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Two young Vushla questioned what everyone knew about death. What should they do with the answer?

Sunday, October 7th, 2018
Water
to Water
by
Karen A. Wyle
Genre:
Science Fiction
 
Two
young Vushla questioned what everyone knew about death. What should
they do with the answer?

When the time comes for
Vushla to die, they go into the ocean and are dissolved away. Or so
Terrill has always believed, and still believes after taking part in
his father’s final journey. But when he meets a young Vushlu who
lives by the sea, Terrill must confront information that calls this
fundamental belief into question. Will the two of them discover
the truth? And what should they do with what they find?
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Character Interview with Willan, Terrill’s Father Terril is one of the main characters

 

[NOTE: Terrill’s father Willan, whom Terrill calls Da, is terminally ill and on the way to the ocean. When he reaches it, he will, as dying Vushla do, swim or wade in and let the water dissolve him. Various relatives, including Terrill, and a few friends or neighbors are escorting Willan on this final journey. The interview presumably takes place during a rest stop. Willan’s voice is weak and his speech halting.]

 

  1. What can you tell me about your life?

 

  1. Where to start . . . . I have a mate, Lilit, and three children. The youngest, Terrill, is over there. The older ones work in cities and couldn’t get home in time. I don’t have much time, I think.

 

  1. Is Lilit here?

 

  1. No. We said goodbye at home. Most mates do. Dragging things out . . . would have hurt her more. And she’s never been much for traveling.

 

  1. What work did you do, before you took ill?

 

  1. I did a lot of teaching, teaching children. In our town and nearby. Most ages. I like teaching. And people seem to think I have a gift for it. [a pause] And I make things. Different things. Sandals – lots of sandals. Many people in our town wear my sandals. Boxes, with carved designs. I like carving. [a pause] And I made one hand harp. I’d have made more, I think, if I’d had time.

 

  1. If you don’t mind my asking, what are your thoughts about the end of this journey? About swimming out to sea?

 

  1. [a quiet sigh] That it’s a little soon. I’ve had a good life. I would have liked it to have lasted a little longer. [a pause] But it’s all right. Good things come to an end. [a small smile] And I like to learn new things. I’ve been to the ocean, and to funerals, but this is the only way I can learn about going into the waves. What it feels like. What the ocean sounds like from the inside. Whether there’ll be anything to see.

 

I’m not afraid, really. I’ve never heard of anyone struggling or crying out in pain.

 

I wish my children and Lilit didn’t have to grieve, and to reshape their lives. Terrill – he’s too young for this. . . . He always looked forward to that first trip to the sea, with the friends of his year. He had so many plans for it. I’m sorry he’s had to trade those plans for this.

 

[Terrill starts heading toward Willan as the other Vushla move back toward their cycles]

 

We’ll be going on now. And I should save my voice and my strength for talking to my son.

 

 

Character Interview with Terrill

 

[NOTE: Terrill is a Vushlu. He would have become an adult next year by taking a ritual first journey to the ocean with other Vushla his age. Instead, he attained adult status prematurely, accompanying his dying father to the ocean, where his father went into the water to be dissolved.

 

Interviewing Terrill is a tricky task. As the book begins, he is understandably morose. Later, when he is less so, he has good reasons not to reveal his activities and concerns. I’ve dealt with this dilemma by splitting his interview into two, and working within the limitations Terrill sets.

 

The first interview takes place at a rest stop during the funeral party’s return trip. Terrill speaks in a quiet monotone most of the time.]

 

  1. I’m very sorry about your father.

 

  1. Thank you.

 

  1. It will take you quite a while to get home. How are you occupying yourself along the way?

 

  1. I’m trying to remember as much as I can about Da. [a pause; he clenches and armors his fists] But the things I remember keep reminding me of things I don’t know. Questions I never asked, and never can, now. [long pause]

 

  1. Have you found any ways to keep your spirits up?

 

  1. There’s a Weesah peddler who’s been traveling alongside us. He likes to tell stories. When I listen to them, it takes my mind off . . . other things. I’ve even laughed a few times. [glances to the side] Not that my uncle approves. Of the listening or the laughing.

