C&W singer/songwriter Skeets Hollaran and best friend, piano player, Jesse Suarez, are both underachieving Austin, Texas, musicians. Skeets finds himself homeless when his soul mate, Gena Koster, kicks him out for philandering. Jesse’s landlord evicts him and threatens criminal action for his hot rent checks. They flee, on their Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, into the Mexican dessert. They hope for a life-changing, pivotal spiritual journey of redemption: sin seared from their souls by the desert sun, atonement, and absolution of Skeets by Gena.
Instead, a perilous and riotous romp follows from the Mexican border to the small town of Tolencita where the despot El Jefe jails them and threatens their lives. Gina travels to Tolencita and concocts the kookiest jailbreak imaginable along with Josefina, the Mexican Burro.
As you ride along with Skeets and Jesse on this Don Quixote-esque adventure, you find (in spite of the playful tone and often thigh-slapping humor) mankind’s foibles arrayed, illegal immigration illuminated, greed uprooted and foiled, and political oppression confronted and vanquished – all without a single gunshot.
Wonderful Josefina, the Mexican burro, also shows us if we are steadfast in our faith and stay the course, we can achieve our dreams, even though we might get diddled along the way.
“Literary novels rarely deliver this kind of edge-of-the-seat entertainment.” Jim Peyton author of The Vampires of Bustamonte
“Bill Stephen’s Vámonos! takes a wry and realistic look at human nature and the result is fun, lively, innovative, and highly entertaining.” Florence Weinberg, Ph.d Author of The Storks of Caridad and Unrest in Eden
“I think the comparison to Christopher Moore and Carl Hiaasen is a good one.” Diana Lopez author of Confetti Girl and Sophia’s Saints.
Targeted Age Group:
20 to 80
I think a humorous approach to telling a story is more fun than other genres.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Unstand that writing is a hobby and be absolutely amazed if you ever get any financial reward or personal recognition for it.
Hearst newspapers. His features on wine, food, travel, and outdoor appeared in Wine News, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Chef, and Field & Stream.
For over 18 years he was the cliché newspaper columnist who had “The Novel” third drawer down in his desk. He finally pulled it out one day, and his debut novel, Horizons Past is the result. This mainstream love story was followed by Vámonos!A Humorous Action Adventrue Novel. The difference in styles made him assume the pseudonym, Lisa Ray, for Horizons Past.
You can follow Bill on his Blog, “Read It and Weep.” www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/billstephens
Stephens is a graduate of The University of Texas and studied creative writing at Trinity University, San Antonio. As an avid outdoorsman he has hunted and fished from Alaska to Mexico and has ridden his Harley Davidson Motorcycle coast-to-coast, border-to-border, and more than 12,000 miles in Mexico. He lives in Texas with his wife and her critters. Visit his Facebook Author Page www.facebook.com/authorbillstephens
He soon will release his third novel, Woke Up This Morning, and a collection of short stories.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Vámonos! is the story of two underachieving Austin, Texas, C&W musicians who become homeless – one because of an irate girl friend and the other for hot rent checks – who ride into the Mexican desert on a humorous journey of redemption. I am a member of Los Compadres, a hard ridin’, wine swillin’, cigar chompin’, bad-to-the-bone motorcycle gang that rode a lot in Mexico.
You don’t have much to do biking through the Mexican desert, and when I spied a small village in the far distance off the road with its church spire gleaming, I started thinking about what might happen in a small Mexican town off the beaten path. I pretty much had the story finished in my head by the time we got back to Texas. The C&W musician idea came from George Strait who is also a Los Compadre.
Author Home Page Link
Link To Buy Book On Amazon