Signed Copies Of My Novels Again Available

With my county now in phase two, I am again able to mail out author signed copies of Cape Decision and The Kabul Conscript. Price is $20, mailed USPS book rate anywhere in the USA. Paypal accepted. Order from pages below:

https://mikerostron.com/the-kabul-conscript/

https://mikerostron.com/

In other news, I am happy to see my publisher, Village Books, is now open limited hours. Both of my novels are in stock at the Bellingham and Lynden stores. They will also mail out for 99 cents. Below are some of the bookstores stocking my novels. Any bookstore can order for you, if they don’t have in stock.

Support your local bookstores! Some links below:

https://www.villagebooks.com/book/9781733522915

https://skaguay-news.shoplightspeed.com/9780578426228.html

https://www.hainesbookstore.com/

https://www.hearthsidebooks.com/book/9780578426228

https://www.watermarkbookcompany.com/book/9780578426228

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“The Kabul Conscript” is available.

 

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My latest novel, The Kabul Conscript, was published February 26—just in time for the pandemic—not the best timing for promoting a new book! I have not been able to do in person author events, but the novel is available from any independent bookstore by special order, and of course on amazon and other internet sites.

Although the story is entirely fictional, it is set in Kabul, Afghanistan during the coup of 1973, when I was a Peace Corps trainee there. I like to think I captured some of the flavor of that exciting time, a few years before a series of disasters engulfed that country.

The Kabul Conscript is a sort of prequel to Cape Decision, published in 2019, but the novels can be read in any order.

My publisher, Village Books, will mail it anywhere in the USA for 99 cents. Support our independent bookstores!

https://www.villagebooks.com/book/9781733522915

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Will small live music venues survive the epidemic?

Small live music venues have the same future they have had for the last several decades—very limited and circumscribed. Since stricter drinking and driving laws, and with so many options for home entertainment (cable TV, internet), live entertainment, be it music or theatre, has suffered. The current plague adds yet another obstacle.

In the future live entertainment will continue to be an ever smaller part of the overall entertainment “industry,” but it will never completely die. It will go through periodic “revivals,” like some forms of music do.

In “Burning Chrome,” by William Gibson, the author describes such a scenario in a short story. A “throwback” live rock band plays in a small club as an obscure opening act. Unusual because they play their own instruments—rare in the future world the author describes.

I can imagine a not so distant future where most live music is performed in homes and private residences or compounds, with audience by invitation only. Clubs that do survive will have someone at the door checking the attendee’s temperatures, as they are already doing in China. Perhaps an I.D. card or chip implant that can be scanned before entry will be required for entry—another “workaround.”

Humans, after all, are quite clever, if not always wise…