 

[An older Vushlu approaches; the interview concludes]

 

———–

 

[The second interview takes place around three months (or the equivalent) later. Terrill is now traveling in the peddler’s wagon, as is Honnu, another Vushlu about his age.]

 

  1. Is this where you expected to be, at this time?

 

  1. No. Nothing about what I’m doing these days is as I expected. One unpredictable event has led to another.

 

  1. What can you tell me about these events?

 

  1. [a slight smile – which for Vushla means a rounded mouth] Very little, I’m afraid. Except that one of our funeral party, my aunt, became very ill on the way home. The others returned to the sea with her. I [a short pause] chose not to. That led to my becoming better acquainted with Honnu. And that led to everything else.

 

  1. So do you think you’ll become a peddler?

 

  1. [another smile] I don’t think so. But for now, I’m a peddler’s assistant and have my duties. I’d better go.

 

  1. Perhaps we’ll meet again along the road.

 

  1. I . . . don’t think that is very likely. But stranger things have happened. [a quiet chuckle] Indeed they have.

 

 

 
 
Karen
A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but eventually settled in
Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University. She now considers
herself a Hoosier. Wyle’s childhood ambition was to be the youngest
ever published novelist. While writing her first novel at age 10, she
was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to
the goal at age 9. 

 

 

 

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Were the recent events merely the doings of a warped human mind?

Friday, August 3rd, 2018
Blessed
Be
The
Summer Sisters Book 1
by
Teresa Keefer
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
 
Alana
Summers was quite content with her life. A peaceful farm tucked in a
wooded area by the lake with her pets for company. A shop in the
small tourist town where she sells a potpourri of items that reflect
everything about her. She’s at peace. She’s Wiccan.

 

 

Logan
Farmer is the local sheriff. Small town boy who went to the big city
and joined the police force. Then he came home where he belonged. He
is deeply rooted in his Native American heritage.

 

 

Both
had grown up knowing that there was more to the world that could be
explained or seen. But neither of them knew that their peaceful lives
could be disrupted in an instant by a legend long buried. A tale that
had been told to them by Logan’s grandmother when they were young
along with a warning that the ancient legend could replay during
their lifetime.

 

 

But
was it really an ancient paranormal evil come to roost or were the
recent events merely the doings of a warped human mind? Or had the
human’s events shaped the return of the evil?

 

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Threefold
The
Summer Sisters Book 2
 
Teagan
Summers has a secret that she thought she had tucked away forever.
That is, until she was summoned to her home town of Lakewood to help
with banishing an ancient evil that had come to pay a visit to the
sleepy town. Then, she was faced with another woman whose secret
wasn’t so secret anymore.

 

 

Devon
Brock knew he had to help his friend, Logan Farmer. Logan had helped
him out too many times to turn his back and say no. However, he
didn’t realize that he would be called upon to pull out his law
license to defend a poor woman who had killed and mutilated her
husband on Halloween night. And he sure never expected to have to
deal with spoiled Teagan Summers as part of it.

 

 

Devon
and Teagan join forces as they work valiantly to not only defend a
murderess, but to help Teagan’s sisters and Logan Farmer as they
battle an unseen evil that threatens to destroy the small town of
Lakewood. And as they work together, they also form a tentative truce
that they both know could lead to more.

 

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Namaste
The
Summer Sisters Book 3
 
Riana
Summers had spent most of her adult life trying to find herself. The
youngest of the three Summer Sisters, she just couldn’t resist sowing
her wild oats and she had done it across the country. When her
sister, Alana, had summoned her to come home to Lakeview because she
was needed to do her part to hunt down and destroy an evil entity
which had been playing havoc on her hometown, she did so with the
intention of returning to her stand-up comedy gig in Las Vegas. She
had no idea her brief trip home would turn to months and that she
would end up finding out who she really was. Or that she would find
herself face to face with a man who could get her to want to settle
down.

