DISCO FEVER: WELCOME TO THE 1970s

I am excited to welcome author Carrie Crain as she celebrates the release of her delightfully charming tween novel THE ADVENTURES OF AUSTIN GIRL AND THE LEGEND OF DIABLO.

Austin Girl is adorable, smart and feisty. She is thirteen going on twenty and she is thrown into a dystopian world where disco rules and the air reeks of polyester. Let’s talk about the songs in the novel and the songs Carrie listened to while writing this zany book.

Carrie’s Music Playlist

Carrie compiled her official list of songs that she actually listened to while writing her debut children’s novel, THE ADVENTURES OF AUSTIN GIRL AND THE LEGEND OF DIABLO. If I had thought about it, I would have asked her to include the food she ate. LOL. LOL.

Chapter 1: The Kidnapping
El Paso by Marty Robbins
Drifter by Slyvia
Should’ve Been a Cowboy by Toby Keith
Lucky One by Raul Malo

Chapter 2: Austin Girl
Theme from the Mary Tyler Moore Show by Sonny Curtis
Love in the First Degree by Alabama
Ready for the Storm by Kathy Mattea
Jackson by Johnny Cash and June Carter
Crying by Roy Orbison

Chapter 3: Diablo
Boogie Nights by Heat Wave
Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees
Makin’ It by Starlite Singers
Escape by Rupert Holmes

Chapter 4: Lucky’s Antiques
Sad Eyes by Robert John
Fly Robin Fly by Silver Convention

Chapter 5: The Samurai Sword
Theme from Halloween by Orlando Pops Orchestra & Aleksander Santi
Gimme Some Lovin’ by Spencer Davis Group
Cowboys and Angels by George Michael
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson

Chapter 6: Mystery Trunk Person
Who Are You by The Who
I Can Feel Your Heartbeat by The Partridge Family
Flying High Again by Ozzy Osbourne
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly
Disco Duck by The Hit Crew
Hotline by The Sylvers

Chapters 7 & 8: The Geisha and Madame Ursa
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves by Cher
Dark Lady by Cher
I’d Wait a Million Years by The Grass Roots

Chapter 9: Contacting All Diablos
Wishing On a Star by Rose Royce
No Way Out by Jefferson Starship
Under the Milky Way by The Church

Chapter 10: Hot Rod Custom Style
Dance, Dance, Dance by Countdown
I Only Have Eyes for You by The Flamingos

Chapter 11: Star and Harold
Space Age Love Song by A Flock of Seagulls
Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
Wild Flower by The Cult

Chapter 12: Demon in Disguise
I Love the Nightlife by Alicia Bridges

Chapter 13: The Game Room
Light My Fire by The Doors
She’s Not There by The Zombies

Chapter 14: The Hovels
Loves Plus One by Haircut 100
More, More, More by Andrea True
No Time by The Guess Who

Chapter 15: Steal Diablo’s Bling
Paranoid by Black Sabbath

Chapter 16: Diablo Woman
Devil Woman by Cliff Richards
(You’re The) Devil in Disguise by Elvis Presley

Chapter 17: Bob
Turning Japanese by The Vapors

Music Playlist
Stranglehold by Ted Nugent from the Dazed and Confused Soundtrack

Writing This
Blinded by the Light by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

THE ADVENTURES OF AUSTIN GIRL AND THE LEGEND OF DIABLO

EXCERPT:
Chapter One
The Kidnapping

The sound of a backfire rattled store windows on the downtown street as Lucky Stevens parked his piece of hippy junk on the East side of Lucky’s Antiques located at 13 Concho Avenue. He drove a flower power Volkswagen bus. The bus was one of those rare 23 windowed jobs with curtains—a residence on wheels. Straightening his suspenders, he stepped out into the dusty landscape, newspaper in hand. He moseyed past a 1960 black Chevy Pie Wagon parked up ahead, admiring the car. The hot rod was decked out custom style with red and orange flames painted horizontally across the sides and hood. He tipped his beaver Stetson hat to the female driver and grinned handsomely. The pink-haired woman was preoccupied with talking to a Magic 8 Ball and didn’t notice the fifty-year-old cowboy.

Scratching his chin, he leisurely strolled up to a period oak and stained glass door. He reached in his Wrangler jeans front pocket and extracted a set of keys. He put the key in the lock and opened the door to a familiar sight. His antique store was housed in a red brick building in Checkered Past, Texas. He could sniff out valuable antiques just by employing his sixth sense. Lucky adjusted his string tie that matched his belt that matched his ostrich quill boots. He was in love with ‘vintage everything’ including his clothes and gentleman accouterments. Ambling through the door, he removed his Panama Jack sunglasses. His gait was deliberate, like a sore racehorse. Bells jingled like rowels on a spur letting out the sounds of commerce. Lucky may have been a little deaf, but he wasn’t so deaf that he couldn’t hear money jingle in the pockets of those who entered into his world. Lucky flipped on the lights and made a silly face at the store’s security camera.

Lucky laid his morning Austin American-Statesman newspaper down on the cracked countertop beside the turn of the century cash register, and looked at the time on his 40 year-old Rolex he’d won in a bidding war at an estate sale of one of Lyndon Johnson’s cousins so many years ago. It was still early for shoppers, just a little half past seven a.m. on Friday.

A set of white pine plank stairs off to the side began to creak. They led to the attic. Lucky housed antiques there that were part of his private collection, including one secret item in particular that oddly wasn’t for sale. He ditched his attention to the paper and walked over to the bottom of the stairs, looking up into the darkness. “Skinny, you up there?” Lucky hollered sharply. His young stock boy didn’t answer. Shrugging, he turned around to walk off. A thump on his noggin sent Lucky crashing to the hardwood floor. His Stetson flew off of his gray haired head and skidded across the floor like ice on marble. Staggering to his feet, he rubbed the back of his head. “What the—?”

