A special thank you to The Closeout Kings beta readers

Kenny update

A beta readers shout out!

This is from the last page of The Closeout Kings.

I had the incredible good fortune of having 22 wonderful beta readers volunteer their valuable time to read an early draft of The Closeout Kings.  If not for their insightful and constructive feedback, I would have published a far inferior version of the story.   To those beta readers, I cannot thank you enough.  Your commitment, advice and encouragement made the long process of writing a novel even more fulfilling and fruitful.

Thank you, one and all!

The Closeout Kings blasts off!

It's alive!

It’s alive!

The Closeout Kings is live and available to read.  The last song selection is an appropriate choice from beta reader Lee Brown.  Here is the Louisiana Swamp Donky with Redneck Revival.

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 musical countdown, day 2

I reached out to the beta readers for The Closeout Kings and asked them what songs they thought represented the tone and themes of the Southern crime thriller.  Today’s selection comes from Scott Vaughn, and I have to admit that I had never heard of the group or the song until he brought both to my attention yesterday.  They’re awesome, and he’s dead on.  This song is a perfect fit for The Closeout Kings.  My thanks to Scott for introducing me to Backwoods Company by The Wild Feathers.

A reminder: The Closeout King’s official release is this Friday, October 24, but it is available for pre-order now.

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