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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Books That Changed My Life with Rick Van Etten #guestblog #lifechangingbooks

The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley. As close to perfection as any private eye novel could be.

Shibumi by Trevanian. I was a big fan of all of Trevanian’s work, but Shibumi tops the list. The character of Nicholai Hel is the gold standard by which all other fictional assassins should be measured, and my only regret is that Trevanian never wrote a book in which his other brilliant assassin, Jonathan Hemlock, crossed paths with Nicholai. 

In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke. Hard to pick a single favorite from Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series but this is certainly one of the best, with a nice touch of the supernatural that Burke pulls off without becoming ridiculous. Burke is a superb stylist and he gets extra points for this book’s super-cool title.

Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune. The first “big book” (i.e., chapter book) I read as a youngster, and the first of many more by Terhune I would read and re-read over the years. Kick-started my lifelong love affair with dogs.

Big Red, Irish Red and Outlaw Red by Jim Kjelgaard. Young adult novels that set me on the course of becoming an upland bird hunter and an Irish setter owner—to date I’ve owned seven Irish setters, spanning more than 50 years. Also led to my becoming the editor of Gun Dog magazine for a total of 20 years.

The Upland Shooting Life by George Bird Evans. For many years I re-read this book just before the beginning of each hunting season. Evans was a master stylist and his work contributed to my desire to become a writer, especially in the outdoors field.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Agree with Hemingway’s statement that this is the great American novel. The chapter titled “You Can’t Pray a Lie” includes what I believe is the one of the most poignant passages in all literature, capped by Huck’s agonizing decision (spoiler alert): “All right, then, I’ll go to hell.”

The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Far more than a dog story; a classic of literature that I taught in some of my English composition classes. Many passages are almost lyrical and the ending is breathtaking…at least I think so.

Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse. Recommended by a dear friend to whom I’m forever indebted. Another book I re-read every few years.

Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore. A fun, delightful, sometimes silly romp with a powerful underlying message about what truly matters and what doesn’t.

A Time to Stand by Walter Lord. I’m an Alamo nut (thanks no doubt to the Disney-inspired Davy Crockett craze of the 1950s) and have read every book I can find on the subject. Lord’s book is the definitive work, in my opinion, poignantly capturing the courage and glory of a group of men making the ultimate sacrifice in the face of hopeless odds.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming. Again, hard to pick a single favorite from Fleming’s James Bond novels—I’ve re-read all of them many times—but the bittersweet quality of OHMSS makes it stand apart. That said, the next one in the series, You Only Live Twice, runs a close second.

Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour. This one doesn’t really qualify as life-changing, but it’s one of those books that was worth reading just to get to the last line, which had me doing a fist-pump and proclaiming, “Yes!”

The Killer in the Woods
A Robert Vance Novel
Book One
Rick Van Etten

Genre:  Crime Fiction/Mystery

Publisher:  Proud Point Press
Date of Publication:  June 1, 2020
ISBN:  978-1-7348269-0-6
Number of pages:  254
Word Count:  78,000
Cover Artist:  Eric Labacz

Book Description: 


Robert Vance is a magazine editor who works from home and lives in a house full of books. His neighbors think of him as a quiet, unassuming man. His passion for pheasant hunting with Preacher, his German wirehaired pointer, is typical of sportsmen living in the Midwest. But what isn’t so typical—and what his neighbors don’t know—is that occasionally Robert hunts something besides pheasants.

Robert hates bullies and injustice. When someone has a problem with either, he or she can hire Robert to make the situation right.

But Robert isn’t—in his own mind—just a contract killer. He lives by a set of rules that dictate who, where, and why he can kill. So when a well-meaning citizen discovers Robert’s latest target and winds up being charged with the killing, Robert must take steps to ensure the man’s freedom.