Meet Carrie Crain!
Carrie Crain is an author of quirky comedies, adventurous romance and erotic horror including her Nov 2012 tween novel debut, THE ADVENTURES OF AUSTIN GIRL AND THE LEGEND OF DIABLO, and her 2013 erotic horror release, THE CONTRACT. Carrie received her bachelor of arts in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma and studied graduate-level screenwriting and creative writing in fiction at UCLA. When she is not writing, she is either painting, picking up dog poo, playing golf or writing lame jokes while drinking red wine.


Contact Info:

Website
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarrieCrainBooks and www.facebook.com/LegendofDiablo
Twitter: @CarrieCrain and @LegendofDiablo
Goodreads

Want to purchase Carrie’s novel, The Adventures of Austin Girl and the Legend of Diablo? Buy it here:

Amazon (paperback)
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords

Contest Time!
Make sure you stick around and comment. Follow @CarrieCrain and @LegendofDiablo for double the chances. We’ll be giving away a copy of THE ADVENTURES OF AUSTIN GIRL AND THE LEGEND OF DIABLO either in paperback or e-book (winner’s choice) and a mousepad depicting the novel’s cover. How fun is that?!


What weapon is Austin Girl holding on the novel cover?
What animal is on the book cover?

Answer both correctly and double your chances. Tweet the answers + comment, doubles your chances!!!

Comment those answers & Tweet your answers using hashtag #TeamAustinGirl or #TeamDiablo (doesn’t matter which hashtag).

The contest ends at sunrise tomorrow. So, get going!!

32 thoughts on “DISCO FEVER: WELCOME TO THE 1970s

  1. We need some takers on this contest! C’mon guys. Thank you Mae Clair for hosting the first day of my novel’s release for the paperback!!! DISCO RULES!

    • Who can forget the bad polyester and the plaform shoes, LOL. I’m happy to have you here today, Carrie. I know Austin Girl is going to be a delightfully fun and quirky read. Your cleverly-worded Six Sentence Sunday snippets always left me giggling.

      • OMG! Thanks. Now, if I can just get Amazon & their Kindle people to fix some issues with formatting & deleted words. Good grief. Yikes! I’m just gonna roll with the tide and have some fun. If anyone buys the paperback &/or Kindle version and notices a word missing. Tweet me, Facebook me, or Email me & I will be more than happy to tell you the “secret” omitted word. LOL

  2. Sword. Cat.
    It’s great to meet you, Carrie. The cover is absolutely adorable, and the excerpt was super fun. Good luck with the release!
    I’ve got my eye on that erotic horror release for next year…love both genres and have never read anything that mashed them together!

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  6. Great interview you two! My copy of the book is in the mail….. as I said I plan on reading it on a plane and disturb the other passengers by laughing out loud :D

    • Yeah! Okay, I still want to gift you another paperback when I “fix” a few minor things that are bugging the heck out of me. I read this story 786 times PLUS hired 3 different editors/proofers, 1 editor was a literary agent’s assistant. Honestly, I want to bang my head on a cement sidewalk. Pg 18, LUCKY’S ANTIQUES — Amazon just left out a word in mid-sentence because Amazon doesn’t like italics. Christ on a cracker! The missing word in the sentence on that page is “bingo flab.” Her left arm swung widely with the cane across her body. Her underarm, or “bingo flab” bounced. Also, ignore the possessive noun: Mary Lou’s arched her back. Because that sentence doesn’t make much sense unless you’re smoking weed. It’s been changed to “Mary Lou arched her back.” And, lastly, remember, I’m setting up the world in chapter 1 and everything I say is important. ;) LOL!!! P.S. PLEASE DRINK LOTS OF WINE ON THE PLANE. Okay, bye!

      • I’m not leaving til late Dec let me know when to send my address for a new book and then you can autograph it for me. Is Crist on a cracker a southern saying or a Carrie saying??

      • LOL. Um.. “Christ on a Cracker” is a silly slang a buddy says. I stole it from him. ;) You will get an autographed paperback. I will do all I can to persuade Amazon to fix these minor details quick like, mail me another paperback proof, and upload corrected version. Authors just can’t go into the author page on Amazon and tweak stuff like B&N.com and Smashwords. Oh NO! They’ve made us jump through hurdle after hurdle and play the 10-day waiting period before they mail out proofs.

  7. If I get a “brain worm” and have any of these songs going through my head, I know who to blame! Now I want to read Austin Girl even more. Will wait for the Kindle version though.

      • YES! I need to throw a disco party for reals. Thank you Mae for hosting a fab book event. *HUGS*

      • I’ve done it, got the “brain worm” of Ozzy Osborne’s “Fly High Tonight”. I’ll have this going on all day now. I walk into other people’s offices and sing one line of something and they all get it in their heads too! It’s a fun game to play lol BTW Hi Mae

      • It was loads of fun, Carrie. And Sally, I cracked up about your brain worm of choice. The Oz, huh? I bet your coworkers love when you stroll into their offices, LOL!

      • Hi Sally, two words: OZZY OSBORNE – LOL!!! Thanks a bunch for stopping by and reading and commenting. Hoping everyone enjoys my debut novel. xoxo

    • Kindle may get here next year. Kidding. They better hurry up. I’m off to bed to finish reading one of your books, Mae’s and Monica’s.

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