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Friday, July 1, 2022

To Kingdom Come


                                                              To Kingdom Come

by Claudia Riess

 

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GENRE: Mystery

 

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BLURB:

 

Amateur sleuths, Erika Shawn-Wheatley, art magazine editor, and Harrison Wheatley, art history professor, attend a Zoom meeting of individuals from around the globe whose common goal is to expedite the return of African art looted during the colonial era.  Olivia Chatham, a math instructor at London University, has just begun speaking about her recent find, a journal penned by her great-granduncle, Andrew Barrett, active member of the Royal Army Medical Service during England’s 1897 “punitive expedition” launched against the Kingdom of Benin.  

 

Olivia is about to disclose what she hopes the sleuthing duo will bring to light, when the proceedings are disrupted by an unusual movement in one of the squares on the grid.  Frozen disbelief erupts into a frenzy of calls for help as the group, including the victim, watch in horror the enactment of a murder videotaped in real time.

 

It will not be the only murder or act of brutality Erika and Harrison encounter in their two-pronged effort to hunt down the source of violence and unearth a cache of African treasures alluded to in Barrett’s journal.

 

Much of the action takes place in London, scene of the crimes and quest for redemption.

 

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EXCERPT

 

“Dammit!” A mild curse barely audible, but loud enough to light up the frame around Timothy Thorpe’s image. “Sorry mates, bulb blew.” The overhead, it must have been, since the weaker source of light behind his computer was still there, softening his features and maybe for a millisecond the audience’s attentiveness as well, so that when the black line appeared just above his shirt collar it took another blip in time for brains to sort it out and reject the idea of a shadow cast by his desk lamp. Which would explain the silence before the first scream, coming from somewhere in the Zoom’s mosaic, a woman’s scream—mine, Erika realized. Likewise, a delayed reaction from Tim himself, gazing wide-eyed at the screen as if someone out there was experiencing the horror, not he himself, that is, before the black cord tightened around his neck and the impossible truth contorted his features like a funhouse mirror. 

 

And then the silence turned into the Tower of Babel, witnesses reverting to their native tongues, as gloved hands—surely visible from the start!—tugged on the cord and disappeared behind Tim’s neck to knot or entwine or do whatever was planned or improvised to cut off Tim’s air, while Tim clawed at his neck in an attempt to free himself, mouth open in a parody of Munch’s The Scream, except in Tim’s version it was a cry for help mimed to the restless viewers filling his computer screen, twinkling with their useless babble like Christmas lights. 

 

“OĆ¹ est-il—where is he?” Monsieur Robert Labeque cried, his red cheeks deepening to scarlet, his returning to the group’s common tongue a sign that rational interchange was being restored. 

 

“The museum—his office at the British Museum!” Ike yelled back, as if calling from across a football field. “He said they’re preparing an exhibit, staying late—I’ve got their unlisted number—seeing if I can rouse the damn security guards!” All the while fumbling with his cell phone. “They must seal off the exits. Museum doesn’t close for another half hour!” 

 

“Bastard, we see you!” Harrison shouted at the nondescript torso, mostly hidden by Tim’s body, rigid against the chair-back while his hands flailed like a mad conductor’s. How many seconds had passed—ten, fifteen? A lifetime. “Someone over there call 9-1-1—Olivia?” “I’ve already put in the call—it’s 9-9-9 over here,” Olivia advised, her calmness, real or staged, a reminder that order was possible. “I’m activating the recording option!” Ike bellowed. Shifting focus to his unresponsive phone, he shouted, “Hello? Hello?” Harrison tapped on Thorpe’s name and spotlighted his square. Instantly it filled the screen. He dove for his cell phone. “Erika, take photos!”His words sounded harsh, except she was thinking the same thing, already digging her cell phone out of her jeans pocket. “You video, I’ll take stills—oh God!” Outwardly, Tim had stopped struggling. But what was happening within? Her empathy was suddenly gripped by a primal curiosity, as if only by understanding Tim’s encounter with death could she prepare for her own. “Go!” Harrison prompted. The command cut off her connection to Tim like a dropped call, and she aimed her cell’s lens at his motionless figure in the more useful role as witness to a crime. As she prepared for the second shot, she realized that others were following Harrison’s and her lead. 

