The title of this tale comes from a Rolling Stones song from some years back and as such, it kicked off what promises to be a long running series of “Stones” inspired tales at Changeling Press called Set In Stone. Several of these are available now.
I build stories in a funny way, Usually one character comes out of that misty other world where such beings live and grabs my interest. “Write my story,” he or she says and then they begin to tell me. Since I almost always write romance, the future soul mate who at first is often an enemy or at least a bit of an adversary then jumps in and begins to tell me his or her side. There are often times when the plot then heads off in utterly unexpected and unplanned ways. Do I try to rein it in? Seldom, as the character will cease to cooperate if I do!
So this one started when I saw a red headed youth trudging down a dusty road to see if he can find work at a visiting carnival… Yes, he was Jumpin Jack Flash. Before it was over, I found he had to team up with a 1970 era version of a techno-nerd kind of guy and meet a raft of strange characters, who made the oddest of the carnie folks look ordinary! Lo and behold, I had the first of the alien invasions that the Paranormal Operations Unit of the Border Patrol would be created to deal with about a generation into the future!
Anyway here is the blurb and cover of this story and a link to buy it.
Blurb: Jack never knew his father, and his carnie mother died when he was in his teens. The carnies are the only family Jack’s ever known. He perfects a knife and sword act where he keeps himself safe by making the steel blades go exactly where he wants them. Getting his GED and working to educate himself while keeping up his carnival act leaves Jack no time for a social life, but he’s been too busy to miss what he never had.
Doug’s a pretty ordinary guy with a college education and a boring IT job. When his loser druggie boyfriend moves out, Doug’s lonely and hurt. Looking for distraction, he goes to a carnival. When he sees the mercurial red head, he’s enthralled. Jack Flash is the opposite of everything Doug’s ever known. Can two men with such widely different lives find common ground on which to build a bond? Can they deal with the very oddest and most scary critters ever seen in 1970-something earth?