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Friday, November 9, 2018

Blog Tour Character Guest Post for Uncle and Ants by Marc Jedel

Character Post from Marty Golden, protagonist in Uncle and Ants

Hi, I’m Marty Golden, from sunny San Jose, California. It’s always sunny here. I think all that sun makes Californians wackier than normal people. I’m writing this post as a favor to my friend, Marc Jedel. He said that after finishing Uncle and Ants, he was too busy writing his second book, Chutes and Ladder.

Only yesterday, I learned that Marc finished his first book, Uncle and Ants. I hadn’t heard about it. A few weeks ago, I had to take care of my nieces while my sister was hospitalized and had to help protect her from her dangerous clients. It looked like one was trying to kill her. I even helped solve a murder case. Not that I got any credit from my partner, Sergeant Mace Jackson of the San Jose Police. Actually, forget I said anything about being his partner. He wants to keep that a secret. Told me “never say that again.”

As for me, I haven’t written anything in years. I mean, I write software every day but only fellow engineers want to hear more about that. My high school English teach once told me that writing paragraphs, or even full sentences, was “not your cup of tea.” That hurt because I like tea. She had all these rules about following proper sentence structure and not starting sentences with conjunctions. And I disagreed.

Sorry for the digression. Although I didn’t have much time for this, Marc is one of my good friends. Ever since my crazy week, he’s been super busy. Must have been doing that writing thing. Other than our monthly poker night, I haven’t seen him much. He refuses to show me his work and his slightly maniacal chuckle when we spoke about doing this blog was a bit unnerving.

Not many people know San Jose is the heart of Silicon Valley. Or, maybe more like the liver. It might be like the spleen, but I’m not really sure where that’s located. Raj would know. He’s my coworker and he’s crazy smart.

Another unknown fact about San Jose is that more people live here than in San Francisco. Yet everyone’s heard of San Francisco. It could be because of the 49ers or Giants, but I think it’s because of that popular song written about San Francisco. There was also one written about New York, New York. Why is the only song about San Jose that everyone’s heard of was written by a man who couldn’t read a map?

Before I finish, Marc did tell me to ask you to please pick up a copy of his book, Uncle and Ants: A Silicon Valley Mystery. He said it was a funny cozy mystery that would stay at just $0.99 for a short while. I suppose I ought to check it out also.

About the Book
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series  
BGM Press (October 11, 2018)  
Paperback: 287 pages  
ISBN-10: 1732716404 
ISBN-13: 978-1732716407 
Digital: ASIN: B07H68L6XR
Mysterious attacks. Mischievous nieces. Can a clueless uncle catch a tech-savvy killer … and be home before bedtime? When a freak accident hospitalizes Marty Golden’s sister and condemns him to babysitter duty, he thinks it’s just another case of hardwired bad luck in Silicon Valley. Until a suspicious murder suggests the mishap was no mere coincidence. Something must be done. Too bad this quirky, fashion-backward uncle isn’t exactly hero material. Convinced his sister is in mortal danger, this amateur sleuth follows clues to an oddball array of suspects. Armed with nothing but an eye for detail and powers of self-delusion, Marty tangles with gangsters, a cantankerous school secretary, and a perplexing woman he can’t help but fall for. Glitches in his investigation seem like a piece of cake compared to dinner-prep and bedtime stories with his two precocious, pre-teen nieces. Can Marty catch the culprit, save his sister, and get his life back in order before he gets unplugged? Uncle and Ants is the first novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor, sassy side characters, and average Joes facing extraordinary circumstances, then you’ll love this twisty mystery. Buy Uncle and Ants to login to a fresh, funny mystery today! ~Updated 10/10/2018

About the Author

In my family, I was born first — a fact my sister never lets me forget, no matter what milestone age she hits.
For most of my life, I've been inventing stories. Some, especially when I was young, involved my sister as the villain. As my sister's brother for her entire life, I'm highly qualified to tell the tale of the evolving, quirky sibling relationship in Uncle and Ants: A Silicon Valley Mystery.
My writing skills were honed in years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley. While my high-tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, we called these marketing collateral, emails, and ads.
My family and friends would tell you that Marty's character isn't much of a stretch of the imagination for me, but I proudly resemble that remark.

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  1. Thanks for having me over to your blog today. And thanks to Marty for taking the time to write this post for me. Marty's adventures continue in book 2, Chutes and Ladder, which will be released in a few months. Marty, his nieces, Raj, and even a new family member will continue to make you laugh as they encounter another dangerous and crazy situation.

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