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THE BEACHSIDE PD BOOKS

 

Beachside PD is a series filled with tension, distinctive wit, unforgettable characters, and an intriguing romance. If you are a police procedural series fan who prefers a dose of realism along with hard-hitting action, and savvy dialogue, it’s guaranteed you’ll be wanting more from this unique father and son writing team.

With the ease of master story-tellers, this unique father and son writing team brings you into to the world of Beachside PD as they weave intricate stories of reality-based crimes. 

BEACHSIDE PD: THE RELUCTANT KNIGHT 
Danny Phillips, an ambitious scoundrel is determined to live the high life, but when his high-powered investment company on Wall Street crashes, he is forced to follow in his father’s footsteps as a police officer. The last thing this charming entrepreneur wanted to be was a cop, but when his old friend, Angelo Tedeschi, convinces him the city of Beachside is a ripe plum for guys like them, he reluctantly agrees. 

Thanks to the crooked Captain Hagen, and his unexpected bravery in the line of duty, he is promoted to the rank of Detective Specialist in charge of the Missing Persons Bureau. His complex relationship with fellow officer Anna Perez and an encounter with Rudy, a badly scarred young boy, slowly begins to soften his amoral behavior. But he hasn’t reached redemption yet and when he ignores a string of missing children cases, he is suspended from duty. Battling his inner demons, this flawed knight begins a quest to track down the perpetrator.

Everything readers have come to expect from a tightly constructed police procedural is on full display in a compelling tale of corruption, murder, and redemption.

BEACHSIDE PD: THE GYPSY HUNTER 
A savage murder . . . a cocaine-crazed Gypsy on the run . . . lives are at stake and the clock is ticking . . . only one man can find him . . . the man Gypsies fear more than any other—Mike Zaragossa: The Gypsy Hunter. 

Based on a real police officer, no other cop has ever penetrated the mysterious and dangerous world of the Gypsies as he has. It is as if he’s traveled the caravan roads with them from town to town, learned all of their secrets, and now he has shared them with us.

BEACHSIDE PD: CITIES OF SAND AND STONE 
A fascinating prequel—that tells the story of Angelo Tedeschi, a Brooklyn Mafia soldier, who goes to Florida to become a cop.
BEACHSIDE PD UNDERCOVER: 
A series of home invasions . . . Police officers gunned down in broad daylight . . . A call for help to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement . . . the Special Police and Law Action Team is assigned . . . SPLAT—cops who shoot first, ask no questions, and steal what isn’t nailed down. SPLAT.

What happens to Danny Phillips when he has to adjust his moral compass as he goes undercover? That’s the dilemma Danny Phillips faces when he joins SPLAT. Can he resist the temptation to return to his free-wheeling days of scams, blondes, and bourbon?! At the same time, Mike Zaragossa, The Gypsy Hunter, is back solving the cases of a kidnapped Gypsy girl, arson, and a Gypsy-aided terrorist plot to destroy the Kennedy Space Center.

 

 

THE BEACHSIDE PD BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AS PRINT AND ALL EBOOK FORMATS.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT BEACHSIDE CITY

 

If you look at the police badge on the home page, it says that the city of Beachside, Florida was established in 1861. That is not true—the city of Beachside, Florida was created in my head in 2010 when my son David and I wrote the screenplay, The Reluctant Knight.
 
Danny Phillips describes Beachside as:
 
   “I liked Beachside, except for the humidity. It was on the ocean about ten miles east of Interstate 95. The main drag through it was Beachside Boulevard, north to Fort Lauderdale and south to Miami Beach. A lot of traffic ran through it moving drugs, illegals, guns, and tourists.”
 
Of course in reality that would put Beachside in the Atlantic Ocean, but otherwise it is no different from any other southeast Florida city. Richer than most, but with the same crime problems endemic to that part of the state. And as such, Beachside is based on an amalgamation of several small cities.
 
It is described in this excerpt from “Beachside PD: Undercover:”
 
   “Mace, you have a report on this grid—Beach Isles and Beachside.”
   Mace shuffled his papers. “Danny, feel free to jump in.”
   “Okay.”
   “As Beach County was being populated first by an expanding Miami population, a group of developers grabbed off a large choice area that had a protected cove. They built high-rise condos, gated communities, marinas, waterfront shops, and restaurants, and incorporated as the City of Beachside in 1994. The area is about 4.6 square miles including the cove. The main attraction is the Beachside Mall, the sixth largest mall in the country and extremely successful. The median income is one hundred and thirty-five thousand dollars per annum—that’s third highest in the country.”
   “The mall is a magnet for bad guys from all over the state,” added Danny. “At any given time we have at least ten officers on-site because the mall has a security force of only eight, per shift. They have a sweetheart deal with the city and that keeps their security costs down and our budget up. Those staffing numbers are higher for holidays.”
   “What types of crime are you seeing there?”
   “Crimes against People and Property. A lot of shoplifting, car break-ins, stolen vehicles, and I.D. theft. One time I stopped a car in the parking lot and found over a thousand stolen IDs and credit cards. Turned out that they started in Connecticut and were working their way down the I-95 corridor.
   “The mall’s multiplex theaters draws gangs up from North Miami and Miami Gardens so we had to enforce both a no gang colors rule and alternate days for major gangs to attend. It’s being challenged in court. One more thing, drugs are flooding the city, especially the schools.”
   “Thanks, Danny.”
   “Beachside population is an estimated forty-two thousand.”
Mace picked up another file and continued, "On the other hand, Beach Isles is one of the newest cities to incorporate in Beach County. It first started out as an affordable bedroom com- munity for Beachside until the developers got in on the action and built expensive one family homes. Population, a hair over twenty-three thousand.
   “Both cities have seen a seventy per cent rise in drug-related and violent crimes in the past forty-five days. That includes the murder of two cops and several fatal home invasions.”

