Carole Dawson works as a counselor at a Seattle battered women’s shelter.
When her house is broken into, her dog poisoned, and her car vandalized she loses her job. Things go from bad to worse. Red Fern, a secret underground railroad for victims of abuse, withdraws their employment invitation. The police don’t believe her accounts of the incidents and the officer sent to investigate accuses her of being a “spoiled housewife looking for attention”.
His wife was the FireStalker’s first victim and Brad Collins will stop at nothing to get the psychopathic killer. He doesn’t have time for distractions even one as lovely and interesting as Carole Dawson.
When a victim’s ex-husband confesses to the crime everyone breathes a sigh of relief. Carole hopes to get her job back and maybe even an apology from Brad Collins.
There’s only one problem. The FireStalker isn’t in jail and he’s not finished yet.
Carole Dawson has been the target all along.
D.K. McCarthy was, by all accounts, an extraordinary woman. Feisty, temperamental, sensitive, passionate, intelligent, and generous are a few of the words used to describe her, by people who still write or call to tell me what a difference she made in their lives.
She lived a life of great joy and at times, deep sorrow. She suffered tuberculosis as a child, railed at God for her misfortunes, fell in love, married, waited word of her missing husband during WWII, welcomed him safely home, reconciled with God, gave birth to three children, struggled with alcoholism, suffered two major strokes and a rare blood disease that finally took her life at the beginning of her golden years. Through it all she endured with a courage and resolve that was admired by all who knew her. She was a woman who loved fiercely, questioned passionately, and lived fully. Written over the course of her lifetime, this book of poems is a reflection of the woman who was simply and gratefully, my Mom.
I know I should have taken up this task much sooner than I did, but I also know she understands my reluctance to bring back the pain of her loss. While reading her work, however, I was surprised that along with the pain, came peace, understanding and comfort. Some of her poems were handwritten and not as easily edited as those written on her old Remington. They are as accurate a rendition as possible. “Samarkind” a mythical place is not the same as “Samarkand” the actual city. (If you are so inclined, you may read about the mythical Samarkind in my book, “Three Magic Rules”).
The following books are in the Semi-Fiction genre, a category that relates tales based loosely on the truth.
Not everyone can follow these three simple rules. It takes a determined mindset to break free of society’s programming and set oneself on a different path. Ian Sanders has that mindset and he implemented the Three Magic Rules for success. He went from washing dishes at minimum wage to millionaire business owner in five short years.
Are the three rules simple? Yes. Are they easy to follow? No.
Read Ian Sander’s story and then decide if it’s worth the effort.
Robynne Leighe was married to Craig T. Nelson, star of “Coach”, “The District”,” Parenthood” and numerous films, for sixteen years and writes about those years in “Round Mountain Rookies”.
According to Leighe, Nelson “was born into a time and place not of his own choosing and he charges through life, fumbling the ball, tripping over his own feet and then startling everyone including himself, with an amazing touchdown. He is exasperating and admirable, frustrating and lovable at the same time. The most one can ever expect from Craig is the unexpected. Our sixteen years together was a rollicking romp through the fields of high drama, hilarious dilemmas and disastrous consequences.”
“Round Mountain Rookies” is about their time in Northern California as Homesteaders. It is written, not as an expose, but as a tribute to life, love and youthful foolishness. Leighe shares the “great joy and deep sorrow that were a part of our life together and probably more than any other time in my life, shaped me into the woman I am today.”
Readers have said, “…heartwarming and delightful story by an unusual woman who walked through a storm and emerged undiminished.” and “…a refreshing change from the usual “tell-all” celebrity bios that line our bookstore shelves.”
“…stories of community courage, belief and friendship, interspersed with recipes, instructions and down home wisdom, make her book a read and re-read favorite at our house.”
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Zack and Sissy are unusual children with special talents. When they escape an abusive foster home the only place to go is to their grandmother's house. Unfortunately, she lives hundreds of miles away in Montana and they soon learn that their quest for home and safety is an impossible task for two young children alone.
They also discover that some people are not what they seem and unseen forces are often able to lend a hand.
And sometimes under ground is the best place to be.
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