The Crazy Jack E-book 99 Cents This Week at Amazon

 [Cover of The Crazy Jack: A Jack Trexlor Novel by T.F. Torrey] Maybe with all the preposterous things going on in the world you’d enjoy a story about someone else in a dire dilemma. If so, you’re in luck this week, because until Monday my Jack Trexlor Novel The Crazy Jack is discounted to 99 cents at Amazon. In this brooding and dark story, Jack tries to “rescue” a girl, and it all goes horribly wrong until his whole life has been turned upside down and he’s driving out of town with a body in his trunk. And it only gets worse from there.

My Jack Trexlor books don’t have to be read in order, but if you haven’t read any of them, this is a good one to start with because it establishes the elements that Jack exhibits in the rest of the series.

Also, if you read the book, please leave a brief review at Amazon, where their overaggressive purging seems to eat my reviews once in a while.

Thanks for your time, and happy reading!

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The Crazy Jack 99 Cents This Week

 [Cover of The Crazy Jack: A Jack Trexlor Novel by T.F. Torrey] Can you look back and pinpoint the one event that changed your whole life? Jack can. He was on his way to be an artist—or a doctor, one of those—but the events of one week tossed his whole life upside down, made him a criminal, got him determined crazy, and established his predilection for “rescuing” women in distress. What a week! It was terrible for Jack, but good for me and my readers, because it set Jack on the path to all his crazy adventures.

My Trexlor books don’t have to be read in order, but if you haven’t read any of them, start with this one, because this is the one that sets the baseline and opens the questions. And this week, The Crazy Jack is discounted to 99 cents at Amazon. Just so you know, though, it is very brooding and dark, with an ending so unhinged you will never forget it.

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Also, if you read the book, please leave a brief review at Amazon. It looks like Amazon’s overaggressive review purge left The Crazy Jack with no reviews. That won’t do. People have a hard time trusting books without reviews, and most promotion websites won’t even list a book with no reviews. Posting a few (or more) reviews would be very helpful, and I’d genuinely appreciate it.

The Crazy Jack 99 Cents Wednesday Thru Tuesday

 [Cover of The Crazy Jack: A Jack Trexlor Novel by T.F. Torrey] When I was planning The Desert King, I decided to make the protagonist a guy I had developed for a different story, Jack Trexlor. Later, when I started writing the story that became The Dancing Queen, I let Jack in that one as well. However, when I was at the end of The Dancing Queen, I thought that I should probably go back and write that first Jack Trexlor story before continuing. I wanted to make sure that something big and obvious had not happened earlier that would be glaring in its omission if I didn’t mention it in The Dancing Queen. So, that’s how The Crazy Jack came to be written after The Dancing Queen, but published before it.

As it turned out, writing The Crazy Jack before finalizing The Dancing Queen was a good idea. Some ends left loose at the end of The Crazy Jack get tied off at the end of The Dancing Queen, and Jack’s motorcycle in The Dancing Queen gets foreshadowed in The Crazy Jack. I’m happy with how the stories neatly fit together, and the series will be even better with the addition of The Stolen Four, The Tonto Ten, and The Final Five, possibly later this year.

For the rest of this week, The Crazy Jack is discounted to 99 cents at Amazon. Though I’m happy with the story and how it turned out, be warned that it is brooding and very dark.

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Also, if you read the book, please leave a brief review at Amazon. It looks like Amazon’s overaggressive review purge left The Crazy Jack with no reviews. That won’t do. People have a hard time trusting books without reviews, and most promotion websites won’t even list a book with no reviews. Posting a few (or more) reviews would be very helpful, and I’d genuinely appreciate it.

99-Cent Spring/Summer Blow-out

To celebrate the end of spring and the arrival of summer, this week ending Sunday, June 28th, I’m having a blow-out sale, with all my books available for 99 cents each. What a deal! And with their elegant new covers, they’re going like hot-cakes would if you slapped elegant new covers on them and marked them down to 99 cents. Wow!

Also, the new cover design was the final piece holding back paper production, so print editions will be coming available very soon, within days.

What great news for people who love good books!

The Crazy Jack Is Free Monday and Tuesday

 [Cover of The Crazy Jack: A Jack Trexlor Novel by T.F. Torrey] In honor of the beautiful new covers, The Crazy Jack is free today and tomorrow at Amazon.

If you haven’t read it before, now is your chance to see these beginnings for Jack:

  • His art teacher warns him against a future that he finds in The Desert King and The Dancing Queen.
  • He has the major falling out with his father that is not resolved until eleven years later in The Dancing Queen.
  • He exhibits a strong attraction to almost every eligible female he meets, a trait that only grows more pronounced through The Dancing Queen.
  • He first exhibits a lack of sense of direction, which factors into The Desert King, but is largely resolved in the (yet-unwritten) story The Tonto Ten.
  • This is the first time he puts himself at risk for a damsel in distress, a trait on which the entire series is based.
  • This is the first time he suffers from a bout with blockage of his creativity, a trait that comes to define him, only alleviated in spurts until the end of The Dancing Queen.

