviewers. Many will go on the adventure by reading the book—why not be a part of the adventure by taking it a step further and writing a review for publication in a review journal, magazine, newspaper, or website or for posting on GoodReads or Amazon?

If you’d like a free ARC, please PM me on Facebook or email me at edgewriter@gmail.com.

The Color of Jadeite is being published by Loyola’s Apprentice House Press this fall. Learn more at www.EricDGoodman.com/China.html.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Listopedia Loves Setting the Family Free


You may be aware that Setting the Family Free is well-reviewed on GoodReads, with 20 ratings, 7 reviews, and an average rating of 4.85 out of 5. But did you know that the novel has also made several of their Listopia Lists?

Setting the Family Free is the number 1 book our of 367 entries on the list for books about animal/human relationships. Number 1 out of 145 on the "Favorite Animal Stories" list. It's number 2 out of 209 on the "Animal Stories" list, right after Watership Down. It comes in at number 5 for "Animal Attacks," beaten down heavyweights like Jaws and Cujo

As of this writing, it is also currently number 1 on the lists for Airport Reads, Books that make you think, and Great books for travel.  

The lists ebb and flow, but it's good to have Setting the Family Free included on them. See the current lists for yourself at the link.


https://www.goodreads.com/list/book/50094058

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Jadeite Cover Revealed



Apprentice House has designed the cover for my new novel, The Color of Jadeite, and you could say it is etched in stone.

The Color of Jadeite is a literary thriller full of intrigue, romance, treacherous villains, alluring clues, narrow escapes, and surprises around every corner.

With sidekicks Salvador and Mackenzie, Clive Allan sets out to find the priceless artifact, outwitting their rivals at almost every turn. But between the fistfights and rickshaw chases, gunfights and betrayals, Clive’s deep connection with the treasure he seeks and his romance with Wei Wei force him to confront truths about his past and himself.

Check out the cover and learn more about The Color of Jadeite at www.EricDGoodman.com/China.html.



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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Armchair Travel Staycation


Are you planning your summer staycation?

Why not consider joining me and visiting some of these armchair travel destinations?

From China to the Baltics, from Dubai to Spain, you'll find photos and travel adventures at my travel site.

 www.EricDGoodman.com/travel.html


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Friday, May 29, 2020

“Rusted” in Scarlet Leaf Review



Scarlet. Rusted. Both red. And both read.

My short story, “Rusted,” was published in the April issue of Scarlet Leaf Review.

“Rusted” is set in the sweltering heat of Baltimore’s Artscape. Drawn in by an unusual sculpture, the narrator gets to know an even more unusual woman. The encounter draws up memories of the past—and reimagined conversations—that he’d rather forget.

Read “Rusted” and other fine stories in Scarlet Leaf Review.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

New Book is a Literary Adventure Thriller



I have a new novel coming out this fall!

The Color of Jadeite will be published by Loyola’s Apprentice House Books this fall.

The Color of Jadeite is a literary adventure thriller full of intrigue, romance, treacherous villains, alluring clues, narrow escapes, and surprises around every corner. 

Clive Allen, a suave private eye, ventures throughout China in search of an ancient jadeite tablet from the Ming dynasty. Along the way, he delves into the mysteries of China’s art, history, and culture.

Every bit as captivating as the treasure Clive seeks is the mysterious Wei Wei, an expert on Chinese artifacts who helps the droll detective navigate the most perilous pockets of Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and beyond.

With sidekicks Salvador and Mackenzie, Clive sets out to find the priceless artifact, outwitting their rivals at almost every turn. But between the fistfights and rickshaw chases, gunfights and betrayals, Clive’s deep connection with the treasure he seeks and his romance with Wei Wei force him to confront truths about his past and himself.

More details will be revealed as they’re uncovered at www.EricDGoodman.com/China.html.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Find Time for No Time in The Opiate Magazine



My story, “No Time” is published in The Opiate Magazine, Vol. 21.

The Opiate Magazine is an English-language literary magazine based in Paris, France and is available both in print and online.

“No Time” is described by the editor as an “epic slow burn of a friendship betrayal.”

