Regular Guy Reading Noir
My alter ego got a bit of an alter ego-boost on the Regular Guy Reading Noir blog with a review of The Closeout Kings. It was quite unexpected, and a fantastic way to “closeout” 2014. Here’s a sample of the review:
He makes each character come to life with background stories and motivations. Each action that is made by the characters is believable and the characters jump off the page. The bad guys are shown to have traces of redemption and you ache alongside them as you are pulled into their world and understand what makes them kick.
I’m humbled, elated, happy, and a little sleepy. Thanks so much to Regular Guy. Click the link below to read more, and see what other books made the blog’s hit list.
Author to Watch.
A beta readers shout out!
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!
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!
The Closeout Kings release will be on Oct. 24, 2014. According to my calendar that’s this Friday. As we approach the final hour, I thought I’d share with you some music that, to me, represents the theme and tone of the book. Today I give you Mr. Johnny Cash with his rendition of The Nine Inch Nails classic song Hurt.
BTW – The book is available for pre-order here: The Closeout Kings