Friday, September 14, 2018

It's here !

Hello again...

Just a quick update to let you know Street Cred has gone live. It is now available from your favorite retailers (iUniverse, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, et al) in both paperback and e-reader. You'll note that the e-reader edition is priced at $1.99, which once again qualifies me as Two-buck Chuck (sorry 'bout that, Trader Joe).



Dear Faithful Readers:

It has been a long, slow grind, but Street Cred has gone to the printer and should be available in a week or ten days. In the meantime, here is the final version of the cover, created by my Lake Forest Roundtable colleague, Diana Huang. 

The soft cover edition will be available first, followed shortly by the e-reader version. It has been a challenging journey. Waiting now for that automated GPS voice to say, "You have arrived."


Friday, June 8, 2018

Back cover - version 2.0...

Dear Faithful Readers:

Thanks for the interesting feedback on the proposed back cover copy for Street Cred. Based on your suggestions, here is the revised version:

Nicholas Shane Jr. heads for work on a bright June morning, his first day on the job with the Vallejo Street Department. Nick has definite goals in mind: earn a baseball scholarship to a major university, bank a few dollars to pay the bills, and hold on to Donna, his first love. But his most important goal is to honor the legacy of his late father, a legend for his blue-collar work ethic. With his father's lunch pail in hand, Nick has no idea of the adventures ahead or the characters he will meet along the way. It's a road with many potholes, but it teaches him the lessons of friendship, loyalty, love, and loss. Nick travels far from home, but his heart never leaves the streets of Vallejo.

C.W. Spooner returns to his roots for this story of home, family, and friends, both old and new.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Something's Coming...

Dear Faithful Readers:

One of my favorite scenes from West Side Story is when Tony sings "Something's Coming."

                    Could be. 
                    Who knows?
                    There's something due any day
                    I will know right away
                    Soon as it shows...

Something's coming, alright. It's my novella, Street Cred. And the good news is you can read it for free, right here on this fine blog. I plan to post several chapters a week beginning in January 2018. Call it a New Year's resolution. It will probably take eight or nine postings to complete the story.

Street Cred is about a young man who goes to work for the street department in his hometown, which happens to be Vallejo, California. Sound familiar?

                    Will it be?
                    Yes it will.
                    Maybe just by holding still 
                    It'll be there...
One of my favorite things about Street Cred is the cover. It was designed by a talented and prolific young artist/writer/educator named Diana Huang. Diana is an active member of the Lake Forest (California) Roundtable, a group that meets every Thursday to talk about writing. Diana has designed covers for two other members of the Roundtable: Casey Dorman's 2020; and Howard Rogers's A Male Doberman Named Esther. You'll find both authors on

So, here is the cover Diana designed for me:

Diana based her cityscape on a photo of Vallejo's Lower Georgia Street. She didn't know it, but my dad used to take me to pro wrestling matches at the Farragut Club. Pretty cool, eh?

                    Around the corner
                    Or whistling down the river
                    Come on deliver
                    To me...

Delivery is due in January. As the newsies like to say, watch this space.