I’d like to take a moment to shine a light on a relatively new author making his mark on the bizarro scene: Steve Lowe.
2010 was the second year the NBAS was running, and seven titles were released by seven first-time authors.
Muscle Memory was the first book of the seven that I read, and it has gone on to earn him a handsome book deal with Eraserhead Press.
From Amazon: “Billy Gillespie wakes up one morning to discover his junk is gone. In its place is his wife’s junk. Billy is now Tina, and Tina is dead. That’s because Billy’s dead. His lifeless body is still in bed and empty beer bottles and a container of antifreeze litter the kitchen counter. Over the next 24 hours, Billy and an odd assortment of neighbors, all experiencing their own bouts of body switcheroo, try to figure out what happened and why. Can they do it before the Feds find Billy’s body? Was it aliens that caused this, or God, or the government? And did Edgar Winter really sleep with his sheep? Pro football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw has those answers in a story that asks, What Would Kirk Cameron Do?”
And right now, you can read Muscle Memory on your Kindle (or device with Kindle App) free of charge. The price will go back up in a few days, so don’t miss out on this fantastic offer! It’s a simple, fun concept for a story, but it is remarkably well thought out that it doesn’t have that body switching “gimmick” feel about it. Steve’s taken a familiar trope and made it his own. And if you do happen to miss out on the free promo, its regular price is US$0.99, which is a bargain in itself.
If you don’t think that’s enough, he’s also written a sequel to Muscle Memory (which I haven’t quite read yet), which is also free. But the catch to this deal is that it’s always this price.
On top of that, he’s a really friendly guy. Alongside Jordan Krall, he was one of the first bizarro authors I spoke with online, and I thought that was really cool.
I’ve been hearing bits and pieces of the projects he’s working on, and I’m really looking forward to Steve Lowe’s first full-length novel. And I’m looking forward to seeing where he goes over the next few years.