Next week my third novel, Crazy of Natural Causes, is scheduled to go on sale for advance orders. It will be available, uh, “on demand,” about two weeks later.
The release of a book is exciting. It’s the culmination of lots of work: drafts, outlines, rewriting, tinkering with the order, et al. Now I have the uncertainty that comes to any author, or writer, for that matter, in regard to how his work will be received.
It’s the same with the blog I wrote Monday on NASCAR, only not as great. I try not to let myself worry too much because I can’t control what people think. I can only do the best I can.
Que sera, sera.
What I want to write about this morning are the two previous novels, The Audacity of Dope (2011) and The Intangibles (2013). None of the three is related in terms of characters or time. Audacity was set in 2008, Intangibles mostly in 1968. Crazy of Natural Causes is set in the present.
What I’m hoping is that you’re going to buy Crazy of Natural Causes on Kindle — this isn’t the last time I’m going to point out that you don’t have to own a Kindle: there are free apps for most appropriate electronic devices — and since you are, and if you haven’t already read the other two, you might enjoy them, particularly since, in Kindle version, they are quite inexpensive.
The Audacity of Dope is just $2.99 for Kindle and $16.95 in soft cover.
The Intangibles is just $4.99 for Kindle and $14.07 in soft cover.
You could buy them both for Kindle. Or, you could eat a large dinner from the McDonald’s dollar menu.
The Audacity of Dope is a rambling yarn about a pot-smoking singer-songwriter, Riley Mansfield, who just happens to become a national hero. He doesn’t have any such desire. The only alternative would have been to let someone blow up a plane he was on. Now he’s got mysterious operatives trailing him, not to mention representatives of both major political parties. It is an election year. At first, Riley succumbs to pressure, but over time, he suspects there might have been more to the incident on the plane than was apparent at the time. That’s when he becomes a real hero.
The Intangibles is different because it is set forty years earlier and has what would be known in a movie as “an ensemble cast.” It doesn’t have as many characters as a Russian novel, but it has a lot. It’s about a small town coping with civil rights, integration, the Ku Klux Klan, drugs, and corruption in high places. The recent events here in South Carolina might make The Intangibles more interesting to readers. At the center of the novel is a high school football team.
Crazy of Natural Causes went through lots of changes. About all it has in common with the other two is an ending in which lots of items clash at a high rate of speed. It’s set mostly in Kentucky. Chance Benford is himself a high school football coach at the beginning, but he doesn’t stay one long. Circumstances make him have to start his career, a new one, all over. He examines religion. He reads the Bible. He becomes a better man who is not without his flaws. As was the case with Riley Mansfield in The Audacity of Dope, the world won’t let him be.
Crazy is a fable of life’s absurdity. When I started, the plan was to make it a comedy, but it got more serious as I conjured up all the characters. All three novels have their comic moments, but I expect more people chuckle than laugh.
I think they’re all great, but, then again, I would, wouldn’t I? I wrote them. People don’t write crap on purpose. Your judgment of my work is much more valuable than mine.
Before I turned to this fiction stuff, I wrote several books on other subjects, most notably NASCAR. Most of my previous books are available here: http://www.amazon.com/Monte-Dutton/e/B005H3B144/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1416767492&sr=8-1