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From the Editor...February 2017
Meeting people of substance that I have wanted to meet since moving to Columbus, Mississippi has finally happened. Last month, I was visiting a pub, The Elbow Room Lounge, in the heart of downtown, when Michael Williams, a film maker from West Point came in to put up a poster of his latest feature-length film, "The Atoning." It was actually for a screening at the local Cinema. I had been aware of his endeavors since the last film, called "Ozland." It was his first film, and it wasn't bad. I especially liked the cinematography, his ability. Something I'd been looking for if I could ever get a film made of one of my novels. That's neither here nor there. I met Michael and talked to him and attended his screening, exchanged emails with him, introduced him to my work. This month I met two other people of substance from Columbus: Fred Kinder and Ralph Null. I had been aware of them through several newspaper articles in the local paper, The Commercial Dispatch. They are not only "pillars of the community" but they're also activists on the matter of LGBTI rights, and when Governor Bryant signed HB1523, which was touted as being a "religious freedom" bill, which of course was a "freedom to discriminate and not be sued" bill, Fred and Ralph were on hand to speak out about that legislation. We were lucky that a federal court ruled that HB1523 was unconstitutional and barred the law from going into effect. Nonetheless, I've continued to realize that many people I have met here, including a nearby neighbor is a woman of substance, a good education, a laudable career, and progressive. In fact, I had coffee with her and an around-the-corner neighbor at the newly opened Books and Boards bookstore and pie shop in downtown Columbus. I knew Columbus would turn out to be a delightful place to live, and I have not been disappointed.
One of my regular writing habits is to continue posting articles on Postcards from Mississippi, a blog I created when I moved here. I hope you check it out. The most recent post is about the people of substance I just mentioned, as well as the gentle way in which February is giving way to March and how you can almost feel Spring pushing its way into winter.
Another of my regular activities is to attend the Writer's Guild writers' group at the Columbus Arts Council, every second Tuesday of the month. And as I meet more people and get settled into the social fabric of the town, I'm able to invite more people to the writers' group. Just this month, three new writers will be coming to the meeting.
I know that many of my readers have waited years for this book to come out, but it turned into three books, to round out and finish the Common Threads in the Life series with a total of seven volumes, bringing the story up to 2015. In September of 2016, I brought all three books in the Summer's Change trilogy out on the Kindle, and then some readers wanted to know when the three books would be coming out in paperback. So here they are. In the next few months, I will be issuing new editions of the first four volumes in the Common Threads series, which include Common Sons, The Blind Season, The Salvation Mongers, and The Gathering. Why? Because now that the series is finished, I can rework the covers and formats of the first four books to thematically match the excellent covers of A Summer's Change.
Readers have mourned that the series is now complete. Some of them have asked me to continue the series, somehow, some way. My answer now is that I'm considering two side-car books of two of the newest characters that made their appearance in A Summer's Change. Hint: Joe Welling and the Cowboys and Granny Mack and the Gas Station in the Middle of Nowhere. I can already feel that the Granny Mack book is going to be both light-hearted in some ways but also a heavy treatment of transgender issues.
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Books for March 2017
A Careful Heart
by Ralph Josiah
Gaines and Stephen Davis are as close as two best friends can be. Born less
than a month apart, they grew up as neighbors in a small northern New Hampshire
town. After college, they make their way together to Boston, craving the
excitement and fast pace of New England’s biggest city.
they get their bearings in Boston, Travis falls hard for Benson, a senior
executive at the financial services firm where he works. Benson is wealthy,
handsome, and well connected among Boston’s well heeled. At first it seems like
Benson is everything a guy could ever want, but behind that glossy veneer is a
dark side that threatens to tear Travis and Stephen’s friendship apart and change
their lives forever.
Divided Nation, United
1862. The War Between the States has been raging for nearly a year with no end
in sight. Philadelphia socialite Wilhelmina Fredericks is safe from the war’s
clutches, yet she feels compelled to do her part to bring the madness to an
end. Accordingly, she disguises herself as a man, takes up arms, and heads
South to join the fight. What could possibly go wrong?
Summers’s father and older brother are serving in the Confederate army. Forced
to look after her two younger brothers as well as the small Tennessee farm the
family depends on for its livelihood, Clara has no time for or interest in
love. Then she meets a handsome Union soldier named Wil Fredericks, and her
loyalty to both her family and the Southern cause is put to the test.
you knew the gods worked from a building in Santa Monica, California, would it
fury Alectho (Alec) Graves has been tasked with saving the world, when she
isn’t out seeking justice for those innocents who suffer at the hands of
evil-doers. If she fails in her mission, those she loves will cease to
Perkton is a philosophy professor in Los Angeles. She lives an ordinary, well
scheduled life, and knows her place in it. When Alec appears, the world she
thought she knew becomes a very different place.