 

 

 

ABOUT BEACHSIDE PD

 

Beachside PD is a full service department including road patrol, detectives, SWAT units, as well as a noted forensics lab.

Danny Phillips, our Reluctant Knight, is an ambitious scoundrel who is determined to live the high life, but when his investment company on Wall Street crashes, he is forced to follow in his father’s footsteps as a police officer.

The last thing this charming scoundrel—whose only ambition is to drink bourbon and chase blondes—want to be is a cop, but when his old friend, Angelo Tedeschi, convinces him the city of Beachside is a ripe plum for guys like them, he reluctantly agrees. Thanks to the crooked Captain Hagen and his unexpected bravery in the line of duty, he is promoted to the rank of Detective Specialist in charge of the Missing Persons Bureau.

 

His complex relationship with fellow officer Anna Perez and an encounter with Rudy, a badly scarred young boy, slowly begins to soften his amoral behavior. But he hasn’t reached redemption yet and when he ignores a string of missing children cases, he is suspended from duty. Battling his inner demons, this flawed knight begins a quest to track down the perpetrator. Is it enough or is it too late?

 

Anna Perez, hired in the department’s push for diversity, moves up the ladder from road patrol to Road Training Officer to Detective Specialist. There is no glass ceiling for this beautiful and ambitious single parent as she juggles the job and her rambunctious teenage daughter, Elysa.

 

Anna is drawn to Danny Phillips but his reputation is blondes-only and she is a dark-haired child of Puerto Rico. Growing up in Aguadilla, her dream was to be an ice-skater. But at 5’7” she was judged to be too tall. Her marriage ended when she became pregnant and her husband left her—never again to be seen.

We meet Anna’s daughter, Elysa Perez, at age 15. Missing a strong male image she acts in a provocative fashion to older men. Given her blossoming beauty this is a path best not taken.

 

Among the other continuing characters are:  

 

Lieutenant Mike Zaragossa, the Gypsy Hunter. He travels through their mysterious world dispensing justice for their victims and sometimes for them. The Gypsies call him Baro Ri which translates to Big Cop, a title of honor. He is not a Gypsy. He runs a small undercover squad that consists of Detective Sergeants Andy Bello and Valerie Gordon.

 

Chief Joshua Chambers Lawrence is originally is from Maine and he maintains his sometimes old-fashion ideas and habits. Initially he allows Captain Jimmy Hagen to run the department but eventually he becomes a hands-on chief.

 

Doctor Jenny Kuo, the Coroner & Head of the Beachside PD Forensics Lab. Jenny is a psychiatrist who retired from Beach County, as a profiler, to Beachside. Once there she took a part-time job as the coroner. She developed a first-class forensics lab when asked by Chief Chamberlain to do so. Her Crime Scene Investigators are considered to be the best in the county.

 

Sue-haye Rodriguez, is the senior CSI, is an expert at her job and has used forensics to solve several murders. She works very closely with the detectives.

 

Tasha Sanders, the Front Desk Sergeant. She is a divorced African-American mother of a teenage son. Tasha is capable, well-liked, and respected.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Aidan Fitzpatrick is considered to be the best detective on the force. He retired to Beachside after 20 years as an LAPD detective. He is also the head of the PBA.

 

The Seminole Indian characters all attend the fictional FSU Annex in Pembroke Pines and include:

 

Chocó tee “Johnny” Harjo    who first met Danny and Anna while working as a bouncer at the Viper Room. He is a trusted friend and plays football for the school.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Tiger is Johnny’s fiancée.

Rosie Running Deer met Danny and Anna when they jump-started a search for her missing sister, Chrissie Grey Otter.

Sergeant Raymond  Jimmie is a Seminole Police Officer who was a major part of the search for Rosie’s sister.

 

Also friends with the Seminole students are: Sam Mahina and his brother Dave Mahina. Two  Samoans who work as bouncers at the Viper Room. They are trusted friends and also play football at the FSU Annex.

 

Among the recurring Gypsies are:

 

Enrique Grant is the leader of a Gypsy Family and often works with Mike Zaragossa.

James Grant is the son of Enrique.

