Book Nerd Guest Post
I’m a writer, but in my day job I teach. September is the release date for the second book of the Dan Landis mystery series, part two of the Oncoming Storm Quartet. And by that I mean a four book series, not a Meteorological themed singing group. Though admittedly that would be awesome. I originally came up with the idea of Dan Landis, detective-extraordinaire when I hit my head. I was standing on the toilet, attempting to hang a clock. The porcelain was wet, my foot slipped, and I hit my head on the sink. When I came to I had a vision…no, wait that’s Back to the Future. I currently live in rural South Carolina, which is a roundabout way of saying I live IN South Carolina.
Hello Gentle Readers
If you’re reading this on June 28th, then it’s my sister’s birthday. I only mention this because I forgot to get her a present, and I think name-dropping her on a prestigious blog such as this more than makes up for not getting a present. Plus I plan on stopping at Walgreens for a card and possibly a case of water before going to her surprise party. Which probably isn’t much of a surprise at this point. She’s gotten on this health kick lately, and healthy people like water, right? I don’t know, maybe a granola bar or something. Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATIE!
When I was in first grade my teacher was Mrs. Sanders. She was one of those unusual breeds of people that are patient, kind, intelligent, and have a general desire to see people reach their potential and excel at life. In other words a Teacher. And she saw this daydreaming kid who always had his nose in a book, talked too much, and tended to have the survival instincts of a beetroot. And she saw potential there. When I started making up stories about pirates and astronauts, and at one point a clever alliance between Blue Jays and Robins against the maniacal Squirrel army…she actually encouraged it. She made me promise that I’d dedicate my first novel to her.
Skip to October 2011. I’m at my first book signing at Fiction Addiction of Greenville, SC. And in walks Mrs. Sanders, looking exactly how I remember her. She hadn’t bought a book yet, and after the requisite hugs, I handed her one, and watched her start flipping through it. She stopped at the dedication page. For those who don’t have a copy of THE FIVE SANTAS on hand, here’s what she saw:
This book is dedicated to Mrs. Rita Sanders who in elementary school made me promise that I would dedicate my first book to her. Thank you Mrs. Rita.
Sometimes it’s nice to be able to give back. Sometimes it’s nice to let people know how much they mean to you. And maybe once in a lifetime you get to make someone cry tears of joy.
I hope you’ll give my books a chance. THE FIVE SANTAS is a cozy mystery where Dan Landis works at a Department Store, and discovers someone wants to kill Santa. It becomes his job to protect Santa, save the day, and try to discover the true meaning of Christmas. And get a present for his sidekick Abbey, steer clear of a gun-toting cowboy named Tex, and not get fired by the snooty Store Manager Mr. Peters. But, you know, that meaning of Christmas stuff is important too. The sequel CULT OF KOO-KWAY will be available in September. And don’t worry you frugal readers, barring global catastrophe Jean Booknerd will have an interview and giveaway for that book. In the meantime, my work is available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com or you can order directly from my publisher at Staccatopublishing.com.
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Dan Landis is a private investigator used to peeping in windows and taking awkward pictures to make a buck. This winter, to make a few more, he agreed to help out a local department store by taking a job in their Loss Prevention department.
Boring right? Wrong.
A local jewelry store gets robbed and then the bodies start piling up. Red suited, fur trimmed, white bearded bodies. And Dan's the one who keeps showing up at all the wrong places. It won't be long before Dan is spending the holiday behind bars if he can't figure this one out.
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