by Daniel Romanello
July 31 – September 8, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
DYLAN TOMASSI RETURNS IN THIS PROVOCATIVE THRILLER
Dylan Tomassi returns in this sequel to the original coming of age thriller, PAPERBOY. Having grown up poor, Dylan is now a successful private investor, wealthy beyond his wildest dreams and living an idyllic lifestyle on Florida’s gulf coast. Cognizant of his humble beginnings, he is committed to paying it forward as he prepares for the opening of his charitable foundation’s crown jewel.
But crime is raging out of control following the election of an opportunistic carpetbagger and Dylan and those closest to him become victims of a broken system that places them in grave danger. He utilizes his considerable resources to protect those he holds dear, but everyone and everything are not what they appear to be.
An exhilarating action thriller, BLINDSIDED JUSTICE drops you in the middle of an epic battle between justice and subversion.
Inside the Author of Blindsided Justice:
I’m so excited to share that Daniel Romanello, author of Blindsided Justice visited with me recently. Here are some highlights from our conversation.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I retired from the practice of law in 2017 after a twenty-five-year career as a prosecutor and civil trial attorney. Upon retirement, I traveled and accepted a coaching position with a local college. Like most people, life came to an abrupt halt in the spring of 2020 following the COVID outbreak and suddenly I was doing neither of those things. Writing a novel was something I had always planned to do, and the perfect opportunity presented itself. My debut novel, PAPERBOY, a coming-of-age thriller, was published in 2022. The second book was just published and now I’m hooked!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I would point out, however, that although my primary objective in writing the Dylan Tomassi series is to entertain readers, the main character often finds himself in the middle of adventures dealing with contemporary cultural issues and there is an extrapolation component to my writing. I have found that some events in my books occur in the real world between the time I write them and the time the books are released, so that can be a little frustrating. Fortunately, those things so far have involved minor secondary matters and don’t involve the main plot.
Who has impacted your life the most and in what way?
My grandmother. She was an Italian immigrant with little formal education who dedicated her life to taking care of her family. She was a wise woman with a commanding presence who could light up a room. We were very close, and she was a role model and trusted confidant from the time I was a child, always willing to dispense constructive advice. She was a very content woman, but I often wonder what she could have accomplished under different circumstances. I was fortunate to be around her regularly for the last decade of her life when she relocated near my home in Florida. The characters and the story lines in my books are completely drawn from my wildly vivid imagination, but I can’t help but think, at least subconsciously, that she was the inspiration for the Esther Lott character.
What event in your life do you remember first when asked for a humorous story?
There are so many, but I’ll go with the one that has endured the longest. I grew up in the 1970s, in a small rural town in Western Connecticut. Things were pretty uneventful back then and crime was virtually non-existent. High school kids didn’t have many entertainment options: no cell phones, internet, or social media, and video games were in their infancy. If you went out on a date and desired privacy, the drive-in movie was about the only alternative. Consequently, kids were always looking for a place to park, like Inspiration Point from the old Happy Days television series. The problem was that the local police were always patrolling to move you along, so it was an ongoing challenge to find a new location they weren’t aware of.
I took a girl I had dated a few times to a holiday dance. We double-dated with a friend of mine who brought a girl he was going out with for the first time. After the dance, the four of us piled into my classic pale-yellow Plymouth Duster. My friend said he knew of a new parking spot in the woods and directed me down a dark dirt road. I was backing my car when the rear wheels started spinning. I got out to investigate, and to my horror, the back end was hanging off a cliff that dropped down about twenty feet. I quickly got the girls out of the car and told my friend to wait with them while I went for help. I walked out of the woods and at the main road, an old car pulled over with the driver dressed as Santa Claus. I explained the situation, and he offered to tow the car from the edge of the cliff. He told me that he had just finished a gig, but it was clear from the odor that he had very recently indulged in a bit of the wacky tobaccy. I was desperate and had little money, so I agreed.
I still have a vivid memory of pulling up with Santa and seeing those two poor girls in their formal gowns, shivering in the cold darkness as they peered into the car, wondering God-knows-what. The only thing missing was the banjo music from Deliverance. Santa backed his car in front of mine and produced a heavy chain from his trunk. As I secured one end around my front axle, I watched in disbelief as he wrapped the other end around his rear bumper. I said something like, “Uh, I don’t think that’s gonna work,” but stoned Santa said not to worry about it. I started my car while the other three stood by in sheer panic as he hit the accelerator and his sleigh began to creep forward. Just as my rear tires gripped solid ground, the rear bumper became separated from the rest of his car. After I gave him the few dollars I had in my pocket, he threw the chain and rear bumper into his trunk and took off with a wave and a hardy “Merry Christmas.”
Needless to say, neither of the girls ever went out with us again, and who could blame them? Shortly thereafter, while driving the Duster and still reveling in my good fortune of avoiding the cliffhanger disaster, an older man traveling in the opposite direction crossed the center line and caused a head on collision. I wasn’t hurt, but my beloved car was destroyed.
Oh! That’s a fantastic story! I can’t wait to chat again, Daniel!! Thanks for visiting.
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Published by: Sanitas Publishing
Publication Date: August 2023
Number of Pages: 304
Series: Dylan Tomassi Novels, Book 2
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Dan Romanello worked in the newspaper industry before attending law school at the University of Florida. After serving as an assistant state attorney, he spent more than 20 years as a partner in a boutique firm, running the trial practice group. An accomplished trial lawyer, he has litigated cases in courtrooms throughout the state of Florida. After retiring from the active practice of law, he wrote the first book in the Dylan Tomassi series, PAPERBOY. He resides on Florida’s gulf coast.
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