It’s been over a year now since I first heard about Amanda Hocking, prolific e-author of the My Blood Approves series, the Trylle Trilogy, The Hollows series, and more. I was immediately inspired to follow in her mold and get my own books out there where people can actually see them. It’s been an adventure preparing my own first (published) book, Exit Strategy, for e-reader, but it’s finally here and for less than the price of a latte!
So what’s it about? Here’s the blurb:
To his legions of New York fans, shock rocker Marlon Strange is a god. But everyone comes from somewhere, and for Marlon that place is Falls City, Nebraska, where he used to be a farm boy named Frank Nomarski. All Marlon ever wanted was fame, fortune, and a Viking funeral, but his adventures in the Big Apple are starting to make small town life look pretty good. His deliberately anorexic wife, a karaoke singing stalker, and his moonlighting job as an escort have him longing for just one thing: an exit strategy….
Here’s what reviewer Fred Hintze has to say about Exit Strategy:
Escaping New York on a bus, the rock-star protagonist of Daniel Wolff’s Exit Strategy says, “It takes a long time to get anywhere in a Greyhound bus. For the first half of the trip the bus makes constant detours down side roads to pick up folks and takes forever to retrace its steps back to the interstate, and then for the second half the same thing happens in reverse as everyone gets off again,” which, in addition to being a sensitive and accurate description of rural bus travel, also describes the story.
The ride is interesting; the route is not under the reader’s (nor, you quickly realize, the protagonist’s) control; interactions with strangers are unavoidable; side road detours tend to take over. It is because of, not in spite of, these things that Exit Strategy is so very engaging. The protagonist’s voice is endearingly authentic. His life is…interesting…and interestingly described. You suspect, reading, that your concern and involvement would disturb, even embarrass, the protagonist–just because he needs to talk about it doesn’t mean he thinks you should be listening.
Exit Strategy is a good read–the kind of good read that makes you fervently hope that Wolff is just getting started writing, and has already amassed a shelf-full that you just have not yet found. If it could be said that Wolff clearly remembers his Salinger, and his Goldman, it must be said that he remembers the good parts…and why they were good. Exit Strategy is a short ride, but a long journey. And well worth the trip.
Exit Strategy, now available for Kindle.