Launched a new author page:
Gary has a new book coming out. Go see on his new page above.
Finally got around to adding more reader comments. Go check it
Just returned from another trip down the Colorado. We stopped at
Lake Powell, the Glen Canyon Dam, and the Grand Canyon on the
way to book signings in Lake Havasu City, and at Hoover Dam. Below is
a picture of my wife and I at Horseshoe Bend (just below the
Glen Canyon Dam.)
We are now selling the 2nd printings of Wet Desert. We fixed the
typos you told us about. Hold on to those first editions. They
could be collectors items some day. You can tell the 2nd edition
by map on page 2.
We are minutes away from engaging the printer for the second
printing of Wet Desert. Beside fixing some typos, we are adding
a map, which was requested by many readers. Below is the map, you
can download it by right clicking it.
Good news, we just found out that the gift shops and marinas
around Lake Powell have picked up Wet Desert. Additionally, the
High Scaler Cafe at Hoover Dam is selling the book.
We just arrived home from a trip down the Colorado River where
we signed books at Hastings - Bullhead City, Desert River
Outfitters - Bullhead City, Hastings - Lake Havasu City,
Oasis - Quartzsite, and Desert Adventures - Boulder City.
is the welcome I received at the Hastings in Lake Havasu City.
is my mom and wife Becca at Davis Dam which holds back Lake
you ever get to Quartzsite , AZ, you should definitely drop in
and say hello to Paul, the owner of Reader's Oasis bookstore.
After an afternoon signing books at Paul's store, I asked Paul
whether he got more customers looking for books, or just
looking. he said about half and half.
above is my favorite fan, Helen. She owns Desert River
Outfitters in Bullhead City, AZ. She took us down the river
below Laughlin for a quick trip. If you get any where near
Laughlin, go see Helen and take a trip with her. Our next trip
with Helen will be this summer in Black Canyon (just downstream
of Hoover Dam). Let me know if you want to join us.
River Outfitters, 1034 Hwy 95, Bullhead City, 888-529-2533
is yours truly on our Kayak trip.
here is a picture of the new Hoover Bridge being build to avoid
routing traffic over Hoover Dam. It is way up in the air. If you
get to Vegas, go check it out.
The Whitney Awards announced their finalists for best fiction of
2007. Wet Desert is a finalist for Best Novel by New Author.
Wow! It has been almost two months since I updated the news. Our
latest news is Costco is trying out Wet Desert in their Ogden
store. If things go well, they could expand it to others.
all our successes in 2007 we are running out of books so we are
getting ready for a second printing in early 2008. We will be
fixing a few typos, so if you found any, let us know at
Amazing. Last night I saw an announcement on Google about a
radio review for Wet Desert on 89.1 FM in Provo. Nobody had told
me anything. Anyway, I was able to capture the audio, so here it
is. Click here to listen
Sam Weller's sponsored an author event in downtown Salt Lake
City last night. There were three authors invited, all from
small publishers. Before the signings, they invited each of us
to introduce our book and read. They even had a podium setup. It
was my first reading and I was a little nervous. But, it went
very well and we sold some books for Sam Weller. The authors
are: Myself, Linda Dunning & Lannie Scopes.
Last weekend we were in Denver for the Mountains and Plains
Bookseller's conference. It was a great opportunity to talk face
to face with bookstores from around the west. The bookstores in
Colorado were especially excited about Wet Desert. I look
forward to hearing from them as they read the book.
returned from the League of Utah Writers 2007 Roundup in St.
George. It was a lot of fun. Wet desert was definitely one of
the best selling books in the small book fair at the show. I met
lots of interesting people including a NY editor from Putnam
books. Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game) was the keynote speaker.
What an incredibly interesting guy he is. Here is a quote from Orson:
"Voice and Style can not be taught, only killed." Here
is a picture of Orson with yours truly.
bookstore called, this one in Minnesota. They said they finally got around to reading Wet Desert, and they loved it. The
Las Vegas (all 4) and the St. George Deseret Books are stocking
up for October when Deseret Saints Magazine will publish a
review. We will try to arrange a Saturday of signings for Oct in
news keeps coming in. A bookstore in Colorado told us today that
they finally got around to reading Wet Desert and they loved it.
Many of the bookstores we stopped at on the Colorado River have
decided to carry the book. Hastings in Bullhead (Laughlin, NV)
told us they are stocking up for Labor Day. Deseret Book in St.
George and Las Vegas have sold out. Desert Saints, a magazine
based in Las Vegas, has agreed to publish a review in Oct. It
seems Wet Desert is becoming popular at locations near the
Colorado River. Who would have thought?
BYU invited me to do a signing during education week. The
bookstore was incredibly busy which made for a fun signing. I
was signing right next to Bob Lonsberry, the morning talk-show
host on 570 AM Radio. See Bob and me below. Now if we could just
convince Bob to talk about Wet Desert on his show.
just returned from 9 days in Southern California. On the way
down, we stopped and signed books at the Deseret Book in St.
George and the Deseret book in Las Vegas (Bonanza). In
California, Ed at Book Carnival (a well known Mystery Store)
gave us a review, and we signed some books. On the way home, we
spent a couple days visiting book shops along the Colorado River
from Blythe, California to Laughlin, Nevada. We've been looking
forward to visiting these stores, since Wet Desert is written
about that area. The picture is of Becca, Allison & Kelly at
Parker Dam (Lake Havasu).
