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Brad Parks After eight rounds of balloting, during which time they weeded out The One Where His Head Looked Lopsided and The One With That Weird Thing Behind Him, the interns at had finally settled on The One:

Brad's new dust jacket photo.

"I like it," declared Sarah, the smart intern. "He looks serious and mysterious, but not in an I-want-to-murder-your-daughter kind of way."

"At least we got him to ditch the turtleneck this time," said Peter, the slothful intern.

"I still say we should have snuck into his bedroom and shaved off his curls while he was asleep," opined Zach, the silly intern.

It was only Maggie, the clueless intern, who still seemed uncertain.

"What is it, Mags?" Sarah asked. "Don't you like it?"

"No, I like it fine, it's just..."


"Well... where did his wrinkles go?" Maggie asked.

The room fell into stunned silence.

"I mean, I don't know if you've noticed, and I don't want to sound critical or anything, but Brad's definitely got wrinkles, especially on his forehead," Maggie said. "What happened to them?"

At this point, Zach got a special gleam in his eye.

"You're absolutely right, Maggie," he said. "I think you need to get to the bottom of this."

"Zach," Sarah began. "Don't—"

"You can make a short story about it," Zach pressed. "'The Case of The Missing Wrinkles.' No, wait, that sounds too Hardy Boys. Let's try something more literary, like, 'The Flight of The Crow's Feet.'"

"Maggie, don't listen to him," Sarah tried again. "It's just a computer program called—"

"Think of the publicity possibilities!" Zach continued. "We can approach the supermarket tabloids and leak details of the award-winning author's 'stunning' plastic surgery scandal. They can do before-after photos, call him Botox Boy.

"Or we could pitch him as a 'relaxation guru' and share the secrets of how writing suspenseful, page-turning thrillers actually helped him un-worry his wrinkles away. The New Age crowd would eat it up! Come on. Let's get to work."
The Fraud
With Zach and Maggie out of the picture (as it were), this seems like a good time to remind you the sixth Carter Ross thriller, THE FRAUD, releases July 7 and is currently available for pre-order from your favorite bookseller.

Pre-publication reviews are already starting to come in. Kirkus Reviews has called it, "reliable entertainment that'll make you think twice about your next trip to Newark." Publishers Weekly says it is "a fast-paced, often-funny read."

In addition, the 50 Shades of Khaki Tour is rounding into fine form, with stops across the United States and Texas. (Author's Note: the interns kid, Texas, they kid).

Yes, it should be a fine tour. New book. New stories. New songs. You could say he's giving the book tour a whole new... wrinkle.

The Interns

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