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Newsletter Dated: 8/19/2001 12:07:22 AM

Subject: Trouble In Trinidad Update

Hi everyone,
Hope you are all having a great summer. I thought I would fill you in on what's going on with me. We just finished the promotion of Second Chair and the Stan Turner Mysteries. Janet and I have now traveled to over 150 cities in 37 states. Next year we hope to attain our goal of going to all 50 states. We've been very well received all over the country, met a lot of great people, been on TV several times, had a lot of fun and enjoyed many memorable experiences. You never realize how big this country is until you try to go to every state. What's next in the Stan Turner Mystery series? Well it will be called CA$H CALL and it will be out next Spring. It's a legal horror story about a couple of Stan's friends whose $10,000 investment in a restaurant franchise ends up costing them their life's savings. When the promoter ends up beaten to death with a tire iron, they are all prime suspects.

In the immediate future, we are taking August off and then Trouble in Trinidad comes out on September 1st. Trouble in Trinidad is the story of a Plano High School student, Kevin Wells, who is in a ROTC unit and is asked to participate in a color guard at a Caribbean Trade Conference being held at the Dallas Convention Center. During the opening ceremonies there is an assassination attempt on the life of the Prime Minister of Trinidad-Tobago. Kevin sees the gunman and tries to protect the Prime Minister. In the process Kevin is shot and nearly dies. While he is recuperating in the hospital the Prime Minister's daughter, Kiran Shah, comes to visit him. Kevin becomes infatuated with her and is devastated when she returns to Trinidad, as he thinks he'll never see her again. He is elated, however, when he is summoned by the FBI to Trinidad to testify against the assassin. What he doesn't realize is that the rebel group responsible for the assassination attempt has commissioned a death squad to be sure he never testifies.

Trouble in Trinidad (hardback, ISBN# 0-9666366-7-8 $21.95). It will also be available soon in audio CD format. This will be an unabridged reading on 6 CDs. (ISBN#1-929976-13-5 $35.00). We are very excited about this audio book that has been produced by the Kirkwood Studios in Dallas. Phil Rodgers, the owner of the studio and director of the production, has gone all out to make the listening of Trouble in Trinidad a memorable experience. This will be more than the traditional audio book. It has been enhanced with sound effects and live music from Phil Rodgers and Sherman Allen (who is also the narrator). Top Publications' own, Lisa Korth, is also in the production along with Leslie Ann Balido.

Thankfully, we are already getting excellent feedback from those who have read advance copies of Trouble In Trinidad. It's always scary when a book comes out until the feedback and reviews start coming in. Go to FAN MAIL at my website if you want to see what people are saying so far. If you haven't heard the story of how Trouble In Trinidad came to be, let me tell you. I think it was my destiny to write the book as I think you will agree.

Several years ago, my son Jeff was trying to make the golf circuit and had been invited to a tournament in Trinidad-Tobago. Of course, this gave me an excuse to go down and watch him. Three days before the trip I got pneumonia. I didn't let that stop me though. With antibiotics in hand I boarded my flight to Port of Spain via Miami and Barbados. I didn't realize it wasn't wise to fly in a plane with your ears and chest clogged up. I nearly died each time we landed. I thought my ears were going to explode. As I deplaned I felt weak and dizzy. After going through customs I went into the main terminal, which was very old and rundown. All the luggage was just thrown into the middle of a room where you had to search to find it. When I finally had it in hand I found my way outside. Immediately, I was mobbed by cab drivers who grabbed my luggage and started fighting over it. The winner of the battle asked me where I was going. I told him and he said, "I never heard of it." Luckily about that time I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Jeff, he had decided he better pick me up. Thank God.

Our cab driver stayed with us the entire weekend and acted as our tour guide. He was active in politics too so we got a lesson in the Trinidad political situation. Then Jeff played golf with a Supreme Court Justice and I knew then this was going to be a setting for a new book. Later on the cab driver took us to a political rally where all the speeches were sung in Calypso. It was unforgettable. While Jeff played golf, I read everything I could get my hands on about Trinidad. I picked our cabbies brain and read the newspapers from cover to cover. When I got home I started writing and within three months had the first version of the book finishe. I came up with a great name, "In Search of A Virgin." Later I decided that name would be too distracting and changed it to Trouble In Trinidad.

On Saturday, September 1st we are having a big kick-off shindig at the Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Park, 7700 Northwest Hwy, Dallas, Texas. I hope you all can come and meet all the people involved in the production. I plan to play the first few chapters, discuss the book and, hopefully, sign a few hard copies. If you can't make it Saturday afternoon, I'll be doing a Sneak Preview on Friday Night at Books-A-Million in Grapevine Mills, Grapevine, TX. Then Saturday night I'll be at Barnes & Noble in Irving, TX and Sunday at Barnes and Noble in Plano, TX (Collin Creek). After that we'll be all over the country so check my Calendar at http://billmanchee.com and stop by an say hello if you can. It may take awhile for some of the stores to get Trouble in Trinidad in stock, so if you don't see it, please take a minute and ask for it. The more requests the stores have for it the quicker they will get it on the shelves. Of course, if all else fails you can pick it up on the internet. In fact, right now you can pre-order it from Barnes & Noble.

I hope I will see all of you soon and I really hope you enjoy Trouble In Trinidad.

William Manchee



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