God Loves Stories


“God made man because he loves stories”

In the upcoming novel, On the Beach, Bo Danser struggles to find a reason to continue his trudge from the devastation of the city of Miami. Covered in filth and radioactive dust, he recalls the Jewish parable he once read in a used bookstore, when such things existed before the fiery gold blast of light.

“God made man because he loves stories”

 It is a Jewish parable famously shared by Elie Wiesel in the preface of his novel, The Gates of the Forest. For Bo Danser, it is the spark he needs to continue step after step, his path and choices telling his story.

 In my work on the Danser novels, those seven wise words also inspire. While I take them slightly out of context, I have the hazy belief that at times the spark of imagination I enjoy is a gift and has a purpose beyond book sales. Of course, it might also be true that I’m completely bat-guano nuts on this, but hey, it adds a lift.

All the best,



Building Roller Coasters

New York And New Jersey Continue To Recover From Superstorm Sandy

Building Roller Coasters

“The Girl in the Hotel” by Gregory French

Wanna learn how to write an interesting story? Study haunted houses and rollercoasters.”

 – Bo Danser On the Beach


For “The Girl in the Hotel” there were months of researching and gathering Ingredients and writing background sketches before the book was started. All my books have begun this way. I recently unpacked the manuscript boxes from the 1988 novel, “Cream of the Wheat,” with its one hundred typed index cards (Yes, as in use of a typewriter). There it all was, the design for a wicked rollercoaster ride for the readers.

The writing of all the Danser novels (the construction of the coasters) can’t begin until I’ve reviewed the ten to twenty thousand words of the Ingredients and submerged fully into the story: its theme, its cast, its Skeleton, which is the initial blueprint of the story, of therollercoaster.

There is one distinct difference between novels and roller coasters. Books rarely circle back to where the ride started (in my works, only Danserdid. Sort of).


With the Danser novels, the Skeleton is planned to a greater or lesser degree, it doesn’t much matter. Why? Because the rails, the story, always go off in their own direction as the cast and events take over.  This is one of the delights of the writing process – when the characters take the wheel and I’m reduced to a lowly member of their typing pool, another passenger along for the ride.


I hope you enjoy “The Girl in the Hotel.”


All the best,




New Event: “Malice in a Very Small Town”

A Barnes & Noble book store is seen in Encinitas, California


New Event:

“Malice in a Very Small Town”


Greg Jolley

Saturday, September 15th, 2 PM – 4 PM

Hosted by

Barnes & Noble – Brighton, Michigan

9605 Green Oak Village Place 
Green Oak Township, MI 48116 

Greg be discussing and signing the second book in the Wiki Danser series, Malice in a Very Small Town.

He will be joined by mystery author Pamela Gossiaux, who will also be signing her latest novel. 

“Come join the conversation!”

Book Event: “Malice in a Very Small Town”


Michigan Mystery Author Trio

Thursday, August 16th, 7 PM – 9 PM

2513 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

I will be joined by mystery authors Darci Hannah and Pamela Gossiaux.

All three of us will be talking with you about our current titles.

I’ll be discussing and signing the second book in the Wiki Danser series, Malice in a Very Small Town.

Come join the conversation. We are promising a lively chat!

View-Master: A BB Danser Memoir

This morning, I sent the next Danser novel manuscript to my amazing publisher. “View-Master: A BB Danser Memoir” This one is for Jim OroscoChief Construction Mechanic, USN, (ret). (Seabee).

“Welcome to Hollywood, 1951. Come take a crawl through the underbelly of the motion picture business. Your guide is young BB, a youth with close-head brain injuries and flights of passion and vision.”


The Future Danser Novels

The Danser by Sandra Guzman

Asked by my excellent and oh so patient publisher to write synopsis’ of the future Danser titles in progress, I chose to do blurbs instead (I knowI’ll be hearing about that).

Here they are, in various degree of clothing:


All the best,





BB Danser: A Memoir

Written (2015)

Release, late Summer, 2018

You could say that BB Danser started the ball rolling, as the patriarch, if you allow, of the eccentric and passionate and driven Dansers. This is his story, in his own words; a tale of his madness, passions, murders and the desperation to take flight and escape the confines of real and modern life.


The Collectors

A Pierce Danser Novel

(Pierce Danser’s second book)

Written (2016)

A roller coaster through a horror show. Pierce is on another hunt, this time for his soon-to-be ex-wife, actress Pauline Place, who’s disappeared from the Black Islandfilm set in the heat swarmed waters off the Mexican coast. A “collector” with a heart and mind of poisonous snakes has her. So, the winding, dark, and deadly pursuit begins.


