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Clay County Group of Florida Writer's Association, Inc.
Embedded in Clay Clay sits quietly on the west bank of the St. Johns River. Compared with neighbors Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Clay attracts relatively little attention, and its stories often go untold. In 2013, members of Clay County Writers were challenged to collaborate on an anthology. More than a dozen local writers set out to explore people, communities, and events that shaped the character of this area. Drawing on historical documents, interviews, and other materials, each writer unearthed a fresh point of view. Residents responded generously, sharing memories, contacts, and other resources. Organized in roughly chronological order, these stories span the early 1800s to the present. They offer glimpses of the challenges, conflicts, and commitments of a diverse group of people—people who made a difference in Clay and in the world. Though the stories belong to the individual writers, in all ways, this anthology has been a community effort.
Cloopsey wants to be in the circus like his cousin Cassie. He soon finds out the jobs are harder than he expected. After several failed attempts, Cloopsey learns we all have different talents. If he is the best he can be using his own abilities, he will be accepted for what he is. He doesn’t have to pretend to be like the others
Another Jack Doyle racetrack mystery. When racetrack owners who banned a prominent horse owner are suddenly being found murdered, Jack Doyle steps in.
The Print Renaissance in America: A Revolution
"The Fine Art print has taken the art world by storm in a relatively short period of time. The Print Renaissance in America is a brief look into this recent rebirth of the medium of printmaking, and it's significance within art history. The narrative carries the reader through the historical background of the war years, followed by the rapid development and growth of printmaking in the '50s and '60s, until finally reaching full stride in the "Golden '70s" and beyond. There is also a look at today, and what the future may bring. One chapter also provides informative discussion on collecting art on a limited budget that the novice or professional collector will find of interest. It is an easy and informative read which is both educational and entertaining, and is well illustrated with 176 images and artist biographies, that will provide the reader with hours of viewing pleasure."
In Kansas and Missouri, the War Between the States started long before Fort Sumter and continued on throughout the war. Some say it is still being fought. My first book in this series, Under a Bloody Flag, deals with that early conflict. Shortly after Kansas was admitted to the Union as a free state, these two states and the nation as a whole were plunging into a declared war. Too much had happened for either side to see a peaceful way to solve sectional differences. For Daniel Fitzgerald, a Southerner who had not found peace in Kansas, the question was could he find it in Missouri or anywhere in these war-torn times. Massachusetts-born Rebecca Styles came to Kansas to insure freedom for slaves. She met and married Daniel after saving him from hanging for being a Southerner. Daniel's half-brother and former slave, André, found a home and family in Kansas, but he still shared a bond of brotherhood and friendship with Daniel. Could that bond withstand the issue of freedom versus slavery that stood between them?
As the conflict between North and South erupts, you will meet larger-than-life characters who played a part in the nation's bloodiest war, and you will witness all the drama of the era. You'll meet William Quantrill, Joseph Shelby, James Lane, General Kirby Smith, Frank and Jesse James, Cole Younger, Bloody Bill Anderson, and the other men and women who took part in this tragic era. You will never look at any of them as just characters in a history book again. This is a historical novel unlike any you have ever read before. It is a blend of history, action and romance. Facts read like fiction, and fiction could have been fact. This is a story of a time that changed a nation and a handful of people who lived and died in our nation's most colorful era.