Excerpt Chapter 1

The money is good, but that’s not why I do it.
Kill people, I mean. That’s what I do, and I’m very good at it. And yes, the compensation is usually more than adequate.
But don’t start jumping to conclusions. I’m not a spook. I’m not some ex-Agency, ultra-ultra-deep-cover, government-trained assassin who got my start in the military and, having discovered a unique talent, couldn’t let it go. Nor was I ever encouraged by my “Uncle” to put my special skills to use for the common good, in which capacity I might still have the occasional brush-up with colleagues who might or might not be among the so-called good guys and might or might not be people I should trust.
No. I don’t play at espionage. I don’t call secret phone numbers and get my orders from people who use lots of acronyms and won’t allow their names to be spoken aloud on an open line, and I don’t have hidden files tucked away somewhere that I can use as leverage if I find myself running afoul of a power player. I never served in the military, and the extent of my contact with the government consists of filing my income taxes every year, renewing the registration on my SUV and voting in the occasional election. The few times I’ve been called for jury duty I’ve managed to get myself excused.
Sounds pretty dull, doesn’t it? You’re right; it is. And that’s by design.
If you saw me on the street or in a restaurant or a shopping mall or an airport—and there’s a reasonable chance you have seen me in some of those places—you’d most likely give me no more than a passing glance. There’s quite a bit about me that’s just plain average—size, looks, clothing. I wear glasses, and my hair is getting thin on top.
I dress comfortably and rather conservatively. I recently became eligible for Social Security—I’m old enough to have served in Vietnam, but I was in college at the time and my number in the draft lottery was high enough to keep me there.
I don’t go out of my way to attract attention, but neither do I live an introverted, reclusive life. I’m not married, but I date casually, and I occasionally get invited to parties and cookouts and can hold my own in a conversation on a variety of subjects. People usually laugh at my jokes, and I keep myself reasonably well informed about most current events. I read extensively, and my house is full of books.
I also have a Browning gun vault full of shotguns, but those are primarily related to my regular job—I’m the editor of an outdoor sporting magazine, a “hook and bullet rag,” as such publications are irreverently referred to within the publishing industry. I’m a bird hunter by avocation, and a six-year-old German wirehaired pointer named Preacher—for Clint Eastwood’s grizzled character in the movie Pale Rider—shares my home.
Sometimes I use one of my shotguns for something besides upland game or waterfowl. That’s a safe enough practice, as I’ll explain later. When a shotgun is too large for the job at hand—when it’s necessary to get up close and personal to the target, in other words—I’ll occasionally use a handgun. But I never keep these after the job is finished. That’s Rule Number 3.
I travel a good bit for my job—I get quite a few invitations from advertisers throughout the hunting season, and by taking advantage of these invitations I’ve hunted in many locations and at many top-drawer facilities around the world. Sometimes—not frequently, but once in a while—my two jobs overlap. The advertiser picks up the tab for my hunt (in exchange for some editorial ink), and by staying an extra day or two—usually on the pretext of visiting an old childhood friend or a seldom-seen relative and always at my own expense—I manage to take care of the other assignment while I’m at it. It doesn’t happen that way very often, but it’s convenient when it does.
OK, so if I really don’t do it for the money, why do I do it?
There are two things I can’t abide in this world—a bully, and injustice.
The two often go hand in hand, and when I encounter either, I bristle. When someone else has a problem with either, he or she will sometimes seek me out to make the situation right.
Over the years, I’ve become very good at this. And that’s my real motivation—the feeling of satisfaction that comes from having done a job well, righted a wrong, balanced the scales or eliminated an oppressive threat.
It’s my way of leaving the world a little better place than I found it.

About the Author:

Rick Van Etten is a former college English instructor, corporate communications professional and retired magazine editor whose numerous articles and features have appeared in Gun Dog, Wing and Shot, Sports Afield, Ducks Unlimited, Game and Fish, Petersen’s Hunting, Farm and Ranch Living and Reader’s Digest. An Illinois native and lifelong upland bird hunter, Rick now lives in Iowa with a middle-aged Irish setter and an elderly tortoiseshell cat. The Killer in the Woods is his first novel.

