Thank you, Rotary, for your interest in my book

I've also need to thank Centuries & Sleuths inForest Park, IL for holding a presentation and signing. It specializes in history and mystery and should not be missed.

I also need to thank Centuries & Sleuths in Forest Park, IL for holding a presentation and signing. It specializes in history and mystery and should not be missed.

There is much to thank Rotary International for--its campaign to eradicate polio worldwide and its "shelter box" aide for regions struck by natural disaster, such as the earthquake in Haiti, among others. But here's a more personal thanks: I just completed another presentation and signing of my new historical novel, Madness: The War of 1812 at another Rotary Club.

On Monday, I was honored to be the guest of the Highland Park (Illinois) Rotary Club. Previously, I've been invited to make presentations at Northbrook Rotary, Glenview Noon Rotary and Glenview Sunrise Rotary. I'm so grateful.

Since I began researching and writing the book, I've grown to love the War of 1812. Strange? There are so many interesting facets to the war--one of the nation's most bungled but one of its most important--that I want everyone to know about it through the fast-paced action of fiction.

If your local bookstore is not stocking Madness, please ask them to order it. Barnes & Noble has it in its database. You also can order it (softcover or ebook) through Amazon. Your local independent bookstore can order it through Ingram distribution. Or you can check its webpage (http://www.madness1812) and order it through me.

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