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Eddie & The Lizard Man is the first book in the “Curious World of Eddie Billings” book series. In this first installment we are introduced to Eddie Billings, a lonely young man obsessed with conspiracy theories who believes his boss Kevin Kennedy is a Reptilian or “Lizard Man” planning something evil for the inhabitants of the small town of Linemell. Fueled with a desire to know the truth, Eddie sets out to prove his theory by following Kevin to a mysterious meetup where things get even stranger than Eddie could have anticipated. Is Eddie right about Kevin? If he is, what is a Reptilian doing in the small town of Linemell? Is any of this connected to Eddie’s puzzling past? Enter the “Curious World of Eddie Billings” to find out!
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Eddie is convinced that a ruthless and cunningly deceptive reptilian race of aliens has invaded earth and is out to destroy its inhabitants. The threat comes even closer to home when Eddie suspects his boss Kevin Kennedy to be one of these slithering imposters.
“But why would a Lizard Man be in the small mountain town of Linemell where Eddie lives?”
This question and many others like it cause Eddie to launch his own investigation of his boss and other peculiar happenings that are becoming more and more frequent in Linemell. Does awkward Eddie have the detective chops to uncover the truth behind the reptilian conspiracy before it’s too late? Enter “The Curious World of Eddie Billings” to find out!
(artwork in the book is Black and White, not in color)
I remember how intimidating reading was for me when I was in middle school. Many of my friends had no problem getting through thick books like “Lord of the Rings” while I struggled with books like “The Box Car Children.” I wanted to read more grown-up books but they were just too long and scary. That’s why when we set out to write “The Curious World of Eddie Billings” series, we did so with the reluctant reader in mind. Here’s how we accomplished that:
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In the center of the small town of Linemell, a place shrouded with its own curious secrets, crept a quaint road named Main Street. On one side of the street were family-owned shops and restaurants, and on the other side stood a towering, old brick building that dated back to the time of the great pioneer, Daniel Boone. In fact, one of the town’s proudest moments was the night Daniel Boone slept in Minnie Ponder’s spare bedroom in that very building.
However, since then the building had changed hands a number of times. Mrs. Ponder eventually sold the building to a businessman who turned it into a hardware store. Then, that businessman’s grandchildren, who inherited the building, sold it to another businessman that turned it into a mattress store. After a good run, that businessman retired, closed the store and the space remained vacant for a number of years. That is, until another businessman, Kevin Kennedy, moved into the area and opened an antique shop in the tired, old building; an antique shop called Kennedy Antiques.
Now, if you’ve never been in one, there is something wonderfully mysterious about an antique shop. They are filled with fascinating items like old dressers with secret compartments and shelves stacked with leather-bound books and clocks and vases.
It’s the perfect kind of place for a bird lover to find an 1879 carving of a cardinal. Or the perfect kind of place for a cartographer to find a hand drawn map of the Pigeon River. But even more than that, it was the perfect kind of place for someone like Eddie Billings to take a part-time job, or at least that is what he thought when he took the job.
But who is Eddie Billings? Well, one could say Eddie was an awkward sort of guy of average height with light brown hair and inquisitive blue eyes. That he usually dressed in mismatched clothes found at a thrift store or that he didn’t have many friends or get out enough. And all of those things might be true.
However, the most important things to know about Eddie Billings are that he was an overly-curious conspiracy theorist, junk food enthusiast, tinkerer and, in this particular moment, a disinterested antique store clerk, who was dusting off a porcelain angel figurine when his eye caught a clock sitting on top of an old bookcase – it read 2:50 p.m. He thought to himself…
“Only ten more minutes. Only ten more minutes and my shift is over. If I’m lucky, maybe today’s shift will be a good one.”
Now, Eddie’s shift began at 1:00 p.m. and ended at 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. His main responsibilities were to assist customers, arrange inventory, and keep the place clean, which was what he was occupied with at the moment… Well, that – and counting down the minutes to 3:00 p.m.
You see, Eddie didn’t mind arranging inventory or keeping things clean. He could do that all day long and be quite content. It was assisting customers that made Eddie anxious. That’s why a “good shift” to Eddie was a shift that didn’t involve assisting customers or even seeing a customer. So far, today’s shift had been a good one.
So with only ten minutes left on the clock, Eddie remained pessimistically optimistic that this shift could actually end up being one of the rare and cherished “good ones.”
As Eddie continued cleaning various items arranged on various counter-tops, shelves, and display cases, he heard a faint, dissonant whirring sound coming from the back of the dimly-lit antique store. Intrigued, he slowly peeked his head around the corner of a large wooden dresser. He looked toward the dark hall that led to the back office where his boss, Kevin, worked behind closed doors.
As Eddie peered down the ominous hall, suspicion surrounding the strange noise began to fill his mind.
“What is that, a fan? No, it can’t be. The pitch changes too much. A radio? No, there’s not any static. Maybe it’s some sort of communication device…”
Then Eddie had an epiphany…
“Like an alien communication device!”
Now, granted, an alien communication device isn’t the kind of thing to jump into most people’s minds. But then Eddie isn’t like most people. Remember, he’s an overly-curious conspiracy theorist. And overly-curious conspiracy theorists are very good at coming up with creative explanations for things that seem out of place.
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