They were ensconced within a cubicle at the offices of BradParksBooks.com.
Maggie, the clueless intern, had brought up the Notes app on her phone. Zach, the silly intern, was gazing at some indeterminate point in the distance.
"Buttermilk," he said thoughtfully.
Maggie, the silly intern, typed it in her phone.
"Avocados," he intoned.
Again, it was transcribed.
"Yeah, what is an endive, anyway?" Maggie asked.
"I don't really know," Zach admitted. "It's probably like a carrot, though. Generally, when you don't know what produce is, it's some form of root vegetable."
"Oh, like parsnips."
"No, I'm pretty sure parsnips are a fruit."
Sarah, the smart intern, had caught the last part of the exchange as she rounded the wall of the partition.
"Okay, what is going on?" she demanded.
"We're making a grocery list," Maggie explained.
"You're making a . . . what?!?" Sarah snapped. "You're supposed to be working. The mass market paperback edition of The Last Act comes out today. We have a ton to do."
"Ahh, but don't you see? This is work!" Zach explained. "Do you know one of the places that made a big order of the mass market paperback edition of The Last Act? Kroger. We're going there to take pictures of the new book in its native habitat—and, while we're there, pick up a few things for a party dip I've been wanting to try. I've never been more excited to go to the grocery store in my life!"
For once, Zach is neither lying, nor exaggerating (even if he is deeply misinformed about both endives and parsnips). The Last Act releases today nationwide in mass market paperback—that smaller, thicker format found in drugstores, airports, and the like. For the next few weeks, you'll be able to spot Brad's book everywhere from Wal-Mart, to Hudson News, to, yes, Kroger.
In case you missed The Last Act when it came out in hardcover, now is the time to pick it up because a) it's cheaper; and b) this is the book that's been optioned for development as a television series by SkyDance Media. That way, when it becomes a big hit on one of the streaming services, you can sound au courant when you tell your friends, "Oh, yes, I read the book a while ago."
Meanwhile, the interns are continuing to prepare for Brad's next new release, Interference, which comes out September 1. It is already starting to receive glowing endorsements from some of the biggest names in the thriller business.
Perennial New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham said, "Interference brings all the right ingredients to a novel! Brad Parks has created a story with a fascinating plot line and great characters—an up-all-night page-turner. I loved it!"
Kindle superstar Robert Dugoni, the bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series, called it, "A smart, innovative thriller that evokes the best of Michael Crichton and Blake Crouch. Parks proposes the seemingly improbable, makes it plausible, then weaves in twists and turns, taking the reader on a mind-bending ride."
And Marcus Sakey, the bestselling author of the Brilliance trilogy, called it, "Utterly absorbing, relentlessly paced, and cunningly assembled. Brad Parks is the sort of master craftsman who makes everything look easy. I hate him a little bit."
Love. Hate. What more could anyone want?
"Endives," Zach said. "Definitely endives."
Which are, incidentally, a leafy vegetable.
See you at the grocery store,
The BradParksBooks.com Interns