 

On screen the assailant’s gloved finger pressed against Tim’s neck, feeling for a pulse. Apparently satisfied, he or she swiftly removed the cord from around the victim’s neck and made adjustments to the distribution of weight so that the body would not slump forward. Mission accomplished, the individual glided out of Tim’s camera range, leaving Tim, in jacket and neatly knotted tie, to stare blankly into space with only an angry red bruise above his shirt collar to suggest what had just happened to him.


 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

A prolific writer and published author, Claudia Riess brings her unique voice and creativity to a new work, Stolen Light.

 

Credentials include two books she wrote and illustrated A Child's Garden of Sex bought by Grove Press and Happy Birthday Princess Penelope bought by KDI- Lion Press. Her novel, Reclining Nude, was published by Stein and Day.  Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author of Awakenings commenting on the book, wrote: "exquisite and delicate…it is a most courageous book, full of daring--a daring only possible to a passionate and pure heart."

 

Over the years Editorial credits for Claudia include: Editorial Assistant The New Yorker magazine and Holt, Rinehart and Winston; editing; The Renaissance Antichrist--Luca Signorelli's Orvieto Frescoes, Princeton University Press 1995--and subsequent J. Riess works on the Italian Renaissance and Signorelli; Friends of K-12 Poetry, a collection of winning and selected poems from the Westhampton Free Library poetry contests and an upcoming compendium of stories and poems from the library's Celebrating the Written Word contests.

 

A graduate of Vassar College, she was President of the Philosophy and Modern Dance Clubs. Additional education included studies in Literary Criticism and Theory of Reading and Writing Standard English Braille. She went on to teach at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind and later, Modern Dance at the School of Cultural Arts in Westhampton Beach.

 

Claudia presently lives with her husband in the Hamptons and New York City. She is currently working on several new writing projects. 

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Pride of Lyon's

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Enter the world of the most notorious gambling den in London, where matches are made... unusually. Welcome to the world of THE LYON'S DEN: The Black Widow of Whitehall Connected World, where the underground of Regency London thrives... and loves.

What’s a young lady to do when a powerful lord tries to abscond with her and make her his mistress?

When you’re Miss Honoria Quinn, you leap from his carriage and run like the wind to find some place to hide. Trouble is, Honoria mistakenly chooses The Lyon’s Den, a disreputable gambling house as her sanctuary, a move that ends up with her having to make another choice at the hands of the Den’s match-making proprietor Mrs. Dove-Lyons: wed a complete stranger or become the lord’s mistress.

No good deed goes unpunished…

Thomas, Lord Braeton agrees to attend a wager at The Lyon’s Den only to keep his brother-in-law out of trouble. What he doesn’t count on is becoming embroiled in one of Mrs. Dove-Lyons’s schemes to marry him off. But when he tries to come to the aid of another peer, Thomas finds the only honorable thing he can do to save Miss Quinn’s reputation is put aside his hopes for a love match for himself and instead offer to marry her.

As Thomas and Honoria set out on a wary journey to matrimony, can they learn to live together and hope love will grow between them? Or are they doomed to a loveless marriage of convenience from which one or both will want to escape?
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“I can be very generous with you if you are equally generous with me.”

Then, quicker than a striking snake, he sank his mouth onto hers.

Completely shocked, Honoria couldn’t think what to do, leaving Lord Danford to take full advantage of her paralyzed body. Thrusting his tongue into her mouth, he plundered here and there, then pushed incredibly deeply into her throat until she almost gagged. Meanwhile, he slid his hands up onto her breasts, squeezing them until they ached, even through her clothing. At last, he released her right breast and that hand suddenly tried to worm its way underneath her skirts, his fingers brushing her knee, her thigh…

That touch, on her most intimate flesh, acted as a bucket of cold water thrown in Honoria’s face. She gasped as though coming up for air and was suddenly free of the deadly paralysis. Rearing back, she brought her arms up between them, planted her hands squarely on his chest, and heaved him across the carriage into the opposite corner. His head hit the windowpane with a crack, eliciting a groan from the man.

Lord Danford slowly sat up rubbing the back of his head. He cocked his head and frowned, like a puzzled hound. Without hesitation, Honoria grabbed the door handle, wrenched it downward, and threw it open.

