Friday, November 6, 2015

Tour Stop for Pokergeist by Michael Phillip Cash






Sometimes life, as well as death, is about second chances. Luckless Telly Martin doesn't have a clue. An awful gambler trying to scrape by as a professional poker player, he becomes the protégé of world famous poker champion Clutch Henderson. The only catch…Clutch is a ghost. Telly and Clutch must navigate the seedy gambling underbelly of Las Vegas learning to trust each other in order to win the elusive International Series of Poker, repair their shattered personal relationships and find redemption in this life and the hereafter.

"Cash proves to be highly capable of juxtaposing the absurd and the mundane, creating a thoroughly enjoyable ghost story along the lines of The Canterville Ghost (1891) and Topper (1926)...Bet on this funny, well-written tale of second chances." - Kirkus Review




Michael Phillip Cash Character Interview with Clutch Henderson, Star of “Pokergeist
Michael Phillip Cash (MPC): Welcome to another fun-filled interview with our guest star Oliver ‘Clutch’ Henderson…
Clutch: Clutch only partner.
MPC: Apologies. ‘Clutch’ Henderson, star of Michael’s new book ‘Pokergeist’.  Big round of applause.
Clutch rises off the couch and soaks in the applause and crowd. Takes a seat.
MPC: So, Clutch…
Clutch: So, Mr. Cash.
MPC: (Chuckles) Please call me Michael.
Clutch: No can do son.
MPC: Um, OK. May I ask why?
Clutch: Had a loan shark named Michael. Wasn’t a nice guy?
MPC: So that means all Michael’s are bad?
Clutch: Sure does.
MPC: O. K. Um, so Clutch, tell us about your starring role in Pokergeist.
Clutch: Pokergeist is a wonderful little tale about, yours truly.
Silence
MPC: Um, are you the only character in the story?
Clutch: The only character that has personality.
Silence.
Clutch: I’m just messinwitcha!!!
Clutch slaps Michael’s knee which startles him.
Clutch: Of course there are other characters. A meek dude named Telly.
MPC: And what is Telly’s role in the story?


Clutch: Telly Martin can see me. The ghost of the famous poker player Clutch Henderson.
MPC: I guess that means I can see ghosts too.
Clutch: Guess so.
MPC: Anyway, poker…
Clutch: Ah, the good ol’ game of poker. Know what I say about poker.
MPC: What’s that?
Clutch: The game ain’t over ‘till the rent money’s gone.
Chuckles.
MPC: Do you play Telly in poker?
Clutch: No, quite the opposite. I help him…
MPC: What a nice gesture.
Clutch: Because I want that bracelet.
MPC: What bracelet?
Clutch: The International Series of Poker.
MPC: On that sports channel?
Clutch: Indeed son.
MPC: How do you help him?
Clutch: Being a spirit of the afterworld and all, I have the ability…get this…I have the ability to look at other people’s cards.
MPC: What?
Clutch: I tell Telly what everyone else is holding.
MPC: WHAT?!
Clutch: Ain’t it grand?
MPC: That’s cheating!
Clutch: Ain’t that the truth.


MPC: Why would you lie to people?
Clutch: When you have an edge you use it.
MPC: And Telly is happy with this?
Clutch: Hell no. I have to coerce him to do everything. Pain in my butt.  Like hemorrhoids.
MPC: Is Telly in a relationship?
Clutch: Why, ya interested?
MPC: No, I’m happily married.
Clutch: You know what they say about marriage?
MPC: I’d love to find out.
Clutch: Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning all you need is two hearts and a diamond. By the end, you wish you had a club and a spade.
Silence.
MPC: Anything else you would like to divulge?
Clutch: Other than I’m a no-good, cheatin’, lyin’, sunuvabitch, who ruined his life and now I gotta learn how to redeem myself in the hereafter, not really.
MPC: Thank you Clutch.
Clutch: My pleasure partner. Let’s do this again sometime. That was fuuuuuuuun.
MPC: Tune in next time for another exciting interview with Michael Phillip Cash.




ABOUT MICHAEL PHILLIP CASH:



Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He's written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.


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