 

 

Eric
Michaels had been born and raised to be a farmer. It was what he did
best. So, when the opportunity to be the foreman at a farm near a
place called Lakeview, he had jumped at the chance. What he hadn’t
planned on was getting sucked into a paranormal nightmare. Things he
couldn’t even begin to fathom. Including finding himself deeply
attracted to a woman who could create magic with the tips of her
fingers.

 

 

As
the conclusion of the Summer Sisters trilogy comes to an end, will
they be able to destroy the force that had unearthed itself from its
deep dark grave to destroy them?

 

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Teresa
Keefer is an indie romance author with an avid love of books. She
started writing poetry in high school and after encouragement from a
dear friend, wrote her first full length romance novel in 2007.
Coming Home was finally released as a self-published book in
2011.

 

 

 

Teresa
holds an MBA in Human Resources and attended law school for two
years. She lives in rural Indiana with a menagerie of animals and
enjoys the peace of working in the garden and yard of her home. She
has three adult daughters and seven grandchildren and enjoys
crafting, cooking, reading, and studying spirituality in her spare
time when she’s not writing or working at her day job.

Her household includes a spoiled dog, three cats, two goats and a
stubborn miniature horse. 

 

 

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some things from her past are better left contained…

Friday, May 25th, 2018
Midnight
Moss
by
Carissa Ann Lynch
Genre:
YA Fantasy
 
Fresh
out of high school and stalling on college, all Dorothea wants is a
little freedom. So when she’s offered the opportunity to move into
her late grandmother’s house in Black Cat Springs, she simply can’t
refuse the deal. Cheap rent and distance from her parents is exactly
what she’s always wanted…and a handsome new neighbor seals the
deal.

 

 

But
as soon as she moves in, she’s drawn to a mysterious fence in the
woods. Despite her better judgement and dark stories beyond, she
sneaks inside, learning that some things from her past are better
left contained…

 

 

A
twisted town with a mind-boggling past is about to become Dorothea’s
future. And one thing is certain–she cannot trust her instincts.

 

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Ann Lynch is the USA TODAY Bestselling and award winning author of
the Flocksdale Files trilogy, Horror High series, Dark Legends,
Searching for Sullivan, Things Only the Darkness Knows, Shattered
Time, 13, Grayson’s Ridge, and This Is Not About Love. She resides in
Floyds Knobs, Indiana. 

 

When she’s not writing, she’s
reading and collecting books. She has a background in psychology and
corrections.

 

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The Cowboy’s arrogance and sexy drawl push all her buttons

Friday, January 26th, 2018
Take
Me Home, Cowboy
A
Story in the Cowboy, Mine Boxset
by
Krista Ames
 
Can
two headstrong wills win out?

 

Ally Kincaid returns to Rock Creek,
Wyoming, to see her father after a two year absence. Anticipating a
quiet family reunion, she finds herself butting heads with Matt
Gentry–her father’s foreman–instead. The man’s arrogance and sexy
drawl push all her buttons, making her wonder what he’s hiding
beneath his cowboy swagger.


When tragedy strikes, will building
tension and pride destroy their growing attraction or show them the
way home?

 

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In
a Cowboy’s Arms
A
Story in the Cowboy, Yours Boxset
by
Krista Ames
 
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to Take Me Home Cowboy

Growing
up on a farm with three brothers, Lacey Connelley was not attracted
to Cowboys in the slightest. Wannabe cowboy Jordan Cross is the
glitch she never expected and he’s determined to prove her wrong
about him. 
 
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Krista
Ames was born and raised in Indiana. She now resides in Northern
Michigan with the love of her life and their 4 children.
She
is a full time stay-at-home mom and pursues her writing career when
she’s not chasing kids, cooking or doing laundry.
 
 
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