Monday, September 13, 2010

A Press Release for Little 'ole Me?

I know it may sound cliche, but sometimes, make that most times, especially where this writing business is concerned, it does help to have friends and relationships. One such is example of this is the below press release that a gent I know was kind enough to craft and distribute on my behalf to his numerous media connections. A little backstory... I have been involved in the youth sports programs up may way for the last 5 years, 2 in Pop Warner football (American version for the soccer chaps) and the last 3 in lacrosse. One of my player's dad's is in the PR business and I have know him for two years. I've kept my writing close to the vest until recently, when I had to out myself. The reactions have been typical: HUH?, You a writer? who'da thunk it? Mild mannered coach Reardon...a writer?

So this most excellent guy offers his services, totally unsolicited and with no hidden agenda..Thanks a Million Rick!!! Enough with my blabber. Here is what he did and maybe you'll find out a bit more about me.



Sean Patrick Reardon Pens Gritty Crime Drama and Realizes Lifelong Dream

PEPPERELL, MASS – September 13, 2010 – Local author, Sean Patrick Reardon today announced the recent release of his debut novel titled MindJacker. Inspired by a love of Irish crime thrillers and what Reardon says is a lack of interesting books for “forty-something” men, he takes readers on a thrill ride across the country from Los Angeles to New York to Boston and New Hampshire in this tale of gangsters, thievery, technology and mind manipulation.

When wealthy Russian mobsters contract LA psychologist Joel Fischer to develop a device to manipulate minds, the DreemWeever exceeds all expectations. Everything is on track for delivery and a big payday, until two adventurous stoners steal his Dodge Challenger that, unknown to them, contains the DreemWeever in its trunk. Fischer and his crew have two days to get it back or he dies.

Early memories of reading with his grandmother while visiting in East Boston, and listening to E.G Marshall’s CBS Mystery Radio as a boy laid the groundwork for Reardon’s passion of reading that eventually developed into writing. “Since I was a child, reading has taken me to foreign lands, exposed me to different cultures, and introduced me to all sorts of interesting characters, but I always felt a yearning to drive the plot and develop characters,” commented Reardon. “After writing a number of short stories, I decided to take the plunge and craft a full length novel.”

Reardon began writing Mindjacker in 2007 and took a few hiatuses, but always came back to the writing. In fact, Reardon wrote much of the book while on planes, in traffic and in the hockey rink during his son’s practices. “Once I created the main idea behind Mindjacker, I just kept expanding on it and tried to link the ideas together. There were many nights after a writing session when I would lie in bed, trying to come up with ideas or solutions to what I had written or was going to write next.”

Locally, Sean is best known for his love of sports and involvement in and around the local sports scene. An avid player and enthusiast of cricket, lacrosse and all things Irish (Yes, even Notre Dame made its way into Mindjacker); he has plans to venture into the very Irish sport of hurling. Sean was recently appointed President of North Middlesex Youth Lacrosse Association. As a coach he is an inspiration to his players and hopes the novel – while not age appropriate for youngsters – will spur a desire to read and write creatively. “I‘ve always had a great imagination and sense of adventure, and in some ways I think children today are really missing out on this because there so many distractions.” He added, “I’m a big proponent of reading and creative writing and I hope that my example touches even one child to pick up a pen and start writing.”

As a result of his penchant for Irish crime novels, acclaimed Irish author, Declan Burke posted a Q&A with Reardon on his blog Crime Always Pays. When asked to describe his writing style, Reardon summed it up best; “…my work contains straight forward prose, action, intriguing plot twists, an entertaining criminal element, rock-n-roll, violence, realistic dialogue and gritty characters. Reardon is already working on his next novel tentatively titled Sissy Murphy; a crime thriller, of course, that is set in Massachusetts and Ireland.

Mindjacker is available in both print and e-book for Kindle on Amazon; in e-book for Nook format at Barnes & Noble; and e-book for iPad, iTouch, iPhone format in the Apple iBookstore. The book has received positive reviews including:
Smashwords (starred review)
“Think Koontz's “Night Chills” and “The Key to Midnight” and you'll have a good idea of what you’re in for when reading “Mindjacker”. The author has come up with a great antagonist in Dr. Joel Fischer, who's both a psychologist, and a sociopath.

Barnes & Noble (starred review)
“A taut, fast-paced thriller that kept me reading until the end.”

About the Author
Sean Patrick Reardon was raised in Billerica, Massachusetts and resides in Pepperell, with his wife, two children. He's usually reading at least one novel on any given day, loves coaching and playing lacrosse, following Cricket, and listening to Rock-n-Roll music. When not in front of his keyboard at work on his latest crime thriller, Sean is a Contact Center Engineer with XXXXXXX Investments in XXXXXXC.


  1. You can't get fairer than that, mate. And to be compared to a couple of Dean Koontz novels as well....

    Nice one, Sean.

  2. Lee & Dave- Thanks guys. I have never read any of DK's novels before, but the one "Night Chills" sounds pretty cool and I'm going to get at the library this week. If I dig it, I'll be psyched because he has a lot of novels, which will be good for thelong Fall / Winter around here.

  3. That's brilliant, Sean, nice one! And I'm a big DK fan, too, so I see that as both a smashing compliment and a hearty recommendation. :)

  4. Julie- Thanks so much. Can't believe I have never read DK. I, for whatever reason, thought he was that Scientologist guy.

  5. Nice!! I myself am looking forward got picking up your book when I put in my next Amazon order.