I wrote the first draft years ago, around 2005, prompted by a workshop assignment to imagine something in my life that may have been seen in a negative light to others. I imagined what it must have looked like to friends and family when I returned from a semester in Russia to announce I’d fallen in love, and after I went back a few months later to get married. Nataliya and I were absolutely certain—and rightly so as our 25 years of marriage illustrate. But I imagine others, at the time, must have thought we were crazy, two people from different sides of the globe getting married after knowing one another less than a year.

For the seed to become a story—from the point of view of the friend—I had to take it several steps beyond. Thus the story of love became a story of questionable morals and betrayal.

Whether you order the print copy of the magazine or read it online for free, you’ll find “No Time” on pages 31-41 of the issue.

Enjoy it and the other fine stories and poetry in The Opiate Magazine.




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Thursday, May 07, 2020

My Story "Ginger" Published in Modern Literature



My story, “Ginger” is published in the most recent issue of Modern Literature.

Modern Literature is an international English-language literary magazine based in Chennai, India that showcases the latest trends in literature.

“Ginger” is the story of a family dog and how each member of a family deals with loss.

I wrote the first draft of “Ginger” a few years ago, but the origin of the story goes way, way back.

When I was a child (already identifying as a writer), my family had a dog named “Ginger.” When we had to give her away prior to moving to Japan, I vowed to write a book about her. A year passed, then another. I began to realize the book couldn’t be about a regular mutt—it would be my life story told through the filter of the dog. I even have the first few pages of a draft on a yellow legal pad from childhood.

With age and some amount of maturity, I understood there would never be a book about Ginger. But, doggedly determined to fulfill the vow, as I glanced over the handwritten pages of that childhood beginning, I decided that perhaps a story about the dog could be managed.

The result of that seed is the story just published. 

Note that although motivated by our pet and situation, the story is complete fiction and does not reflect true perspectives, feelings, or viewpoints of real family members depicted in the story.

But, like most good fiction, it is true.

Enjoy “Ginger” and the other fine stories and poetry in Modern Literature.



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Monday, May 04, 2020

Get to It


As I enter my third month of Covid-19 quarantine, my daily work schedule and writing schedule have kept me as busy as ever. However, I’ve managed to take advantage of the saved commute and prep time and have been polishing and submitting some of my short fiction.

The result: 9 stories have been accepted for publication by literary journals and magazines, some in print and others online.

Some of the stories find their roots in rough drafts from as far back as 2007. Others are excerpts from my most recently published novel, Setting the Family Free. One of them I’ve already shared: “It was the Neighbor Who First Noticed Something Amiss” in the most recent issue of Loch Raven Review. Others have been accepted but won’t be published for a few months.

In the days, weeks, and months ahead I’ll share the stories as they’re published here.

I’m not sure why so many people are saying they’re bored during the pandemic. Sure, there are a lot of activities we miss. But there are so many things you can be doing, whether writing, reviewing, submitting, reading, catching up on the books you’ve been putting off, streaming the television series that’s just too long to commit to, dusting off the board games. 

Get to it!

And, if you miss people, we’ll always have Facebook.



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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Lit and Art Looks to the Future



Manzar's Maagu painting, indicating silence, seems fitting in describing readings and literary events of the past several weeks. 

You don’t need us to tell you that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted us all. We had a strong start to the Lit and Art Reading Series for 2020 back in January with readers Linda Joy Burke, Austin Camacho, Katherine Cottle, Lauren Beth Eisenberg Davis, Deanna Nikaido, and Judith Krummeck at The Ivy Bookshop’s Bird-in-Hand location.

However, we had to cancel the March 28 House Concert which would have featured Dan Cuddy, Jen Grow, Nathan Leslie, Nitin Jagdish, and music by Pinto. And we cancelled our April event that would have featured the work of Clarinda Harriss, Matt Honer, Danuta Kosk-Kosicka, Heather Rounds, Patricia Schultheis, and more.

From where we stand now, we’re not sure when we’ll resume our usual schedule. If there is a Baltimore Book Festival this September or November, Lit & Art has been a staple of the festival going back more than a decade and you can probably expect us to be a part of it. Beyond the book fest, we hope things are back to normal in time for us to proceed with our November event at The Ivy’s Bird in Hand location, featuring David Eberhardt, Dan Fesperman, g emil reuter, Charles Rammelkamp, and Diane Sahms-Guarnieri.

