The Day The World Sneezed – March 12, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic

March 12, 2020
4:53 P.M.

The Day The World Sneezed

“I’m Mr. Ricks with the Bureau of Land Management. Got a minute to talk?”

” ‘Bout what?”

“I heard you’re stockpiling cleaning disinfectant. Thought we should talk about that.”

Elmer made a mental note of the day and date the man from the Bureau of Land Management came to his farm: Thursday, March 12, 2020. It was a day and date he would remember for the rest of his life.

Over the next few weeks Elmer would witness world-wide economic heartburn, the shocking news that world leaders had fallen ill with the virus crud, the implosion of the billion dollar industry known as “amateur athletics,” professional sports teams sidelined and forgotten, (all but the Tampa Bay Rays who actually experienced an increase in attendance at Tropicana Field,) the closing of public parks, beaches, mountain trails, schools, colleges, churches, and worst of all, a shortage of toilet paper.

Amidst the chaos and panic, Lysol would become the liquid gold that cleansed a nation.

And Elmer had warehouses full of Lysol.

The Day The World Sneezed is Whimsical Satire

I hope you will join me as I bring a little levity to the mess we’re living through. – Eddie Jones

 

Chapter One audio sample:

Dead Low Tide

1946016977Age Range: 9 and up | Series: Monster Mysteries

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Skull Creek Stakeout

Who knows what the shores will reveal when the tide recedes?On vacation with his parents in Savannah, Georgia, Nick Caden is eager to investigate the mystery surrounding Heidi May Laveau, a girl who supposedly died years ago but whose body just washed up on the shore. (And only days before Savannah’s huge Zombie Crawl.)

Once more, Nick’s curiosity gets the better of him, only this time he brings his sister, Wendy, along to investigate—and she’s taken by what appears to be a zombie of the dead girl!

No one believes Nick when he claims a member of the living dead pulled his sister away in a canoe, even after she proves impossible to find. But this kidnapper has messages for Nick from ‘beyond the grave,’ and he faces the difficult task of sorting fact from fiction before his worst fears come true. It’s a race against the clock to discover where the true danger lies—because the answer might be right under Nick’s nose.

The Caden Chronicles – winner of the 2013 Selah award for Young Adult fiction.

About The Caden Chronicles Series

Social networking has changed the way young people communicate. Can we keep books in “their” loop? According to KidSay Market Researchers, Facebook is now the favorite website among tween (8-11) boys and teen (12-15) girls. Over 90% of tween boys and girls play games online. Could an adventure mystery series that plays off today’s fascination with the paranormal be the perfect antidote to the adolescent blank-stare fascination with video games?

“I want to give middle school readers (boys especially) a compelling story they can fall into, one that spurs their imagination and gets them jazzed about reading and using their creative gifts.”

Positioning Statement:
* Mystery adventure based on the paranormal fascination that exposes the myths and lies of the occult
* Spur discussion on spirits, souls,  ghosts, the undead, vampires, etc…
* Seeks to get parents and kids talking about the afterlife

Selling Points:
* Great read for boys and girls
* Entertaining, humorous, high adventure, focusing on intrigue and suspense
* Plays off today’s fascination with paranormal events and trends
* Discussion questions at the end of the book designed to get kids thinking about the consequences of our decisions

Skull Creek Stakeout

1946016969Age Range: 9 and up | Series: Monster Mysteries

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Skull Creek Stakeout

In Transylvania, North Carolina, Nick Caden finds a murder victim with fangs, bite marks and a stake driven through its heart. There are no such things as vampires … are there?

After solving the ghost story murder at Deadwood Canyon, Nick lands a job as a roving reporter for The Cool Ghoul Gazette, a website / app that covers paranormal events and supernatural disturbances (that may or may not have actually happened). When the editor sends Nick to investigate a murder in Transylvania, North Carolina, the young super sleuth finds a corpse with fangs, bite marks and a stake driven through its heart.

But once he begins to peel back the clues surrounding the murder Nick finds his new job is not only dangerous but could suck the life out of him.

Awards for the Monster Mysteries series

  • Winner of the Selah award for tween / teen mystery series
  • INSPY Award nominee
  • Moonbeam Children’s Book Award nominee

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About The Caden Chronicles Series

Social networking has changed the way young people communicate. Can we keep books in “their” loop? According to KidSay Market Researchers, Facebook is now the favorite website among tween (8-11) boys and teen (12-15) girls. Over 90% of tween boys and girls play games online. Could an adventure mystery series that plays off today’s fascination with the paranormal be the perfect antidote to the adolescent blank-stare fascination with video games?

“I want to give middle school readers (boys especially) a compelling story they can fall into, one that spurs their imagination and gets them jazzed about reading and using their creative gifts.”

Positioning Statement:
* Mystery adventure based on the paranormal fascination that exposes the myths and lies of the occult
* Spur discussion on spirits, souls,  ghosts, the undead, vampires, etc…
* Seeks to get parents and kids talking about the afterlife

Selling Points:
* Great read for boys and girls
* Entertaining, humorous, high adventure, focusing on intrigue and suspense
* Plays off today’s fascination with paranormal events and trends
* Discussion questions at the end of the book designed to get kids thinking about the consequences of our decisions