Watch for these and other firsts. If you see a good one, please let me know. Though I wrote the book, Jack has a mind of his own, and we are sure to see different things when we look into his world.

Free today and tomorrow at Amazon.

The Crazy Jack Free at Amazon

Another week, another promotion. For the next four days, from right now until Tuesday, November 4th, The Crazy Jack is free for the Kindle. This book is not quite as intense as The Dancing Queen, and it has no drugs. However, human sexuality plays a central role in the plot, with some rather uncomfortable details, so if that makes you squeamish, it might not be for you. If you like to see Jack squirm, however, it is a fun read, and it dovetails rather nicely (I think) with The Dancing Queen.

Get it at Amazon.com. Then read it and leave me a nice review, please. And tell your friends.

That Crazy Jack

I’m making good progress on the line edits for The Dancing Queen, and that has me thinking about the future. The Dancing Queen will complete the first three books featuring Jack Trexlor. After this book, I will be blasting out a super-secret trilogy as fast as I can, hopefully in no more than one month. After that, I have planned two more books related to the trilogy and also super secret. Then Spring Rains. Then, maybe, I will be back writing about Jack.

I have three more Jack Trexlor books in active development, as in, they need to be written, and I am (and have been for some time) plotting and planning them. They are The Stolen Four (1981-1984), which comes between The Crazy Jack (1980) and The Desert King (1985) and tells the story of Jack’s time in the Arizona Insane Asylum, The Tonto Ten (1986), which comes after The Desert King and tells the story of when Jack went back to the desert and fell in love with Sylvia, and The Final Five (1990), which comes before The Dancing Queen (1991) and tells the story of Jack caring for his mother in her last days. All these stories are referenced from the other books, so they have to be written. And actually, I can’t wait to get into them.

But wait, there’s more! Jack’s mother’s illness plays a role in The Tonto Ten (1986) and defines The Final Five (1990), but another book needs to come in the four years between them. Right now, I have no idea what that book is, but I know it has to exist. Then, another super secret plot twist hinted at the end of The Desert King spawns yet another book. I know what sparks the action in this (currently untitled) one, but I don’t know much beyond that and the fact that it takes place in 2003, when Jack is 41 years old. That book ties up all the loose ends that I currently know of (except one), but it leaves unresolved what becomes of Jack. Fans will be happy to know that soon after that book, he actually, finally, truly, at long last, becomes a working artist, albeit of the starving variety. The last Jack Trexlor book that I know of right now has him living on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix, making his own art in his own gallery, and thriving on First Fridays. However, his fragile success is upended when a young lady (what else? and oh, yes, the final loose end, deliciously wicked fun) comes to him for help, and does Jack turn down the request? No, he does not. He never has, and he isn’t starting now. This book not only completes Jack’s journey to the life he has been seeking for over twenty years, it sets the stage for his future adventures. Cool, right?

So that’s it, the nine Jack Trexlor books I have currently written, in development, or in mind. How long, an astute observer might ask, could this be expected to go on? The answer, which might surprise you, is not long. My plan all along has been for there to be 13 Jack Trexlor books, one for every card in a standard suit. I currently have King, Jack, and Queen. Coming next are Four, Ten, and Five. On the horizon are Ace and two more not currently determined, but maybe Two and Three. That would leave only Six, Seven, Eight, and Nine to fill the suit. What then? Right now, silencio. That’s right, Jack spends most of his life getting his feet under him to live the life he dreamed of when he was 18, then he only gets to live that life for five books. I don’t know how he ends then, but I’m pretty sure he does. Shocking, right? I can’t believe I’m doing this to him, but I think I am.

Anyway, all that’s a long way off, surely no less than a year or two, even with my new, streamlined, awesome work arrangements. Now, I’m going to get back to work on the line edits for The Dancing Queen, which is turning out both terrible and great. I can’t wait to release it. If you haven’t read The Crazy Jack and The Desert King yet, go get up to speed with those now.

It’s Finally Here: The Crazy Jack

O.M.G. It has literally been years. And years. And so much anguish over how likable Jack is, and how dark the story is, and ugh, all of it. And now, it is my pleasure to announce that The Crazy Jack has been declared complete and released to the presses. Finally!

I think I owe a special debt of gratitude to Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David Wright of the Self Publishing Podcast for the snippet of advice that helped to end my endless tinkering with this: Perfect is the enemy of done.

With that advice, and a ton of hard work, The Crazy Jack is now done. It is surely not perfect, but I really do love it. I love the dark cover and the not-crazy opening and how Jack is so sincere, but so lost. There is a lot to love about the book and I will post a list soon. For now, I am just thrilled that it is finally out the door, so I can move on to The Dancing Queen.

The Crazy Jack is already available at Smashwords, and it will soon be live at Amazon, Kobo, and others.

This is a great day.