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Volume 3, number 1 (Spring) edition of the Blue Ridge Writers Journal is available.
Volume 3, number 2 (Summer) edition of the Blue Ridge Writers Journal is avalable,
Waiting on Nantucket is the poignant memoir of a struggling writer who drifts amongst a cast of fascinating characters on a magical island.It is also the story of one man's struggle with debilitating
Depression and how he learns to manage it.A major part of his therapy is accomplished through the love and devotion of his best friend, a black, long-haired daschund cocker spaniel named Mystery.
R. Morgan Armstrong
During the summer of 1955, death came to town. Reporters circled soon after. Some would snatch tidbits and fly away; others would stay for the full feast.
The first body was embedded into the soil of a field of dandelions, grass, weeds, and stalks of volunteer corn. Hidden like a bug crushed by a rolling pin into soft dough. The earth, unlike dough, was more accepting of the intruder. It sipped from the offering before scavengers could deprive it of its due. A herd of cows retreated to a more distant piece of their world of square corners and wire. The human, who provided them hay and a little treat of sweet feed, would become an occasional memory. For now, the body was undiscovered. Not yet noticed by birds or animals, spectators or police. Just a corpse, partially buried in a field.
Richard F Ranellone
Captured in the African desert Battle of El Guettar, the German corporal Erich Keppler must survive POW camp in Texas. The Americans follow the Geneva Convention's rules, but the real danger is within the camp-Nazi, anti-Nazi, and neutral-minded POWs. Erich clings to his dream of working as a rocket engineer to sustain himself through his service to the homeland. Germany incurred punishing devastation during these years, and in 1945, Erich returns to an impoverished, starving country, where his dream has little hope of succeeding. Erich struggles with ideas of how to fit his life into postwar Germany. His family tags him as an outsider, enamored with life in America. Disgusted and despondent, he tenaciously pursues a life-changing opportunity and discovers he is not an outsider. He is free
Francesca is divorced, agnostic, and newly hired to teach communications at St. Jerome's, a small Catholic college. She wants to recover from her divorce and advance her career. To her surprise, she also develops a warm friendship with a priest and begins to question her spiritualism at a weekend retreat.
When a young American nurse quits her job to travel through Europe for three months, she could not have anticipated the adventures awaiting her. She certainly could not have predicted that a chance meeting with a shy Dutchman would evolve into a connection that would last for over 50 years. Although their lives have unfolded separately, they remain important in each other's life. Through letters and occasional meetings, their connection persists as their lives are lived along parallel tracks. The story is told in the current time as tragedy threatens and they determine they must be together one more time
The first volume in a five-volume fiction series, COMING HOME, is now available on Amazon.com in paperback and e-Book formats. It is entitled ROCK LION WOLF. If you read to learn or to escape, this story will teach you things you never knew and take you places you've never been.
J. Elizabeth Vincent
Reluctant heroine Mariah Griven has finally accepted the responsibility for saving her people from tyrannical King Rothgar. With her powers growing quickly, she sets out to find allies who can help her free the children enslaved by the king. However, Queen Cenessa of Cillian has her own plans for the High Chosen. Fighting manipulation from all sides, Mariah must find the strength to stand on her own and protect those who mean the most to her. War is coming to Whitelea, and Mariah is at its heart.
A shapeshifting, epic fantasy adventure about friendship, family, and sacrifice
$11.99 on Amazon
Special Agent PJ Morley and Mexican gang leader Alvaro Lopez grew up worlds apart in every respect except one. Early in life both learned about good and evil. They saw there was a chasm between the two that couldn’t be traversed without potentially fatal consequences. Now, from opposite sides of the chasm they face each other, knowing they must cross, praying they survive.The two men are brought together on the dank basement floor of a police station in the Bahamas. One savagely beaten, the other with a bullet wound, courtesy of the corrupt island police. Now, their lives, and more importantly the lives of those they love, are inextricably linked. Both are unknowingly involved with a serial killer, a monster who has plied his grisly trade for over a decade. While the monster has spent years mastering techniques of torture and death, he has not overlooked other aspects of his vocation. He has developed and implemented a nearly flawless system which includes a tripwire, and a means of diverting suspicion if law enforcement were to closes in. He has been meticulous and taken everything into consideration in the execution of his plan; everything that is except, A Sense of Justice.
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