As a writer, I am always encouraged when people ask, “When’s the next book coming out?” which, I’m happy to say, I’ve been asked several times recently.
I’m also happy to have an answer. Swing Time: A Swing Dancing, Time Warping Story is available as of today in both paperback and Kindle formats. Swing Time is a 20,000 word novella and makes for an easy, one-sitting read.
As you all know, I love swing dancing, and I’ve always been fascinated by the nature of Time, that “stuff” of which life is made. We live moment to moment, of course, (even if we don’t always recognize that fact) and I have long had the sense that when those moments pass, they don’t just disappear. They must go somewhere! As it turns out, quantum mechanics suggests that they indeed, don’t just disappear, and that all points of Time, just as with all points of Space, are always present. All of which has led me to wonder how many moments of excitement and joy the old ballrooms such as the Valencia in York, PA or Pen Mar Park or the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo must have seen! How many first crushes and first kisses, and yes, final partings, especially during World War II, took place in those old dance palaces? All those intense moments can’t just disappear forever.
Chance and Faith, the two main characters in Swing Time, discover that, in fact, they do not. They found that if the song is right and the dance is right and you’re tuned in to the possibilities that the Universe presents, then you might just be able to touch one of those long ago, but not long gone moments. One of them might even touch you.
Half of the book’s 8 chapters take place in one of the three venues that I just mentioned. Many of you have danced in those places, and, therefore, many will also recognize the cover, which is a photo of the Valencia that I took at the end of the Big Swing Thing in 2017. The other dancers that Chance and Faith hang with will be familiar to more than a few people as well, but the two main characters are not based on any one in particular.
If I see you semi-regularly, and you’d like to order a signed copy, please DM or leave a message in the comments. I’ll put together one order and save you the shipping charge. To have Swing Time delivered directly to your door—or to your Kindle—please click here, and you will be taken to the book’s page on Amazon.
I hope all of you will enjoy Swing Time. Just remember that reviews are most appreciated and that books make nice gifts.