After the tragic death of his wife during a robbery at his Chicago condo, mystery author Eric Ballard accepts an invitation from his brother-in-law to spend time in the small town of Red Cedar Cove. Eric is hoping the new atmosphere away from memories of Claire will be the incentive he needs to write again. When a young boy’s dog digs up a human bone on an island just off the shore of Lake Michigan, whispers of what happened to two girls who disappeared twenty years before begin to circulate. On the other side of town, Cheryl Foster seeks answers about her past. When the results of her DNA kit point to the most prominent family in Red Cedar Cove, Cheryl isn’t prepared for the reaction she receives when she starts asking questions. Eric is soon in the middle of two real-life murder mysteries, mysteries that make his books seem tame by comparison. Will he be able to unravel all of the clues before more lives are lost?
James R. Nelson was raised in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula. The solitude of living in the woods helped him develop a love of reading and an interest in authors and writing. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree and then went on to obtain a Master's Degree in Education. He is a board member of the Brevard Author's Society and of the Space Coast Writer's Guild, a member of two writing groups, and teaches a class - How To Write Your First Novel.
Roger Pyles, forensic expert and part-time crime investigator, is frustrated at finding the wrong bodies just as he’s finally getting his long-awaited archaeological dig started. But unexpected corpses will be the least of the problems he’ll soon face, professional and personal. “These are the times that will try men’s souls,” Thomas Paine said. Will Roger succeed against his newest challenges?
Great trials can have the seeds of good hidden deep in them. Little can Roger realize how these untimely troubles will lead to his next great adventure.
Murder at Seminole Pond, my newest in the Florida Murder Mystery Series, is now available for pre-order on Amazon, e-book, and paperback. Target date for availability is Aug. 17. Happy camper, here! Send an email address to be added to his author's email list for notifications.
From the keyboard and the very talented fingers of Joanne Fisher comes her ninth book, Magnolia Blossom.
Valdosta, Georgia – 1863. While America is ravaged by the chaos of the Civil War, Magnolia Mae (or Maggie, as she is lovingly called) suddenly becomes a young widow and inherits her parents’ plantation. Surrounded by scheming neighbors, connivingly jealous southern belles, and unscrupulous slaveowners; Maggie Mae is a sparkling diamond in the mire of prejudice and hatred. She repays with love, kindness, and compassion. A staunch abolitionist, she treats her slaves with dignity and respect, ignoring the centuries-old tradition of oppression and bondage. When a handsome young Yankee named Wesley appears, he tosses her into a tumultuous sea of passion, delight, anxiety, and unshakable defiance of the ways of the South. Find out what happens when a forbidden love challenges the evils of slavery and bigotry. This riveting page-turner takes you to a land devastated by war where a forbidden love blossoms.
Never tick off a paparazzo with the ethics of a demented dingo!
Izzie Greene never wanted the limelight. As a caterer for Poe, the top-rated U.S. TV show, she has background player down pat. She loves spoiling the cast and crew with her goodies and fantasizing about her celebrity crush, Poe's lead actor, Scotsman Cardwell Bennett. But mostly she loves her quiet, anonymous life.
Unfortunately, anonymous is no longer on the menu.
Izzie's personal life takes a jab when her ex-boyfriend shows up on set. Her career suffers a blow when she runs afoul of an unethical paparazzo. The personal and professional collide in a knock-out punch when her rumored romance with Cardwell hits the tabloids.
The rumors may or may not be true. Izzie certainly won't tell. Instead, she white-knuckles the flaming rollercoaster of fake news, her notoriety fueled by equal measures of constant scrutiny, speculation, and half-truths.
Held captive by the media, accident-prone Izzie struggles to keep her privacy, secrets, and sanity--not to mention her sense of humor--intact. With help from her best friend Delly, her temperamental cat Edgar, and backup from an unexpected source, she might just have the recipe for success.
If she can withstand the heat!
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein
Bing defines “change” as “the act of making or becoming different; convert, transform, adapt, modify, rebuild, reconstruct, refashion….”
Good writing requires authors to think outside of themselves, to adapt to different situations, and to convert preconceived perceptions to those that may be revealed on the other side of the coin. Otherwise, their words may be nothing more than petty cash.
This anthology from the Space Coast Writers’ Guild (SCWG) is a collection of poetry, inspirational and fictional stories, and memoirs about life, romance, family, and perceptions, and how the inevitable unpredictability occurring in most circumstances can bring about Change.
The Space Coast Writers' Guild is a network of writers dedicated to the same goal: helping authors realize their writing ambitions. Since 1982, the SCWG has provided activities to educate, develop, and promote its members.