For those of you who like previews, here’s a brief excerpt from my upcoming novel, King of Kings:
“It has a lot to do with my appetite for meat. Do you suppose a kind and loving God would really want all earth’s creatures tearing at each other’s skin, devouring each other’s flesh and entrails? Shouldn’t the earth’s plant life alone be enough to provide sustenance? Why give so many of us this brutal appetite for eating each other? It is brutal, isn’t it? It certainly isn’t kind or loving. I see God as that mean little boy who puts two insects in a jar, shaking them up and hoping for a fight to the bitter end.”
Now available from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.com is my latest collection of short stories, Hula Ville. From the back cover: “Welcome to Hula Ville! In this collection of short stories, award-winning author Mark Evan takes you on a page-turning romp through everyday existence in Southern California. You may find yourself crying, or perhaps even angry. But most often, you’ll be laughing out loud. With his sense of humor and imaginative plots, Evan brings the reader into the idiosyncrasies of his characters. His subjects range from mischievous school boys to elderly women, from retired aerospace engineers to harried housewives. No one is immune to Evan’s insightful takes on modern life.”
In Team Charlie, it is clear from the start that Charlie is a black-and-white movie buff. These old movies play a role in the way Charlie sees his life. What you may not have noticed at first glance is that most the names and places in my story are drawn from character actors and places in selected old movies. The White Way Hotel, for example, is taken from the Marx Brothers’ Room Service. Edward Horton, Una Merkel, and Glenda Farrell are all well-known Hollywood character actors. I liked the idea of these classic characters and places mingling with Charlie’s modern life. Are you a classic movie fan? How many other characters and places can you find in Team Charlie that have been so named?
The Blue Ink review is in on Team Charlie. The book is described as a “well-plotted novel,” where, “Evan finds tenderness, irony, and sly wit in Charlie’s troubled journey.” Despite some qualms about the writing style, Blue Ink states that the content “makes the whole trip worthwhile.” I am pleased with this review, and they seem to have grasped the ending. “It turns out that the poor guy’s internal voices serve as unlikely friends and demons, and in the end that touchingly endangers his future.”
Now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com is my latest novel, Team Charlie. From the back cover: “Meet one-of-a-kind Charlie Davis, middle-aged and divorced. Charlie no longer lives with his wife and children. He’s been hearing voices in his head for years, and has been living under the protective care of his elderly father. But suddenly his father dies, and Charlie is catapulted into a journey to fend for himself, an adventure that leads him from on fascinating predicament to the next. You will laugh and cry with Charlie as he tries his best to survive in a topsy-turvy real world. You will be introduced to all Charlie’s voices, including an eighteenth century pirate, a beatnik bohemian, and a lovely heart throb from his younger days. The story entertains but also explores the remarkable power of human delusion. And while the ending is predictable, it also comes as a complete surprise.”