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"Wow… what an insane book! Holy bananas!! Detour Paris by author Jack Dancer is one of the most original and just flat-out crazy romance/adventures I’ve read in a long time." 5-Stars Steph Coleman, Barnes & Noble
Tucker Blue, an advertising executive and newly-minted mid-life bachelor is about to fly off on a European holiday to Barcelona with his flight attendant girlfriend when an unexpected love-at-first-sight encounter with the beguiling Monica Reyes lures him into a romantic rendezvous of every man's fantasy. The flight, conveniently missed, and a detour to Paris find the couple burning up the rails training through France toward Barcelona. And just as Tucker is about the reach the Promised Land with Monica, a dead man bearing a gift of unimaginable wealth arrives unannounced, and the two lovers are unwittingly thrown into a world of untold danger. Friends abruptly vanish; new ones appear and still others are unmasked as frauds and everything's getting dicey.
Dead men might tell no tales, but their associates do, and when Tucker begins investigating, truths about his powerful but anonymous adversary begin to unravel, enabling him a narrow chance to triumph over all odds. When he's dealt a second devastating blow from yet another anonymous opponent, Tucker Blue, from all appearances, is out for the count. Not only has he lost the love of his life in the most horrific manner, but he also discovers he's been the target of an elaborate con game. All the money in the world cannot save him now, and Monica's life hangs in the balance.
When you take away all that a man has, leaving him with nothing more to lose, what remains is the most dangerous animal in the jungle, and right now that's Tucker Blue, and he's pissed. Love and money got him into this mess, and it's love and money that'll get him out, but he must be willing to sacrifice either or both to rescue his princess and destroy his enemies, not just destroy them - annihilate them.
He needs an army.
So he recruits one, beginning with a single platoon of thirty, thumb-size Japanese Giant Hornets spraying flesh-melting poison.
It's a start.
The rest is a campaign that only a crazed advertising man like Tucker Blue could dream up, someone with nothing to lose other than the cojones to pull it off.
Step into the world of romance from a man's perspective and see what love is really all about.
(Inspired by an actual dating experience, Detour Paris is for mature audiences.)
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Detour Paris, The Complete Series (including Detour Paris, Detour Allure and Detour Amour) is now available as a single e-book on Amazon.
As one reviewer put it:
"Ahhhhmazing!!! This book had it all...greatwriting, comedy, tragedy, drama, light and entertaining, sexy and dirrrty! . . . I couldn't read fast enough!" (5 stars) Essie Harmon- Goodreads; Shelfari; Indie Book Reviewers.
The series has garnered nearly 100 five-star reviews from readers.
Buying Detour Paris: Complete Series as a single book will save you three dollars over purchasing the three Detour Paris Series books individually.
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Posted January 14, 2016 in SPR Interviews
Jack Dancer is a Southerner born and bred living in Southern California with his beautiful wife Linda; Lucy Mae a designer dog of infinite breeding and dubious appearance and Cleo the aptly named cat. Two horses, “Prince” Riki and Dusty “Butthead,” also fittingly named, round out the Dancer troupe.
After twenty-five years as an advertising executive and business owner Dancer retired to take up the writer’s life and shake up the female-dominated romance genre with fast-paced action-packed thrillers and large doses of comedy written from a man’s perspective.
Nearly all romance novels are written by women authors for women readers, some by men posing as female authors and virtually all are written from a woman’s point-of-view.
But love’s a two-way street. So where’s the beef? Not the recycled Chip ‘n Dale beefcake of the established mold but the real men who love real women?
And why was the entire genre, created singlehandedly by one male author, William Shakespeare, abandoned to one gender when it takes two to tango?
Finally, one real man has taken the lead to write real romance from a man’s point of view for both men and women readers alike. And so far Jack Dancer’s Detour Paris series is an outstanding hit with both men and women readers because it takes two to make a romance. The reviews are in:
“[Jack Dancer] seems to have discovered solid ground in writing romance novels with the male perspective. Not that women will not devour these hot and steamy romances, but it is refreshing to have them come from a man’s vantage – life from the POV of a midlife divorced man!” Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer.“Written from the perspective of the divorced man makes an outstanding twist to this delightful adventure.” Cheri Clay, Amazon Reviewer.
Tell us something about your book. The basics: what’s it about?
