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First Concert with Book Signing: A Great Success!!!, Roland Colton, @rolandccolton

First Concert with Book Signing: A Great Success!!!

My First Book Signing with Piano Concert  On November 13, 2016, I had my first combination book signing and concert at the Carlsbad City Library, in Carlsbad, California, sponsored by the Amateur Pianists of San Diego. We had an excellent turnout, estimated at between 60 and 70 people in attendance; some who had traveled a […]

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Why I'm Looking Forward to Exciting Times Ahead, Roland Colton, @RolandCColton, piano, book signings

Why I’m Looking Forward to Exciting Times Ahead

Exciting Times Ahead! But first… My first book signing took place at Mystery Ink in Huntington Beach, California, on September 10th. My first impression of the bookstore was quite positive. I found the bookstore very charming and intimate. In an adjoining room, hors d’oeuvres and drinks were served to the guests. A table had been […]

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Forever Gentleman, And So the Book Tour Begins!, Roland C Colton, Author, @rolandccolton

And So the Book Tour Begins!

We have returned from France, and the book tour now starts. There are five bookstores presently scheduled, with a few more pending. We are beginning with Southern California bookstores and will then gradually extend to other areas. I hope that some of you are in close enough proximity that you will be able to attend. […]

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How To Find Beautiful Classical Music Today!, Roland C Colton @rolandccolton

How To Find Beautiful Classical Music Today!

No Great Classical Composers Today? I was talking with a dear friend a couple of weeks ago—a fellow lover of classical music. My friend was lamenting the fact that we have no great composers today, that the genius of classical music has withered away during the past century. He asked, “Where are the Bachs, the […]

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This is the Reason New Authors Anxiously Await Five-Star Reviews Only

Awaiting Reviews Last night, my lovely wife and I returned from a promenade on the chateau grounds at sunset and saw, to our mutual surprise and delight, two peacocks perched upon the back terrasse balustrade. We instantly sensed it was a good omen. In India, if a person sees a peacock while traveling on a […]

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Forever Gentleman, Roland C Colton, @rolandccolton

And Now, the Journey Begins!

My Book Journey — The Book Release!  Today is a much anticipated day in our household–the release date of my debut novel, Forever Gentleman. It’s been nine months since I was offered a book contract for my manuscript and today’s date has been circled on our calendar since earlier this year when the publisher scheduled […]

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1 Destination: Loire, France. Arrived in Paradise!, Roland Colton, travel, writing

Destination: Loire, France. Arrived in Paradise!

Traveling to France The summer countdown had finally come to an end—Paris was now in view as our plane descended. For me, the eleven-hour flight had been a breeze (I can sleep anywhere, even on a plane, despite my 6’2” frame). It wasn’t long before we were navigating through Paris’ périphérique extérieur in late afternoon […]

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Two weeks ago, my two young daughters (11 and 13) participated in the annual Musical Arts of Orange County piano competition at Cal State Long Beach

Competing for First Prize–Piano Competition

Piano Competition Two weeks ago, my two young daughters (11 and 13) participated in the annual Musical Arts of Orange County piano competition at Cal State Long Beach. This is the third year they have competed. Since they did well in the past two competitions, we had high hopes for them this year. I always […]

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2 Steps to Creating the Perfect Book Cover, Roland Colton, Books, Forever Gentleman

In Search of the Perfect Cover

I have already written about the travails of finding the “perfect title” for my new book, Forever Gentleman—a process that took several years. Thankfully, obtaining the “perfect cover” for my book didn’t take near as long, but still, the process was far from simple. To begin, I had in mind what I wanted to see […]

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