The two-some Zack and Mack have decided to have a new home for their collected works. The old site, The Smile Ambassadors, now lays fallow, collecting dust somewhere in a cloud we suppose.
This new site with its long title will serve to talk about the boys’ various literary ventures. They have written The Smile Ambassadors and The Smile Thief and are working on their third tome, The Smile People.
The three or so people a year that decide to venture onto this site might find a welcome home in following the strange adventures of a meek two-headed turtle. It is true that the boys possess an unusual hold on a human’s imagination and heart.
Below one might find a few of the older posts from the old site. Enjoy them as you may. They are a part of this as much as the future scribblings of the boys.
Zack and Mack have a new book coming out. Maureen, in Malta is formatting the book for us. Afterwards, it will be available at http://www.smashwords.com. Just type in The Smile Ambassadors in the search box.
The story revolves around Zack and Mack, a real, live, two-headed turtle that will be turning eight years old later this year.
Little Constance has lost her turtle, not just any turtle but a very special turtle. Why does the President get involved? What about the mysterious phone call from Mr. Moto? What devious plans has The Potentate hatched? Follow Zack and Mack in their adventures around the globe.
The novel is some ninety-four thousand words. It was written as a children’s novel but, it is suitable for all humans. The downloaded Ebook will be free for the first 60 days, after that it will be priced around $2.99. All that Zack and Mack ask, is that you leave a kind review at smashwords.com.
The first book, The Smile Ambassadors, has been shipped off to get properly formatted for ebook publication. The second book is currently being written. It is titled The Smile Thief. Currently I am writing about events that occur in the Jammu-Kashmir area of Central Asia. To facilitate the writing, I often turn to music. In this case, the music of the Gilgit region of what is now considered Northern Pakistan. It used to be considered a Princely State loosely associated with India when under British Rule. When India and Pakistan split, there was a war for control of that region. It depends on how one looks at it in terms of winners and losers, but in the end, Pakistan controls a large potion of the region.
So what about the fascination with Central Asia? The area becomes the scene of a plot point in the second book. A quite study of the area and its customs as well as its music, helps an author develop a flavor for a part of the world that he or she may not have experienced. Research is always good when writing a story. Even if the story is fiction, research definitely helps the narrative flow.
I have found many music blogs out there that cater to the world music listener. Stuff that is not available in America, or even Amazon dot com.