First thing you should know is that Detour Paris is a series written for mature readers. Not even my 93-year-old mother is allowed to read this, and no one had better tell her I wrote this stuff.
Second thing is that I wrote these books on the sly over a period of three years so that my wife wouldn’t discover I was writing a story about a little dalliance I had some years ago (before I met her). I especially didn’t want her to read some of the more descriptive scenes. And more especially I didn’t want her to know I was such a schmuck to carry on an affair with yet another woman while on an extended date with my (at the time) girlfriend at the same time. Yeah, I know it sounds bad but hey; the rest is fiction. Mostly.
As you might imagine under the circumstances, the whole writing project was very, uh, tricky.
So how’d I solve the problem with the wife? I brought her in as editor-of-a-sort. By that I mean I got on my belly and slithered like a reptile and begged her to help me edit the book so the main character, Tucker Blue, a cad and womanizer extraordinaire, would be more palatable to women readers. And she did and he is. It was a win-win because now the wife’s an owner and less likely to. . .how should I put it? Well, how she’d put it is: “You gotta go to sleep sometime.”
None of this would’ve worked at all had not the story been a good one in the first place, and it really is. Even she admits the story is very good, and she’s a very big reader and pretty much doesn’t like much of anything I do.
So you’re asking why haven’t I answered the question above – what the story’s about?
Let me put it this way. It’s a funny, thriller of a romance story with lots of very hot sex and told from a man’s point of view. I guarantee it will keep you turning the pages (even if you’re a woman), and you won’t be bored for a minute. Best of all you’ll be so entertained you’ll wish the thing wouldn’t end. Don’t believe me? Read the reviews. Better still, read the books.
How did you come to self-publish? Did you try to get published traditionally?
I’m a new author, and traditional publishers don’t take on unknown authors so self-publishing was the only route to get the book in front of potential readers.
I’ve sent a few inquiries out to agents only because my wife thinks that’s the way to go, but I’ve had no takers as yet and really don’t expect any. I’ll have to establish a track record and get some serious sales behind these books and build a dedicated reader base before a traditional publisher takes notice. If they do fine, but it’d still be a business decision – can I do better with or without a traditional publisher? I’m prepared to go it alone.
My entire career to this point has been in the advertising business. I’ve created businesses from nothing more than air, and I’ve made millions over the years doing it. I’ve lost a lot too, but that’s part of the game.
This whole writing gig for me is not something I’m doing for the simple pleasure of doing it. I’m writing novels with the expectation of putting them in front of readers, paying customers. This is a business proposition, and the first thing that any business needs to succeed is a good product – something people are willing to pay for. And if there’s going to be repeat business customers have got to be happy with their purchase. The Detour Paris series is a good product, and the reviews that all three books are accumulating bear that out.
But good’s not always good enough to make a viable long-term business, and especially one that’ll support me and my family in the style to which we’ve become accustom. What Detour Paris has going for it is what Ted Bates (a famous advertising man) called, the product’s USP – unique selling proposition. I think Detour Paris has a solid one and with the right marketing, I believe the series has the potential to achieve blockbuster status within a genre that is hugely popular and lucrative for a few successful authors but has also grown stale and lackluster. Romance novels.
Detour Paris’ USP is that these are stories of romance written by a man and told from a man’s point of view, something virtually unheard of in a genre dominated by women authors writing exclusively for women readers. And the irony here is that romance is not only not proprietary to women; it’s not even a possibility without men. To have romance you gotta have a man and a woman (notwithstanding other variations).
The trouble with the romance genre today is that because it’s dominated by women what you end up with are stories with male characters created out of some woman’s idea of how men think and end up bearing little resemblance to how men actually think.
Jack Dancer novels take an entirely different approach.
First, male characters are written as real men. They act like men, and they think like men. They’re not all twisted up, and sugar coated to fit into some ideal paradigm that simply doesn’t exist. They’re unvarnished and real. They’re the same men who real women in the real world fall in love with. They come with both faults and admirable qualities. And the one thing that they do not do is presume they know how women think. If they do they’ll always learn the error of their ways and quickly.
If there’s one very transparent theme throughout the Detour Paris series it’s that men are pretty much clueless about how women think and why they do some of the things they do. And it’s that very idea that fuels much of the comedy in scenes depicting the weird and wonderful relationships between the sexes.
