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You Wanna Star in a Detective Novel, Dollface? Here's How It's Gonna Go...
yournovel.com puts you and your sweetie in 'Missed Tryst'
OK, so here's how it went down: The doll, you know, the dame - man, she was a looker - anyways, she says to Mike Hammer: 'Mike. .... This book, see, this 'Missed Tryst,' - you won't even believe this - this fellow who wrote it, 'is name's Geno Vincenzo, he's worked all the angles. He's rigged it, see, so you actually star in the book, you and of course, your best Dollface, your one and only. Well you know, she walks in wearing those silk stockings and those high heels and the guy, he's a goner, ya know what I mean. She's got his number, right? Well, anyway, ya just gotta read it. That's all I'm staying....
Geno Vincenzo's premiere novel for yournovel.com puts you and your real-life honey between the pages of your own detective novel, and you can order it "wild" or "mild" in terms of the romantic interludes.
Fans of hardboiled detective novels and film-noir classics they inspired can now read about themselves in their Gal and Guy Private Eye Agency. The premise: The starring couple, looking for some downtime from work-a-day stress, only have their sights set on a romantic tryst at the Mystic Hotel in the metropolis of Capital City. But upon arrival, their plan unravels when a series of mix-ups and botched meetings sends the starring couple down the road to danger, entangled in espionage, cut-throat deceit, and a secret that could threaten life on earth as we know it.
yournovel.com has been putting couples everywhere in their own romance/adventure novels since 1992, now with 23 different books to star in, but the release of Missed Tryst marks the company's first detective story. "To get into this one," says company co-founder J.S. Fletcher, "you’ll have to assume the roles of detectives. He is fashioned after the likes of gumshoe heroes Sam Spade from Dashiell Hammett’s Maltese Falcon, Phillip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, and Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer. For her, think Nora as in Nick and Nora or the Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) character from TV's Moonlighting who teamed up with David Addison (Bruce Willis).
"There are bumps, blood, bruises; male and female villains; cops and thugs; some rough language; and along the way action, intrigue and, of course, romance."
Geno Vincenzo, the creator of this first personalized detective novel, explains: "I have always loved a good detective story, especially those that dominated the genre in the 40’s and 50’s. The Maltese Falcon was a favorite, especially as brought to life in film by Bogart and those wonderful over-the-top villains, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre. Writing Missed Tryst was like taking a time machine back to the 40’s and toasting the great comic and drama actors of the time, in black and white of course. Who can forget Abbot and Costello’s 'Who’s On First,' Greenstreet's evil belly laugh, or Bogart's 'Here's lookin' at you, kid,' said to the beautiful Ingrid Bergman. It was characters and lines like those that added color and humor to the heroes and villains portrayed in Missed Tryst. But the real fun was blending the past with the present and creating characters who are very 'now' but joined at the hip with the characters that came to life on the pages of Chandler, Spillane and Hammett's classic tomes."
Vincenzo first had the idea years ago when he and yournovel.com's founders, Fletcher and wife Kathy M. Newbern, were all friends on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. That's where yournovel.com originated in 1992 and where Vincenzo still lives, in Manteo. Since then, Fletcher and Newbern, also authors for yournovel.com, moved their company to Raleigh. Said Newbern, "We always stayed in touch, and eventually talked Geno into reworking his novel a bit to make it work for our audience - people who want to star in their own book. This is a great addition to our line-up. We're especially excited not only because it's our first detective novel, but because Geno has had such fun with his characters and story line that we think it will be a great romp for our readers. A blast, really."
Vincenzo, originally from East Rochester, NY, retired in 2000 after eight years as an associate superintendent for Dare County Schools. He has logged more than 40 years as an educator and still works as a consultant. He and his wife have two daughters and two grandchildren. His other passions include reading, writing, playing golf and cooking Italian. " My favorite title," he adds, "is Grandpa, and my grandchildren, Patterson and Atticus are, along with my bride, Pat, my evening star and morning sun. I've spent a lifetime as an educator, from public school to university, but if you scratch me, just below the surface you will find the word, 'teacher.' "
yournovel.com's Fletcher says, "We're delighted we can now add the word 'novelist' to that description of Geno. He's a lot of fun to read."
Missed Tryst, like all of yournovel.com's personalized novels, comes in "wild or mild" and can be ordered in paperback, starting at $49.95, or hardback, starting at $94.95. There's also the option of uploading the starring couple's photo to add to the book cover - "preferably in trench coat," Vincenzo jokes. Order online at www.yournovel.com. Paperbacks take a week in the U.S.; hardbacks take two weeks, and add $7 shipping/handling in the U.S. or $1 out of country for priority shipping and handling. Those without internet access can call 800-444-3356 for more information or to have the order form faxed.
Newbern explained, "We put all those Sam Spade wanna-be's in the book through on online questionnaire, where you tell us 20-some details about the starring couple, like eye and hair color, how long they've been together, cologne and perfume, favorite music and color and radio station, plus those cute little nicknames they call each other."
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Posted by: Kathy at Jan 25, 2008 8:42:59 AM