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Inspiring Others

I was pleasantly surprised to have been voted as one of the writers who has inspired others to travel to Baja California. Baja enthusiast and fellow author David Kier threw out this tickler via the Baja Nomad Forum: “Who were the Baja Book Authors who inspired you to travel south?”

He added: “Now that the Internet with Baja Nomad and other sites has pretty much replaced the bookstore or library as a source for Baja travel information or adventure stories, perhaps it is a time to remember those explorers, travelers, and authors if you are at an age where it was books and paper maps that gave you a clue as to what great adventures could be found just south of our border.” He continued: “Vote for the one you got information or inspiration from.”

The results in, I found myself among some great company. While I had been visiting Baja California all my life, several of the other finalists definitely inspired me to further explore the fascinating peninsula at greater lengths.

The results:
1) Gene Kira
2) Erle Stanley Gardner, Ray Cannon, David Brackney (AAA), and Graham Mackintosh (tied).
3) Tom Miller, Greg Niemann, and Walt Peterson (tied).


Outdoor Writers Meet in Siskiyou County

I am heading up to the northern reaches of California for the semi-annual Outdoor Writers Association of California conference in Siskiyou County. Along with presentations and camaraderie with fellow scribes, I am planning on white-water rafting (Klamath River), hiking, fishing, and exploring the Lava Beds National Monument.

Fifth Printing for Palm Springs Legends

Sunbelt Publications went back to press, ordering a fifth reprint of my popular Palm Springs Legends book. I keep a few copies on hand and sold what I had to local gift shops who had run out during the busy Palm Springs tourist season, including the Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals.

Big Brown Fun Facts

Another article about UPS that did not make the final version of the book is now in my “Big Brown Facts” section. It features short bios about the CEOs of UPS up until the 2007 publication of Big Brown. On my website home page, click on Big Brown Facts to access it and other background info about United Parcel Service.

C-SPAN Book TV Video.

I was featured on a C-SPAN BookTV special they did on Palm Springs. As part of that coverage, I was videotaped in the local Indian Canyons and talked about the history of Palm Springs and my book Palm Springs Legends.

To view, click here for my segment

Amazon Sales, Reviews

All of my books have continued to sell in their usual outlets and on Amazon. I have been receiving more unsolicited reviews. I now have over 90 reviews on Amazon, (almost all fives and fours), for an average of my five books at 4.8. Check Amazon.com to see reviews on my books. Check Amazon.com to see recent reviews on my books.
Here are some:

Amazon Customer reviewed Palm Springs Legends:
Creation of a Desert Oasis
Five Stars January 17, 2018
Very informative book
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PA2220 reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Five Stars December 19, 2017
Great comprehensive history of UPS! on Amazon.com Add a comment View this book's reviews on Amazon.com

Arturo Arrizon reviewed Baja Legends: The Historic Characters, Events, and Locations That Put Baja California on...
Five Stars October 27, 2017
Good for people that want to know about Baja California. Great information. View on Amazon.com Add a comment View this book's reviews on Amazon.com

Kelly Weber reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Excellent!! October 1, 2017
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JP56 reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Great story August 24, 2017
1 of 1 people found the following helpful Wow!! Great story View on Amazon.com Add a comment View this book's reviews on Amazon.com

S.G. reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Solid history June 2, 2017
A great portrayal of how a business should operate. Very worthwhile for any reader interested in people with character and business. View on Amazon.com Add a comment View this book's reviews on Amazon.com

Victor Martini reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Five Stars December 23, 2016
Great book, well written about a great company View on Amazon.com Add a comment View this book's reviews on Amazon.com

Charlie reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Would never have thought I would enjoy this as much as I have. December 16, 2016 This book not only teaches a history lesson, but it is very much geared toward the values of Jim Casey and how one person could influence a company as large as UPS for over 100 years. Great book for all managers or managers in training. View on Amazon.com Add a comment View this book's reviews on Amazon.com

John Boily reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Five Stars December 1, 2016
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Mary Griffith reviewed Baja Legends: The Historic Characters, Events, and Locations That Put Baja California on...
and the sections are broken up in a way that makes it easy to look up stories from one particular area October 21, 2016 Very readable, and the sections are broken up in a way that makes it easy to look up stories from one particular area. Much of the stories Baja Legends covers can be found in greater depth in other books, but this is good as an overview or brief introduction. The book is legends as much as history - there are several accounts in here, such as supposedly gold-rich 'lost mission' of Santa Isabel, which are certainly more fiction than fact. But it's a good, readable overview of many of the more colorful episodes and characters of this part of the world. View on Amazon.com, Add a comment View this book's reviews on Amazon.com

5.0 out of 5 stars
"Best book on Las Vegas"
By Res3366 on September 5, 2015
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This is by and far the best book I found on Las Vegas history, culture, and what is going on. Stops about 2010 so what has happened after that isn't in here but I really enjoyed reading the book, couldn't put it down, and wanted more info.