The cobbled pavement flew by with dizzying speed, but she had no other choice. Taking a deep breath, and sending up a fervent prayer, she jumped.

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Jenna Jaxon is a best-selling author of historical romance, writing in a variety of time periods because she believes that passion is timeless. She has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories.

She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets--including two vocal cats, one almost silent cat, two curious bunnies, and a Shar-pei mix named Frenchie.

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The Chasm

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They thought the biggest problem they faced was each other.

After Bleu, Rana, and their new friends narrowly prevent war between the star beings and humans, they hope the upcoming negotiation will secure the peace. Newly emerged from their subterranean haven, the Northern Haven humans are clearly not suited to Earth’s ice age, and require assistance from the enlightened star beings to survive long term on the Surface. But Commander Savas doesn’t trust the suspiciously kind star beings and their unexplainable abilities. When both sides reluctantly negotiate a joint mission to find the other Havens, Bleu must somehow cooperate with the manipulative commander to keep his friends safe.

As their team confronts unexpected dangers, Bleu and his teammates begin to suspect the star beings don’t know as much about the Surface as they claimed, while Rana is torn between remaining true to her nonviolent ways or becoming more human to survive. When an unnatural predator attacks, even the nearly all-knowing Kalakanya can’t explain it. Now the team must pull together or their new discovery will pull them apart, limb by limb.

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Neviah gaze narrowed. “You do know you’re doing a good job, right?”

He snorted. “So far, we’ve managed not to kill each other.”

“Considering Savas tried to nuke them a few weeks ago, that’s a huge accomplishment.”

He laughed, but she was right. It was amazing they hadn’t yet attacked each other. “Okay, let’s hope we can all continue to stay alive.” He turned to leave, then spun back. “Listen, if the choco doesn’t work to keep you awake while piloting, call back to me, and I’ll come entertain you. All right?”

Her smile was radiant. “Entertain me? Hmm. That sounds good. A whole lot better than stressing about flying across an ocean that hasn’t been crossed in centuries. Perhaps I should just give the choco back to Savas now?”

“Noooo. Choco is too amazing to lose.”

“Oh, so now we’re sharing it, eh?” She poked him with her stylus. “You want some of my choco?”

“Only a fool would say no to that.”

“Hmm. To the choco or to sharing it with me?” She lifted an eyebrow expectantly.

He shrugged and looked away, too riffled by her mood to answer properly. Her persistent flirting embarrassed him, and she always interpreted that to mean he liked her back. “I need to help pack up.” He left before she saw him blushing. Ugh.

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As a young girl, Branwen wanted to become an ambassador for aliens. Since the aliens never hired her, she now writes about them.

Branwen OShea has a Bachelors in Biology from Colgate University, a Bachelors in Psychology, and a Masters in Social Work. She lives in Connecticut with her family and a menagerie of pets, and enjoys hiking, meditating, and star-gazing. Her published works include Silence of the Song Trees, The Calling, The Cords That Bind, and The Chasm.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

For Better & For Worse

 


For Better & For Worse

by Quint Emm Ellis

 

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GENRE:   Christian Romance

 

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BLURB:

 

These ex-lovebirds are busy building a nest for one. But can she be convinced to make room for him, too?

Despite attending the same congregation and university, Ashe and Stephen's circles had never seemed to cross.

One class project changed everything...for the better; until secrecy and youthful indiscretion pulled them apart.

Will an unexpectant reunion in their adult years allow Ashe and Stephen to rewrite a history riddled with regret and heartbreaking choices?

 

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EXCERPT

 

“It’s open, Dear. Come on in. We’re all in the backyard,” she heard an unfamiliar woman’s voice say over the doorbell’s integrated camera and intercom system.

 

“Oh,” she responded, bending down a bit to look into the camera as she resettled the pan in both hands. Unsure if the ghost that’d just occupied the device was still there, she decided to err on the side of caution and manners. “Thank you.”

 

 

Rebalancing her offering on one hand, she wrapped her free hand around the cool, metal door knob. The scent of bar-b-que, the sound of laughter and an overwhelming sense of home and comfort greeted her as she took her first steps inside the cozy home. Her shoulders relaxed as she continued to follow the sounds of something sizzling on the grill and of voices that felt both familiar and foreign.

 

“Ashe?”

