“Thieves” is now available!

I’m pleased to share the publication of Thieves: Book One of the Obscurité de Floride Trilogy.

From Tropea, Italy to Michigan and Florida, the thieves Molly and April Danser are on the run, trying to escape from an enraged ex-US Marshal. He is hell bent on stopping them once and for all, his twisted black heart fired up for revenge and their total destruction. Will the sisters elude his blood-soaked hunt? They have their smarts and resource but have never faced a pursuit like this. 

Can they somehow put an end to his blood lust? 

What will they have to do to save themselves from his powerful and deadly claws? 

The hunt is on…

All the Danser novels are available at fine bookstores and Amazon: http://amzn.to/2o4tIob

All the best,

Greg Jolley

The Danser Novels

www.TheDansers.com

gfjolle@sbcglobal.net

“Thieves” Cover Reveal

Thieves

Book One of the Obscurité de Floride Trilogy

From Tropea, Italy to Michigan and Florida, the thieves Molly and April Danser are on the run, trying to escape from an enraged ex-US Marshal. He is hell bent on stopping them once and for all, his twisted black heart fired up for revenge and their total destruction. Will the sisters elude his blood-soaked hunt? They have their smarts and resource but have never faced a pursuit like this. 

Can they somehow put an end to his blood lust? 

What will they have to do to save themselves from his powerful and deadly claws? 

The hunt is on…

The Avid Reader Interview: Greg Jolley

Greg Jolley Interview

“The Collectors”

12/30/2020

By Nancy Allen

https://the-avidreader.blogspot.com/2020/12/30-Virtual-Book-Tour-Giveaway-The-Collectors-by-Greg-Jolley-RABT.html#more

  1. For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start? “The Collectors” is in the same vein as works by Robert Bloch, Stephen King and Charles Addams cartoons. As some reviewers have commented, “The Collectors” is not for the faint of heart. That said, in the book’s strange and macabre world, there is a love story. Like the works of those suggested authors, this book also explores the dance between good and evil.
  2. How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book? I wanted to explore the unique and often strange and obsessive passion of collectors, to understand the relationship between the objects they desire and what acquiring them satisfied, if it truly did, in the hearts and minds of curators. The months of research were interesting, even when things got strange and creepy.
  3. What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?  For “The Collectors” I constructed a combination of a roller coaster and haunted-house-ride for my readers. From my vantage point, the story is well built, lyrical and has many dark and dangerous turns leading to an ending that wrote itself. I leave it to readers and reviewers to let me know if it stayed on the tracks.
  4. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans? Write to me and let’s discuss what you liked and what you didn’t. A huge part of my motivation for writing “The Collectors” and all the Danser novels is those lively and interesting exchanges where I get new insights that can only come from readers.
  5. What did you enjoy most about writing this book? There’s always a fine lift when I get to type “The End,” but before I get there, I love it when the characters take over the story and I become the lowly typist while their adventures sweep us away. I loved working with Pierce Danser again, even though every time I knew he was going to turn left, he grabbed the wheel from my hands and turned the story in another direction.
  6. Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future? A three-book trilogy is being published in 2021, a suite called The Obscurité de Floride Trilogy. The three novels are coming out a few months apart and to say I’m jazzed would be an understatement. Each is a work of suspense and while they are stand-alones, they also share the new and vibrant and dark world of what most think of as sunbaked Florida.
  7. How long have you been writing? My first book, “Distractions” was released in 1984, so it’s a been a good while since I entered the Danser’s world. As of now, there are twelve in print with another sixteen completed and awaiting their eventual step into daylight. The main reason my publishers are releasing the books at such an aggressive pace is to get us to where new works are those I’ve recently completed. Personally, I love getting the past stories in reader’s hand and eventually having new ones in their hands sooner.
  1. Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in “The Collectors”? All three main characters were a challenging delight. While I didn’t have a favorite, Pierce was the most familiar. That said, all three were constantly entertaining and shocking. As often happens about a third of the way along, the cast took over the write and I became their story’s typing pool. Pierce Danser: He is always a surprising personality to work with. Big of heart, passionate in love, and often a loose cannon, I pretty much turned him loose. Soon as he put his nose to the sand and started tracking Pauline Place, I was comfortable taking my hands off the wheel. Pauline: She is the famous actress Pauline Place, who was also a pleasure to work with again. She is a rare beauty, strong-willed, no one’s fool and capable of getting in serious trouble – often of her own making – as a challenge to herself and her ways and wits. Deung: Ah, Deung… nothing more enjoyable than entering his twisted and dangerous mind. He was another chance to open the black box containing evil and dark lunacy, compulsions and sociopathic blood lust. Mix in his desire to wed and bed a deceased actress and he scared and revolted me badly more than once. 
  2. If you could spend the day with one of the characters from “The Collectors” who would it be? Please tell us why you chose this particular character, where you would go and what you would do. It would be Pauline Place, alongside Pierce at the end of the book. I’d choose her because she spent so much time in the shadows. I would want to head out with them from her perspective, experiencing her take on all that has happened and what she wants and needs to happen next between them.

Article: A Merry Danser Christmas

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There haven’t been many Christmases for the Dansers. In general, they seem to prefer holidays in their minds. There is one that I like from the 1988 novel Cream of the Wheat.

Jared A Danser’s death off the shore of la Diana:

 The orange burning fuel lay on the surface of the water, delivering up solid black columns of smoke. Pierce surfaced and swam through the hot flotsam over to Jared, just beyond where the skiff was going under. He rolled Jared onto his back and got his head above the surface, raising his younger brother’s jerking chin and chomping teeth.

 

Later, there was nothing more than a moonlit sea sparkling around the two bloodied men; one unconscious and the other holding him in a fireman’s grip, treading water with his one free arm and one functional leg. Pierce struggled to keep both of their heads above the surface. When his body began to shake, he did all he could do, deciding that he’d do it until he couldn’t any longer. The shore, a stretch of white sand below the black sky, was too far away.

He didn’t know how much time had passed when he saw the Christmas tree lying onto its side. It was much prettier and more moving that any he and his brother had ever seen. The tree was bumping across the metallic blue carpet toward them. The star atop the tree was waving at them; at him and his younger brother.

Pierce shook Jared, wanting him to see too. Wanting him to wave for them. He deserved the honor. “C’mon!” Pierce pleaded, “Wave!”

He watched the tree slide closer.

It was absolutely beautiful.

Pierce realized from somewhere way distant that he was crying with both happiness and surprise.

“Jared, look!” he laughed, no longer embarrassed by his tears. He couldn’t focus on the alchemy of tears and happiness mixed with salt water and blood.

 

Excerpt from Cream of the Wheat (1988):

© Greg Jolley, 1988.