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What’s in the NEW “The Steel Van Man”?

What’s in the NEW “The Steel Van Man”? 550 850 Jason Stadtlander

The Steel Van ManThanks to the amazing crew at BHC Press, I have re-released The Steel Van Man.

I wanted it to be a special release. I couldn’t see any point in just re-releasing the book without making it worthwhile. Several people have asked me what is new in the “new” The Steel Van Man, so I thought I’d take a moment and lay them out of I can without ruining the surprises. Aside from the obvious cover change, there are some other exciting pieces.

In the book:

  • 2 new chapters:
    • One focuses a little on Maggie (the reporter) researching her truths that she finds out about the killer.
    • The other is a very special ending that reveals something about a character you may have come to love.
  • Elements added about the killer’s mother
  • Town changed from Mantaqua Point to Swampscott

Special added feature:

  • 2 Chapters of the brand new sequel coming soon “The Father”

Some Skinny on The Father:

Let’s take a moment to talk about The Father. What is the book really about? Well, obviously I don’t want to spoil any surprises but I can tell you a few things about it.

  • The book focuses on the intricacies of the killer’s family and a hidden family member that we never know about.
  • A special character from the first book becomes a hero in ways we could never have dreamed
  • Rebecca Lacitor continues to grapple with the secrets she’s forced to contain as it slowly eats away at her psyche.


Broaden Your Literary Palette

Broaden Your Literary Palette 150 150 Jason Stadtlander

I stand and look at my sad excuse for a library (actually just a single wooden bookshelf) and let out a sigh as I see a nice collection, but very few names. Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Clive Cussler, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Saul and a smattering of other authors.

I find it it a bit depressing. First, that I don’t have a monster library that stretches the walls of my enormous library with ladders that roll back and forth so that I can ride along the walls as I read my rare Stephen King signed first edition of Carrie… Well, okay, my ten foot by ten foot office that is tucked into the corner of my basement, and the closest thing I have to a signed copy of Carrie is the library stamp in the cover that says “Used”.

Secondly, that there are so few names. Granted, I do have a few more names on my Kindle app on my iPad. However, expanding one’s reader palette requires three things:

  1. Money. Something I do not have much of, being a fledgling author.
  2. Time to read more, something I do not have much of working full time… being a fledgling author.
  3. Most importantly, the ability (or desire) to step outside one’s comfort levels when it comes to reading. This I have.

Don’t get me wrong, I too see a stack of books at the bookstore or online and can’t help but gravitate towards the authors I already love. However, as of late I have been trying more to concentrate on diversifying my literary palette.

With each new author you will find that their style is different. It takes a while to get comfortable with how they create characters and how they paint a scene. However, in time you (and I) will find it also broadens your vocabulary, understanding and quite possibly your intellect as well.

So, step out today and buy a new author you’ve never read. And I, shall do the same.

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