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Friday Blues Fix Interview with Author Ed Baldwin


Friday Blues Fix posted an interview with Ed Baldwin, author of the newly released novel Sliding Delta, on Friday August 12.  This weekly in depth look at the world of blues music, musicians, and events originates from Oxford, Mississippi and is a useful tool for anyone who enjoys or is curious about this most basic of American music forms.  What’s new?  Who is?  Who was?

Praising Sliding Delta as the best book he’s read this year, editor Graham Clarke says blues fans will be hooked by the engaging story and characters.  His Ten Questions include why Baldwin chose Mississippi John Hurt as the centerpiece for the story and did Baldwin witness any of the racial tensions described in the story.

Go to Friday Blues Fix for the whole interview and some nifty links to music mentioned in Sliding Delta.


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Blues Bytes Magazine to review Sliding Delta in August

Blues Bytes Magazine is an online source for everything about blues music; especially new music by current blues artists, performances, clubs, and memorabilia.  Graham Clarke, who writes most of the music reviews has just completed a review of my new novel Sliding Delta for the August edition, due out in less than a month.  Here is an excerpt:

“…readers will almost feel the intense humidity of a Mississippi summer, smell fish frying, and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the juke joints where the blues is being played.”

There is much more to the review and much, much more in Blues Bytes Magazine.


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Free Books! Get Your Copy of BOOKMAN Today!

For the next two days Bookman will be available for download on Amazon for free, nada, zip.  This promotion is offered to direct attention to my first novel, published 25 years ago, because I’m returning to my Southern fiction roots with Sliding Delta.  This is my best work and scheduled for release June 1st.  If you like Memphis in 1965, Delta blues music, the Civil Rights struggle, Beale Street, Mississippi, and Arkansas, then you need to have a look at the promo for Sliding Delta.  Or, just click on the Bookman link on my writings page.

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How to buy an oriental rug

When Becky and I were in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia in November, 2013 researching my novel The Mingrelian we bought this rug.  I’d been there in 1998 on a military exchange trip and wanted to see what had changed (a lot).  Part of the story I was writing revolved around the protagonist, Boyd Chailland meeting his espionage contact at a rug shop.  We visited the shop and I wrote the part based on what I saw.  I’ve bought a few Central Asian tribal rugs over the years and was interested in getting one from Georgia.  They have a small rug making area south of Tbilisi, the skill probably dating from Georgia being occupied by both the Persian and Ottoman empires.  They told me this rug was 100 years old, but they always say rugs are old, as Americans like antiques.  Why would someone own a rug for 100 years and not walk on it?  Anyway, this one looked unique and I liked it, but it was torn.  They wanted $4oo for it.  We dickered.  They agreed to sell it for $300, and repair it for $100.  I told them if they’d ship it to Arkansas for that we had a deal.  They did.  I’ve found rug merchants in Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Georgia to be more honest than rug merchants in the U.S.  I’ve been screwed over twice buying rugs here.  If a rug merchant has a shop and a Visa and MasterCard account, that’s the way to buy.  Take a picture of your purchase, let them arrange shipping to your home and if it doesn’t arrive, reverse the sale.  I trust MasterCard to handle the exchange rates.  I love the rug.  It looks new and smells like it might have been in a pile of old rugs in some rug shop for a few generations.  I put it under my pool table so the sun doesn’t shine on on.  Never leave an Asian rug in sunlight.  They will fade.

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Mingo River

That’s the Mingo River behind me.  It’s part of the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge in Stoddard County in the Bootheel of Southeast Missouri.  Geologists tell us that 25,000 years ago this muddy slough was the main channel of the Mississippi River!  It’s named after a group of Iroquois speaking Seneca and Cayuga Indians that moved into the area in the 1830’s on their way from Ohio to Oklahoma. The Mingo would be a lot larger today if the water inflow into it were not blocked by the Castor River Diversion Channel, beginning about ten miles north of this spot and diverting runoff from the Ozark Mountains into the Mississippi River fifty miles to the east.  That’s part of the Little River Drainage District, the largest drainage project in the United States, and it drains 500 square miles of what was impenetrable swamp but is now the best farm land in the world.  That story, beginning with those Indians is the subject of my next book.  In my last post I showed what some of that land looks like today.  I was going to call the book  Bootheel, but I think Mingo River sounds better.

If any of my Bootheel friends have old family tales that have been passed down from their ancestors about the draining of the swamp, give me a call or send me an email.  This will be historical fiction, so names would be changed.  Shamelessly using other people’s stories is what we authors do.  We call it research.

