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Something About Me and My Book:
I'm the author of the international bestsellers Midnight Express, Not Without My Daughter, Freefall and 18 other books. My wife Marilyn and I have just published Luke Rules, the adventures and misadventures of a wily and often contrary PI.



by William & Marilyn Hoffer



   FRED LUNGED TOWARD my office door. Stuck his snout low then raised his head high. Let loose with a world class howl: AAAOOOWOOH!!! By the time I caught up with him, I smelled it too. Reminded me of some of the after-battle bad in the Afghan mountains. Also heard a deep pulsing sound like someone had pumped up the bass on a cheap 70's boom box. What the hell? I felt an ass-cramp take hold. Hoped to hell there was a dead raccoon or some other varmint inside. And, who else knew my entry code? Dagmar. Reddy. Al.
   I dragged Fred backward. Not easy when a 90-pound bloodhound has caught the scent. Managed to hoss him back into the shotgun seat of my Cherokee. Grabbed a hunk of crumpled napkins from the floor mat. Held them over my nose as I headed back to the door. Punched in the code. Peered inside. A thick cloud of flies buzzed all over the place. Blood-soaked papers littered the floor. A trail of dark blotches led to the corner, where a dead guy was sprawled across my Harley-Davidson Third Edition pinball machine.
   You have no idea how that craps up your day.
   He must have triggered the on-switch when he fell. The machine’s lights were flashing and on the screen a pair of bikers roared their Fat Boys across a bright orange desert. The man spread out on top was too big to be Reddy. Too small and too white to be Al. Sure wasn’t Dagmar. Who the hell was he? How did he get here? Who offed him? Why?
   I studied the body from a distance. Head was turned to one side. Arms were thrust forward, covering what was left of his face. Dressed in dark slacks and a gray windbreaker. Back of his jacket was blown apart. Dark stains covering it. Dry. He’d been here awhile.
   I hustled back outside. Grabbed my cell.
   “No!” Al snarled. He always answers that way when I call. Damn caller-ID.
   “Get your big black bahookie over to my office,” I said. “There’s a dead guy who’s spilled blood and brains all over my pinball machine.”
   “Not the Harley-Davidson Third Edition?”
   “I don’t have time for this, pinhead. You’re shitting me, right?”
   “You call it in?”
   “Not yet. Wanted to get to you first.”
   “Did you kill him?”
   “Are you sure he’s dead?”
   “Either that or he’s a piss poor pinball player. Score’s still at zero.”
   “Do you know who he is?”
   “I know I’m going to regret this, but I’m on my way. Make that call. And I’m gonna give you a piece of advice and you’re not gonna like it. When the cops get there, the best thing you can do is something you’re not very good at.”
   “What’s that?”

William Hoffer's Blog

Free ebooks for our Troops

Operation eBook Drop offers free downloads to deployed coalition troops. Authors participate as a way of saying “Thanks for your service, all you brave men and women.”

It began when Army veteran and ebook author Ed Patterson got into a discussion on the Amazon Kindle message boards with a U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq who was having difficulty downloading ebooks. Ed offered to email the soldier all 13 of his ebooks, for free. The soldier gratefully accepted, and an idea was born. Ed…


Posted on July 18, 2011 at 12:18pm

The Reader is a Search Engine

Think of the reader’s eyes as a scanner and the reader’s brain as a search engine. The eyes are the external collector that sends raw data from the printed page to the processing center deep within the reader’s head. That internal search engine makes continual and critical decisions as to what bits of input are more interesting than other bits. What is it that causes certain bits to rise to top of consciousness?


Let’s apply this concept to the characters within a book. Each… Continue

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 12:28pm

In Your Facebook!

After writing 21 books, four of them NYT bestsellers, seeing three of them made into motion pictures and garnering a Pulitzer nomination, I had a lot to say when I gave the keynote address at the April 1 meeting of Virginia Press Women. You can read a transcript of the speech at

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 11:30pm

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At 4:41pm on June 18, 2011, Author Aleja Bennett gave William Hoffer a gift
Thank you for the friendship and support of my fan page on face book
At 5:32am on June 17, 2011, Author Aleja Bennett said…
Nice to meet you here in the world of book marketing. I'm Aleja Bennett Author of Ten paper backs and eight available on the kindle. Here is my fan page, stay in touch when you can. I know we both may have hectic schedules at times but I will always follow you back. Below is my fan page hope you like it and thanks again for your support it's appreciated very much. Enjoy the book video
At 7:28pm on April 27, 2011, Arleen Alleman said…

Hi William.  Thanks for the invite!  Arleen


At 5:05pm on April 27, 2011, Erica M Nelson said…
Hi William!
At 4:01pm on April 27, 2011, Brenda Joyce Hoffman said…

Hi William,

Great to get to know a bit about you.


At 1:54pm on April 27, 2011, Amanda K. Taylor said…
HI! Nice to meet you!
At 10:56pm on April 19, 2011, Caren S. Brodt said…

I don't ordinarily prefer to review novels, but when I caught the intro to your 1st chapter here, well, how could I resist? Our book is about a dog too- nonfiction, but a dog is a dog! Would you like to trade reviews?  Let me know if you're interested.

If you have a Facebook page, let's "like" each other: Our website will lead you to links for our 26% sample (, and our Amazon page where you can "Look Inside":

I look fw to hearing from you,

Caren Brodt aka: C.S. Case

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