“Danger in Bass Clef” Saturday morning reading…

I fought back a smile. “All this for a  messenger boy and a couple goons?” I looked back at the slithery leader. I took a step forward. This was answered by the two behemoths advancing from their leader’s flank. I looked into his eyes as his guards puffed their chests. “You think this morning was embarrassing for your boss?” The corner of my smile glinted in the light of the street lamps. “Just wait.”

Before his front companion could react, I had driven my thumb into his larynx compressing his windpipe, stunning him into a breathless moment of panic. I followed the throat strike with two balled fists to the Gila monster’s ears. He yelped and grabbed his head in pain. The goliath to my left moved on me with a lurch. I crushed my foot into his boss’s chest, crashing him into the henchmen’s clutches, tumbling them into a confused bundle on the ground while I dealt with the gasping giant on the right.

I kicked down, landing my heel on his right kneecap. SNAP! The man’s leg bent backwards, and he yelped in pain as he plummeted to the ground, grasping his damaged limb.

I had hoped the thug on the left would have taken longer to recover from the tumble with his boss. Hope does not carry much weight in reality. As I was following through on his buddy’s kneecap, he was on me, enveloping my shoulders in his ham-like fists. I felt myself go weightless and lift from the ground. He hurtled me through the air across the grass arena. The ground smashed the wind from my lungs as my brief orbit ended. I rolled to a halt nearly ten feet from where I had been standing.

“Smash his chops through his face. I don’t want him to be able to play that damn horn ever again,” the lizard man said over his kneecapped guard’s pained screams.

“Danger in Bass Clef”, Available August 17th on amazon.com and at select stores. Johnny Scotch is…justice served neat. http://johnnyscotchjustice

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“Danger in Bass Clef” In the tower excerpt…

“We have a problem here, Jim?” the WWF-reject’s voice boomed. He strolled past the sentry station and came to a halt an arm’s length away from me. The golem had a solid six inches of height and fifty pounds of pumped-up mass beyond me. Pretty sure he keeps the GNC store near his house in business on his own.

“No problem at all,” I said, keeping my voice warm and calm. No need to thump my chest and escalate before it was necessary. “I was just inquiring with your comrade behind the counter if he would mind giving a call upstairs to see if I can get a walk-in appointment.” I pocketed my hands, putting on a relaxed air. I wrapped my right fist around the pair of silver-plated trumpet mouthpieces I kept in my pocket in case of emergencies. I have found that most people mistake the sound of mouthpieces clanking together in a pocket with someone playing with their loose change, not shoring up their fist for action.

Jim’s stance behind the counter became more rigid. Ready for possible action, the beast propped himself up on the counter, leaning with one leg crossed in front of the other. His posturing intended to show me that I posed no threat to him and it would be better for me if I got back in my ride and pushed off. “I am pretty sure my colleague has explained the protocol to you. Why don’t you be nice and go home and make an appointment for a more reasonable business hour and come back then.” The giant being held up by the counter changed his tone from authoritative to placating. I tried to be nice. Oh well.

“Danger in Bass Clef”, Available August 17th on amazon.com and at select stores. Johnny Scotch is…justice served neat. http://johnnyscotchjustice

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“Danger in Bass Clef” Excerpt 5…

“I believe you are overestimating your position. Cass is too important to me to just forget about.” My stomach turned as his expression turned more lecherous when I mentioned Cass. Not cool, especially since I did not intend on puking up the nice scotch I had been enjoying. The conversation was also reminding me once again why I hated chess. A good opponent always has one last move that will make or break them. If you don’t anticipate their Hail Mary, it could leave you with a compromised king and no backup.

I said, “What I know is th-” A massive fist enveloped my ankle with a crushing grip. I scrambled for a secure hold as I was torn from the enclosed booth and flung through the air. I careened through the room, seeing the world flash by in slow motion. My abbreviated orbit ended as I collided with an empty table ten feet away from where I started. My flailing limbs sent chairs sliding and the small round table buckled underneath me. My left hand, holding my scotch glass, smashed into the ground, shattering the glass and slicing into my palm with scotch-soaked shards. I rolled and brought myself to my knees, cradling my injured hand.

“Danger in Bass Clef”, Available August 17th on amazon.com and at select stores. Johnny Scotch is…justice served neat. http://johnnyscotchjustice

“Danger in Bass Clef” Excerpt 4…

     I sat back and grinned at the exchange over my own bottle of 16-year-old Oban. The combination of sweet and smoky flavors rolled over my tongue with ease, lubricating our smooth conversation through the night.
     We nursed our drinks with the furtive knowledge that the way you handle your glass and its payload is akin to the way you handle your lover.
     I passed a warm breath over the lip of the glass as if exhaling across her arched throat. I pulled the glass closer between my lips, taking in the first sip. I flick my tongue to push the glass back after the smooth pull. Last, I let the scotch linger in my mouth, exploring the flavor palette before sending it along its final journey, to warm and coat my throat. My eyes rolled back with the liquor’s heat as it ignites my brain’s pleasure centers.
     Each drink heightened the building tension. The air around our table was thick with innuendo and promise. We grinned our wicked thoughts at the other. I wanted to drink her in and feel her heart pound against my chest. I could see that the taboo images dancing across my eyelids when I blinked were reciprocated in the reflection from her bright eyes.

