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message 1: by C.E. (last edited Oct 15, 2010 08:21AM) (new)

C.E. Grundler (cegrundler) | 3 comments Greetings!

I’m a life-long Jersey resident and an author, though in the past most of my writing has concentrated on technical and ‘how-to’ articles for boating publications. I’ve recently published Last Exit In New Jersey, an offbeat, somewhat hard-boiled, slightly noir tale that travels from a Delaware Bay ghost-town to metropolitan north Jersey. While the geography of the story, which spans the highways and shorelines of the state, is the backdrop to a story that readers in any location can enjoy, I feel New Jersey readers will appreciate the setting that much more.

The reviews so far have been very good but I’d really love to hear what readers from my home state think. So here’s the deal: for a limited time I’m giving out Last Exit In New Jersey in a variety of ebook formats to all my New Jersey friends willing to leave me a review here on Goodreads, at Amazon, on a blog, etc. If you’re interested (I’ve included a description of the story below) just send me a message via Goodreads or email and I’ll send an ecopy back to you!

Best regards,

C.E. Grundler

Last Exit In New Jersey by C.E. Grundler

Nice young ladies from the Garden State really shouldn’t be dumping bodies at sea. Then again, 20 year-old Hazel Moran is anything but your typical Jersey girl. Raised aboard a schooner and riding shotgun beside her father in their old tractor-trailer truck, there's little on the road or water that she can't handle; it's her people skills that need work. Normally that isn’t an issue – behind the wheel of a Kenworth most people tend to leave her alone. But when Hazel and her father become the targets of some unsavory characters hunting for her blue-haired cousin, their stolen tractor-trailer truck and a delivery that never arrived, she knows it's time to heed a lesson learned from her favorite hardboiled paperbacks: playing nice will only end in tears.

For ten sweltering days Hazel navigates the Garden State's highways and shorelines, contending with a suspiciously wealthy stranger, white trash, Born Agains, appliance salesmen, an unstable stalker and his curiously troublesome companion. It'll take all her ingenuity, not to mention some fishing tackle and high voltage, if Hazel hopes to protect her family and unravel this tangle of greed and betrayal. And anyone who gets too close, no matter their intent, will discover just how dangerous shy little Hazel truly can be as she sets in motion a twisted plan to uncover the truth, settle some scores, and if possible not wind up dead in the process.

message 2: by John (new)

John A shout out to all you other Garden Staters -- as an expat/exile I've never had such a sense of homesickness!

message 3: by C.E. (new)

C.E. Grundler (cegrundler) | 3 comments John,

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the book. Thanks so much for the great review!


message 4: by C.E. (last edited Nov 04, 2010 06:49PM) (new)

C.E. Grundler (cegrundler) | 3 comments I'm so happy! Another great review! Red Adept Reviews gave Last Exit In New Jersey a fantastic 5-Star review!

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