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Guilt, Hope and Redemption
Underpin Dark Comedy

Mark E. Scott | Author

Author Mark E. Scott

Born in the small manufacturing town of Galion, Ohio, author Mark E. Scott lived in various burgs in Ohio and Michigan before joining the Navy and spending four years traveling the world aboard the USS Mount Whitney. Upon returning home to southwest Ohio, he enrolled at Miami University and completed a degree in Education, only to become a banker soon thereafter. Mark now lives happily in a condo in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati.


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First Date

A day in the Life


It was a dark and snowy night, and Jack and Aria should have been dead. Instead, they find themselves shivering on a riverbank, having survived a fall from the bridge into the currents and debris of the Ohio River. Lucky enough to slam into an anchored barge, they emerge from the water stunned, bruised and still somewhat drunk. Now they must work their way through the muck of the riverside to solid ground. Fully intent on ending it all just minutes before, Jack finds himself clinging to Aria for dear life—a life he feels just might be worth living after all.

Follow Jack and Aria through the next eight hours of their story—hours harrowing, ludicrous and poignant—as they grapple with law enforcement, EMTs, firemen, and the medical system. Confronted by an over-zealous sheriff’s deputy, the formidable Nurse Rita, and a drunken priest with anger management issues, they are forced to navigate the immediate aftermath of their bifurcated bar crawl through a blizzard.

First Date is a story of individuals haunted by suicide, remorse and unanswered questions: questions whose answers are not to be found in the bottom of a bottle. Secrets are revealed and souls are bared, but answers are still elusive. For now, they only have each other, a notebook and a teddy bear.

Drunk Log: Guilt, Hope and Redemption Underpin Dark Comedy

Drunk Log is the story of Jack Current, a young engineer who has decided to end his life, but not until after a final bar crawl through his downtown Cincinnati neighborhood.

Accompanying him during his final hours is a dollar store notebook. The Drunk Log. In it he documents the evening, ruminates on his existence, and remembers his seven-year-old nephew, who died exactly a year earlier. It is a loss for which he feels responsible and for which neither he nor his family are willing to offer forgiveness. Unable to make amends or unburden himself of the oppressive guilt, Jack has come to the conclusion that jumping off a bridge into the Ohio River would make things easier for everyone.

Jack’s evening begins at his local watering hole, where a gregarious bartender named Aria, with whom he shares a mutual attraction, takes a surreptitious peek at Jack’s journal. Sensing Jack is headed to the same doom that claimed her sister, Aria decides to intervene.

Tracking him down in the middle of a winter storm, Aria and Jack finally meet on the freezing, snowy bridge, where an unexpected moment of baptism and rebirth brings them even closer together.

Can they emerge from their individual cocoons of loss and suffering, save each other, and rewrite their stories? This dark and hopeful comedy, which takes place from happy hour until midnight, is continued in Books Two and Three, as the unexpected, twisted saga of Jack and Aria unfolds over a combined period of twenty-four hours.

Drunk Log
Publisher: Speaking In Volumes, LLC
Release Date: February 2022
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Drunk Log
Burning Buildings

Burning Buildings

Jason Kubrick is an aggressively complacent, middle-aged banker who believes nothing will ever change. Until it does. Jolted from his comfort zone by a series of misfortunate events, he is lead down a path of personal destruction, putting friendships, his job, and even his freedom at risk. Set in Cincinnati, Burning Buildings is the story of a man who can't seem to get out of his own way but whose semi-charmed existence tends to leave him virtually unscathed, either due to sheer luck or the good graces of unseen guardian angels.