Faces of the Gone

It's a strange day at the offices of, with the interns sitting in stony silence, unsure of what to say now that our usual topic of conversation has been placed out of bounds.

It started when Brad, who has been nominated for the prestigious Nero Award, announced that he was celebrating the honor by declaring it No Making Fun of Brad Day.

He began the "festivities" by lining up the interns, handing us a small strip of paper, and making us repeat the phrase written on it.

"Say it," he said to Sarah, the smart intern.

"Brad has been nominated for the Nero Award," Sarah said. "So I can't make fun of him for one day."

"Say it," he said, continuing down the line until he got to the newest member of the crew: Maggie, the clueless intern, who naturally had a question.

"But, wait, aren't you supposed to be the boss around here?" she said.

Brad nodded.

"So why do they always make fun of you?" she asked.

"What are you talking about," said Zach, the silly intern. "Haven't you seen his..."

Brad pointed quickly and said something that sounded like "Zzzpp!"

"Never mind," Zach said. "I'll tell you tomorrow."

Yes, Maggie still has a lot to learn.

As for today, the interns have been on our best behavior. And, in truth, we're quite happy about Brad's Nero Award nomination, mostly because the only award we ever thought he'd win was (NOTE: THE END OF THIS SENTENCE HAS BEEN CENSORED IN OBSERVANCE OF NO MAKING FUN OF BRAD DAY).

We promise that in the next issue of The Scoop, we'll be back to normal. We'll also have some big news regarding EYES OF THE INNOCENT, the next installment in the Carter Ross series—and perhaps even a glimpse at the cover.

In the meantime, Brad has added several new events to his touring schedule:

Wednesday, July 7, 7 p.m.
Garwood Public Library
Reading & Signing—RSVP recommended
Garwood, N.J.

Thursday, September 16, 5:30 p.m.
Carrot Tree Restaurant
Murder Mystery Dinner Program—RSVP required!
Yorktown, VA

Tuesday, October 5, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble
Meeting with Mystery Club
Broomall, PA

In addition, Brad is making a virtual appearance on August 11 at the Barnes & Noble Mystery Book Club Forum as part of their Month of Suspense & Thrillers. Put it on your calendar to come heckle him.

After all, No Making Fun of Brad Day only lasts 24 hours.


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