Posts Tagged ‘Heart of Barkness’

Musical Interlude: Song For Chet


June 23rd, 2021 Posted 8:20 am

For no reason, how about Song For Chet, the song that came from Heart of Barkness (now in paperback)? Emmy Award winning Bob Edwards produced and made it happen, and also created this video. Mitch Watkins wrote the music. (I did the words.) The fiddle solo is by Gene Elders.



May 2nd, 2021 Posted 8:21 am

On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™, but on this Sunday horses are on our mind, on account of yesterday’s Kentucky Derby. A horse named Mingo plays a role in Heart of Barkness (a Mother’s Day digital deal, $2.99!), perhaps larger and less tractable than the speedy Medina Spirit, the Derby winner.

There was a long pause in which nothing happened except for Mingo rolling his crazy eyes. Then without a word, the wrangler handed Bernie the bridle. He took it in one hand, sort of wrapped his other arm around the Mingo’s head, made a soft grunt I’d never heard from him before, and the next thing I knew he had the bridle in place and that metal bar – never between my teeth, amigo, no matter who was doing it – in Mingo’s mouth. After that came the saddle pad – which Bernie let Mingo sniff at, why I didn’t know, since it reeked of horse and nothing but, of no interest to anybody – and then the saddle. In a flash Bernie got the under strap thing all tied up, muttering, “Seven, four, one,” as he did so, a complete puzzlement to me, and in one easy motion he swung himself up top. For a moment Mingo went out of his mind. It happened just like that. I could feel it, and also feel his tremendous strength. He was going to rear up and toss Bernie to the ground. And that rearing up actually started, but it turned immediately into a sort of circling trot that ended with Mingo snorting and coming to a halt. Bernie patted Mingo’s neck, not for a long time you might say, and maybe not putting a whole lot of feeling into it, but still: this day was off to a terrible start.


Mother’s Day Bargain!


April 28th, 2021 Posted 7:30 am

Or bah-gan as we say in these parts. Heart of Barkness is a Mother’s Day Kindle Big Deal from now till May 2. $2.99 at all retail outlets, not just Amazon! Among many other things, Song For Chet appears in Heart of Barkness. Do you own a couch? That means you’ve got $2.99 under the cushions!


Recent Amazon Review – Heart of Barkness


April 23rd, 2021 Posted 7:21 am

Simply Wonderful. I absolutely love every one of these books! In an age where writers (along with everyone else it seems) are trying to impress their personal opinions and political views onto the general public, I can rely on Chet and Bernie to entertain me without any passive aggressive digs or attacks…just good stories, good people, and one of the best dogs ever!



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