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Dishrags to Dirtbags is Brooke Santina’s first novel, and as it hits shelves, she couldn’t be more excited. A second-generation native Nevadan, Santina is a wife, mother, and deputy sheriff by day, and a fiction writer by night (and every other spare moment).
All her life, she had wished that there was something special she could offer the world, something marketable, but believed that nothing about her was unique. Then she entered the police academy and took a job working in a jail. While there, she found that the people in her life were fascinated by her stories of even the most mundane day-to-day work experiences. This gave her the idea of writing a book.
Santina earned a degree in speech communications from the University of Nevada, Reno and worked for four years as the spokesperson for the largest law enforcement agency in Northern Nevada. As a writer and public speaker, she’s passionate about sharing her message of empowerment and positive change with readers.
“My novel is my offering,” says Santina. “It’s truly a book from the heart. It’s based both on my knowledge of the police world and my desire to engage others to aim a little higher, take a chance, it’s the only way to know or reach your full potential.”
Santina dedicates Dishrags to Dirtbags to anyone who doubts their potential or their ability to achieve it. She is already hard at work on her second novel, a sequel.
When Beth Dolinsky’s military husband returns from deployment with post-traumatic stress and gambles all their money away, this mousy, church-going housewife and mother of twin boys has to take matters into her own hands. Against the advice of friends and family, 40-year-old Beth applies to become a deputy sheriff and embarks on the toughest journey of her life. Now, Recruit Dolinsky finds herself out of place in her new world, even though she no longer fits into her old one. As Beth fights for her family and her right to hold this position of strength, she must convince not only the inmates in the jail, but also the “squared away” sergeants and deputies half her age with twice the attitude, that she really can fire a gun, perform strip searches that would make even the toughest inmate squirm, restrain men twice her size, and control seventy criminals with the strategic use of the f-word. And in the process, Beth manages to convince herself that she can handle anything that comes her way. Dishrags to Dirtbags is a story of inner strength, motherhood, reinvention, and acceptance.
When Beth Dolinsky’s husband gambles all their money away, this 40-year-old, church-going wife and mother makes a radical decision: She’ll become a deputy sheriff. Now, Recruit Dolinsky must prove that she can fire a gun, perform strip searches, and control seventy inmates by yelling the f-word. In this story of self-discovery, Beth realizes that she can handle anything that comes her way.