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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Mary Beth Keane Asks Again

I'm excited for fellow author Mary Beth Keane, who recently shared her book, Ask Again, Yes, on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

I've been reading Mary Beth Keane's fiction for years, and she's even read some of mine. In fact, she endorsed Tracks: A Novel in Stories saying: 

In Tracks, Goodman manages to capture the complicated push and pull of family, of friends, of history, of life, how it bears down on each of us, pulling us apart while simultaneously pushing us together. His characters are, in turn, compassionate, indifferent, bitter, sympathetic, wistful, and most of all, real. I recognized parts of myself in each one of them, and I imagine this is exactly what Goodman intended. Tracks is a wonderful debut."

Her latest, Ask Again, Yes made NYT's bestsellers list, was featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and is now in development as a mini-series!

What more could an author ask for?


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Charles Rammelkamp calls Setting the Family Free "Vivid as the Nightly News"

Charles Rammelkamp is one of Baltimore's literary giants. An author and a poet himself, he is also editor of The Potomac online literary journal, is prose editor for BrickHouse Books, and was a staff writer for Renaissance Magazine. Here is what Charles Rammelkamp thought of Setting the Family 

“Sammy Johnson collects exotic animals on his rural Ohio property, which isn't a problem until suddenly it is, and then everybody wants in on the action. 'Dealing with the press could prove as unpleasant as dealing with wild animals,' Deputy Chuck Ellison observes. But the press is only a part of it in Eric D. Goodman's rollicking story of things getting out of control. Toss in the law, psychologists, zoologists, and even an old drinking buddy, and you start to get the full picture, vivid as the nightly news!”

         - Charles Rammelkamp,
             author of Mata Hari: Eye of the Day and

             American Zeitgeist

Pre-order your copy of Setting the Family Free today at Amazon or directly from Apprentice House!


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Steal of the Week Stolen

This past March, our inn was featured in The Week Magazine as the steal of the week. It's with bettersweet success that we announce that The Historic York Inn in the Smyser-Bair House has gone from steal to stolen.

Each issue of The Week features a two-page spread with the “Best Properties on the Market.” Normally there are six properties all under a unified theme, with one of them being the best deal on the market. 

Back in March, the category was “B and Bs and inns,” and The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House was included as the steal of the week. 

“The nine-bedroom Historic York Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places as the Smyser-Bair House,” writes The Week. “Original details in the 1849 mansion include a porcelain bathroom, glass-etched gasolier, etched door hardware, and pier mirrors gilded with the first owner’s Gold Rush ore.” 

The Historic York Inn in the Smyser-Bair House has been a ten-year-plus chapter in our lives. We have a lot of history stored in that historic inn, but we're happy to pass the keys on to the next innkeepers. 

The new owners intend to continue running the inn as it has been run over the past decade or so. That means you can still book a room, attend an event, or take a tour of the beautiful mansion. As for us, we're checking out for a little while.

Visit www.YorkInn.info for more.


Thursday, August 22, 2019

"A good read written by a thoughtful and skilled writer"

Bathsheba Monk is the author of novels ranging from Nude Walker and Now You See it: Tales from Cokesville, PA to her Swanson Herbenko cozy mystery series. It’s no mystery what she thought after reading Setting the Family Free. Let’s skip ahead to the end:

“In an age when we humans seem hellbent on destroying the planet and everything on it, it's imperative to have authors writing with empathy about the impact our decisions have on our fellow creatures. Fiction is the perfect vehicle for this, especially in the hands of a compassionate writer. Eric D. Goodman takes an interesting premise, the release of captive animals from human control, and puts them on a more even footing with humans. Are we the same or even similar? Or are they just the "other" and must be subdued if their needs and wants conflict with ours? Goodman resists a Disney ending, and as all good writers do, manages to raise more questions than he answers. Setting the Family Free is a good read written by a thoughtful and skilled writer.” 

         - Bathsheba Monk,
             author of Nude Walker

Pre-order your copy of Setting the Family Free today at Amazon or directly from Apprentice House!


Monday, August 19, 2019

Full Disclosure: Full Cover Spread

You've probably seen the front cover for Setting the Family Free. But have you seen the full cover, front and back?

Full disclosure: here it is!

Of course, an image online never compares to the printed hard cover or trade paperback in hand! Or the high-resolution eBook cover! Why not try all three?

Pre-order your copy of Setting the Family Free today at Amazon or directly from Apprentice House!


Friday, August 02, 2019

Arizona Awaits

Our next travel adventure: visiting family in Arizona.  We'll enjoy a lot of quality time together, but that won't slow us down!

Although I've visited and lived in the west before, this will be the first time my wife and kids have ventured west of Chicago, so it will be an eye-opening experience for them. In many ways, exploring Arizona and Utah will prove more unique than some of the unique countries we visit across the globe.

Flagstaff will be our home base, where the elevation is high and the weather is cool. But we'll venture to several hot locations, including the Grand Canyon's North and South rims, Sedona, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki, Sunset Crater, the Petrified Forrest and Painted Dessert, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon. 

You never know, we may even take a few snapshots!

Follow along at www.Facebook.com/Edgewriter.