07 May, 2016

Let There Be Linda by Rich Leder - [Book Spot Light]

In today's book spot light, I bring you a comedy. Here you go :-)

Leder's black comic caper tells the tall tale of estranged brothers Mike and Dan Miller—accountant and con-man talent agent respectively—up to their necks in the virtual quicksand of LA's San Fernando Valley during the hottest summer in Southern California history.  

The root cause of their problems could be the missing seventy-five thousand dollars, or the sadistic, loan shark dwarf and his vicious giant, or the psycho comedian cop on the case, or the coke-snorting dentist, or the deranged zombie real estate developer. Or perhaps it’s the poodle—the poodle is suspect, no doubt. Or maybe it's the grocery store checker who breathes life into death. Oh yes, it could be her too.  

And so to repair the head-on collision the Millers have made of their personal and professional lives, the brothers summon their mother back from the dead to clean up the wreckage. But what the Miller men discover is that screwing with the laws of nature is forever and always a violent, bloody, hysterical, and hilarious idea. 

Author Bio:

Rich Leder:

The summer I turned ten, my parents moved us from one small, northeastern New Jersey town to another small, northeastern New Jersey town--River Vale to Woodcliff Lake. It was maybe a twenty-minute drive from one town to the next, but for me we might as well have moved to Missouri.

I knew no one. I had no friends whatsoever. The first day of fifth grade was the first time I had seen any of my ten-year-old classmates and also the first time they had seen me.

The teacher was a smiling redheaded woman who couldn't have been more than twenty-six years old. Miss McCloy was her name.

There were thirty-five kids in the class, all of us neat as a pin for the first day of school. Miss McCloy sat behind her desk at the front of the room and read aloud the names of the children in her charge. One after the other raised their hands and said, "Here." McCloy then said something kind as a way of welcoming that particular child to her classroom and read the next name.

As she approached the Ls, I slid off my chair, belly-crawled the length of the aisle, and crouched flush up against and in front of her desk.

Some of my classmates were stunned to silence, but many were already laughing.

"Rich Leder," McCloy said, and I shot up like a rocket straight into the air three feet in front of her face and shouted, "At your service."

The class laughed and laughed. Some kids applauded.

McCloy, to her great credit, played along, welcomed me to her classroom, and sent me striding back down the aisle to my desk.

Everyone smiled at me. One kid shook my hand. The only thing they knew about me was that I was funny. I made friends that day I still have today.

That was the first time I was fully conscious about trying to be funny, about thinking I was funny and should be funny, about wanting to make those kids--total strangers--laugh at me and with me and out loud.

Forty-eight years later nothing's changed: I love to laugh, and I love to make other people laugh. If we emailed each other (and we definitely should ... rich(at)laughriotpress.com), I'm sure we'd crack each other up. Wouldn't that be fun?

I'v been a working writer for two and a half decades. My screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.

My funny novels are for sale here at Amazon: McCall & Company: Workman's Complication; McCall & Company: Swollen Identity; Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench.

I founded Laugh Riot Press, a social media marketing and self-publishing company, as an imprint for my funny books and the funny books of other indie authors looking to join an intimate, genre-specific community focused on maximizing the exponential power of year-round digital marketplace exposure.

I've been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill. I live on the North Carolina coast with my awesome wife, Lulu, and I'm sustained by the visits home of our three college kids.

I hope you'll read my book and laugh out loud. That's why I wrote them.

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