It took a long time to get here, but I always knew this day would come. It is my pleasure to announce that today, more than a decade after writing the first pages, The Dancing Queen is ready to read, for sale now at Amazon. Wow!
The Dancing Queen follows the tribulations of Jack Trexlor as he works at topless bar, falls in love with a dancer, and uses his motorcycle for illegal escapades. Few will be surprised to learn that this is a recipe for epic disaster. I am very happy with how it turned out, and I’m psyched to have it available.
Before you run off and dive into the text, however, let me warn you that The Dancing Queen is not a carefree romp through the Phoenix of 1991. This is Jack’s story from his point of view, and he holds little back. If you’re turned off by sex and drugs and rock and roll, this is not the book for you.
On a fun note, this book really emphasizes the unreliable narrator aspect present in all the Crazy Jack Trexlor books. The story is not an attempt at objective truth, per se, and it isn’t even Jack in the moment; it is Jack telling the story of what happened from a later date (the present tense at the beginning and end). As such, it is colored on two levels: first, obviously, Jack is slanting the story of the events into the larger narrative of his life, but also in his description of what it was like in the moment, he is limited by what he thought was true, and what he thinks happened is not always what really happened. Some of these are more obvious, for instance, Jack’s troubles with his father. Others are more subtle. For instance, why did Shayla leave? who got Brandy the job at Sally’s? What really happened between Brandy and Rico? And what was Raven thinking in Chapter 1? Hint: Jack totally missed it.
Today, The Dancing Queen is available at Amazon for the special release price of 99 cents. This is short notice for weblog readers, but my newsletter subscribers have enjoyed early access at the special price all weekend. Guess what you should do.
Also, The Dancing Queen is participating in the Kindle Unlimited program, so if you’re a member of Amazon’s all-you-can-read program (as I am), you can read this book for free. How can you beat that?
One final note: right up until the final upload, every time I incorporated changes from proofreading, I made more changes. In the end, I may have introduced some new errors. ~~If~~ When you find typos in The Dancing Queen (or any of my things), please let me know right away.
This is a very happy day. The first trilogy of Jack Trexlor books is finally done. Yay! If you haven’t read them yet, I might suggest starting at the chronological beginning with The Crazy Jack, then reading The Desert King, and finally The Dancing Queen. The books stand alone just fine, but some parts reference parts in other books, and those work better if you encounter them in order. One question you’ll probably have at the end of The Dancing Queen, if you’ve read the other two books, is: Wait a second! Is that the same two guys from the other two books? Has it really been them this whole time, coming to this end? And the answer is yes, it was them every time. Cool, right?
Now, I’m off to work finishing Taxi Adventure, which is completely different in almost every way except being a good read. I expect to have that complete in the next two weeks. Don’t fall behind, get busy with Jack today!
This is a great day.