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Cotton harvest and the new book

I was back in Southeast Missouri last week researching my next novel, and it starts right here in this cotton field south of Kennett.  A giant six row cotton picker falls into a hole and the farmer discovers a century-old storm shelter lined with 1×12 cypress planks, and a mystery involving his family going back to before the Civil War.  Bootheel will be a multigenerational saga about the Little River Drainage District and the largest swamp drainage project in America; a bodice ripping romance of hot blood, money, power, jealousy and adventure.  A tale of finance, vision, politics, greed, and the transformation of uninhabitable swamps into the world’s best farm land and its utilization by industrial agriculture on a grand scale.  It will take a year or more to write.  In the meantime, look for Sliding Delta, a novel about the Delta blues I’m currently shopping to agents.


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Free Audio Books!

Help!  I need some audio book reviews.  I have some free promotion copies to distribute to friends, fans, and family.  If you would like to listen to one of my stories, narrated by one of the best professional narrators in the business, let me know.  The Other Pilot is at

But, you must agree to listen to the whole ten hours and then upload a review to the Audible web site.  To do that you would go back to the link to the book and find the button to add an Audible review.  It doesn’t have to be long or flowery, just honest.  A four or five star rating would be nice.  Mention something about the narration.

The Devil on Chardonnay was just released yesterday.  You can find it at

To download an audio book you can download a free app and listen to it on your computer, or on any listening device or smartphone.  Trust me on this, it isn’t hard.  I’m the guy who hasn’t figured out Facebook yet.  You will have to open an account by giving your email, but that’s free.  They will pitch you on joining their monthly program but you don’t need to do that.

I have a limited number of freebies, and I can’t guarantee everyone will get one, so let me know ASAP.  I’ll give you the details on how to get your free audio book when I answer your email.

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Audiobook: The Other Pilot

The Other Pilot is released in audiobook today!  For the past two months I’ve been working with George Kuch, an experienced narrator who has produced more than 45 novels.  Though I wrote the words and have read, edited and polished them for years until I could almost recite the whole story, it sounds new and fresh with  George’s different nuance and phrasing.  Now I know why some people prefer to have their stories read.  It’s fun.

The Other Pilot audiobook has been produced through Audiobook Creation Exchange, ACX, a marketplace for authors, narrators, producers, agents, and publishers to create and distribute audiobooks.  ACX is a major distributor for Amazon and the sole distributor for the Itunes store in addition to having their own store at  Audiobooks were a $1.5  Billion market last year and are increasing 30% per year.  Now I know why.  Most audiobooks today are digital downloads onto all kinds of devices; listening devices, computers, smart phones, Ipods, etc.

If sales go as expected I could soon be working with George on The Devil on Chardonnay, The Mingrelian, and as soon as it’s published, The Fourth Domain.

So, go to Audible, or wait a couple days for Amazon, or Itunes, and find The Other Pilot and listen to the sample.  It’s a kick!

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Angels Twenty: A Book Review

How does it really feel to be a fighter pilot in combat?  Virtually all of the books on the subject tell of the thrill of living on the edge of death, where one slight miscalculation or turn of luck can end your life.  Valor isn’t risking your life unafraid, it’s risking your life scared shitless but doing it anyway.  That is Edwards Park’s story, and it’s fascinating.  Sent to Australia to fly the already obsolete Bell Aircobra, P-39, Park flew out of Port Moresby, New Guinea in 1943, protecting the airfield from marauding Japanese bombers escorted by much superior fighters.  The story is billed as fiction; the account of Beaver Squadron, young American heroes facing the war in their own fatalistic way, but it accurately follows Park’s actual experiences.  I’ve cross referenced his dates and battles; he was there.

Park survived and became a writer and journalist, working for the Smithsonian Institution.  He shows the human side of the pilots and gives the best descriptions I’ve read of what it was actually like to fly those old piston engine aircraft; the smells, the feeling, the thrills, the panic.

As America overpowers Japan the fight moves north and East from New Guinea, with Beaver Squadron following along in their inferior aircraft filling in however they can; taking casualties from accidents and the Japanese, making their contribution.

I’m doing research for a novel on this era and  bought a used copy of this book because it is out of print and not available as an Ebook.  If you want a humanistic, very different view of war, this is for you.



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The Fourth Domain: Ed Baldwin’s new book

draft cover Domain

This is the first draft of the cover for my newest adventure novel The Fourth Domain.  It’s a political drama with world wide scope. Deadlocked most of the time, with sudden consensus congress can act in an afternoon; not the best way to govern a nation.  The Fourth Domain  is about how it happens, and what can result.  Protagonist Major Boyd Chailland is called to action yet again to go undercover in the Pentagon.

What do you think?


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