 

Though Ashe paused, the hairs on her skin slowly stood on end. 

 

That didn’t sound like Josiah or Liam. And yet, she recognized that man’s voice from somewhere. She tilted her head to one side, blinking through a fog of memory.

 

“Ashe,” the voice insisted.

 

Recognition rippled down Ashe’s spine; she knew who was standing just a few feet behind her.

 

And if she could have just kept walking, she would have; but her body betrayed her— turning of its own volition to meet the source.

 

The world became dull except for the man who carefully stood from his chair, tossing his book upon the seat’s cushion before striding toward Ashe. He stood in sharp contrast against the scenery that seemed to have become a blur. When he stopped, he was so close she could catch a faint whiff of soap intertwined with a husky, sweet aroma. 

 

He changed colognes, came the wayward thought in Ashe’s mind.



A Word With the Author



 1.Did you always want to be an author?

 

No. I’ve enjoyed writing since I was a child. I still remember one of my early short stories. It involved the surprising origins of sand on beaches and God scratching his head! But I don’t think I ever, truly, saw myself as taking up the endeavor as a genuine author. I think that always seemed like too much of a magical and mighty mountain for this mere mortal to ever seriously attempt to climb.

 

 


2.Tell us about the publication of your first book.

 

My first novel was developed over the course of several months while I had started a new job in a brand new field. The book served as a sort of anchor; an outlet where I could regain a sense of confidence and balance that can be easily shaken whenever we’re in the midst of unfamiliar territory. In writing, I felt at home. I felt comfortable. I felt accomplished. And I really, really liked the story and the characters I was working to develop. In late 2021 I decided to see if there were other readers, like me, with whom the lead characters resonated. I hoped that I might be filling a small niche for introverted, sweet female lead characters who get hurt, who get confused, who suffer setbacks as well as personal triumphs and who love good men who want to love women well.

 

I also really like a good illustrated cover; so I definitely wanted that, as well!

 

I published my first novel in November 2021. I’ve been writing and publishing consistently ever since; with my latest work, “For Better & For Worse” being released on June 30th, 2022.

 

 


3.Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre you write in?

 

I attribute my actually accruing the gumption to write and publish my first romance novel to one book: “A Crazy Little Vacay” by Rena Manse. It was one of the few (if not first) romance novels I’d read featuring a black female lead character who was an unabashed introvert (not shy, just introverted); and where her and the male lead’s sincere faith in Christ was very evident, though not overwhelming. Each of the characters portrayed seemed pretty grounded and believable. And even the way the would-be villainous was handled was far more mature than what I’ve typically read. It was refreshing; and I think I hope to replicate that same feeling for readers, myself.

 

 


4.What's the best part of being an author? The worst?

 

The best part of being an author is being able to visit worlds and share in the lives of people you enjoy. When you’re really flowing, you’re creating your own little vacation. The worst part about being an author is the learning curve; I’m positive that in the years to come, I’ll look back at earlier works and note both reasons to celebrate and to grimace. But I hope that will be the case throughout my career; because it’d mean I am continuously learning, honing, gleaning from others and growing. It’d mean that there’s always room for me to grow, too. And that’s exciting.

 

 


5.What are you working on now?

 

My latest release, “For Better & For Worse” is the third installation in my “Sisterhood of the Tiny House Revolution” series. 

 

With that book releasing into the world on June 30th, I am now developing the final installment in the series, featuring the most free-spirited member of the “Sisterhood”: Rachael.



 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." 

- Toni Morrison

 

Quint Emm Ellis enjoys penning plots centering around unabashedly nerdy, introverted, cinnamon-roll mantic, passionate, fallible women who happen to be black, who happen to be Christian, and who happen to love an uplifting and, possibly, inspirational story. 

 

She enjoys listening to audio books, watching movies, finding great deals and spoiling her cat and dog rotten. Her dream is to be able to walk around in loose pajama pants all day and geek out while mastering niche crafts like music production, film editing and electro etching.

 

Website: https://QuintEmmEllis.com

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Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/QuintEmmEllis

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Beyond the Book: Not a Fan

Do you enjoy reading about other writers, their bios and writing process?

