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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, in a follow up to his first book, Drunk Log, Mark E Scott takes readers on the next 8 yours of Jack and Aria’s story, as they survive their First Date.

First Date

First Date by Mark E. Scott on The Table Read Magazine
First Date by Mark E. Scott

ir?t=jjbarnes 21&language=en GB&l=li2&o=2&a=B0C51MTY7XOn a dark and snowy night, having survived a fall from a suspension bridge into the currents and debris of the Ohio River, Jack and Aria find themselves shivering on a riverbank. While they should have been dead, they were lucky enough to slam into an anchored barge.

Emerging from the water stunned, bruised and still somewhat drunk, they must work their way through the muck of the riverside to solid ground. While just minutes earlier, Jack had been fully intent on ending it all, he now finds himself clinging to Aria for dear life — a life he feels just might be worth living after all.

Mark E. Scott’s new book, First Date, follows Jack and Aria through the next eight hours of their harrowing, ludicrous and poignant lives, as they are confronted by an over-zealous sheriff’s deputy, the formidable Nurse Rita, and an inebriated priest with anger management issues, and are forced to navigate the immediate aftermath of their bifurcated bar crawl through a blizzard.

First Date is the second installment in Scott’s three-part, Day in the Life series, following the twisted saga of Jack and Aria unfolding over a combined period of 24 hours. Haunted by suicide, remorse and unanswered questions: Jack And Aria know these answers are not to be found in the bottom of a bottle. As secrets are revealed, and souls are bared, these answers remain elusive. For now, they only have each other, a dollar store notebook and a teddy bear.

Mark E. Scott on The Table Read Magazine
Mark E. Scott

Book One, Drunk Log, was released in 2022 and traces the first eight hours of Jack’s unsteady march toward his intended demise.

Mark E. Scott

Mark E. Scott was born in the small manufacturing town of Galion, Ohio, before joining the Navy and spending four years traveling the world aboard the USS Mount Whitney. After returning home to southwest Ohio, Scott enrolled at Miami University and completed a degree in Education, before becoming a banker.

Now living happily in a condo in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnat, he enjoys writing, finding new and creative ways of tricking his children into answering their phones, and anything related to travel and outdoors. Recently, he has been enjoying tumbling down snow covered mountains while dragging otherwise perfectly good skis behind him.

Find more from Mark E. Scott now:

For more information, please visit, or connect with him on Instagram (markescottauthor) and Facebook (Mark E. Scott, Author).

Drunk Log



First Date




Publisher: Speaking In Volumes, LLC

Release Date: May 26, 2023

ISBN: 978-1645408406 (paperback)

ISBN: 978-1645408390 (e-book)

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