To be honest I’m not sure there’s a publisher out there with the wherewithal to take a chance on a genre busting series like Detour Paris but even more so because it’s written by an unknown writer. There’s also the idea that men don’t read romance novels, and I might not disagree with that notion but I think that’s because they’re written by women for women and in a language that men simply do not comprehend. But from the reviews that have come in so far on the Detour Paris series, it’s clear that these novels are appealing to both men and women.
Reading them is much like listening to focus group sessions – a consumer research technique that I’ve had a fair amount of experience with. I read the reviews very carefully and many times, over and over, and by doing that I’m able to glean invaluable information about what readers like and what they might not care for so much. From there I can make adjustments and hopefully write better books.
The great thing about self-publishing is that you have total control over the product. You can literally make a change in a book that’s already published on Amazon and have a corrected version back on the site within hours in most cases. You could never do that with a traditional publisher or with most any product.
What drove you to write this particular book?
I thought that of all the dates during my bachelor years – and I had a lot of ‘em – this one was right up there as one of the craziest, so one day I decided to write it down and from there the thing just kept going and going like the EverReady Bunny and took on a life of its own. I wrote it initially out of pure pleasure, and I can honestly say that I’ve never enjoyed anything more.
The book is based on a date that I had on a trip to Barcelona beginning with one woman then switching to another and taking a crazy detour traveling through France. It was an “every man’s fantasy” moment that I couldn’t pass up. Just about everything after that is fiction. But the most fun was writing a fictional account expanding upon that one event.
To be able to let your imagination go to the point where the characters and the situations take over the reins and tell the story is an incredible experience. You can hardly write fast enough to keep up with where the creative side of your mind leads you. It’s the greatest trip imaginable, a raw creative experience that’s a turn on like nothing else, at least for me. If nothing at all came of any of this, if no books came of it, the experience alone is worth effort. I doubt many people have had the privilege to experience such a thing but those who have know exactly what I’m saying.
Is the book in any one particular genre? Is it a genre that’s familiar to you?
It’s a romance novel and all the things that come with romance – thrills, adventure, mystery, comedy, erotica; you name it. This book, this series, has been described as all of those genres.
And yes, they’re all familiar to me in real life, and as a reader because I read everything. As I describe the main character in the beginning of the book:
"I’m no neophyte when it comes to life and all its trials and tribulations. I’ve not only been around the block more than once; I’ve been kicked around the block, a couple of times. Been married more than once, raised children, more than one. Even created businesses. Destroyed ‘em too. You might say I’ve seen it all, and had you asked me even yesterday, if I believed in love at first sight I would’ve told you, of course, but those are miracles reserved for the young – those naive little creatures still virtuous and deserving of such wonders."
Who are your greatest writing influences?
Every writer influences me to some degree. I like writers as diverse as Carl Hiaasen and John Updike. More important to me is finding and writing in my own voice, to write, “Jack Dancer.” I think I’m getting there, but I still have a way to go. I think the important thing is to relax and let it flow as natural and comfortable as possible. I want the reader to feel they’re in the conversation.
One thing that helps me is to read the reviews for reader comment about the writing. Do they like the style? How the story flows? Pacing? The dialogue? I’ve had a fair amount of positive comment here. Readers seem to enjoy the style and particularly writing from the first-person. The best comments I’ve had are those where reviewers have said the writing makes them feel like they’re “in the book,” almost as a “participating character” if you will (I’m paraphrasing of course.) There’ve been no complaints to speak of except a few editing issues, but that’s not writing style, and I’m talking style.
I read Harper Lees, Go Set A Watchman recently, and thought it was one of the finest pieces of writing I’ve ever read. I’d like to say she influences me, and she does but only as an example of excellence. I could only dream of writing at such a level. She’s a Southerner, and the South has produced some of the finest writers anywhere. I think Southern writers have a particular knack for telling stories in a way that anyone from anywhere can easily connect, and that’s the kind of writing I hope to achieve in my own meager way.
What’s your writing regimen? Any tips for keeping focused?
I have no regimen. I write whenever I can, day, night, wake up in the middle of the night, whatever. I write something everyday. For me to focus, I need to be undisturbed or heavily self-medicated. I am the poster child for ADHD.
Would you self-publish again?
Of course, I have no other choice at this point, and even so, I’d probably still self-publish. However, if a publisher can guarantee me a million bucks a year, I wouldn’t bother with any of it except the writing part. I’ve been a one-percenter, so I know of what I speak. Hired help and room service are two of the finest things in life.
