EDITOR'S NOTE: Because the interns lack Brad's journalistic instincts, they have, as usual, buried the lede, which is that Brad's new e-short story, The Whistleblower, goes on sale today for a mere $1.99. Get it wherever electronic books are sold!
It was the first day of the work year at the offices of BradParksBooks.com, and the interns were already breaking their New Year's resolutions.
Sarah, the smart intern, had resolved to be less judgmental; but she was scoffing at Zach, the silly intern, who had resolved to lose weight but was trying to mooch food off of Peter, the slothful intern, who had also resolved to lose weight but had his mouth stuffed full of potato chips.
Which left Maggie, the clueless intern, by herself at the conference table, steeping in the smell of modeling glue, accompanied by an assortment of tiny pieces of wood and a sticky note that read: "Brad 1/10th normal size."
In front of her was a miniaturized writing desk, a near perfect replica of the one Brad uses at the office. In her hand was a matching chair, into which Maggie was gluing the final leg.
After easing it into place and holding it for a minute, she smiled as she delicately set the chair down.
"There," she said. "That'll do nicely."
From the other side of a partition, Sarah, the smart intern, asked, "What'll do nicely?"
"I think Brad is going to really like his new desk."
"What are you talking about?" asked Sarah, emerging from her cubicle. She looked at Maggie and asked, "And why are you playing with doll furniture?"
"It's not doll furniture. It's for Brad and, you know, his condition," Maggie said, adding the last word in a hushed tone.
"Being so small," Maggie said. "One-tenth his normal size? That has to be difficult. I saw Honey, I Shrunk The Kids once, and let me tell you, those children have a rough time of things until Rick Moranis is finally able to restore them to normal."
"No, no. That's not—"
"I'm sure even now that he's a micro person he's still going to want to write," Maggie said. "My next job is to find a tiny keyboard. I figure he can use that until we track down Rick Moranis. Isn't he Albanian? Or, wait, Canadian. I always get those two confused."
Sarah's palm struck her forehead with a force she normally reserved for the antics of Zach, the silly intern.
"Maggie, that sticky note is because Brad is releasing a new electronic short story. It's called The Whistleblower. It serves as a prequel to Brad's next novel, The Last Act, following some of the same characters during the months before the action in the book begins. It's got all the twists and cliffhangers of his usual work, but at 1/10th the size of a full-length novel."
Hence the sticky note. The Whistleblower goes on sale today for a mere $1.99 wherever electronic books are sold. It features Mitchell Dupree, a banker who faces a terrible dilemma: Stay quiet and keep the wonderful job and comfortable life he's carved out for himself and his family, or risk everything by blowing the whistle on a series of suspicious transactions that may indicate a notorious drug cartel is using his bank to launder money.
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The e-short also features an exclusive sneak peek at the first two chapters of The Last Act.
(Apologies to you paper-only readers. But since you're getting an electronic newsletter, the interns hope you're savvy enough to figure out how to download The Whistleblower, convert it to a PDF, and then print it out for your personal enjoyment).
In other news, some early trade reviews of The Last Act, which releases March 12, have started to trickle in. And they're raves:
"A Brad Parks novel offers two pleasures. One is watching a stunning talent at work. The other—operating almost apart from the first—is getting wrapped in the coils of a fiendishly clever thriller."
"The FBI hires an aging child actor to go undercover in a West Virginia prison...so what could possibly go wrong? Fans of Parks' well-oiled thrillers won't even bother to ask; they'll be too busy licking their chops anticipating the twists that are bound to come."
Fear not, his responses will be full size.
The BradParksBooks.com Interns