Russellville readers may find some things familiar in Douglas W. Daech’s newest novel, Seedy Hills, An Odd Little Town. Although he is quick to point out in a tongue in cheek disclaimer that the novel is a work of fiction and any similarities are coincidental, some people may think they recognize themselves. The setting of the book, like many small towns has a city center with a fountain and a cannon. Storefronts surround the tranquil square. And not unlike Russellville, the newspaper office and City Hall sit alongside other 100 year old buildings completing the scene. It does sound familiar.
The main character in the e-book is an opinionated reporter named Eric Green. Eric has been around the world working at big city newspapers and thinks he knows it all. Through the series of short stories he learns about love, life and the fact that he and other people have feelings. Late in life the rusty old reporter comes to terms with small town living and accepts that being from an odd little, run down town may not be all that bad.
Eric returns to work for the local paper, which oddly enough, is printed only three times a week. “Nothing interesting happens on the off days,” he explains as he satirically looks at the backward community where he’s returned to live. But, interesting things do happen in Seedy Hills. The book is divided into several short stories that Eric investigates for the newspaper, starting with the haunted sexton house. A legend similar to the Russellville haunting is brought to life with additional drama and laughs as the vengeful spirit is finally set to rest. Other reports to the newspaper range from vampires and ghosts to Bigfoot roaming the local woods. Life and death battles flare in the BBQ war story, where the city is only big enough for one BBQ restaurant. And UFO’s are seen flying over the Walmart bringing the Men in Black to town. With everything going on it’s easy to say Seedy Hills is indeed an odd little town.
This is the third e-book published by Russellville author Douglas W. Daech, who has been a resident since 2002. His first publication, Time Travel and Dimensional Journeys has now been downloaded by over 800 readers. Haunted Romance, his second e-book has a five star rating and is gaining in popularity every week. Seedy Hills, An Odd Little Town was released world wide as an e-book on Aug 14th. Published by Smashwords.com, it will be available at all major, on-line e-book retailers for only one dollar.
You can order all of the books by Russellville author, Douglas W. Daech at Smashwords.com, Barnes & Noble.com and the Apple store. You can also link to the books and view his web page authors profile at: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/dugger50