James reviewed Big Brown: The Untold Story of UPS
Fantastic history of this great company. August 2, 2015 Great book to learn about the company. Very helpful for interview prep.
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Don Thornburg reviewed Baja Legends: The Historic Characters, Events, and Locations That Put Baja California on...
Four Stars June 4, 2015
Greg's writing connected me with the adventurers and characters who have touched the wild desert of Baja!
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New! Martin Goldsmith reviewed Baja Legends: The Historic Characters, Events, and Locations That Put Baja California on...
Wants more. September 18, 2015 Having spent a great deal of time, over many years, in Baja California, I am aware of most of places and people that Niemann describes. It was was enjoyable to lose myself in his narrative. My complaint is the limitation of trying to cram the story into too small a basket. The omission of wonderful details of some of the material I know from first-hand makes me wish that there were more details about things with which I am less familiar. If you are a 'newbie', you will be amused and astonished. If you are an old hand, you will be unsatisfied'. I'd love to meet with Niemann and spin yarns.


Review of Baja Legends

Jeaninne Perez of El Caballo Blanco Books in Loreto wrote this very nice review of Baja Legends for the Gringo Gazette.
Review: Gringo Gazette Review, October 2013


San Clemente Journal

Recent San Clemente Journal articles include one about Ensenada's French culinary legend, the El Rey Sol, a story about Santa Rosalia and the copper mines, one about Mulege’s historic Serenidad Hotel, and one about the Twin Towers of Tijuana. You can also access the San Clemente Journal on line.
http://www.sanclementejournal.com



Baja Bound Bulletin

The Baja Bound Insurance newsletter features a broad assortment of articles by Baja writers. For the last four years they they have been publishing my articles monthly.

See www.bajabound.com and check Travel Adventures for all of them.

Here are a few you might enjoy:

Bajabound: The Big Tuna and the Storm (Award Winner)

Bajabound: The Russians of Guadalupe Valley

Bajabound: The Case of the Mysterious Traveler

Bajabound: Lost in the Dump

Bajabound: El Pescadero (Award Winner)

Bajabound: Finding Real del Castillo

Bajabound: Baja Fever

Bajabound: La Paz

Bajabound: Kayaking (Award Winner)

See www.bajabound.com and check Travel Adventures for all of them.


Articles for your Enjoyment

Please check "Articles/Blogs" on my Web Page for a few articles I posted.




Writing Awards/Honors

Books

Palm Springs Legends -- First Place -- Book of the Year
(Outdoor Writers Association of California) 2012

Las Vegas Legends - Finalist -- Book of the Year
(ForeWord Magazine Reviews) 2011

Baja Legends - Honorable Mention - Book of the Year (OWAC) 2002

Big Brown - Reprinted in Chinese, Korean, Lithuanian


Articles
"The Big Tuna and the Storm" Baja Bound - First Place, Best Outdoor Internet Article (OWAC) 2015

"Baja's Onyx Capital of the Word" Dezert Magazine -
   First Place, Best Outdoor Internet Article. (OWAC) 2013



"Changing Times in Baja" column, San Clemente Journal -
Third Place, News Report (Outdoor Writers Association of California) 2009

"Rafting the Grand Canyon," Web Article -
Honorable Mention (OWAC awards) 2008

"El Pescadero: Respite on the Tropic of Cancer," Baja Bound -
Second Place, Best OWAC Conference Related Work. 2013

"Kayaking Conception Bay," Baja Bound -
Third Place Best Outdoor Internet Article. (OWAC) 2008

"Bewitching, Beguiling Big Bear" Web article, Third Place, Best OWAC Conference Related Work. 2015


Testimonials (Book endorsements)
I have been honored by being asked by various authors to read their books pre-publication for suggestions and comments.

The authors have appreciated it and gave me recognition. I have a testimonial on the back cover of Secrets of Sierra Fishing by Jack Holder, and a thank you blurb in The Informants by La Paz based author R. J. Archer for previewing that book.

My newest one is a blurb on the back cover of Baja California Land of Missions, a new book by David Kier which came out in Feb, 2016. I also helped proof an advance copy.



Here is the back cover of last year's The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California 1697-1834 by Max Kurillo, Erline Tuttle and David Kier:




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