CARNIA by Jay DeMaarten

Jay DeMaarten

Genre: Dystopian
Publisher: Storywell Press
ISBN: 978-1-9990165-2-4
Number of pages: 80
Word Count: 13500

Tagline: Only proven fighters win mates. Cain isn't a warrior, but he's going to fight for a chance to win a partner

Book Description:

Cain wants an Evite—a woman—of his own. In a world where mating is strictly controlled, he must follow the rules and enter Carnia; New Eden’s prestigious annual mating festival.

Many fight for the privilege, but few are chosen.

After a humiliating defeat, Cain’s best friend shows him another way—albeit a secret, forbidden way—to get into Carnia. A way that might offer Cain an opportunity to win a mate, or cost him everything.

Because not only must Cain prove he’s worthy to take part in Carnia…
…he must also survive it.

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Excerpt Chapter 1:

Cain landed hard on his back amidst shouts and jeers. The dirt felt cold against his skin, and his opponent—a short and muscular boy named Zak—danced menacingly around him, daring him to get back on his feet. At first, Cain didn’t budge. He was paralyzed by the noise of the crowd, which was quickly turning into a mob. The crowd consisted mainly of Adamite youth. They had gathered in the gymnasium to watch one of the many bouts that took place in the month prior to Carnia. At seventeen, Cain was now at the age where he could compete for the privilege to be chosen for Carnia, but so far things were not going well. Beyond the crowd of Adamites, Cain noticed that some of the Elders were watching from the elevated seating nearby. They were all dressed in white tunics, which was the customary dress. All Adamites wore some variation of a tunic, but the Elders’ tunics were a bit more elaborate, some of them adorned with decorations along the fringes in special colours to mark status. And unlike Cain, who was covered in sweat and dirt, they were unblemished. One of them, a bald-headed man, shook his head in dismay. Cain knew what that meant, and a torrent of fear and emotion washed over him. He curled himself into a ball and started sobbing. Displaying such emotion did not help, but he could not control himself.  He wanted nothing more than to be swallowed into the earth.
“Get up, sissy! Are you an Evite?” Zak taunted. The crowd chimed in as well.
“Mother’s boy!”
That last one hurt, because nobody among the Adamites ever had a mother. To be called a mother’s boy meant you were somehow one of the Evites. And sometimes Cain wondered if, in fact, he was. He continued sobbing, and as he buried his face in his oversized boxing gloves, he began to wish he was an Evite. He wished he could live amongst them because at least then he would never have to prove his masculinity.
“Get up!” Zak repeated. “What’s the matter with you? I barely hit you.”
The referee, who was a small boy, knelt beside Cain and began the countdown, slamming his palm into the dirt floor, kicking dust into the air each time. Cain did not move. When the referee declared Zak the winner, cheers erupted. The crowd hoisted the victor up onto their shoulders and carried him off. Cain had his eyes closed the entire time, but he could hear the noise slowly receding.
When Cain finally opened his eyes, everyone including the Elders was gone, and all he saw was a tall, wiry young man with dark hair standing above him. Through pain and tears, Cain recognised him. It was Abe, his best and only friend since early childhood. Abe held out his hand to Cain. “You ready to get up?”

About the Author:

Jay DeMaarten has been a lover of writing since his high school days. He is a journalist and freelance writer, publishing articles on a wide range of topics. His primary passion, however, is fiction in all its mediums. Jay enjoys storytelling in both the spoken and written word, and for the last six years he has been learning and experimenting with writing fiction. He developed a special love for science fiction and fantasy during his days at the University of Guelph, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in 2013. Since then, he has been working on a full-length novel entitled Noah’s Ark, which will be published in 2020. When not writing, he enjoys walking, watching movies, exercising, and studying. He is currently studying accessibility media at Ryerson University. Jay resides in Toronto.

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Monday, June 01, 2020

Cover Reveal Beyond the Next Star by Melody Johnson #coverreveal

Beyond the Next Star
Love Beyond Series
Book One
Melody Johnson

Genre: Sci-fi Romance
Publisher: Incendi Press, LLC
Date of Publication: June 23, 2020
Number of pages: 392
Word Count: 91, 815
Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Design Inc.