Any final words of advice for those looking to self-publish?
Yes, don’t. I don’t need any more competition than the half-million would be authors already out there.
Posted by: T B Markinson December 27, 2015 in Book Reviews, Lead Story
Detour Amour, by Jack Dancer, is the stunning conclusion to the Detour Paris series.
Tucker Blue is not playing Mr. Nice Guy anymore. The woman he loves is still being held captive and his enemies have pushed him too far. Tucker wants to destroy them, but he’s an advertising guy, not Rambo.
Tucker turns to unconventional means to out his nemesis in an attempt to rescue his princess. Will his plan work? And at what cost?
The main ingredients of the series thus far has been humorous unpredictability and crazy escapades. This series is creative, entertaining, and cringe-worthy. After book two, I had no idea what to expect in the third and last novel. The question I posed in the second review was how much was left in Dancer’s creative tank?
As it turns out my worry was completely unnecessary. Dancer threw everything in the book, including the proverbial kitchen sink and Japanese Giant Hornets, which spray flesh-melting poison. Tucker isn’t kidding when he says he wants to destroy his enemies.
And his enemies are doing everything they can to annihilate Tucker. Both sides have declared all out war. The question is: who will be the last one standing?
One tense scene after another makes for exciting reading. Fans of spy thrillers that include lots of kick-ass gadgets, vehicles, and nerdy guys behind the scenes will really enjoy the James Bond aspects of Detour Amour.
The buildup to the grand showdown between the Raven and Tucker includes just the right doses of humor, suspense, and twists and turns. By the time the reader reaches the final chapters it’s hard to know what’s going to happen and the pages fly by in a blur.
And just when you think that Dancer doesn’t have any more tricks up his sleeve, there’s at least one more plot twist that’s surprising. Is Detour Amour really the end of the Tucker Blue saga or will the hapless cad return in future novels?
Like the previous two books, this novel is aimed towards a male audience. The author isn’t shy about allowing the men in his novels to misbehave. The majority of the naughty behavior is typical of the genre, such as blowing things up and sleeping with beautiful women. However, some of the scenes and attitudes are disturbing. Female readers in particular may not appreciate how woman are used and abused repeatedly throughout the entire series.
In the final installment, at one point, Monica tells Tucker:
So, it’s okay, honey. I forgive you in advance. If you want to take her, rape her, do whatever you want, you just go right ahead. You have my permission.
At another time, Tucker is contemplating seducing Nanette. He thinks that Monica would “probably praise me for doing Nanette. What’d she say? ‘That’s my man taking his due?’ Something like that. Yeah baby.’” His thought process sounds desperate, but he’s actually referencing a line Monica said in the second book: “That was just my warrior taking his due.”
It’s difficult to imagine lines and thoughts like this will endear Tucker to female readers, but maybe the high-octane events that whiz by are distracting enough to keep all readers engaged in the story.
Overall all, Detour Amour is a heart-stopping and thrilling end to the series.
Please note there are graphic scenes of violence, including physical and sexual, that some readers may find upsetting.
Five out of Five Stars
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Mid-life, rich and suddenly finding myself single with nothing more to do than travel the world in search of adventure and love, I found both during one crazy date to Barcelona and it wasn't even with the woman I had started with. So I wrote the story in a three-book series called Detour Paris.
Three books, you ask?
What can I say? It was a hell of a date.
When I completed the books I gave the first one to my wife (I'd since married) and upon reading about half way through she threatened divorce and it was then I knew I had a winner!
Romance From A Man's Point Of View! The unvarnished truth about the mating game.
Guys don't have to read this to understand the truth, at least as guy's see it.
But ladies? You've been so caught up in reading conventional romance, written by women for women that you've been starved for the truth and don't even know it. But you know it takes two to tango. You can't have real romance without real men and I'm not talking about the beefcake that exists only in the minds of women writers.
Check out the Detour Paris series if you dare. If you don't then look over the reviews right here in Goodreads or on Amazon and see how much other women readers enjoyed the books. Here's what a few had to say:
". . . one of the most original and just flat-out crazy romance/adventures I've read in a long time." Steph Coleman, Goodreads.