Whether we resume later this year or in 2021, we look forward to inviting all of this year’s readers who missed out to join us for the next events.

In the meantime, please take a look at the authors and poets mentioned in this post and check out their books, many of them available as hardcovers and paperbacks delivered to your doorstep, or as ebooks. It is more important than ever to support small-press authors as well as artists and small business.

We’ll get through this together. Only apart. Sort of.

Check our Lit and Art Facebook page for the latest on future events and other related news and announcements.



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Friday, April 03, 2020

Like Tiger King? You'll Love Setting the Family Free!



Tiger King is the number one show on Netflix right now.

Hungry for more? Check out Setting the Family Free, my novel inspired by some of the events featured in Tiger King!

Published by Loyola's Apprentice House last fall, lauded by Junot Diaz as "supremely moving, ferocious and tender" and by Jacqueline Mitchard as "a generous, boisterous, surprising read, like a tiger in your back yard," Setting the Family Free is available now as a hardcover, paperback, and ebook!



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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

No Fooling: The Goodmans Relocated



Today the Goodman family announced their relocation. 

After residing for one year in downtown Baltimore’s Federal Hill and 19 years in the Rodgers Forge neighborhood, they have vacated their rowhouse and moved to a new home.

“It was just getting too crowded in our rowhouse,” said Nicole Goodman, 21. “Between the souvenirs they buy when traveling and all of Dad’s books, it was starting to feel like we lived in a warehouse.”

“Actually, it was more like a library with a cabinet of curiosities,” Alexander Goodman, 15, corrected.

Tied to the local literary community—and their careers and schools—the Goodmans decided not to move too far away. They resisted the temptation to move to Canada.

“Alex just got into Carver Center for the Arts, and Nicole’s still at Towson University’s Honors College, so we wanted to make sure they could still attend and we could still make it to work,” Nataliya Goodman, 49, stated.

The new home, Wineberry House, is in the Manor Hills neighborhood of Glen Arm, just 15 minutes from their old home. They can now walk to Loch Raven hiking trails they used to drive to. They're in the woods, but only minutes from civilization.

“Close enough to still consider myself a Baltimore writer,” Eric D. Goodman, 48, insisted.

This summer, once they're closer to unpacked and settled in, the Goodmans plan to host a housewarming party, assuming people are permitted to gather once again. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.




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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Bearable Lightness of Being in Czech Republic



Here’s a travel story published a couple years ago I don’t think I ever got around to sharing.

"The Bearable Lightness of Being in Czech Republic" is a  travel story published by inTravel Magazine in three parts during 2017 and 2018.

If you’re sitting at home worrying about the Corona virus, enjoy some armchair travel at the link below!


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Friday, March 13, 2020

Lit And Art House Concert Cancelled Over Coronavirus Concerns

Given the Coronavirus pandemic, we are cancelling the Lit and Art House Concert scheduled for March 28.
Don't worry: we will reschedule the event for a later date, likely in May. If the NBA, NHL, larger concerts, and theme parks are cancelling, it may be a sign.
Stay well and stay tuned.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Lit and Art House Concert II

The next event in the Lit and Art Reading Series is part literary reading and part house concert! After an exciting house concert event one evening last spring, we decided to do it again.

Authors and poets and artists Nathan Leslie, Dan Cuddy, Sally Whitney, Nitin Jagdish, and Manzar Rassouli will take the basement stage where members of bands like Wilco, June Star, and the Humidors have performed!

The event is BYOB and will begin with about half an hour of socializing before Pinto (featuring Andrew Laughland) takes the stage with some original music, followed by literary readings and more music.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at 13 Wagonwheel Ct., Glen Arm, Maryland. 

Bring your friends! Bring a bottle or dish and your appetite for a fun evening of music and lit!

Learn more at the Lit & Art page!

www.facebook.com/groups/LitAndArt

UPDATE: Given the Coronavirus pandemic, we are cancelling the Lit and Art House Concert scheduled for March 28. 

Don't worry: we will reschedule the event for a later date, likely in May. If the NBA, NHL, larger concerts, and theme parks are cancelling, it may be a sign.

Stay well and stay tuned.

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