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Krista -- thanks for the review!  Every little bit helps.  I just wanted to add the note (if it will help later readers) that from chapter to chapter the book toggles between two storylines: odds set in the past and written in the past tense and evens in the present tense.  So Chapter 1 is in the present, Chapter 2 in the past, Chapter 3 picks up where Chapter 1 leaves off, and Chapter 4 picks up from Chapter 2, etc.  And my object was to have the two parallel tracks "speak" to each other as you read along and move between them.

I've found in reviews that readers did not pick up on the intended rhythm of present-tense chapter, past-tense chapter, present-tense chapter, past-tense chapter.  I've thought about renumbering the chapters chronologically, so that current Chapter 1 would be Chapter 14, current Chapter 2 would be Chapter 1.  But I worry that only confuses things more.

But again -- I love that folks out there are taking the time to read this book, and still more, to write what they think about it.  THANK YOU!
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Brad, I can understand why some readers may have been confused by the timeline jumping, but I didn't think it was too bad.  Eventually the rhythm revealed itself and the cues were easy enough to pick up on.  

Your writing, by the way, is beautiful.  As I said, in the end, I fear my ADD may have been more responsible for my overall reaction than any one specific thing.  

Keep writing!!
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I have now adjusted my settings so that pseudo-philosophical nonsense from Paris Hilton won't infiltrate my feed alongside posts from serious, thoughtful people.  Hooray for me!
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Support indie publishing!  And specifically, support me!

New Jersey's Famous Turnpike Witch, available for sale on Amazon.com.  Here's the blurb:

Simultaneous breakdowns (automotive and nervous) first landed Alice on the Jersey Turnpike, and a crippling panic disorder stuck her there. Stranded, broken, and living alone on the toll road, Alice took a turn for the theatrical. Her public gestures of snarky catharsis — mock-hangings from overpasses, “Operation Cheese Doodle” — won her critical acclaim and a cult following. Adoring fans swarmed to New Jersey, hoping to catch a glimpse of their Turnpike Witch, America’s first and foremost masked criminal performance artist in traffic.

Now everybody wants a piece of the Witch. Fans and online critics are hammering her with expectations. Alice’s support staff of Engineers wants her to double down on more, bigger, and riskier productions. Even the chief state official charged with capturing the Witch is back-channeling her words of encouragement — the Turnpike Witch is New Jersey’s biggest tourist attraction, after all. And if these pressures weren’t enough, rival interests look to muscle the Witch off her stage: gangs are fighting turf wars on the northern part of the toll road, a rabid civil servant’s vicious PR campaign is calling for the Witch’s head, and now a troop of Manhattan investors want to capitalize on the new “Turnpike chic” by turning Service Areas into nightclubs. And yet even as the Turnpike Witch is drawn into public battle with these adversaries, Alice continues to work through her own private crises of identity, alienation, and entrapment. 

Fair to say, then, that life on this Road to Nowhere takes its toll.
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Not sure if G+ will let me get away with this, but when you get a minute, please check out the FB page for my novel, New Jersey's Famous Turnpike Witch!

Scheduled for release in Kindle and iBook formats, 4/30/2012. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell your friends, followers, circles, etc.

In the meantime, look to the FB page for blurbs, outbursts, excerpts, character profiles, multimedia, and the occasional spirited exchange between the Beleaguered Author and his Unruly Protagonist.

And big thanks/props/love to +Sean Rieger for the site and cover design!
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I'd like to ask the Belmont town government why every new redevelopment effort culminates in another massive bank branch opening. What does it say about our macroeconomic condition when 95% of the services in your town consist of banks and Dunkin' Donuts franchises?
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Now on Smashwords — in case Amazon aversion was holding you back . . .
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Is anybody out here plugged into the Boston indie film scene?  Got a Boston-based screenplay I'm flogging:

Henry Wolsey is a married father of two and downright miserable attorney.  To blow off steam, he starts ditching work to play drums in local punk band.  Henry thinks he has something to teach his younger bandmates about "the rock 'n' roll tradition."  Turns out said bandmates have lessons of their own for him, and with their help Henry finds, over a period of three months, a pathway out of the professional grind that had held him in its thrall for years.  To get there, though, he'll need to navigate a riot at the Middle East, his wife's ectopic pregnancy, and his own acid-fueled assault on a federal judge.

Working title is "A Different Drummer."  Any takers?
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New Jersey's Famous Turnpike Witch! Tell your friends!
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Time to roll out The Blurb:


Simultaneous breakdowns (automotive and nervous) first landed Alice on the Jersey Turnpike, and a crippling panic disorder stuck her there. Stranded, broken, and living alone on the toll road, Alice took a turn for the theatrical. Her public gestures of snarky catharsis — “traffic-surfing,” mock-hangings from overpasses — won her critical acclaim and a cult following. Adoring fans swarmed to the Turnpike, hoping to catch a glimpse of their Turnpike Witch, America’s first and foremost masked criminal performance artist in traffic.

Now everybody wants a piece of the Witch. Fans and online critics are hammering her with expectations. Alice’s support staff of Engineers wants her to double down on more, bigger, and riskier productions. Even the chief state official charged with capturing the Witch is back-channeling her words of encouragement — the Turnpike Witch is New Jersey’s biggest tourist attraction, after all. And if these pressures weren’t enough, rival interests look to muscle the Witch off her stage: gangs are fighting turf wars on the northern part of the toll road, a rabid civil servant’s vicious PR campaign is calling for the Witch’s head, and now a troop of Manhattan investors want to capitalize on the new “Turnpike chic” by turning Service Areas into nightclubs. And yet even as the Turnpike Witch is drawn into public battle with these adversaries, Alice continues to work through her own private crises of identity, alienation, and entrapment.

Fair to say, then, that life on this Road to Nowhere takes its toll . . .

— Look for New Jersey's Famous Turnpike Witch on Amazon.com, starting April 30, 2012.
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