Miguel Johnson is a Gypsy Confidential Informant for Mike Zaragossa. Despite that, he continues to run Gypsy scams with his two teenage cousins: Jaime Johnson and Jelisa Johnson.

Xylina Johnson, no relation to the above Johnsons, is a Gypsy who was sold, in marriage, by her father to an abusive family. She ran away and is working in the Original Pancake House while she is studying nursing. Zaragossa often stops in and helps her.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES: THE BEACHSIDE PD TEAM

 

Writing and publishing 4 novels, as well as almost a dozen screenplays, in 7 years is no easy task and it was only accomplished by a team.  Writers, formatters, designers, publishers, teachers—not to mention the support of our resources: family, friends, the police officers who shared their stories, and of course are readers.

 

The series began when in 2009 son David, a full-time police officer and part-time actor, said to father Neil, recently retired and at loose ends. “Hey pops why don’t you write a screenplay for me.” And so the Beachside PD series started. Neil prefers novel writing, while David prefers screenplay writing.

 

The next person on board was Leo Streit, our website designer from compusolv.net

Compusolv is a company, formed in 1997, with big ideas. We are small enough to give you that personal touch and large enough to handle your biggest problems. We provide website development and e-commerce solutions. Our designers and technicians have been working in the field for years and are dedicated to providing your company with professional quality service. In addition we provide computer repair services, virus removal, computer upgrades and disaster recovery. We invite you to explore our website and view our current published sites. Feel free to contact us and receive a first hand an assessment of our services and skills.

He is Neil’s go-to computer and website expert and has rescued him many times with infinite patience. He is also the designer of our badge logo.   http://www.compusolv.net

Next on board was, ZiHong (Zee) Gorman, author of “The Altethlon Chronicles” (available @ Amazon.com).
Zee was born and raised in Southern China. Her love for fiction began at a very young age. By the time she started high school, she had read every single novel from the neighborhood novel rental. She then proceeded to seek out every foreign novel she could lay her hands on.
 
She went on to College to study English and later took a career in teaching. Her passion for language and literature eventually led her into writing. She has written short stories, poems, and essays, and is mildly published in China.

When she came to United States to further advance her education, she discovered the magical power of an entirely different kind of language—the computer language. That led her into a life-long career in information technology. And yet the writing bug has never left her . . . Today, Zee lives in Northern California with her husband and her daughter. She is and will continue to be an IT manager by day and a fantasy fiction writer by night.
 
As a member of the Beachside PD team she improved the Reluctant Knight cover and designed the covers for The Gypsy Hunter and Undercover. She also formatted the books for publishing and for her continued generous support we thank her.

 

The folks on Team Apollo at Createspace (Amazon) helped us to understand the publishing market.
 
Teachers included, Robert McKee and his intensive 4-day seminars on STORY and GENRE, Mark Coker of Smashwords, Gotham Writing Workshops, Ken Rotkop, BEA, The Writers Store in Burbank, UCLA Extension Writing Program, etc.

 

In The Reluctant Knight we introduced a minor Seminole character. In The Gypsy Hunter we had a sub-plot concerning the kidnapping and murder of a Seminole coed. As the books progressed these young people are continued characters. Author KiKi BelMonte-Schaller generously shared information re Seminole life  and culture helping us to keep the character portrayals accurate.
 
As a schoolgirl, KB Schaller, M.Ed., sold one-page stories to classmates for ten cents apiece.
 
Years later, her biographical collection, 100+ Native American Women Who Changed the World, would win a 2014 International Book Award, Women's Issues category.
 
Her novel, Gray Rainbow Journey, was a 2009 National Best Books Award for multicultural fiction. She is also author of Journey by the Sackcloth Moon, the sequel. She comments on book reviews for East County Magazine, is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, and a columnist, features writer and illustrator for Indian Life newspaper.
 
 
So many police officers have contributed their stories and experiences helping us to keep it real.
 
Then Lieutenant and now Major Bryan Pegues who, over bagels and breakfast, plotted a locked-room murder scenario with me (Chapter 10 in The Gypsy Hunter). The many hours he’s spent with me (Neil) has given me an understanding and appreciation of police work.
 
Mike Zaragossa (a pseudonym) the real life Gypsy Hunter who shared his stories for the first time with us. The Gypsy stories, in the 4 books, are reality-based and not exaggerated.
 
Mike “Eagle Eye” Leoncini who shared stories and became our proofreader and Neil’s weapons go-to expert.
 
Jaime Chalem for SWAT help and Harvey Arango for road patrol experiences; as well as police, firefighters, and sheriffs in Los Angeles who added their help.
 
And so many others—Thank you.

 

Bit-By-Bit is mentioned several times in the series.
 
ABOUT BIT-BY-BIT THERAPY

Bit-By-Bit (www.bitbybittherapy.com) is a real organization in south Florida that does wonderful work with all types of folks, especially their “Horses For Heroes,” a program that helps military veterans and their families by providing equine assisted activities and therapies.
 
“We strive to repay these brave warriors by helping them heal from & cope with the effects of war, injury, and disease through the gifts of the horse.