January 26, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet & Greet on January 26, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 PM for Fanwood
Councilman Tom Kranz who has released his second novel.
In Killer Competition, protagonist Bud Remmick, free again after doing prison time for killing his ex-boss, wants
only to be a good person, contribute to his community and get a job. His long suffering wife Maggie supports them
with a good job working as a director for their local county government. Soon after Bud lands a job at his old TV station, dark forces invade Maggie’s and his life, bringing the couple closer while opening doors to evil deeds by villains out for personal gain. One villain is a psychotic news photographer who will stop at nothing to get an exclusive. Another is a corrupt governor hell-bent on taking Maggie’s job away from her.
“This is basically a story about this couple coping with bad things,” says Tom, a career journalist now working as Communications Director for Fanwood-based Chelsea Senior Living. “Bud and Maggie are each vulnerable in their separate lives to the actions of bad guys. It’s how they support each other that allows them to endure and, ultimately, take control, with a little help from their friends.”
Killer Competition takes place in the TV news space and entertains a nightmare scenario in which the news is created by a psychotic individual. It is a continuation of a narrative begun in Tom’s first novel, Budland, which deals with Bud Remmick’s jailhouse experience and self-examination of his anger and is based loosely on some of the author's experiences in the TV news business. It isn’t necessary to have read Budland to enjoy Killer Competition since they are separate stories.
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of Killer Competition.
March 23, 2019
12:00 - 2:00 PM
The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet & Greet for author Gareth Frank on March 23, 2018 from
2:00-4:00 PM for novel The Moment Between.
Gareth Frank is a former union organizer and administrator. He received a Master's Degree at the University of
Wisconsin and later studied at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The Moment Between is his first
published novel. His short stories have been published in various journals and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize as well as the Silver Pen Write Well Award.
After four years of mourning, Doctor Hackett Metzger is determined to stop letting his wife's death control his life. He is finally beginning to live again, but his recovery leads to an unexpected fight for his own survival and startling revelations about what happens to all of us in the moment between.
Hackett, a brilliant neurologist, is a skeptic. He doesn't believe he will one day be reunited with Jean, or dwell with God in heaven. What he does believe is that he should have seen the warning signs of her heart attack; he should have saved her. He also cannot accept the possibility that his clinical study of near death experiences could prove the existence of a conscious afterlife. When Hackett falls for the mother of a patient, grief finally begins to fade. But he has no idea his new love is hiding her dangerous past. Will Hackett's damaged spirit endure another heartbreak? And, will he survive the treachery around him?
As life and research collide, the good doctor discovers that the secrets of love and death just may be part of the same fabric.
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of The Moment Between.