Tagline: An intolerable order. A desperate charade. A deadly secret.

Book Description:

“She wasn’t dreaming, in a coma, having a mental breakdown, or in hell.
She was abducted by aliens.”

Before Commander Torek Renaar can return to active duty, he’s ordered to purchase an animal companion to help relieve his PTSD symptoms. But having been a caretaker for and lost a loved one, keeping even one little human alive is a challenge he feels doomed to fail. It doesn’t help that his animal companion is the newest, most exotic breed on the market, demanding constant attention, daily grooming, and delicate handling. If she doesn’t die first in his incompetent care, she’ll be the death of him.

After witnessing the murder of her domestication specialist, Delaney McCormick allows her new owner to treat her like the pet he believes her to be. If anyone suspects she’s more intelligent than a golden retriever, her murder would be next. She endures the humiliation of being washed, the tediousness of being trained to “sit” and “come,” and the intrigue of hearing private conversations. But in Torek’s care, she finds something unexpected on this antarctic planet, something she never had in all her years on Earth while house-hopping between foster families: a home.

As companionship grows to love, must Delaney continue the charade, acting like an animal and hiding from the murderer waiting on her misstep? Or can she trust Torek with her secrets, even if the truth threatens everything he holds dear—and both their lives?

About the Author:

Melody Johnson is the author of the “out of this world” Love Beyond series and the gritty, paranormal romance Night Blood series published by Kensington Publishing/ Lyrical Press. The City Beneath (Night Blood, book 1) was a finalist in the “Cleveland Rocks” and “Fool For Love” contests.

Melody graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology. Throughout college, she wrote contemporary love stories, but having read and adored the action and dark mystery of vampires her whole life, decided to add her fingerprint to the paranormal genre.

Melody's unique perspective on vampires lends fresh bite to a classic paranormal genre. In addition to a reimagined transformation—the requirement of night blood—vampires have gargoyle-looking, vicious day forms, an orgasmic bite, and as the series progresses to Sweet Last Drop (book 2), a mindless, rampaging, zombie-like breed is introduced. Melody is constantly upping the stakes, and Day Reaper (book 4) is no exception.

Beyond the Next Star is an exciting branch from Melody's paranormal romance roots, keeping the dark grit from her Night Blood Series and taking it to new worlds. Told from the dual perspectives of both human pet and alien owner, Melody's story weaves a slow-burn romance that explores the bonds of love in all its forms, navigating the main characters’ relationship in delicate stages from oblivious ownership to woke, romantic love.

After moving from her northeast Pennsylvania hometown for some much needed Southern sunshine, Melody now works as a digital media coordinator for Southeast Georgia Health System’s marketing department. When she isn’t working or writing, Melody can be found swimming at the beach, reading at the pool, and exploring her new home in southeast Georgia.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Cover Reveal Hurricane Vignette by Avery Kilpatrick

Hurricane Vignette
Avery Kilpatrick

Genre: Poetry, Inspirational, Women Poets
Publisher: Avery Kilpatrick
Date of Publication: June 18, 2020
Number of pages: 64 pages
Word Count: 4,354

Cover Artist: Anna Claire Garrard

Book Description:

From debut poet and author Avery Kilpatrick, Hurricane Vignette tells the story of a difficult time in her life—a time of struggle, depression, suicide, recovery, and triumph. This poetry collection is a personal diary of Kilpatrick’s most inner thoughts and her journey of healing.

These poems are filled with raw emotion and contain sensitive subjects such as suicide, depression, and anxiety. However, like most stories, there is a happy ending—a moment of clarity that evokes peace and victory over the chaos of life.

About the Author:

Avery Kilpatrick was born in Flowood, Mississippi, in April 1996. Raised in a small town in the Mississippi Delta, she has a fondness for nature and the cotton fields that create Southern snow pastures in the fall. After writing her first novel when she was thirteen, Avery decided to pursue her dream as an author at a young age.