Alec and Selene put aside their differences, or will the evil lurking in the
shadows manage to pull them apart?
Duncan has sworn off love and forever since she discovered her wife—her
ex-wife—cheating on her on their tenth anniversary. Sydney Hyatt doesn’t even
do overnight. She attracts women effortlessly, then discards them after an hour
or two of mutual pleasure. They meet at a party celebrating Parker’s divorce,
and they’re tailor-made for a no-strings encounter. Yet when their paths cross
again, lightning strikes, and both women begin to question their life rules in
the face of undeniable passion and growing love.
demons past and dangers present threaten the lovers, and Parker and Sydney must
fight to find new traditions in dark spaces as they cling to the relationship
neither of them thought she wanted.
Love in Disaster
New Orleans for a conference, exhausted English professor Kit Kelly has been
going through the motions in just about every regard for some time now. She’s
tired of her job and sick of sleeping around, and her life is starting to feel
like one long, stale rerun of similar days and nights. A chance encounter with
Teddy, a local chef, stirs an enthusiasm for life she hasn’t felt in a long
time, but news of an impending hurricane threatens to disrupt what they’ve just
Kensington owes four hundred hours of community service for a joyride gone
wrong. Jordan Rice has no time for younger women with trouble written all over
them no matter how sexy they might be, even if she is in desperate need of more
hands—and more funds—to keep her community garden project alive. Kip’s past
follows her into Jordan’s carefully constructed, and safe, world, disrupting
Jordan’s orderly life and threatening to uncover all the secrets she’d locked away:
secrets she guarded as closely as her heart. Together they discover the only
way to build a future is to make peace with the past.
Sins of Our Fathers
A. Rose Mathieu
Elizabeth Campbell turned her back on her silver spoon upbringing and finds
emotional fulfillment in her work at a nonprofit legal clinic, much to the
dismay of her parents.
propensity for bending the law, as well as uttering a few choice phrases, makes
her pairing with a Catholic priest to investigate the case of a simple man with
an IQ of a child, who confessed to a brutal killing, a challenge. But solving a
gruesome murder is not even her greatest trial—it’s her growing attraction to
sexy but cranky Detective Grace Donovan who is hell-bent on keeping her client
chasing a mystery that found its way from the concentration camps of WWII to an
abandoned Catholic school, Elizabeth and Grace struggle to set personal
boundaries, as their relationship slowly evolves from one of hostility to
indifference, to something neither wishes to define.
The Sniper’s Kiss
is 1944, and vast armies drive each other back and forth over blood-drenched
the midst of it, two radically different women meet, one a Russian speaking
American on a failed diplomatic mission and the other a Soviet sniper. The
American, fleeing a sordid past worthy of Dostoyevsky, has murder in her heart
but has injured no man. The other, a once-saintly believer, has killed a
hundred of them for Stalin. Their politics are worlds apart, but a reckless
drunken kiss has tied them together, through church and trench, incense and the
smoke of battle. If they survive the war, can they survive the peace?
Jessica L. Webb
can’t seem to stop worrying about Kate. Instead of obsessing over things she
can’t control, Andy takes on a unique case involving a troubled troop of cadets
from the RCMP training academy. The troop is tightly bonded, especially since
the recent death of a fellow cadet. They are also hiding a secret, and Andy has
been tasked with uncovering it. When Kate unexpectedly shows up as part of the
team supporting the troop, Andy has to find a way to balance her job and her
heart. As the conspiracy is exposed, a medical emergency brings Kate and Andy
closer together even as the troop begins to fall apart.
Dr. Kate Morrison Thriller
Worthy of Trust and
Kara A. McLeod
an incident on her last protection assignment, Special Agent Ryan O’Connor’s
life is in shambles. Her sort-of ex, Det. Lucia Mendez, was killed, and the
guilt she feels is crushing. Her current girlfriend, Special Agent Allison
Reynolds, is upset about something, but Ryan doesn’t know what. She’s on light
duty because of her own injuries, which severely limits what she’s allowed to
do. And what little sleep she’s getting is plagued by horrible nightmares of
recent events that confuse as much as terrify her.
tries to put her emotions on the back burner and focus on discovering who was
responsible for Lucia’s death, but life keeps derailing her efforts. When Ryan
finally manages to get to the bottom of who shot her, she inadvertently
discovers the truth will indeed set you free. But not until it’s finished with
you. And before it does, it’ll royally piss you off.