Nanolines! Monsieur DuQuay and the Hotel that bears his name!
From my WIP Troll Or Park:
Or, I should say, what was once a grand foyer. The abandoned hotel lobby was boarded up from the outside, but within, an enormous bonfire crackled beneath twinkling chandeliers. Shadows flickered on the walls and balconies as lithe bodies danced around the fire. The remains of what had once been a riche red carpet spread out all about a firepit, seemingly all for the pleasure of a man with a pitchfork who danced atop a concierge desk to music only he could hear. On the wall behind him, an enormous mural was spray-painted—a geisha bent over backward in ecstasy or pain, I wasn’t sure. Someone had grafittied a speech bubble over her face so she now asked “Where is my mind?”
The floor’s not right, but you get a sort of ambiance from this pic, I think!
pic from fuckyeahabandonedplaces:
Grand Lobby (by Noel Kerns)
The Baker Hotel Lobby, Mineral Wells, Texas.
The Baker Hotel, an infamous landmark here in Texas, was built in the late 1920’s in Mineral Wells, a town of about 30,000 people (at the time) about an hour and a half west of Dallas by hotel magnate T.B. Baker. For a town of this size, the Baker was an absolute mammoth of a Hotel, and completely dominated the skyline at the time, as it does to this very day.
I use the term “infamous” because of all the ghost stories surrounding this hotel. It’s widely regarded as the most haunted place in Texas, and one of the most haunted in the country. You can learn more about the Baker’s undead residents here.
So why would a modest little Texas town like Mineral Wells suddenly need a massive, 450 room luxury resort hotel in the middle of it? The answer is in the name of the town itself; the mineral wells located there, the water from which was regarded at the time as a cure for a whole range of illnesses, such as rheumatism and epilepsy.
For a time, the Baker became just what it’s creators had envisioned; a huge resort hotel and retreat for the health-conscious well-to-do from all over the country. In it’s heyday, it hosted such celebrities as Marlene Dietrich, Dorothy Lamour, Will Rodgers, Pat Boone, Tom Mix, Clyde Barrow, Jack Dempsey, Roy Rodgers, and the Three Stooges. Likewise, the Baker attracted some of the most popular musical acts of the day, such as Lawrence Welk and Guy Lombardo.
Around 1933, Mr. Baker passed ownership of the hotel to his nephew Earl Baker, who operated the hotel for the next 30 years. Earl had always said that when he turned 70, he would close down the Baker, and sure enough that’s exactly what he did on April 30th, 1963. In 1967, Earl was found lying on the floor, succumbing to a heart attack.
In 1965, under the guidance of a group of local leaders, the Baker was reopened, but sadly, her time had passed, and she was closed again in 1972, this time for good.
Nanolines! The roller elves
From my WIP Troll Or Park:
Behind us, I heard the click-clacking of skates on pavement. Our entire party turned just in time to duck, avoiding a team of roller elves as they leapt over us on glistening skates. One of them smiled at me, her elegant pointed ears adorned with golden filigree embellishments woven into her hair. Although I only glimpsed her, I was struck by the power of her beauty. The billowing white robes of the elvish party flew out behind them like ethereal sails and I wanted to follow.
Troll Or Derby audiobook release!
The Troll Or Derby audiobook is out and available, and to celebrate, I’ve added it as a prize to my Coffin Hop giveaway!
I’ve even added a couple more ways to enter the giveaway, so don’t forget to check the rafflecopter out. Some of the entry methods can be performed daily, increasing your chances of winning!
WANT TO SKIP ALL THAT AND BUY A COPY? LINKS BELOW:
Many thanks to narrator Stephanie Bentley for her fun performances of both Harlow and Deb for nearly 8 hours of entertainment!
Readers/listeners can snag a free copy on Audible.com with new sign-up. You just sign up for Audible and they let you have your first book free. So cool.
If you haven’t yet visited the Coffin Hop, click here to read more about it. It’s the most fun you can have with the lid up! I’ve giving away a bunch of horror books, including ecopies of my latest two releases (Death By Drive-In and Night Shade Vol 1), and so much more! Signed novels, swag, gift cards…it’s like Trick or Treat for adults!
And once you’ve entered my thing, keep hopping for 70+ other horror websites doling out art, books, jokes, stories, and creepy tales. Yes, this is for real. Too much fun for the internet to contain, so it only happens once a year!
And, hey…if you entered all that and you STILL want more fantasy reading fun, go Fall Into Fantasy!
I never get tired of watching this promo. It chokes me up every time. I’ll never stop missing derby. At least I can write about it.
"Derby, Baby!" Narrated by Juliette Lewis
Just snuck onto my own FB page (I disabled my FB account until I’ve finished Troll Or Park) to post an update, because I’m an attention whore like that, I reckon.
ANYWAY, want to see my Troll Or Park board on Pinterest? It’s pretty cool:
Troll Or Derby
On sale for no good reason. Just felt like it. $.99 at Amazon only right now.*
Review:A tale woven perfectly between two main characters; Roller Deb and Harlow. Before I get ahead of myself I was a little hesitant reading a book centered around Roller Derby even if there were trolls abound. Girls in cool clothes skating around a rink to cool music can only carry a plot for so long, right? Wrong.
Deb saves her sister in what is assumedly a meth fire. Wrong again. There are fairies too…and faeth(their drug of choice) is a bit more potent. When she is stolen from the hospital by Dave it sets everything into motion. Troll or Derby is very fast-paced, witty, comical, and even heartfelt in places. Be ready to encounter glamours, mansas, enchanted skates, rock n roll, unicorns, fairies, pixies, trolls, and one hell of a read. It seems to be leading to a sequel, and I hope that is the case. I’ve already recommended this book to a few people because it a fresh, unique, and enjoyable read. ~T.R. Stoddard
*I could be persuaded to put it on sale on other sites.
Troll Or Park update
14k+ into Troll Or Park and the storylines are still coming together. I have known for a year how Deb’s story arc would go, and I wrote snowflakes for her and for Harlow, each, but Harlow’s has taken on a new spin that I didn’t see coming.
Funny how that man writes himself. He does it ALL the time. It’s okay. There are worse voices than Harlow’s sexy whisper to wake to in the middle of the night. ”Write me down on my knees. Write me begging. Write me weak.”
Oh, baby. Must I?
Who can say no to this face?
I’ve been pinning as I go, if you’re interested: Troll Or Park board.
I’m on Facebook hiatus until Draft 1 of Park is done! See you in the Radishes group then! (A little birdie told me Tim might be stopping by the Radishes soon to make an announcement, though.)