Monday, March 17, 2014

Irish Ballads and Jigs - Blazing Fingers Worth's Musical Beginnings

Like Toledo Cats and Hanover Fist, Regan Worth made her debut as a character in a Call of Cthulhu game. She didn't even have a last name that night -- just Regan. She tagged along with Hanover and Tyler (yes, he had recovered some sanity points by then) on a visit to a circus. The only thing we knew about her father was that he was a bootlegger named Blazing Fingers Worth.

It was some time later, when John began to write Angels in Hell's Kitchen, that Blazing Fingers Worth earned a real name (Dylan Worth), an Irish heritage, and a career as a jazz pianist. Of course, being of Irish descent, Blazing Fingers Worth didn't start out playing jazz. He started out learning the organ because he was brought up in a Catholic orphanage. He eventually taught himself to play Irish ballads and jigs and made some extra tip money by playing in pubs in Hell's Kitchen. That's where he met Duncan O'Malley.  That story is told in Angels in Hell's Kitchen, which you can get FREE if you visit the Dime Store Novel characters blog this week and comment on Duncan O'Malley's post. That's our St. Patrick's Day gift to you.

Later, due to events that are slowly unfolding in the Dime Store Novel series and that will be told fully in a book currently in progress, but that has not yet been given a title, Dylan Worth moved to New Orleans and became a jazz pianist. By the time the events in High Rollers occur, Dylan Worth has taken up bootlegging and is most commonly known by his stage name Blazing Fingers Worth. In High Rollers, Blazing Fingers finds himself in a bit of trouble he can't get out of just by tickling the ivories. To find out what happens, you'll need to buy the book. Fortunately, the Kindle edition is on sale this week. It's a countdown deal, so don't procrastinate. Here are the details:

Monday March 17th through Wednesday March 19th - 99 cents
Thursday March 20th through Saturday March 23rd - $1.99

On March 24th, it goes back to its normal price of $2.99.

Are you curious about what Dylan might have sounded like playing Irish piano in a pub?  I was, so I thought I'd do a little research. Fortunately, there are some lessons on You Tube. I don't play nearly well enough to try this (yet). But maybe someday. For now, I'm sharing it with you. Enjoy.


  1. Sorry. The High Rollers promo is not live yet. I have contacted Amazon, so hopefully it will be live soon.

  2. Apparently I messed up my time zones. The High Rollers promo should be live in an hour (10:00 AM CDT).