Posts Tagged: the fall guy
I am one of the contributing authors to 25 FOR ONE, which is an ebook consisting of twenty-five thriller and mystery novels by twenty-five authors, where all the money goes to the survivors of the hurricanes that struck Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. All the money goes to the One America Appeal. The collection includes my book THE FALL GUY. Details about the project and the writers involved can be found on the website.
The book has been out for a week and it’s been selling well but we’ve got a long way to go. Please support us and by buying the book, but also by mentioning the book on your social media outlets. The book will only be available until Christmas. Thanks!
I have a few Christmas book bargains to stuff your stockings with. Several of my books are part of a promotional special so please take advantage of them while you can!
- THE FALL GUY is 99c in the US and 99p in the UK until Christmas Day.
- PAYING THE PIPER is $1.99 until New Year’s Eve in the US.
- NO SHOW is $1.99 until New Year’s Eve in the US.
So I hope you’ll pick them up and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all.
Categories: book of the month
I’m happy and pleased to announce the release of the audio edition of THE FALL GUY. It’s available from the Audible and Apple stores worldwide. The storyline is:
“Todd Collins has failed in every job he’s ever undertaken, but that all changes when he backs his jalopy in a shiny, new Porsche belonging to a drug dealer. When the police stop the drug dealer for a broken taillight that Todd has caused and discover a cocaine shipment, a West Coast kingpin holds Todd responsible. On the run from organized crime, Todd discovers his true calling when he fights back.”
I hope you enjoy this second title from Dark Wood Books.
Categories: new book
I had another brush with Hollywood with a possible screen adaptation of my work. A small production company wanted to adapt one of my short stories into a TV pilot. After a few months of back and forth, the deal is effectively dead. I came really close. There were scripts, contracts and everything, but my screen horse fell down at the final fence on that highest of fences—contracts. No IMDB credit for me. A bummer, yes, but it’s one of those things. Disappointing but I’m OK with it.
Categories: shelf life
The German edition of THE FALL GUY came out a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I’d share the story behind the book.
For every seventeen-year-old male in the UK, the number one purchase is a car. It’s a rite of passage–the first step towards adulthood and independence.
I was in engineering college when I turned seventeen. My birthday occurred late in the school year and several of my friends had already turned seventeen, passed their test and gotten cars–albeit jalopies for a couple of hundred quid.
John was the first of us to get his wheels, a ’72 Ford Cortina. Instead of running for the train to get to and from college, we rode with John. The convenience of car ownership was all too apparent to me, even by proxy. The responsibility of this convenience came a few weeks later. We’d returned back from lunch to the college parking lot. John found a stall behind the science block and went to park. He backed the car up, doing all the right things, but his skill deserted him and he reversed into the side of the Vauxhall Cavalier. There was no mistaking the buckling of sheet steel.
We all froze and waited for John’s reaction. Panic spread across his face. He had just kissed goodbye any possibility of a no claims insurance bonus.
“Do you think anyone saw?” he asked us.
The parking stalls were pretty secluded from the main parking lot. We looked around and saw no one.
“We’re going. Cool?”
We didn’t reply, just nodded. John burnt rubber and parked on the street a couple of blocks from the college. We walked back to our afternoon classes. John told us we weren’t to talk about this. He was stern, but I noticed his hands were shaking. He knew the crime he’d committed and the one we were accomplices to.
I was beginning to think we’d gotten away with it by mid-afternoon, until the cops interrupted second period. Two officers walked in with one of the college lecturers and some kid I didn’t know. One of the cops asked for John by name, but not the rest of us.
My heart was pounding, so I couldn’t imagine what John’s was doing. Unlike most college kids, we had more to lose than the rest. We were employed by an array of big name companies underwriting our college education and paying us a salary.
John came back thirty minutes later, looking sheepish. We were forced to wait until break to find out what had gone down with the police. We’d thought our crime had gone undetected but we were wrong. One of the other lecturers had witnessed the fender bender from the classroom. The lecturer not only knew us, but he knew the name of the second year student who owned the Cavalier. Giving the cops their due, they were pretty cool about it all, all things considered. They weren’t pressing any charges as long as John paid for the damage. They would be checking in with all parties to make sure amends were made.
John made good on his error and the event never made it back to our respective employers or parents. We all learnt our lesson. It was a stupid thing to do and we were damn lucky to have gotten away with it.
About a year later, a form of retribution came knocking. Kevin (who’d been in the car with us) came back from lunch to find a broken headlight and a note under his windshield wiper. The note said: People think I’m leaving you my name and address. I’m not.
No one had witnessed the incident and Kevin was left to carry the expenses.
These two incidents have always stuck with me. It’s one of those situations where I’d been on both sides of the equation, even if it was by proxy. So when it came to writing THE FALL GUY, my thoughts fell upon these two incidents and the storywas born. In the novel, the down on his luck protagonist, Todd Collins, backs into a Porsche and leaves a note not dissimilar to the one Kevin found under his windshield. This sets in motion a series of calamities, which winds up with Todd being indebted to organized crime and spending the rest of the story trying to get the monkey off his back.
I don’t know if I wrote the story as a penance or a warning to others, but it may have something to do with a theme that occurs in many of my stories. A crime, even a little one, can’t remain covered up for long. I learned that when I was seventeen.
Naturally, with a translation in a language I don’t speak, I have to put my faith in my translators that they’ll do a good job and I won’t suffer like NewsRadio’s Jimmy James at his book reading. This is every writer’s translation nightmare. 🙂
Categories: shelf life
Wives are great things, especially when it comes to pointing out your mistakes. Last year, my little Julie came to me and pointed to my books and said, “Notice the similarity?”
In my defense, my first three books may have come out in that order but they weren’t written in that order. ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN might have been my first book, but WE ALL FALL DOWN was my second book, while PAYING THE PIPER was my fifth. NO SHOW and a couple of other unpublished books were in between these three and none of them featured car chases, so don’t go thinking I’m a one trick pony. Really…don’t. I am good at this writing thing. Just give me a chance.
Categories: shelf life