In short, no, I don’t. I’ve read biographies before, but most of them bored me to a certain degree. The ones I have read I did so because I thought it might help my own writing process. I actually even tried to copy one author whom I admired, but her writing process was so different from my own that I ended up struggling to even get started. At that point I decided that I was myself with my own way of doing things. Why should I copy someone else? I’ve picked up a few tips along the way that I did adopt, but they fitted into my own way of doing things. As I read over this I think it makes me sound a little arrogant, as if nobody could teach me anything because I know it all. That really isn’t what I’m trying to convey. I guess I’m trying to say that I can’t be someone else. I’m me, and while I can pick up some tips and tricks from other authors, I can’t copy anyone’s writing process.

If an author wants me to read a biography, it has to be a short one. If I see a huge amount of text under an author’s picture, I don’t usually read it. Give me two, maybe three, nice paragraphs and let that be it. If I like what I read and want to know more, with the Internet I’m sure I can find out what I’m curious about.

A few years ago I read Mary O’Hara’s autobiography. Why? Because she wrote some books that I loved, and I wanted to find out more about her. She turned out being a big surprise to me. I had a preconceived idea about who she was, and I was partly right, but l also found out some things that I never would have guessed. 

I’ve also liked learning about an author named Gladys Taber. She had a column in a national magazine for many years, but truthfully I’ve never read the magazine articles. I picked up one of her books at a library sale, and I liked it so much I ordered everything I could that she wrote. She wrote a series of books about her country home in Connecticut, and later books told about her life at Cape Cod. It wasn’t really a biography, but I learned a lot about her through her writing. 

My son wants me to read a biography of John Adams, but even though I love history I don’t want to read it. I couldn’t get through a biography of George Washington either. I did read one of Thomas Jefferson, but I was like in the sixth grade, and the book was age appropriate. It had lots of nice pictures too!

I guess I’ve rambled enough. What about you? How do you feel about biographies and other author’s writing processes? 


Monday, June 27, 2022

Thumb Fire Desire


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by Carol Nickles

 

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GENRE: Historical Romance

 

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In the Spring of 1881, indigent seamstress Ginny Dahlke arrives in one of the earliest Polish American settlements-Parisville, Michigan. Deemed charmless and awkward by her mean-spirited sister-in-law, Ginny disparages her chance of securing love. But sought-after widowed farmer Peter Nickles is enamored by Ginny's perseverance, her pioneer spirit and, her inclusive acceptance of the indigenous peoples of Michigan. The seductiveness of a buxom heiress, a twisted story of an old-country betrothal, and the largest natural disaster in Michigan's history-The Great Thumb Fire of September 5, 1881, challenge their fledgling attraction and ultimate committal.

 

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EXCERPT

 

“Watch your step. Watch your step, please,” the steward beckoned from his place on the platform, offering his arm to leave-taking passengers. Ginny stepped down. The heel of her kid leather pump caught in the juncture of the aisle floor and the train ladder’s top step. The blankets in her arms dropped onto the backs of the descending nuns. Her valise—weighted with a treasured book collection, conveyed from her father’s study, and two pounds of beef jerky wrapped in butcher’s paper—whacked the starched veil of the woman who spoke on her behalf. The target’s knees buckled. The nun tumbled face down on the back of her traveling sister.

 

Ginny toppled next. Mark Twain’s bestseller, the Dahlke family Bible, and a cracked leather-bound copy of Aesop’s Fables fluttered open and sailed into the congregation of the fallen.

 

From behind them, platform-roosting farmers rushed to retrieve the books, the butcher paper, and the integrity of three ladies.

 

A man resembling her father’s daguerreotype tugged Ginny by the shoulders and plucked her from the rubble. She clasped his neck and crushed her bonnet against his cheek. “Joseph,” she whispered, kissing a prickly cheek and whiffing aromatic cedar. She sneezed.

 

“Ginny, so glad you made it safely, even though the very last step of the journey is a sure-as-hell chance you’re going to Purgatory.” Her brother laughed, claiming her. “I mean, Ginny, you almost killed some nuns—nuns, for God’s sake,” he whispered as he tipped his hat to the black-and-white-clad women scurrying to a waiting wagon.



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What are you working on now?


Currently under contract with The Wild Rose Press is a sweet holiday romance featuring students who meet at a Santa School.  And yes, readers, Santa Schools do exist!  

