Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Smashed Bone

For the next two weeks the first 'Part' of Bone Idol [bohn ahyd-l] is free through Smashwords.  Bone Idol [bohn ahyd-l]: Part I is an extract from my 2013 released Roman á clef novel about the early days of Douglas Morgan (1979-1991) and deals with the often troubled relationship between his mother, Ruth, and drunken deadbeat father, Jack.

Interested/curious folk can pick up the 1/3 book via Smashwords by clicking on the link [here].  If you like it and want the rest it's available via Amazon Kindle [here] for U.S customers, and [here] for the UK.  It can also be found in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all other carriers of low life lit.

Synopsis [sɪˈnɒp.sɪs]
The sophomore follow-up to Lost Angeles is the semi-biographical tale of author David Louden's alter-ego Doug Morgan as he struggles to connect with his father Jack, his mother Ruth and the working class ideology of "a real job". 

From his early adventure filled days in Poleglass through to the alcohol induced haze of his early twenties Doug's life (much like the city) is one at conflict with itself. Bone Idol [bohn ahyd-l] is filled with humour, sex, guilt and the shameful dream of a boy wanting to create more than a family of haunted heirs. 

Other Titles by the Author

Full time whiskey enthusiast Doug Morgan is on a downward spiral. Over the past two years the Irish man has played witness to the slow and steady decay of his life and he’s finally called time. Haunted by an unacknowledged pain Doug swaps the white collar nine to five of Belfast for one last charge into oblivion in the City of Angels. A scotch-soaked stranger in a strange land Doug befriends a series of like minded and self destructive vagabonds who, like him, are aiming for chaos. In a city that sees thousands of people per year come to be discovered why has one man come to get lost? 

The two Doug Morgan, Roman á clef novels in one compilation.  Downward Facing Doug features Louden's protagonist Morgan on his self destructive ride through Los Angeles in his debut novel, Lost Angeles, before charting the formative years in 1980's-90's Belfast, in Bone Idol [bohn ahyd-l].  Also included are three shorts from the forthcoming collection, Short Stories That All Definitely Happened.