Book Sleuth in Colorado Springs has recommended Wet Desert in
their monthly newsletter. Check "Reviews" to read
their review. Tomorrow we are heading to Southern California for
a week. We will be visiting many bookstores there and along the
Deseret Bookstores just received inventory. Check on Where
to Buy to see where. I went to the two Ogden stores on
Saturday and signed their inventory. Both stores had the book
prominently displayed on the New Arrivals shelf. Riverdale had
already sold one.
Galaxy in San Diego has just posted a review. Check out my Reviews
just received the first bad news since we published Wet Desert.
Yesterday we heard the someone in California had received a copy
of Wet Desert with a few blank pages in the 90- 100 range. We
called around and found two more books with a similar problem.
So far all of these bad books came out of the same box. We are
inspecting our remaining inventory. Hopefully this problem is
isolated to less than a dozen books. If you get one, email us immediately
and we will ship you a replacement. On the other hand, if this
book eventually becomes a bestseller, these first edition
exceptions could be worth $$$$.
Day!!! Maybe the biggest day so far. We received word today
that Deseret Book (40 stores) has ordered a stocking
order of Wet Desert. Additionally, Deseret's partner Seagull
Books (26 stores) , will place their stocking order within
the next couple days. Between Deseret Book & Seagull, Wet
Desert will be available in: Arizona (Chandler, Mesa (3),
Glendale), Washington (Seattle), Nevada (Las Vegas (4), Reno),
Idaho (Boise (2), Meridian, Idaho Falls (3), Rexburg,
Pocatello), Colorado (Denver), California (Orange, Los
Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento,
San Diego), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Oregon (Lake Oswego), Utah
(41). The books should be available in stores in a week or two.
out the reader comments page. I finally updated it with some of
the feedback we have been getting.
as you know, we have nationwide distribution now which means it
is available to any bookstore in the country. So, I decided to
put myself in your shoes to test the market. I walked up to the
register at the Bountiful Barnes & Noble and asked them if
they could get me a book they didn't stock. The girl asked me
the name of the book. I told her "Wet Desert". She
typed it in and immediately asked, "by Gary Hansen?" I
nodded. She told me it would take between a week to 10 days. I
handed her my credit card, but she told me I wouldn't need to
pay until it arrived. She took my phone number to notify me.
Piece of Cake!
success story. Simply Books, the bookstore in the SLC airport
has decided to sell Wet Desert. Not only that, they want to
prominently display it in the store window and promote it inside
the store. They wanted 35 books to get started. They also supply
books to all the newsstands throughout the airport. As you know,
SLC is a very busy hub for Delta, and many travelers are on
layover in SLC. Assuming Wet Desert does well in the airport,
then this deal will get Wet Desert in the hands of travelers all
over the USA.
We just arrived home from a week in Southern California. I
worked a trade show for three days while Becca drove all over
visiting bookstores. The last couple days, we hit stores
together. During the week, we traveled from Ventura to San Diego
and put 850 miles on the rental car. Our key targets were crime
fiction specialists: Book Carnival in Orange, Mysteries to Die
For in Thousand Oaks, Book'em Mysteries in S. Pasadena,
Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, & The Mystery Bookstore in
LA. But, during the week we stopped at many other independents
including UCLA Bookstore and UC Irvine Bookstore. Becca ran into
best-selling author John Connelly in Pasadena, gave him a book,
and ask him to send us a blurb. Go John! In the next couple
weeks look for many of these stores to start selling Wet Desert.
Another great review. This one from Meridian Magazine. Wet
Desert was compared to a Tom Clancy Novel. Thanks Jennie!
The Herald Journal in Logan just published the first media
review of Wet Desert! Go read it on the reviews page and see
what they said. Additionally, we have added a new page on the
site for Book Club discussions.
The BYU bookstore has been reviewing Wet Desert. They called
today and told us they want the book. They will have stock by tomorrow.
The first media review of Wet Desert is planned for the morning
edition of The Herald Journal on Friday June 8th. Two signings
are planned the next day in Cache Valley. See
the signings page for details. Then in late June, Meridian
Magazine will do a book review and post it to their web site.
New book signing announced for June 16th at the Bookshelf, see
the signing page for details. We are starting to hear back from some of the initial readers,
and the reviews are good. A trend is lack of sleep until the
book is finished. Additionally, we added three more bookstores today: Eborn Books, Sam Weller's Books,
and our first location in Idaho, the Preston Citizen.
What a book signing we had in my home town Trenton. Check the
signings page for pictures.
We added two more bookstores today: The Bookshelf in Ogden, UT, and U.S.U.
Bookstore in Logan, UT. Go get em!
We added two more bookstores today: ABC Books in Kaysville, UT, and A Wisebird
Bookery in Ogden, UT. Readers in Kaysville and Ogden can now
buy a book.
Wet Desert is available NOW! We have books! I took the
day off work and we watched the books being bound. I signed a
bunch for customers who had pre-ordered, and Becca
packed and shipped them. I hand delivered books to a few
bookstores and to a potential distributor. We delivered to our first
bookstore, The Book Table in Logan, Utah. If you live
near Logan, you can walk in and buy a book today. Everybody else will need
to buy from our website for a few more days. Additionally,
Amazon is now listing the book and taking orders, but does not
have inventory yet. Give them another week. Thanks to all those
who already purchased. We appreciate your support. Be sure to
email us your comments when you finish reading. Stay tuned for
We have an official publication day. Tuesday, May 8th. For the anxious, I am now taking
pre-orders. Pre-orders will ship the first day the books are
available. To pre-order, click here.
The printer called and they were printing covers. We went over
and watched as they printed a stack. They are estimating books
by May 8th or sooner.
15th - Wet
Desert Is Finally getting published! Originally titled The
Environmentalist, Wet Desert should be published in early 2007. Watch this web site for updates.