Beards, Brunscrackers, and Snowflake Kisses, a novella-length story, part of The Wild Rose Press’s Holiday Cookies series, is expected to release in Fall 2022.

 

 

Also in the works is Past Preserve Us set in 1968 on a major Michigan University campus.  Thirty-four-year-old widow and single mother to five-year-old Joey, Jeannie Parks presides over the Historic Textile Collections at Five Lakes University.  As a member of the Search Committee for Museum faculty, she reviews the vita of Dr. Nicholas Bailey, an applicant for the Museum Mammalogist position.

On an already hectic Spring morning, Jeannie hurries across campus. She comes perilously close to a collision between an errant male jogger clad in tight-gray shorts and a bicycle-riding student. She admonishes the runner for what was an avoidable collision.  The jogger resumes his wayward path. 

Three hours later, the jogger appears before Jeannie as candidate Dr. Nicholas Bailey.  Expertly clad in tailored clothing, he turns the head of textile aficionado Jeannie. Nicholas is hired. 

As colleagues, Jeannie and Nick are brought together on several occasions. They serve on the same committees.  They work in the physical structure of the Five Lakes Exhibit Museum.  They mingle at faculty and staff events.  Each one recognizes a romantic attraction to the other.  But Nicholas is engaged, and Jeannie is a grieving widow, reluctant to invest in love again.   

In northern Michigan, a private benefactor donates his vast collection of Michigan historical artifacts to Five Lakes University. Jeannie and Nick travel six hours and spend several days overseeing the acquisition transfer. A box labeled Viola Smith, Camp Cook holds a diary and a stack of unopened letters from the 1930s. The letters reveal a forty-year-old secret hidden from a young man, named John, who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps on Isle Royale. Jeannie is intrigued.

During their stay, Nick and Jeannie join the local museum staff in celebrating Heikki Lunta, the Finnish snow god. They mingle with a raucous crowd at a community bar and let their hair down. On their way home, they encounter an epic snowstorm. Forced to stay in a secluded, one-bedroom, fire-lit cabin, they succumb to their passions. 

Once home, the new lovers are besieged with work chores and second-guessing the romantic element of their relationship. Jeannie determines to reunite the letter-writing lovers so cruelly kept apart decades ago.  She tracks down John, the Civilian Corps worker, and tells him about the box of letters he never received.  Meanwhile, another colleague finds the letter writer, Margie, and gives John her phone number.  

On a star-studded night on the Five Lakes University campus, Nick and Jeannie step out in star-studded clothing to hail the opening of the Michigan Nightlife Exhibit.  Jeannie’s crew has prepared a stellar presentation of costumes depicting sleeping, night work, and social activities of Michigan natives, among them—long-john pajamas, nursing scrubs, and gowns worn by Detroit Motown performers. On the mammalogy end, Nick and his students constructed scenes of nocturnal mammals with dazzling displays of nighttime vision and camouflaged nests.  

At the party, Nick’s fianceĆ©, the bombshell heiress Elizabeth Harcourt grips his arm like a kudzu vine and scans the scene like a redtail hawk.  She flags the intended covert gazes shared between Nick and Jeannie.  Then, recognizing an opportunity, Elizabeth follows Jeannie into the lady’s room and disperses unwarranted detail about Nick’s romantic prowess and the benefits Nick’s beloved endangered animals will receive from her father’s financial gifts once they are married.  Stricken and shaken, Jeannie retreats.  

The barometric changes in Nick and Jeannie’s relationship continue until one night, Jeannie calls Nick in despair.  Gunther, Joey’s puppy, is grievously ill.  Can he help? Nick hurries to Jeannie’s home, administers emergency measures, and rushes the near-death puppy to the veterinarian.  The puppy survives, and in their shared relief, Jeannie and Nick realize they want to make a life together with Joey and Gunther. 

Reunited by determined museum staff,  lovers John and Margie bask in their lives’ unexpected turn of events.  Margie introduces Daniel to his father, John. John and Margie marry. Newlyweds Nicholas and Jeannie, their son Joey and the northern Michigan museum staff, attend the wedding. The celebration rivals the festive winter commemoration of Heikki Lunta.

Although not yet contracted, Past Preserve Us garnered a finalist ranking in the 2022 Florida West Coast Writers Contest.  

