Her home. Her parents. Her freedom. Gone.
His dreams. His sister. Himself. Lost.
The economy crashed, the country is floundering, and Carrie Ashworth struggles to keep her siblings alive. She has two jobs in her newly-formed, newly-outlawed clan: growing crops to feed thirty-six people, and keeping Oliver Simmons, their local patrolman, happy. Carrie’s life is almost content when Greg Pierce shows up. A man with the ambition to help them survive. A man determined to hate her.
When a government raid nearly wipes out their clan, Greg realizes the true reason behind their safety. Patrolman Simmons has fallen for Carrie. Greg takes it upon himself to give the socially-awkward patrolman what he wants. Only Carrie doesn’t like Greg throwing her in Simmon's path, especially when Greg’s brusque exterior melts, and she catches a glimpse of the real man underneath. Carrie is forced to choose: follow her heart or save her clan. Life won’t let her choose both.
I am pleased as punch (strange as that euphemism is) to participate in the blog hop for the release of this fantastic novel by the lovely and talented and super nice Rebecca Belliston. I had been looking forward to reading this book for almost a year and I'm so excited to feature it here. My glowing review is below, along with some other goodies, including a giveaway. Check it out!
Today I have two wonderful new books to spotlight, both from Pants On Fire Press. I was honored to be able to read these books prior to publication and I can vouch for their awesomeness. I want more from these two authors!
I am so excited to share with you another wonderful book from the award-winning children's book publisher, Pants On Fire Press. It is a beautiful story
My Water Path by Timothy Joseph
Mississippi, the late 1950s. After the death of his father, eleven-year-old Jory Sheppard runs away from an unwanted life in foster care. Trying to make it on his own, he is caught in a violent storm on the Mississippi River, but when he is rescued from the raging waters by an old black man named Moses, it becomes the event that will change his life.
Taken into Moses’ family as one of their own, Jory is introduced to a world so familiar and yet so very different from the one he once knew. As he learns and grows under the benevolent care of his new family, he struggles to make sense of the society in which he lives—a society that would spit on a man such as Moses simply because his skin is black, and make every effort to rip Jory from the family he loves.
Quickly entrenched in a struggle that is much bigger than himself, Jory must learn the difference between what feels necessary and what is right, what pity is, and what hate is. If he wants to fight the injustice and uncertainty that surrounds him, he must learn what it really means to stand up for what he believes in.
About the Author
Timothy Joseph holds a B.S. in Zoology, B.S.Ed. in Biology, M.A. in Biology, and Ph.D. He began his career as a high school teacher and science department head, a college professor, corporate division director, and senior scientist. He has written hundreds of technical papers and professional journal publications. He was a weekly columnist with the Knoxville News Sentinel. He is a freelance technical/literary writer. He volunteers his time giving Creative Writing talks at local high schools, and organizations, is a mentor, and has taught at writer’s conferences.
His debut literary novel, Four-Fifths, was published January 2000. His second book, Reflections On Love, (a serious, humorous, and loving journey inside the very nature of love and life, in short verse and narrative) was published in August 2002. His second literary novel, Four-Fifths Endowed, (sequel to Four-Fifths) was published in 2005, and his nonfiction work, Historical Photos of the Manhattan Project, was published in 2009 by Turner Publishing, Nashville, TN. His newest novel, “My Water Path” was released on Kindle in January, and will be available in hard copy March 1st., published by POF Press. This novel was built upon his youth in the south, growing up with prejudice and bigotry all around him. Even as a child he could not comprehend racial disdain. This novel is a testament to his belief in the equality of all, and his love of humanity.
Tim received a 1999 Technical Communication Award of Excellence by the Society for Technical Communication. In 2002 he won the Atlanta ‘WordWeaver Award of Excellence’ for his novel, Four-Fifths, and his writing was recognized by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Tim’s goal is to bring to the page the intense emotions of life, especially love, happiness, passion, and purpose. His search for and scrutiny of purpose and love has taught him concepts and truths that he endeavors to put into words through the use of voice, style, and metaphor.
Find out more about Timothy Joseph on his website.
Julie L. Casey lives in a rural area near St. Joseph, Missouri, with her husband, Jonn Casey, a science teacher, and their three youngest sons. She enjoys historical reenacting, wildlife rehabilitation, teaching her children, and writing books that capture the imaginations of young people.