“Wow, Detour Amour and the whole DETOUR PARIS series by Jack Dancer was amazing, and so different from the usual books out there! I haven’t read anything like it in a long time, if ever.”
Darla Ortiz, Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble: Indie Book Reviewers
“This isn’t some empty, vapid tale of stereotypical ‘heroes and bad guys’, but a completely new spin on the romantic-adventure genre that demands . . . and gets . . . your utmost attention.”
Sherri Warner – Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble: Indie Book Reviewers
". . . pushes the boundaries of typical romance/adventure.”
Jenna Brewster –Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble: Indie Book Reviewers
“. . . it’s so refreshing to read something that seems to break away from the established mold and really bring something new to the table . . . Recommend for readers who want something new . . . romance, humor, danger, and thrills.” Laura Clarke – Goodreads; Shelfari; Indie Book Reviewers
“Some days a romance book written from a mans perspective is all you need to get your heart racing.” By S. Follmer - Amazon Reader/Reviewer.
“Great writing and this series is one that will go far in the romance world . . . ! . . . a romance novel told through the point of view from a MAN! This was good . . . almost TOO good . . . !” Sierra Klein Amazon Reader/Reviewer.
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“Detour Amour” is the third book I’ve read from this talented author Jack Dancer, but I hope it’s not the last! I know that the series is over now, and what an incredible, funny, unpredictable and dangerously erotic ride it was! The way these books are written are different from many of the genre I’ve read before, and I was totally hooked right from the beginning all the way through to the very last page of book 3. It was intelligent, weird, sad, dark, funny, deep, tragic, romantic… I thought the storylines and the character development to be very well done and thought out. I feel like this level of complexity could have easily ended up badly, but instead I darn near gobbled this last book down in just a few evenings. Fast paced writing and lively dialogue that is genuine and entertaining. These books need to be read in order and are recommended for adults only. (5 stars) Karen Matthews – Goodreads; Shelfari; Barnes & Noble: Indie Book Reviewers
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5.0 out of 5 stars
"We clean the scene and get rid of the body.”
By Grady Harp Amazon Hall of Fame, Top 100 Reviewer on January 4. 2016
California author Jack Dancer pounced onto the literary scene with DETOUR PARIS that was just the opening of a Trilogy - Detour Paris, Detour Allure, and Detour Amour - inspired by an actual mid-life dating adventure. He lives in southern California, though he hails from Florida. A former advertising executive he seems to have discovered solid ground in writing romance novels with the male perspective. Not that women will not devour these hot and steamy romances, but it is refreshing to have them come from a man’s vantage – life from the POV of a midlife divorced man! Now with DETOUR AMOUR (Book 3 in the Trilogy) Jack manages to weave new problems and situations around his established characters from Books 1 and 2 while introducing some very fascinating new people onto the stage.
If you’ve not read Book 1 DETOUR PARIS and Book 2 DETOUR ALLURE, then DO! The story is so well put together that not knowing some of the characters intimately from the first story may leave a few questions. But whatever you may have missed in Books 1 and 2 Jack more than makes up for in this thundering steamy naughty adventure romance. Once you’ve read jack Dancer he becomes addicting.
As usual he offers a description of the story at the outset – a teaser, if you will. ‘The final detour . . .and the third book of the Detour Paris trilogy. Detour Amour marks Tucker Blue’s rise from the ashes to win the day and rescue the woman he loves, and lives happily ever after. But is that what really happens? One thing’s for sure. Tucker’s been pushed too far this time, and he’s pissed. He’s out not only to rescue his love but to destroy his enemies. Not just destroy. Annihilate. Tucker Blue is a man with nothing to lose and everything to gain and that makes him the most dangerous man, there is. But Tucker’s not a fighter or a soldier. He’s a love and an advertising man. Guns and bombs and karate chops are not his expertise, and he can’t advertise them to death. Or can he? Tucker Blue’s a creative guy, and he’s on a mission; bound and determined to rescue his princess at any cost, except style. It’ll have to be ingenious; no force, no violence, most important no mercy. Can he do it? And if he can, is it for love or is it for money? A hundred twenty million euros can buy a lot of love. But does it?’
It is little wonder Jack Dancer has found so many devotees – he has found a niche no one else occupies and he occupies it completely. Pure entertainment - on many levels! Grady Harp, January 16.
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Posted by: T B Markinson December 17, 2015 in Book Reviews, Lead Story
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