Hey, Chumley Masticar here. Miss me?
I’ve been on an extended publicity tour, if you must know. The Caribbean, West Indies, a spin around the Cape… all in the effort to spread the word about my story, In Over Her Head.
Oh, yeah, I get that it’s got a guy and a girl and they fall in love and whatever, but you know? None of it would have been possible without me. I give you these examples:
Who suggested Reel save Erica’s life?
That would be me.
And who told him how?
Who did Reel send on the reconnaissance mission? He didn’t go. Oh, no. He sent ME.
Who did he direct to keep Puff Daddy busy so he could clue Erica in to all they’d be facing when facing The Council?
Who had his back when ol’ Nigel got a hook in his craw about Reel turning Erica?
Right again. That would be moi. And the list goes on.
So I have my public. Adoring fins all over the globe have tread in line for tides for my autograph, women tossing their shell phone numbers at me, fish fry flipping like they were outrunning a catch net… it’s been a love fest from one ocean to the next.
And the best news is, you haven’t seen the last of me. Isn’t that great?! Shows how important I am to our author and the readers. “More Chum!” they clamored.
Well, I’m humbled (if you can believe that) to say that I get a nice, prominent part in Wild Blue Under. Now I was a little miffed that Rod wouldn’t take me along when he went to Reel’s house. I mean, Reel did promise to set me up in a humdinger of a salt water tank with white sand and gently swaying fronds, perfect temperature, extra bubbles, all the scraps I could eat, but no. Rod, Mr. By-The-Book Tritone was having none of it.
So, at least I did play a rather important part in his and Valerie’s story, and you’ll all be able to see what it is on November 1. Pity it has to be so long, but do remember that In Over Her Head is still floating about--as am I. Perhaps I’ll swim into a bay close to you sometime soon.
Until Wild Blue Under, I bid you adieu.
And since we need a topic for discussion, and Robin so kindly made my author’s mouth salivate all day long yesterday, perhaps you’d like to share your favorite seafood recipe?
I trust none are made with remora…