The work is done. I've finished editing the galley proofs and the cover has been finalized. The next step is producing advance reader copies. These go to book reviewers so they can generate excitement about the new release.
It has been a long time coming. The story was completed almost 5 years ago, but things move at a snail's pace in the publishing industry, at least for us unknown authors. But time has come for "more Beers."
First Case of Beers from Forty Pressis the debut novel starring Jim "Beers" Biersovich.
The story takes place in 1999 in a department store in downtown Minneapolis. Beers is a former sportswriter who hit 40, suffered a midlife crisis and took a job as head of store security. He is uniquely unqualified for the position.
Additionally, during the Christmas season he has been drafted to play Santa until the store finds a new jolly fat man. When things start going wrong in the store -- pranks, vandalism and even endangerment of customers -- Beers has to nail the culprit without getting the police involved.
With the help of his unofficial assistants -- Tina in cosmetics and Lena in jewelry, along with his best bud, Freddie -- Beers stumbles his way to a solution and saves the shopping season before someone gets really hurt.
First Case of Beers is just the beginning of this series. In the next episode, Beers heads to Las Vegas to attempt to recover an artifact stolen from his boss, Johnny Scalabrino, the owner of the La Scala department store chain. His task gets more complicated, and much more dangerous, in the gambling capital.