Monday, October 28, 2019



Gibson Baker had it all. A beautiful house in Seattle, a beautiful girlfriend and a steady teaching job.

But when Gibson’s loses his job and his girl on the same day, he’s forced to crawl home to Eugene, Oregon.

At least Mom’s happy to see him.

His successful realtor sister, Hope, is not impressed and makes it clear he needs to land another job, and soon! Dempsey, Gibson’s best friend from high school, arrives with promises of ‘the opportunity of a lifetime’. Dempsey wants to open a restaurant. But Dempsey’s dreams are always that – dreams. And Gibson’s not eager to get involved in yet another doomed venture. Until Gibson’s childhood sweetheart, Gail shows up.

What starts out as a wild dream, a desperate plan and a dare, soon takes on a life of its own. With Hope’s help, the trio of misfits finds the perfect spot for the restaurant, but as the grand opening approaches, each must face unresolved issues from their past.

Can they pull together and grow beyond their previous failures, or will they give up their dreams to do the safe and responsible thing?

Book Details:

Title: Dempsey’s Grill

Author: Bryan J. Fagan

Genre: comedy/romance       

Publisher: Foundations Book Publishing (August 26, 2019)

Print length: 324 pages


A few of your favorite things: corn on the cob on a summer day; my daughters laughter; Saturday mornings.
Things you need to throw out: moldy bread that has more hair than me; memories of my one and only blind date; my one and only 8-track tape. 

Things you need in order to write: two Oranges; pot of coffee; hazelnut creamer; two favorite pens and one sheet of typing paper.
Things that hamper your writing: pen running out of ink; out of oranges; no coffee and/or hazelnut. 

Things you love about writing: the challenge.
Things you hate about writing: see above.

Easiest thing about being a writer: listening to the characters speak.

Hardest thing about being a writer: admitting that the story isn’t ready to be told.

Things you love about where you live: I’m from Western Oregon. The sound of the rain is music to my ears.
Things that make you want to move: Eugene is a big city. I’d love to move back to the country.

Things you never want to run out of: laughter.
Things you wish you’d never bought: a witch’s hat. Don’t ask. It was the 1980’s.

Words that describe you: funny; determined; adventurous.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: loud.

Favorite foods: steak; German Chocolate Cake; cherries.
Things that make you want to throw up: peas.

Favorite music or song: Def Leppard; Motley Crue; The Cars; The Sundays.
Music that make your ears bleed: Rap. Don’t ever go there.

Favorite beverage: diet Dr Pepper
Something that gives you a pickle face: hot tea.

Favorite smell: fresh cut grass; sawdust.

Something that makes you hold your nose: silage—yuk!!!

Something you’re really good at: creating a story out of a single word.

Something you’re really bad at: anything math.

Something you wish you could do: go back in time and play football at my high-school.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: date bad girls.

Something you like to do: crash on the couch and watch a movie with my daughters.

Something you wish you’d never done: attempted to fix the lawnmower. Let’s just say it was a long day.

People you consider as heroes: my grandparents.

People with a big L on their foreheads: people who talk but don’t listen.

Last best thing you ate: thick-cut steak—yum!!!!!

Last thing you regret eating: late night Taco Bell. I keep forgetting I’m not in my 20’s anymore.

Things you’d walk a mile for: a good knee so I can walk a mile.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: spiders. Yes, I’m one of those.

Things you always put in your books: a broken person who heals.

Things you never put in your books: harming an animal.

Things to say to an author: I just ordered your book.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: How much money do you make?

People you’d like to invite to dinner: people who make me laugh and think.

People you’d cancel dinner on: people who do not make me laugh or think.

Favorite things to do: exercising; talking to friends; listening to my daughters tell me about their day.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: vacuuming.

Things that make you happy: writing.

Things that drive you crazy: wondering why I’m not writing.

Most embarrassing moment: asking a woman when she was due. She wasn’t. 

Proudest moment: holding my first born for the first time.

Best thing you’ve ever done: stop being scared.

Biggest mistake: letting a friend down.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: sliding down an icy hill.

Something you chickened out from doing: sliding down twice.

The last thing you did for the first time: balanced a cucumber on my nose.

Something you’ll never do again: balance two cucumbers on my nose.



Bryan Fagan is a former Chevy Chevette owner, a culinary arts degree holder, and a one-time journalist. He is also a failed magician. He could never make the rabbit disappear. His adventures in life have allowed him to create funny and loving characters that he hopes you will enjoy.

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