Dishrags to Dirtbags, Brooke Santina’s first novel, tells the story of a meek housewife’s plunge into the often dangerous and mostly crazy world of law enforcement.
As the book finally hits shelves and e-readers, 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 on the weekends, holidays, 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 nobody else could write, and it’s based both on my knowledge of the police world and my desire to empower others to take chances.”
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 follow-up to Dishrags to Dirtbags.
“A surprisingly intimate view of the relationship and mutual respect between this deputy and her inmates. It’s a must-read!”
~Rosalie Pope, Author of Puppies for Sale $25, winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award
“Through my career as a business owner, state assemblywoman, and even first lady of Nevada, there were tough times when determination and perseverance carried me through. In Dishrags to Dirtbags, Beth is tested, finds her inner strength, and transforms to succeed in a male-dominated world, and with all odds stacked against her. I can relate to her character and appreciate this witty and touching story.”
~Dawn Gibbons, Former First Lady of Nevada
“A story to which any woman who has considered reinventing herself can relate. Dishrags to Dirtbags weaves a story proving transformation is not only possible, but it’s worthwhile as well. It’s fantastic. Like a good first date, it leaves you wanting more.”
~Sarah Johns, Anchor, KOLO-TV
“A story that needs to be told! An adventure of personal growth told from a unique perspective. A housewife transitions from one very important job to another and learns just how big her world has become. Each of us could take a lesson in perseverance, drive, and humility from this character. Dishrags to Dirtbags is a fun and interesting read.”
~Michael Haley, Sheriff of Washoe County
Available in print & ebook.