a “Non-Social Distancing“ Novel en lieu

So, and yeah. . .stand back COVID-19 there`s no “Social Distancing“ in this novel.  In fact it begs to challenge that very idea with two strangers who walk into a motel room in “Bar“stow, California.  [pun intended]

Book Synopsis (and actual query):Barstow, CA BC i

    There is no polite way to explain Diane DeMoss and Jack Crawford’s illicit affair only that it’s about to take a bitter turn when their seemingly complicated lives clash against the backdrop of good sex, Chinese take-out, a pack of cigarettes, warm beer and jealousy.

     It happens in a grocery store on a warm July morning.

     And “It” is war, particularly at first sight when Diane, a pampered 37-year-old housewife unintentionally rubs Jack, a 39-year-old married hard-nosed blue-collar businessman, the wrong way when her twenty-six grocery items overshadow his six pack of beer in a 15 items or less express lane.

     But as Diane apologizes for the inconvenience, Jack – not one for other people’s stupidity – accepts her apology by insulting her, suggesting she learn how to read signs.  Diane, refusing to turn a scolded cheek, stoops to Jack’s level and suggests he learn how to suppress his opinions to avoid becoming one of those opinionated assholes.  Not only does the insult infuriate Jack, he confronts Diane in the parking lot and puts his “asshole” status to use only the outcome isn’t what he expected or what Diane had expected.  Because instead of pursuing the idea of wringing each other’s necks with the other’s bold tongue, Jack and Diane instead end up in a motel room.  Both stumbling over themselves.  Both out of practice and embarrassed.

     But tackling to be the best of lovers will become the least of Jack and Diane’s problems when their checkered lives interrupt their affair with each one’s narcissistic and controlling ways; issues that will have them questioning whether they’d go back to being the people they once were before they walked into that motel room in Barstow, California.

In a Motel Room in Barstow, California or Barstow is a 53K standalone Upmarket Fiction novel.  The setting of the story takes place – with the exception of the grocery store scene – in a 2 Star Motel over the span of a day.  Set against the inspirations of songs like Jack and Diane, Fast Car and Come Away With Me, and challenging the likes of books and films such as Frankie and Johnny, The Story of Us and Blue Valentine which take a genuine look at the upside and downside of love, marriage, abuse, divorce and infidelity – issues that plague both Jack and Diane’s lives.  The simplicity of form and storytelling incorporated with fast, yet uncomplicated thought-provoking dialogue and iconic characters could perhaps make this page-turner narrative an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind read.

So there it is in all its hope & glory that one: it will gain representation; and two, avoid becoming another Indie publication.  But if it should, well, I can`t say I didn`t try!


4 years? … W(where)`TF have I been??

Please don’t mind the post title but. . .

It has been awhile since I’ve done anything with this site other than letting it sit idle & letting WP collect on the revenue of my name – to which I’m not complaining.  Thank You, WordPress!

So, what has Devlin been doing in the last 4 years?

Well, really nothing worth bragging about considering that I still don’t have an Agent and that I resorted to self-publishing and becoming Indie.  The last I recall I was querying a standalone novel called “Growing up Trafficked” to which was renamed “HUSH” – a controversial story about a 14-year-old girl forced into prostitution by the people she trusted which has now grown into a 13 book series with a projection of two more [series’] to follow – to lit Agents.  Out of the 64 Agents/Agencies I queried, 2 showed interest and 1 requested that I, and I quote that Agent: ‘Tone down the parable of the story’ which I already did prior to querying.  So, long story short, HUSH never gained representation however, it did gain a sizable audience and was ranked as a #1 Best-Seller for 2 ½ years straight, topping off at about 70K copies sold in its first 3 years; since then, I have lost count.  As for the rest of the Series, it’s holding up.

But, and unfortunately, I can’t say much for UnFangulous Girl! (previously Last Bite) and Immortal ROMEO (previously ROMEO) and 5 chapbooks as I continue to battle with them.

Aside from trying to avoid surfing the COVID-19 wave I’ve taken up refuge in front of ABC News Live, Prime, HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu and Disney+ and have put my mind to use in laundry, cleaning, and cooking and my eyes to additional reading and envying all the new traditionally published book releases only because my book(s) should be included amongst those with many Indie’s  – I assume  – feeling the same.

I think it’s time to end this rant here. . .bulk collection is in front of my house collecting bulk trash to which I don’t have, and I haven’t seen my cat – the Persian snob – anywhere in the last couple of hours.  Time to go look for her but after I submit another Query to my latest novel to replace the rejected one I received this morning.

You all stay safe out there.  Make good choices!