Would like a little help on Swing Time III

Emily Wilder has decided that she wants to resume the dancing that she did in the halcyon days of her youth. Only this time, she wants to become good; really good—good enough to be invited into the inner circle at the White Rose Disco were it in her power to go back in Time. It is not in her power, of course, but Chance and Faith have made that journey twice before and are being called upon to do it again for Emily. Chance teaches her how to hustle, but it is Faith who must teach Emily what part of her past to leave in the past. The question is, with the old White Rose Disco about to be demolished and the New Year fast approaching, will Faith succeed . . . in time?

Regular readers will recognize Chance and Faith as the main characters in the Swing Time series. In A Swing Dancing, Time Warping Story and in Stardust in the Shenandoah, the two dance instructors came to the respective aide of two World War II vets. This time, however, they become involved with a character who is the age of many of my friends and I. Some of you may share the same desire as Emily; that is to resume an interrupted journey from your youth. In any case, I think all of us who came of age in the ‘70s (or earlier) are amazed by how—weird, I think is the proper word—time has become. Regardless of age, all of my readers will relate to Emily’s struggle with the vagaries of Time.

This third novella, Swing Time III: Blame it on the Boogie, will be available in both paperback and e-book forms sometime around the end of spring. As with the previous two novellas, the e-book versions will contain YouTube links to all the songs mentioned. My dance e-books always contain the accompanying sound track!

You, my readers, can help me out with something during this production phase. Books ARE judged by their covers, especially in this day and age and I am looking for just the right one. Below are four that I think would work well, but I would love to have your input. The one with the flames was so dramatic that it requires a change in the title (and yes, the song, “Disco Inferno” plays a prominent role in the novella.)

What do you think? Please leave your comments in the comment section below, and thank you!


About Austin Gisriel

You know the guy that records a baseball game from the West Coast in July and doesn't watch it until January just to see baseball in the winter? That's me. I'm a writer always in search of a good story, baseball or otherwise.
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11 Responses to Would like a little help on Swing Time III

  1. Sharon Frazier says:

    How exciting Austin! Can’t wait for your new book! My favorite covers are 1 and 2.


  2. Vonnie Jenkins says:

    The 1st two covers make me think of a crystal ball, which I wouldn’t associate with dancing. The overall covers for the first two don’t catch my eye.
    Either one of the last two, in my opinion, would be a better choice.


  3. Allyn says:

    I rank them 3, 1, 2, 4.


  4. Lynne Marino says:

    I vote for 4. The runner-up is 1, because of the #3. I like the Roman numerals on the title instead of the #3.


  5. Lynn says:

    The third one! Paul also likes the third🕺


  6. Jerry Lane says:

    Tough choice but ultimately I come down on #2. To me, the isolated hand coming thru the curtain holding the boogy ball represents the mystery of time.


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