THE ST. NICK OF TIME
Lots of people have lousy Christmases,
even in the town of Santa Claus, Indiana.
Cameron Jones was once a successful
author. But now, as the holiday looms, he is pinned by the weight of a depression that rivals fruitcake in density. His ex-wife
is moving away with their young daughter Holly. A sleezy reporter is dogging him over his dying career. And the foul-mouthed
goldfish hallucination that keeps nagging him is no help at all.
buddy, Dogwater Hunt, is a broke, obsessed, alien-abductee who sleeps in a tin-foil lined closet and has a pathological fear
of holiday lights. He's desperate to prove Earth will be visited on Christmas Eve by mysterious "Santa aliens."
If he can catch "Santa," he'll push forth the frontiers of science - and maybe get a new TV.
Meanwhile, Santa Claus - the big man himself, not the town - feels beaten down by centuries of
children growing up and no longer believing. The reality of his imaginary world - living on cookies, hangin' with the elves
- is all so absurd, he can't help but wondering, "Do I really exist?"
Santa decides to hang up his stockings and tasseled hat for good, Cameron and Dogwater are unwittingly caught up in a plan
to save Santa from himself. Muddling through the stressful holiday season has never been like this.
IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME is one of the few holiday tales on the market that treats Santa as the
kind soul we all know, but also as a true, adult person with human frailties. It's a story for adults about the quest for
the holiday we loved as kids.
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or Retailers can order IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME from such distributors as Ingram Books or Baker &
Taylor. The ISBN is 978-0-9818647-0-9.
can get IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME at their local bookstore (if it is not in stock, they can order it) or at their favorite
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"When Cameron was a kid, Christmas was a simple
affair. Well, simple except for the excruciating torment of never knowing if or when St. Nick was going to cure the agonizing
wait for Christmas morning. Right around Thanksgiving each year, he turned into a one-kid search-and-destroy team. No closet
went un-rifled, no furniture unmoved, no doghouse un-ransacked in the search for some clue as to what he was getting for Christmas."
- From IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME
maybe even highly intelligent porpoises, will enjoy this warm-hearted adult holiday tale. Take a break from the ninety-ninth
consecutive viewing of your kid's favorite chipmunk-fueled holiday tale to enjoy a little yuletide something for yourself.
Then help Santa out by picking one up for a friend.
William Pepper published his first book at age
nine. It was a thriller called The Bicycle Mystery, a suspenseful work about a bicycle that disappears, well, mysteriously.
William not only wrote the book, but also designed and drew the cover and pasted the binding. It was a best seller...in Mrs.
Kramer's fourth grade class. We like to think that's a good barometer of the potential success of IN THE ST. NICK
For now, many years later, William's next
book has arrived. Fortunately, this time, he put the glue away and let someone else do the printing. It looks great.
William resides in the Quad Cities with his wife Jill, their daughter Sophie,
age 3, and two cats, Sneezer and Zorro.
During the little
bit of free time all this has afforded him, William has appeared on stage in theatrical porductions of Our Town,
Twelve Angry Men, Crimes of the Heart, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Butler Did It,
Arsenic and Old Lace, and many others.
two of William's short plays, "All There Is" and "You Stole My Pancreas," were performed at the Quad City
Playwrights' Festival at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.