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GIVE IT UP FOR KYLER JAMES

GUYS: Give it up for KYLER JAMES, one for the first and kindest commenters here at The Lerner Home for Wayward Children. THE SECRET OF THE RED TRUCK, published by Rebel Satori Press, July 8

 

In a nameless town and a nameless country, THE SECRET OF THE RED TRUCK tells the story of Micky, a possible schizophrenic who finds God, his sister Viagra, a sensitive beauty who finds art, and a hot truck driver, Dave, who finds himself in a dangerous predicament. Through their misadventures and ensuing love triangle, our anti-heroes search for the answers, all hidden in the back of the Big Red Truck. If you think you know your mind, think again—but don’t think too hard. You might lose it after finally discovering…THE SECRET OF THE RED TRUCK.

 

“Writer extraordinaire Kyler James”

— Dennis Cooper, author of THE MARBLED SWARM

 

“Kyler James takes on time, madness, religion, incest, art and Freud in this allegorical novel with a mystery at its center so compelling, you’ll read it straight through. Nothing is what it seems and only the Red Truck has the secret! This is not like any book you’ve ever read or will ever likely read.”

— Trebor Healey, author of A HORSE NAMED

SORROW

 

“THE SECRET OF THE RED TRUCK is a one-way trip beyond the limits of reality. In this really great novel, where everything is alive, Kyler James weaves a unique grasp of love and trauma through crystal-sharp prose, to shatter everyday illusions and caress the damage into a new way of experiencing the world.”

— Paul Curran, author of LEFT HAND

 

“THE SECRET OF THE RED TRUCK is built like a hall of mirrors, filled with constantly shifting identities, tales that change in the telling, and dreams that seem to be dreaming themselves. The novel is stripped of distractions and narrative niceties so that readers will be helpless to do anything but plunge headlong into its intoxicating mysteries.”

— Jeff Jackson, author of MIRA CORPORA

 

 

“Sanity and truth are relative terms, and in this compellingly bizarre debut novel, Kyler James lures us inside the dark caverns of one man’s twisted mind—and makes it all seem real.”

— James Gavin, author of IS THAT ALL THERE IS?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee

 

25 Responses

  1. Just ordered it, and I can’t wait. That’s the highest praise I can give.

  2. Betsy! Since there’s no song today, how bout I provide my own: “It took me years to write, will you take a look?” You have been the greatest inspiration to me. Needless to say, Forest for the Trees changed my life. Just trying to decide which chapter describes me best. The neurotic? Prob the Rejection chapter – I read that many, many times. Thanks especially for encouraging a one-line synopsis and for being the first to say you liked having a character named Viagra! Always a deep spot in my heart for you…and can’t wait to read your next book (I’m sure my mother will love it too.) Big hug and kiss, Kyler

  3. I need a good read. Off to order.

  4. Wow! Congratulations, Kyler. Ordering it now.

  5. Congrats! Love the title.

  6. This sounds so intriguing…a big congrats to you Kyler! I’m off to order it too. Wow, all that wrapped up in a story – can’t wait to read it.

  7. Congratulations to you Kyler, one of the first commenters here in Betsyland, and as she so accurately describes you–kind. Kindly Commenter you are much deserving. I am also off to buy your book. CJ

  8. I celebrate you with a cocktail I have invented just for this occasion called The Secret of the Red Truck : it’s a double Cosmopolitan (b/c it’s red, get it?) with an Electric Kool-Aid chaser served at 5 o’clock on Earth where it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, with a garnish of Misadventure.

    I’ve begun reading your book already so I will hold off actually downing this brew for when I’ve come to the end of The Secret of the Red Truck and don’t want to let go of my place in that Wonderland world. (How come nobody has mentioned that it’s funny from the get-go?)

    Cheers to you, Kyler James, and warmest fond congratulates.

    • Vivian! I love the drink! When I link this on FB later, I’ll mention that! You got it already? Thanks kid. Yes it’s funny too…I even crack myself up occasionally. Thank you everybody here. You are all so kind.

    • The Secret of the Red Truck is a hoot! Just in Chapter One, there’s never been a better answer to the question: “Do you want bacon for breakfast?” I’ve laughed out loud on almost every page. Congratulations Kyler.

  9. Congratulations Kyler James! The description…”compellingly bizarre ” from the review by James Gavin is only one of the reasons why I’m buying this book.

  10. It was always in the cards, Kyler. Congrats!

    • It really was, Sherry. Just realized that the license plate of this particular truck is 888 – those are my numbers. 8 is Mercury, god/planet of writers.

  11. Congratulations!

    ” . . . time, madness, religion, incest, art and Freud”?

    I’m so in!

  12. Congratulations, Kyler. What an accomplishment!

  13. Funny and twisted sanity? How can one pass that up?? Felicitations, Kyler!

  14. Congratulations Kyler! I’m off click on the links.

    And on a related note, is it wrong that I’m starting worry? All this success at the playground is starting to feel so … successful.

  15. Best wishes, Kyler. I hope this publishing journey is a thrill ride for you! There’s just something so auspicious about red trucks, so je ne se quoi. Can’t wait to check it out!

  16. Congratulations, Kyler. May you sell so many copies, you have to retain a financial advisor.

  17. Congratulations, Kyler! Very excited for you!

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