The time is past nigh! It’s here! Time to get reading. BTW – One of the big changes is the Taker Queen. Sleeker, meaner, more cunning. She’s not to be trifled with.
More Pink Floyd today. It’s David Gilmour doing an acoustic version of Wish You Were Here. This is Oz’s song. The Takers; The Tenth Anniversary Reimagined Edition will be available for download on Halloween, but you can trick-or-treat worry-free by pre-ordering today. I’m so running out of clever ways to make this announcement. Oy!
Last week was all about C. Hoyt Caldwell. This week the focus turns to a familiar character in a familiar setting featuring a few new twists. The Takers: The Tenth Anniversary Reimagined Edition will be available to read on Kindle this Friday. That’s right. Oct. 31. Halloween. Take that JK Rowling! Pink Floyd was and always will be the primary musical influence behind the Oz experience for me, but if you have any suggestions this week let me know, and I’ll include it in the countdown.
Today I give you Comfortably Numb by the aforementioned Pink Floyd. And remember you can pre-order the book today!
This is from the last page of The Closeout Kings.
I had the incredible good fortune of having 22 wonderful beta readers volunteer their valuable time to read an early draft of The Closeout Kings. If not for their insightful and constructive feedback, I would have published a far inferior version of the story. To those beta readers, I cannot thank you enough. Your commitment, advice and encouragement made the long process of writing a novel even more fulfilling and fruitful.
Thank you, one and all!
The Closeout Kings is live and available to read. The last song selection is an appropriate choice from beta reader Lee Brown. Here is the Louisiana Swamp Donky with Redneck Revival.
Scott Vaughn sent me two more song suggestions. Both were little ditties by Drive-By Truckers. This is a group I had heard of, but I wasn’t really familiar with their work. I liked Scott’s two choices, but I started listening to more of their music, and I was really struck by their song Puttin’ People on the Moon. It really fits the theme and tone of The Closeout Kings. At first, I thought this was just another hillbilly tune about getting drunk and getting screwed by the man. But, if you pay attention to the lyrics, you’ll discover this a really deep, meaningful tune about abject poverty in the rural south. Good men turn to bad habits just to get by. That’s essentially what The Closeout Kings is about.
Remember, The Closeout Kings will be officially released tomorrow – Oct. 24, 2014. It is available for pre-order at this very moment.
Many thanks to Thom Millman’s musical suggestion today. His choice is A Man of Constant Sorrow by the Soggy Bottom Boys, which, according to a YouTube commenter, is actually “Ralph Stanley, Dan Tymiski from Allison Kraus’ band, Harley Allen, Nashville songwriter and Pat Enright of The Nashville Bluegrass Band.” Thom nailed this one. Step Crawford, our dour hillbilly hit man, is indeed a man of constant sorrow. Don’t forget that The Closeout Kings’ release is tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, and you can beat the Kindle rush by pre-ordering today!