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Carol Nickles is the sixth generation of a German textile aficionado family.  In 1881, her great-great-great-grandfather founded Yale Woolen Mill—the longest-lasting of Michigan’s once twenty-nine woolen mills.  Carol earned a Master’s degree in Historic Clothing & Textiles at Michigan State University.  Her thesis is a narrative of the Yale Woolen Mill. She held faculty positions at both Utah and Michigan State universities. She lives in West Michigan and enjoys spinning a tale, weaving a story, and threading a luring hook. 

 

Website: www.carolnicklesauthor.com

Email:  carolnickleswriting@gmail.com

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Twitter:  @CarolNickles

 

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The Breaking Point

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Write Now Literary is pleased to be organizing a two-week book tour and $25.00 Amazon Gift Card for The Breaking Point with co-author Carolyn Coleman. The book tour will run June 20-July 1, 2022.


ISBN: 978-1737093145

Published by: Thy Word Publishing (April 14, 2022)

Genre: Nonfiction, Inspirational, Book Collaboration, Anthology


ABOUT THE CO-AUTHOR





Carolyn Pickens Coleman is a daughter, wife, mother, sister, cousin, friend, and co-worker from Bessemer, Alabama. She has a B.S. in Nursing from Samford University and an M.A. in Health Service Administration from Strayer University. Carolyn is a member of the Birmingham Black Nurses Association, Inc., serving as the Chairperson of the Outreach committee, and is the current President of the Bessemer Public Library Trustee Board. She has a big heart and volunteers in her community.

Carolyn has more than 36 years of experience as a critical care nurse and spent five years as a nurse case manager. She worked with hospital administrators to establish plans regarding complex patient cases, concentrating on outcome management, utilizing best practices, advocating for patients. She is also an adjunct instructor.

Carolyn is the author of four books a series about Gentry who faces her life choices, as we all do, Happiness Hurt Healing, The Re-Entry of Gentry, Gentry’s Journey, and Gentry’s Circle of Friends. For Carolyn, writing is cathartic. She enjoys reading and staying active by line dancing, walking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Carolyn joins a group of esteemed authors in The Breaking Point and hopes that her chapter will give you the insight to find your passion and purpose for a meaningful life.


ABOUT THE BOOK



The Breaking Point is Endorsed by Les Brown


Have you ever arrived at a place in life where you knew you were created for more, and you were hungry for more? You knew you possessed greatness, but the life you’d been living didn’t mirror the life you desired or even deserved? These authors, who share their stories in The Breaking Point, wanted more in life. Yes, they were broken, afraid and flawed, but decided to believe in themselves. They wanted to live in their full purpose and potential, and did what was required to obtain it. With strong conviction and passion, they made the necessary turns and adjustments because they wanted more from life. This book will inspire you to bet on yourself and push forward, despite what you face, knowing that you have what it takes to steer the course of your life in the direction you deserve. 

 Les Brown Speaker, Author, Trainer

BOOK BLURB


The Breaking Point is stories by men and women on how they came to that turning point and were able to over- come adversity and reach their own personal break- through in life. Each story will encompass their unique struggle of how they overcame the challenges to find that you had the courage, the power, and the resolve to build your life again. This book will serve as a potent reminder that everyone has the power to choose which direction they want for their own lives.

These twenty women and men, some first-time authors, said yes to the transformation; yes to the stretching; yes to going back to those dark places that brought them pain. Because they knew what they experienced wasn’t just for them, but it was for others who will come behind them needing those words to pull them up and help them move to a place of wholeness. These authors are writing from a place of victory, a place where they are no longer the victim.

 

CO-AUTHOR CHAPTER: EXCERPT

DISCOVERING MY STRENGTH  


My mind was all over the place; life as I knew it was about to change. Not wanting to move. Not knowing what to do next. Getting up meant moving. I did not want to talk to anyone. Talking meant explaining, answering questions. 

That is not who I am. Sometimes you have to reconcile some things within yourself before you can communicate with others. Just because you are comfortable with a situation does not mean that is where you belong. It can sometimes mean you are settling. 

Why should I settle? Newness brings anxiety. I wondered why I had these feelings, because I had detached long before he spoke those words. One thing for sure, I knew moving forward I had to find my strength and my worth.


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