The Closeout Kings musical countdown, day 4, part 2

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.

The Closeout Kings musical countdown, day 4, part 1

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 musical countdown, day 3, part 2

Today’s second song comes from one Mr. Kid Rock.  It’s his country version of Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls. Credit for this one goes to my old friend and gridiron brother Lee Brown.  He thought a punk rock-type song by Hank Williams Jr. was the best choice, but when I did a search for “punk rock song by Hank Williams Jr.” this song was at the top of the search results.  Why does this song fit the tone and theme of The Closeout Kings?  Chapter one covers the topic of fat bottomed girls pretty thoroughly thanks to our hillbilly hit man Kenny Fable.  It’ll make sense when you read the book, and if you’re a Kindle-phile you can read the book on Oct. 24, 2014.  Pre-order it today.

The Closeout Kings musical countdown, day 3, part 1

I got a few more song suggestions yesterday, so I’m going to have to do a couple posts a day to get them all in before the release date.  The release date for what?  The Closeout Kings.  When is the release date? October 24, 2014.  When is that?  This Friday.  That’s it.  That’s as subtle a sales pitch as I can give… except to remind you that it is available for pre-order right now!

Today’s song choice comes from Brian G. Riesen.  Brian is actually a beta reader from back in the day.  He’s been around since before beta readers were called beta readers.  He is one of the first peeps outside of my family to read The Takers: Book One of the Oz Chronicles.  For The Closeout Kings, he thinks Muleskinner Blues by The Cramps captures the essence of The Closeout Kings.  In his words: “I hear something heavy, metal/punk, yet rednecky.”  The Closeout Kings is definitely all those things.

The Closeout Kings countdown (the musical version)

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

The Takers: The Secret Version

The secret is out!

The secret is out!

For those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook, I posted a video a couple of days ago with a few huge, major, earth-shattering announcements.  Yeah, they’re kind of a big deal.

1. C. Hoyt Caldwell’s latest offering is live and ready to pre-order on Amazon via the online retail giant’s Kindle Store.  Just click the title and you’ll be in pre-order bliss in the blink of an eye.  The title, of course, is The Closeout Kings.  The official release date is Oct. 24, 2014.

2. Bad Way Out, C. Hoyt Caldwell’s first book will be available for free Oct. 4-5.  Tell your friends.  Tell your followers.  Tell three random people on the street.  Tell whomever you wish, just tell someone for God’s sake.

3. In case you don’t know, I am C. Hoyt Caldwell.

4.  There will be a “new” Oz Chronicles book released within the next 6 weeks.  Yay!  It won’t be the final book in the series.  Boo!  It will be a secret version of the first book, The Takers.  It has new chapters, a different ending, and Oz is a bit older.  This is a version of the book a big time major publisher had me write and then ultimately passed on it. I’ve been waiting awhile to release this version because my agent shopped it around, but the buzz on The Takers has buzzed-out with the majors. So, I’m unleashing it for you all to read.  The few people who have read it said it is better than the original.  Let’s call this the alternate universe version.  The image with this post is one possible cover and title option.  Let me know what you think in the comments section below or on Facebook.

5. I’m working on an non-fiction book for the first time in my life.  It’s what pushed Book Seven back to next year.  Don’t hate.  This is an incredible story of a friend of mine – Lee Deckelman.  He’s currently working as a private security specialist.  Think Liam Neeson in Taken, but not quite as tall.  And yes, he does have those unique set of skills. He’s a former Army Ranger and Green Beret. From the day Lee was born he’s lived an incredible story of tragedy and triumph.  He wants to tell his story so he can raise awareness for his Echelon Grey Foundation. The untold story about these security specialists and private contractors is the high rate of traumatic injuries they have to cope with when they come home.  The corporations they work for operate to make profit, and there isn’t a lot of profit getting these men and women help when they come home.  Lee wants to change that, and I want to help him.

That’s it.  There ain’t no more… for today.  Stay tuned. I’ve got a lot of stuff going on, including an update on my first stage play.