Kazu – Two (w.t.)

A Kazu Danser Novel

(Kazu Danser’s second book)

Written (2016)

Following an airplane crash in the sweltering jungle of coastal Mexico, ten year old Kazu Danser is on the run. Having been forced to committed a killing as one of many Niños Asesinos(Child Assassins) employed by drug couriers, he’s teamed up with a child savant who’s able to revive the dead and play with the clock fingers of time.



Mayhem in a Very Small Town –

A Wiki Danser Novel

(Wiki’s third book)

Written (2016)

Riding the rails and murdering at whim and for no reason, Canden is headed straight for Wiki and the very small town of Dent, Michigan. Getting wind of the killer’s rampage as he enters Michigan, her investigation draws her right into his path.



Hotel Or

A Kazu Danser Novel

(Kazu Danser’s third book)

Written (2017)

Welcome to the historic, secluded Hotel Or, deep in the jungles of coastal Mexico. In the hands of Constance Snapp, the hotel is a money making machine, not unlike a sausage grinder, processing elderly retirees for savings and pensions. In walks Kazu Danser, on the lam from the Federales, and his partner, Ed (Never Eddie) Rang, a young and resourceful prostitute. Lives needs to be saved and the Hotel Orneeds to be put out of business. Permanently.


Black Veil

A SeaBee Danser Novel

Written (2017)

A movie is being made, a retelling of the Donner Party tragedy, cast with children in all the roles. Behind the cameras, the brilliant and off the rails director is determined to make this grisly, realistic version his masterpiece. Filming on location moves from Black Island, Mexico to the brutal snow packed mountains in the States. As the horrific historical story is filmed, behind the cameras madness and the fires of jealousy and revenge consume crew and cast alike in a murderous dance.





Book One of the Danse de la Rose Noire trilogy

A Molly & April Danser Novel

Written (2018)

From Tropea, Italy to Michigan and Florida, the sisters are on the run, committing thefts to fund their escape from an enraged ex-US Marshal. He is bent and sideways with a black heart for revenge and their total destruction. Will Molly and April elude his blood soaked claws?


The Disposables

Book Two the Danse de la Rose Noire trilogy.

A Kazu Danser Novel

(Kazu’s fourth book)

Being written now

Kazu on the run, escaping Mexico for the sunny promise of Florida, pursued by the journalist Carson Staines, a real hand cart of delusions, blood thirst and greed, determined to first chronicle Kazu’s criminal life – and then end it. Kazu teams up with a gang of Floridian street urchins as Staines pursues him and a hurricane rolls northward.



Black Rose (w.t.)

Book Three of the Danse de la Rose Noire trilogy-

An April and Kazu Danser Novel

Sketched for start in summer, 2018

Set exclusively at night in the famous French cemetery in St. Augustine, the annual Danse Macabrebegins, a three night celebration of moonlight and death. Among those attending the midnight soirées are April and Kazu Danser, as well as reveler with a coat liner of long handled razors.



Pie and Kazu – Rescue (w.t.)

A Pierce and Kazu Danser Novel

(Pierce’s third book)

Hearing of the existence of his grandson, Kazu, Pierce begins another misadventure of rescue. Set in Michigan and North Florida.

Sketched for start in 2019



Dent Four (w.t.)

A Wiki Danser Novel

(Her forth book)

Have skeleton for start in 2019

Set in the very small town of Dent, Michigan, this novel finds Wiki Danser torn by

moral choices and dilemmas and the perils of outlaw justice. She is up against the cause and effects of vigilantism. And vengeance. This is a story of the cost of the inability to forgive and the sweet and satisfying madness of taking justice in her own hands.



Black Lies (w.t.)

Non-fiction, true crime book.

Based on a Floridian case.

Researching for 2020


Cream of the Wheat

Originally Published 1993.

Second Edition, Revised for 2020.

This is the first book to get most all of the Danser family together. Primarily the tale of young Pierce and Jared Danser, it follows their paths from Hollywood to the secluded family resort, la Diana. As much a love story as a tale of madness and death, the brothers are guided by delusion and passions in a twisted take, a twisted danceof movie making.


Out of the Wind (w.t.)