“Danger in Bass Clef”, Available August 17th on amazon.com and at select stores. Johnny Scotch is…justice served neat. http://johnnyscotchjustice

“Danger in Bass Clef” Excerpt 3…

     I headed out to fire up my sweet golden beast. I keep my vintage 1969 GTO in good condition, ensuring a reliable history of starts, minus the rare off day when it just wasn’t ready to wake up on the first turn of the key. It takes care of me, I take care of it. I settled into the smooth leather driver’s seat and turned the key, anticipating its familiar rumble.      Click. Click. Click.
     “Well that’s new.”
     Click. Click. Click.
     Turning the key usually makes me smile as the engine bursts to life, but the familiar guttural growl was absent. The disconcerting sound of hollow clicks was confounding. I was about to try again, when from the corner of my eye I saw movement. I turned to look to my right. A taunting figure stood at the passenger window, limp cables swinging from his fist. I opened my door and got out to face my tormentor.
     “Car trouble?” said the man, whose mousy high-pitched twang, ripped from a Saturday morning kid’s cartoon, was mismatched with his ogre-like  body.
     Any other morning, I would have fed those cables to him through his nose. You don’t crawl under another man’s hood without his express consent. But I was willing to make an exception since his unexpected visit was most likely connected with my Cass situation. It looked like I might get some answers without having to call in a favor from Vlad after all.

“Danger in Bass Clef”, Due out August 17th on amazon.com and at select stores. Johnny Scotch is…justice served neat. http://johnnyscotchjustice

“Danger in Bass Clef” Excerpt 2

     A gust of wind washed past me. Skaters decked out in colorful helmets, customized padding, and Goth-inspired makeup enhancing the latest derby/gladiator gear flashed by in a blur of colors and spirited shouts. Their warpaint-highlighted faces focused on the treacherous curves of the course, cutting a path through the air with their intense glares. During the warm-ups, only one team was allowed on the rink at a time, helping to ensure no one took advantage of the pre-bout chaos to drop a body or two from the opposing squad.
     Around they went, gliding through their choreographed formations. Cold eyes burned underneath the caked-on stage makeup, peering out from beneath their helmets’ brims. “Warriors. Come out and play-yay,” echoed through my head as images of the larger-than-life street gangs from the pulpy 1979 sleeper were conjured on the rink.
     The “Valkyrie Rollers” careened past in a range of shapes and sizes. Air wafted across the spectators as they passed. Whiplash was induced with their laps as the onlookers craned their necks to read the suggestive nicknames stenciled on the backs of their jerseys. I chuckled as Road Rash, BareLeigh Legal, and Kara Picante blurred past.

“Danger in Bass Clef”, Due out August 17th on amazon.com and at select stores. Johnny Scotch is…justice served neat.

“Danger in Bass Clef” excerpt 1

I was settling in to the bar when she pushed through the curtain. The room was captivated by the flash of her eyes, the purse of her lips, and the sway of her hair as she brought her gaze to mine. Few things are hard to forget when it comes to a smooth figure like hers. She kicked on a light smile as she headed my way. The bar seemed quiet enough to hear the click from her four-inch heels as she made her way across the room. I saw Styles tighten as he realized what was happening. You could almost hear his thought, “Anyone but her, Johnny.” No worries, Styles, I’m just here for the booze.

“Danger in Bass Clef”, Due out August 17th on amazon.com and at select stores. Johnny Scotch is…justice served neat. http://johnnyscotchjustice

Write, promote, repeat…

Good productive morning today. Got promo stuff out for both “Tales From the Braided Pony” and “Danger in Bass Clef”. Wrote the first draft of a new entertainment blog I will be doing on a weekly basis for another company. And got about another thousand words and some research in for my next book.

Now to get back to writing, then promoting, then do that some more. 🙂

 

“Danger in Bass Clef” coming soon…

Had John Dover not been detained by Jackie Chan’s body guards while trying to hand him a copy of Johnny Scotch, Danger in Bass Clef, Jackie would have described the action scenes as “inhuman feats of insanity that defy the laws of physics and nature.” Danger in Bass Clef, Due out August 17th on amazon.com and at select stores. Johnny Scotch is…justice served neat. http://johnnyscotchjustice