An alumnus of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, Avery graduated with a Bachelor’s in English. She also worked on the student-run newspaper, The Delta Statement, during her four-year career at Delta State as copy-editor and Editor-in-Chief.

Avery currently lives in a ranch-style home in her hometown in Greenwood, Mississippi. The mother of three fur babies, Cinnamon the spoiled cat, Ginger the rambunctious old lady, and Remington a.k.a. Remi the service dog, Avery has enough fur from shedding animals to make a fourth pet. When Avery isn’t busy writing her next novel, she goes on walks with her mother and dogs, watches Outlander or Criminal Minds on Netflix, or can be found curled up on the couch with Cinnamon reading a good book.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pre-Order Pumpkins and Party Themes: 50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life

Pumpkins and Party Themes
50 DIY Designs to Bring Your Halloween Extravaganza to Life
By Roxanne Rhoads

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Skyhorse 

Release Date: August 4, 2020

ISBN-10: 1510751165

ISBN-13: 978-1510751163

Bring your Halloween party theme to life with these quick tips and tricks!

Pumpkins and Party Themes features ten unique party themes with five do-it-yourself pumpkin designs for each theme. The pumpkin projects have a variety of decorating ideas that include carving, painting, and mixed media craftiness and easy-to-follow steps on each creation. Author Roxanne Rhoads also includes quick ideas on how to bring the theme to life through décor, costumes, and activities. These fun party themes range from gothic elegance to Edgar Allan Poe, under the sea, let's get literary, and more!

With beautiful full-color images to illustrate the tools needed, steps to follow, and final products, this book makes for the perfect gift for Halloween enthusiasts and party hosts alike!

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The Dark Awakening by D.L. Blade #YAParanormal

Character Interview with Mercy

Interviewer: You just found out that you’re not only a witch, but you’re also a vampire hunter, and the universal element, Spirit. What was going through your mind after Caleb shared with you that secret?

Mercy: Thanks for having me. Of course, naturally, I was terrified. It was a lot to take in. Here, I have someone who had just recently chased me through a forest, keeping me trapped in my own room, but he’s sharing with me that I was sent to earth to destroy vampires. 

I didn’t even know they existed in our world. However, I did feel that power growing up, but learning why it was taken from me, and from whom, was the most heartbreaking news of all. I had to accept my destiny, accept the power that I held, and learn to control and use it. 

It didn’t make things easier to know that there was more to my past that was hidden from me. Like, for instance, the fact I was born in 1674, and the town of Salem hanged me at the Gallows. 

I won’t allow anyone to hurt the ones I love, so I will move forward, grow in this power, and fight until every last one of those bloodsucking demons are sent back to Hell.  

The Dark Awakening

The Chosen Coven

Book One

D.L. Blade

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Fifth Element Publishing

Date of Publication: October 2nd, 2018

ISBN: 9780578416458
Number of pages: 252
Word Count: 69,000

Cover Artist: Redbird Designs

Tagline: Darkness is coming, and she’s their last hope

Book Description:

She's stalked, hunted, and a villainous vampire desires her blood.

Mercy’s life is anything but ordinary. A stalker lurks in the shadows, and a man rescues her from a life-threatening car accident, but vanishes right before her eyes.
But this man who she thought was a hallucination, tracks her down at a nearby cove, and claims they were once in love from another time. Another century.

Mercy has no memory of this world he shares, and instinctively doesn’t trust him.
He also reveals to her a life-changing secret—she’s a powerful witch, vampires are real, and she's destined to destroy them.

Mercy finds herself dragged into a centuries-old battle against the undead, and a sadistic vampire leader has set his sights on her. And he will stop at nothing until he claims Mercy as his own.

She and her coven won’t go down without a fight. She needs to discover the truth about her past, and the power she holds, before it’s too late.