In Kansas and Missouri, the War Between the States started long before Fort Sumter. Daniel Fitzgerald, a Southerner who tries to settle Kansas and leave behind his tormented Louisiana roots, soon finds that in Kansas Territory you have to take sides or die. Taking sides doesn't lessen the chances of a violent death, it just determines who is going to try and kill you. For Massachusetts-born Rebecca Styles, who comes to Kansas to insure freedom for slaves, the choice is easy. Or is it? When she meets Daniel, she is forced to take a new look at all the ideas she took for granted, like all Southerners are evil and all abolitionists are good. Daniel's half-brother and former slave, Andre, knows his first loyalty belongs to his friends and family, not a lofty ideal, but he can't sit by and do nothing when injustice stares him in the face. Throw into the mix all the larger-than-life characters who played a part in the sectional violence which led the nation into its bloodiest war and you have a novel with all the drama of the era. You'll meet James Lane, John Brown, JEB Stuart, Robert E. Lee, Joseph Shelby, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, and the other men and women who have shaped this nation into what it is today. You will never look at any of them as just characters in a history book again. This is a historical novel unlike any you have ever read before. It is a blend of history, action and romance. Facts read like fiction, and fiction could have been fact. It is a story of a time that changed a nation and a handful of people who lived and died in our nation's most colorful era.
Tragedy in Tin Can Holler
Tragedy in Tin Can Holler is a captivating must read true story of a family's past transgressions revealing a family member who was a serial killer that got away with murder during the great depression, incest and child abuse, lies and betrayals and domestic violence buried for decades! The vicious murder of the author's mother haunted her for 48 years, but discovering the truth about her mother's murder was just the tip of the iceberg. Her story is spell-bounding as she unveils the hidden secrets that shocked the residents of three counties in southeast Tennessee. This book has also been made into a documentary. The hard cover version has some new material.
Come explore caves, hills, whitewater falls and lots of other fun things you didn't expect to find in Florida. North Florida still lets you enjoy the sun and sand of Gulf and ocean beaches, you expect in the Sunshine State but there is so much more. The northern counties are totally different from their southern and central counterparts. Wild About Florida: North Florida is the ultimate guide to eco-travel in Florida. Hike an aboveground cave at Florida Caverns State Park. Think you need to travel to the mountains for whitewater fun? You can find that right here in Florida at Big Shoals State Park offering the largest whitewater rapids in Florida. Looking for rare and exotic wildlife? How about the Sherman fox squirrels at Gold Head Branch State Park or the white squirrels at Ochlockonee River State Park? Into reptiles? You can view white alligators at Saint Augustine Alligator Farm. And that just scratches the surface. This book will tell you when and where to find all the outdoor fun you can imagine in north Florida. Like its south and central Florida counterparts, it is a guide no outdoors person should be without. We also have some great black and white illustrations inside to help visualize the wild wonders of north Florida.
Geography has dealt Florida a lavish hand when it comes to natural gifts. The Sunshine State is filled with unusual flora and fauna. South Florida is home to the endangered Florida panthers and the only North America crocodiles. The Everglades swarm with wildlife from birds such as wood storks, ibises, flamingos, roseate spoonbills and dozens of others to mammals such as black bears, bobcats, fox squirrels and raccoons. When it comes to reptiles, you will find more alligators than you ever dreamed of as well as gopher tortoises, caimans, green anoles, five lined skinks and hundreds of other snakes, turtles and lizards. Take a boat ride into the surrounding waters of the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico, you will find dolphins dancing in your wake. Drop on down to Big Pine Key, which is the only place you can encounter the tiny Key deer in the wild. You will probably spot a few sun-loving iguanas as you island hop through the Keys. South Florida's plant life is also abundant and rich. From the native mangroves, which are at the root of the food chain to the colorful exotic Brazilian pepper, which threatens native plant life but seems impossible to eradicate to the delicate wild orchids, which thrive on air alone, your senses will be overwhelmed by the color and variety. Then there are also all the refuges, preserves, parks and zoos that make South Florida a nature lover's paradise.
