Freeway and the Vin Numbers compared to Pulp Fiction and Hard Core Logo in 5-star review

Rebecca McNutt, a talented author in her own right from Nova Scotia, just dropped this 5-star review of my rock ‘n’ roll novella, FREEWAY AND THE VIN NUMBERS …

“This book is excellent! Imagine a cross between the films “Hard Core Logo” and “Pulp Fiction” and this story is about what you’d get. If you’re a fan of rock n’ roll music from the days before autotuned pop and digitally-synced voices but you also like some romance, comedy and adventure thrown into what you read, this is definitely a book you’ll enjoy. Full of poetic, meaningful song lyrics and featuring characters that seem just like real people, Freeway and the Vin Numbers is a great book for any reader. It begins with a bang as Vincent “Vin” Masoli gets beaten senseless for stealing, and the thrill of playing in a band drives the story forward with a whole new purpose. Behind the times and way ahead of its time all at once, what I loved most about this book is the sense of nostalgia for the days of classic rock music that it calls back to in a way unlike anything else I’ve ever read before. It’s available for free so if you’re looking for a great story I’d definitely check it out! 🙂 ”

Here’s the free download link at Apple iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/freeway-and-the-vin-numbers/id1061784184?mt=11

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Rock novella becoming an international hit

freewaycoverWhat a month of April for “Freeway and the Vin Numbers”! According to Smashwords, it got dozens of Apple downloads in the U.S., Canada, Netherlands, Great Britain, New Zealand and Australia!
Six years after I wrote it and six months after I released it worldwide, it’s great to see Freeway, Vin, Friday and the rest of the band kicking ass in all of these countries!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/freeway-and-the-vin-numbers/id1061784184?mt=11

Original song ‘My Paul’ from my free novella ‘Freeway and the Vin Numbers’

freewaycover“You robbed from Peter
So I could play my Paul
The sound is sweeter
And stands 90 feet tall

Cool-hand Luke’s
No hot-hand Duke
My loyal brother
Is like no other

Saints and sinners
Paints and thinners
Got me a fresh new look
With something you took

You got me some more
So I could do it with Les
The fuzz ain’t got no clue
’Bout the magic between me and you

You robbed from Peter
So I could play my Paul
The sound is sweeter
And stands 90 feet tall”

Excerpt From: Jack Chaucer. “Freeway and the Vin Numbers.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/4Pys_.l

Freeway and the Vin Numbers re-released with new cover

freewaycoverI orginally wrote this rock ‘n’ roll novella back in 2010. Now it has a real cover and it’s available to the world, fittingly, for free.
Also fittingly, it comes out just a few days before Jimi Hendrix’s 73rd birthday. His music was the muse for this story.

Here’s the blurb:
In this novella originally written in 2010, a mobster’s son named Vincent Masoli and a talented guitarist from the projects nicknamed Freeway form a band that channels the late great Jimi Hendrix and wows pop-weary fans. Dozens of original song lyrics.

Smashwords link for free download:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/594894

Goodreads link:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27886634-freeway-and-the-vin-numbers

Nikki and William from the chapter “Loveless Fascination”

NikkiBlueNikki’s POV

“We’re officially assets. Don’t you feel special?” Bill asked.

“Do you? I’m officially paranoid. We’ve got people watching our back now. They could be spying on us right now,” I said.

Bill cringed.

“What about last night?” he asked.

“Do we have to think about that? I loved last night. Don’t ruin it.”

“Cheers to that,” Bill said, clinking his glass into mine.

“I could use some cheers. Christmas was awful. Now this … incident … tonight.”

“What can I do to help?”

I nodded toward his guitar and smiled.

“Any particular request? ‘Crashed My Car Into The Bridge’ again?” he asked with a lovably goofy grin as he grabbed the guitar.

“I so loved that. The perfect song for that stuffy crowd. I love your reckless sense of humor.”

“Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.”

“What’s your listening pleasure?”

“I’m thinking.”

I sipped my wine, looked up and saw a few stars twinkling somewhere over the ocean.

“I’ve got it,” I said.

“What?”

“It’s an old one. Definitely your era, not mine, but I loved it the first time I heard it. Maybe you’ll know it.”

“What song?” he asked.

“Under the Milky Way.”

He squinted, pretending like he didn’t have a clue, but I knew he knew it. He played dumb anyway.

“What band?” he asked.

“The Church,” I said.

“The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints?”

“No,” I laughed.

“The Church of Scientology?”

Before I had finishing rolling my eyes, he started playing. And singing. Beautifully. He made his voice deeper just like the original singer. He knew every word. I blushed and sang along with him, at least the words I knew.

“Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty
Sound of their breath fades with the light
I think about the loveless fascination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Lower the curtain down on Miami
Lower the curtain down all night
I got no time for private consultation
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it’s something quite peculiar
Something shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight”

From “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble”
Pub date: 10-9-15
ARC date: Available now on NetGalley

Nikki and Roy from the chapter “Felicia”

NikkiBlueNikki’s POV

There was zero chance of me getting to Bill undetected, even in the dark. The cab had to drop me off more than a mile southwest of his condo complex because the cops had blocked all traffic from getting near the beach.

Tropical storm force winds knocked me all over the sidewalks, even with my backpack weighing me down. Driving, horizontal rain soaked me to the bones, and after my wig blew off for the third time, I didn’t even turn back to get it.

I found Roy waiting for me at the entrance to Bill’s complex. As big as he was, even he seemed buffeted by the winds as he towered over me.

“You jumped,” he said, no trace of a smile.

“Damn right I did. You should, too. The Bridge is …”

He was already on the phone.

“You’re ratting me out?”

He ignored me and tears filled my eyes.

“She’s right in front of me,” Roy said into his phone. “Just arrived at Bill’s place ten seconds ago … that’s crazy, we’ll all die. The winds are too motherfuckin’ strong already for a damn chopper … I’ve got the camera with me anyway … so then we’ll all die here. What’s the motherfuckin’ difference? … You people are motherfuckin’ crazy if you think I’m getting my ass on a chopper right now … I am doing my job … She ain’t getting away from me. I’ll anchor her down and make her do a report in 100-mile-hour winds.”

Roy shook his massive head as he listened to … David? … Virgil? … one of those assholes. I didn’t care about them anymore. Instead I looked up toward Bill’s balcony, wondering how much longer it would be before Felicia tore it apart and washed it away.

“Send it then. I don’t care,” Roy said. “It’s on yo ass if the pilot crashes and dies.”

Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble
Pub date: 10-9-15
ARC date: Available now on NetGalley

Excerpt from the chapter “Nikki Beach”

NikkiBlueWilliam’s POV

Nikki had asked for a dark room, just like the ladies room in Earth Wing where we first collided. She could pretend I wasn’t 38. I could pretend she wasn’t 21. And we could just go at it like a man and woman should — without a second thought.

Instead, I took her to a neon outdoor nightclub throbbing with hipsters, tourists and supermodels; swinging with hammocks and white cabana beds cradling some of the hottest asses from all over the world; sparkling with Christmas lights, tiki torches and a floor of white Miami Beach sand that eventually led away from it all down to the moonlit surf of the Atlantic Ocean.

Why this place? Because it’s actually called Nikki Beach. I did not make that up. Some other brilliant person did. And I thank him or her very much because Nikki Blue was very impressed …

From “Nikki Blue: Source of Trouble”
Pub date: 10-9-15
ARC date: Available now on NetGalley