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They were there in the shadows again. This was the third time this week I had thought someone was watching me.
The last few weeks, I’d heard the rustling of leaves and the crackling sound of old fallen branches beneath someone’s feet, or the hairs at the back of my neck would stand straight because I knew someone stood silently behind me. Last night wasn’t any different. I exited my car after an exhausting day at work and heard what sounded like a low, deep exhale coming from the forest next to Lily’s house. I swiftly turned around, fumbling with the flashlight on my phone, but when the light pierced the darkness, the sound stopped.
Tonight, it was a silhouette behind my aunt Lily’s fence in the backyard. It wasn’t someone walking by with their dog or a neighbor taking out their trash. They were standing there, staring, as I walked to the sink to rinse my dinner bowl. I wasn’t going to tell her again. She’d just tell me what she’d told me last time I brought it up. She’d say I was just seeing things and that it was normal to feel this way after trauma.
“Your turn, Mercy,” Lily said. Her voice pulled my gaze from the window.
“I’m coming,” I said, taking one last glance toward the silhouette.
They were gone. 

About the Author:

D.L. Blade grew up in southern California, but relocated to Colorado with her family in 2014.

She always loved writing, concentrating on poetry rather than prose when she was younger. That changed however, when she had a dream one night and decided to create a story about it.

In her spare time, D.L. enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including reading, attending rock concerts and volunteering at local animal shelters where she can indulge in her passion for all forms of life.

In the future, D.L. hopes that she can continue to write exciting novels that will captivate her readers and bring them into the worlds that she creates using her imagination.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Release Day Blitz Altered Helix by Stephanie Hansen #YASciFi

Altered Helix
Altered Helix Series
Book One
Stephanie Hansen

Genre: YA science fantasy - Novella
Publisher: Hypothesis Books
Date of Publication: 5/19/20
Number of pages: 176
Word Count: 35,000
Cover Artist: inkE Cover Design

Tagline: Some dangers come barreling at you like a freight train. Others slide right under your nose without being noticed.

Book Description:

I didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too?

The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, Austria's life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his Street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group finds themselves joining forces with previously considered enemies who also now find themselves in danger.

Deeply compassionate and full of twists, Altered Helix captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good.

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As I walk through the hallway to the living room, it’s disturbingly silent.  I don’t hear my mother’s fingers brilliantly strumming piano keys. The Silver Clouds Chasing the Moon by Lang Lang, music sheets are strewn chaotically about the room. I close my eyes and focus on my mother’s energy. A vision of her on the bench in the garden under the pergola comes to mind.

I leap the stepping-stones, skipping every other. Blue hydrangeas and orange daffodils blur by me. As I approach, I notice the yellow roses are in full blossom, their smell fresh as the tide rolling in. My mother’s holding a picture in her hands. When she looks up, I see tear streaks on her cheeks. I sit down and put an arm around her. She’s holding the last photo we took as a family. My eyes zero in on a male, mirror image of myself, my father. I was fourteen then; now I’m seventeen and graduated early. I wish he could’ve been there to see it. Mother should be holding a photo of my graduation day with all of us in it, smiling.

I squeeze her shoulder as my throat constricts in pain. Without looking up, I can feel my mother’s eyes turn to me. I close my eyes and place my wrists on my knees. I begin playing the piece thrown from the stand in our living room by heart, moving my fingers to the rhythm and placing them where the notes should be. She squeezes my shoulder in return.

Walking to the house, she stops and points at the tire swing, offering an aching smile. I hold her hand as the visualization takes me. My father’s pushing me at the age of four, and I feel like I’m on one of the roller coasters we drive by on Route 435. One of the old ones with only a handlebar for safety, no seatbelts. At the top, my stomach floats up, and the view down becomes daunting. The velocity forces me to squeal. I can still picture his smile seeing me enjoy the ride. In the excitement, I let go to raise my hands in glee. I still remember the way his face turned from elation to horror. He moved faster than I could imagine and caught me before I met my imminent doom.

About the Author:

Stephanie Hansen's short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She's part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers’ conferences including the New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She’s a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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