Complimentary E-book Offered, One Old Friend is Losing His Mind

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Novelist and retired attorney offers free e-book: Two Friends, Too Old. Lifelong pals face one’s mental decline and dangerous violence while the other makes tough choices.

Robert Scott and Fresh Ink Group announce the unlimited free e-book downloads of his first novel, Two Friends, Too Old, through August 8-11, 2013. “Frank” is a 65-year-old enjoying his golden years until he finds old friend Clay savagely beating his own dog, the first symptom of a dangerous spiral into creeping dementia and unprovoked bursts of horrific violence. Frank’s wife, Lucille, adapts to aging with quiet grace, unaware of any threat Clay might pose to her family. Dirt-poor farmer Will strives for simple dignity in coping with his own wife’s terminal illness—until he crosses paths with Clay at his very worst. Pharmacist Matt knows risky psychotropic drugs might help Clay, but Frank figures Clay will resist, so he makes potentially tragic choices about what to do and how much to say.

The Two Friends characters are each conflicted by multiple motives, author Scott explains. “If one motive is good and the other is bad, is that character a good person or a bad person?” The story is grounded in friendship, even as it explores the darker edges of aging and growing dangerously selfish. It looks at how fate shapes our lives, and the consequences of lies, even told for the best of reasons.

“I was planning to write a light short story about two old friends spending a day with one granddaughter,” Scott explains, “but then the story turned dark, and I began to develop characters around that theme.” Indeed, Frank desperately wants to prevent what seems inevitable, but as sweet little Shelley gets caught in the middle, her grandfather’s options narrow and everybody runs out of time.

At 67, Robert Scott had to squeeze writing his first novel into an active outdoors lifestyle. Living in North Central Washington State, he spends much of his time adventurously, including skiing back-country and paddling rivers as far as Oregon, British Columbia, the Arctic, and even Cambodia. After a long law career immersed in telling “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” plus writing law-review articles and non-fiction for an on-line magazine, he enjoyed “unshackling myself from facts to venture into the realm of fiction.”

Scott cites Theodore Dreiser’s novel An American Tragedy and the Mike Nichols film based on Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as inspiration for this taut tale of conflicting loyalties and the consequences of secrets as means to an uncertain end. He hopes the story resonates with people over 65, and those with family and friends approaching the years where issues of aging catch many by surprise.

Scott enjoys hearing from people about Two Friends, Too Old as well as their own experiences and stories, so he looks forward to more readers discovering this compelling novel through the free e-book giveaway. Contact him through his pages at, or through his Facebook ( and Twitter accounts (@robbiehscottjr). “If nobody likes what I wrote,” Scott quips, “maybe I’ll take up another profession like long-haul trucking.”

Free e-book editions are available only through August 8-11. Published by Fresh Ink Group, Two Friends, Too Old (ISBN: 978-1-936442-11-9) is also available now as a 128-page perfect-bound trade paper edition cover-priced at $9.70 through all major e-tailers and print distributors worldwide.

Fresh Ink Group is an imprint of The Fresh Ink Group, LLC, a multi-media publisher and collective of authors, artists, and content experts who work together to help enhance, produce, and promote each other’s best work. Fresh Ink Group offers myriad streams of author support and how-to guidance such as the writers’ community, plus newsletters and more. Contact Fresh Ink Group at (817) 488-1448, info(at)FreshInkGroup(dot)com, or P.O. Box 525, Roanoke, TX 76262.

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