A Wiki, April & Kazu Danser Novel

A large stack of napkin notes for start in 2020

(The fifth Florida book)



4 Stars For “Malice”


Reviewed By Neil A White

Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel

Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel by Greg Jolley features another escapade of the eclectic Danser family: Wiki, her partner Sara, their child Seabee, and an orphaned beaver that’s found a home in their bathtub. The family moves into their new home by the lake in the small town of Dent, and next door to an oddball lady that has a fascination with foul-smelling backyard fires. Did I mention that her husband has gone missing? And some of their other neighbors aren’t a barrel of laughs either. When Wiki believes two children have disappeared, she tries to raise the alarm with the local police, but to no avail. Soon after a small private airplane crashes, rifle shots ring out in the night, and the oddball neighbor disappears into the forest. And just when all appears to be returning to normal, a final shoot-out materializes that places everyone in danger.

Greg Jolley is back with Malice in a Very Small Town, his latest quirky, suspense-filled novella. I’ve been a fan of his free-flowing, whimsical prose since reading Where’s Karen, and his latest effort follows along in that tradition. Filled with a wonderfully strange cast of characters – Jolley’s trademark – I found Malice in a Very Small Town to be a taut, off-beat thriller. However, much like his earlier novel I reviewed, I felt the ending was rushed and fell a little flat after building to a fine crescendo. There is no doubting Greg Jolley has an immense talent, and although his writing style and pacing choices may not be for every reader, I highly recommend spending some quality time with his characters. 


Typed “The End”


This morning those two good words went on the bottom of the Molly & April Danser novel. Thieves (w.t.) is book one of the Cimetière Noir (w.t.) trilogy.

It has been five months of a daily romp of fun (Yes, writing can be enjoyable). I think readers will find this one to be another odd soul of a story.

All the best,


(Another) Five Star Review!

(Another) Five Star Review!

Malice in a Very Small Town

By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel is a novel of suspense written by Greg Jolley. While this is not the first book in Jolley’s Danser series, the author gives enough background information for it to be enjoyed as a standalone novel. Sara and Wiki had found a suitable temporary rental for themselves and their child in the small town of Dent. The house commanded gorgeous views of Lake Dent with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open ground-floor space designed for entertaining. While the movers were bringing in the family’s furniture and possessions, Sarah wondered again at the one neighbor who seemed to be definitely off-kilter. She had met Mrs. Weap while considering the rental and had not been overly impressed by her, but now the woman was burning something that smelled awful and gave off black and oily smoke from the burn pile she was tending. Sara couldn’t help but suppress a bit of revulsion, and she decided to rename the Weap family, as the rental agent had identified them, as the Creep family. Dent was not the most diverse or tolerant town for the young lesbian couple and their ebullient four-year-old to live in, but all too soon, they begin to fear for their child’s and their own safety.

Greg Jolley’s novel of suspense, Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel, is a fast-paced and fascinating story that had me intrigued and ready to read more of the author’s Danser stories. Wiki and Sara are marvelous, well-defined characters and their daughter, the irrepressible Cry Baby, aka Seabee, is a veritable force of nature. Mrs. Creep is suitably awful and terrifying in a way that fits the late autumn setting for this book quite well. I enjoyed seeing how the young family managed to find kindred spirits in Maur, the shopkeeper, and some of the other residents of Dent, despite the insular nature of the town. Jolley’s plot is taut and thrilling, and his writing is smooth and fluid, making reading this book a pleasure indeed. Malice in a Very Small Town: A Wiki Danser Novel is most highly recommended.


All the Danser novels are available at select bookstores and:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2o4tIob

Barnes & Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-in-a-very-small-town-greg-jolley/1126859762;jsessionid=220A8A13D1F8E80D75A584FB05D4845B.prodny_store01-atgap03?ean=2940154315811

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1264853603

KoBo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/murder-in-a-very-small-town






Barnes & Noble This Friday!

Greg Jolley will be visiting with you and signing.

Where’s Karen? and Murder in a Very Small Town

A Barnes & Noble book store is seen in Encinitas, California


Greg Jolley will be visiting with you and signing.

Barnes & Noble – Livonia

Friday March 09, 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

17111 Haggerty Rd.
Northville, MI 48168

Trying to find your next greatest read? What better way than supporting local writing? Join us as we host several local authors and their works for a night of discovery and discussion. Authors will be here from 6 to 9pm tonight talking with fans and autographing their works for anyone who drops by. 

Get an autographed copy of

Where’s Karen? and Murder in a Very Small Town

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