Central Florida has the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf beaches much like other parts of Florida, but in many other ways it is distinct and unique. The Florida scrub jay, a bird many Floridians believe should be our state bird, is found nowhere in the world except central FloridaCentral Florida is bisected by one of the most unique rivers in the state and perhaps even the world. First off, the St. Johns is the longest river in Florida and one of the few in the country to flow north. The total distance the river drops from its source in marshes southwest of Melbourne to its mouth in the Atlantic near Jacksonville is less than 30 feet, or about one inch per mile, making it one of the laziest, slowest-moving rivers in the world. Also due to the fact that it is born in the salty estuary marshes of Indian River County, passes through salt springs and then receives an infusion of salt at the mouth, creates a more brackish river. It's the only river in the country that is home to saltwater stingrays. Then there are the whooping cranes. There are only three whooping crane colonies in the United States. Central Florida's Polk, Osceola and Lake counties are the home of the only non-migratory flock of whooping cranes. Citrus County is host to the ultralight-led migratory flock that winters in Chassohowitzka National Wildlife Refuge near Crystal River. And then there is -- but why not just read the rest of the book to discover all the things that are uniquely central Florida. We also have some great black and white illustrations inside to help visualize the wild wonders of central Florida.
The Cabin is the story of three individuals, Sue, Ethan, and Anna attempting to survive the Alaskan winter in a log cabin that they built. Sue and Ethan are childhood friends and together they hitchhike across the country, purchase a truck in Oregon, and travel to Fairbanks, Alaska. In Fairbanks, they meet Sue's companion Anna. Anna is a beautiful, but terribly troubled, woman who has spent the winter gathering supplies and gear to outfit the adventure. The three overcome a host of initial problems and travel deep into the wilderness. They attempt to build a log cabin, and begin to try to live out their lives. The three find themselves plagued by building the cabin, the harsh conditions they live under, and their own interactions. The greatest danger the three face is a secret that Anna has kept hidden from everyone.
Northeast Florida seethes with hostilities during the War Between the States, pitting father against son and neighbor against neighbor. Confederate sharpshooter Jack Farrell returns home to recover from his wounds but faces conflict with his Unionist father and Yankee raiders. Martina Sanchez, a young Minorcan woman, struggles to hold onto her St. Augustine home despite threats of banishment by Union occupiers. She fears her younger brother's spying will bring more disaster into their lives. Union Lieutenant Richard Prescott pursues Martina ruthlessly, blackmailing her to achieve his ends. Her only help comes from the disreputable Jack Farrell, who appears to be just as dangerous as her tormentor.
His assignment to Florida to recruit a Union cavalry company meant Captain Dan Farrell was returning home to a state split by conflicting loyalties. Among them his brother Jack, a member of Confederate Captain J. J. Dickison's partisan rangers. As an officer, Dan would like nothing better than to put Jack out of action. As a brother he feared the day they would meet in battle. Complicating Dan's life is his neighbor, Sarah Cates Phillips. His return to Florida renews his acquaintance with the alluring widow. To Sarah, Dan is more than the appealing Yankee captain that once stole her heart. His worst flaw is the color of his uniform. How can she love a man who is out to destroy those she holds most dear?
It's 1864, during the siege of Atlanta. Desperate to escape her drunken father and her vicious fiancé, Willa Randall dons her dead brother's clothing, changes her name to Will Barber, and joins a Confederate cavalry unit led by Captain Jefferson Spencer. Unschooled in military matters, Willa overcomes one problem, only to find another waiting to ambush her on the path ahead. She first idolizes then falls in love with her captain, who sees her as just another youthful recruit. She must learn the skills of a soldier amid the heat of battle and the threat of sudden death. All the while Edgar Dodds, the obsessive fiancé, is on her trail, seeking to reclaim his possession. Captain Spencer, a grieving widower, avoids forming attachments that can lead to more grief. Even his own life holds little value to him. When he is inexplicably attracted to his aide, Will, more self-doubt dogs him. Through it all, his liking for the engaging youngster begins to restore his appreciation for life. Willa fears that when Captain Spencer discovers her secret, he will banish her from her sanctuary among the soldiers. Her experiences with the brutal men in her past give her little hope that he will take her part when Edgar Dodds catches up with her. On that devastating night, Willa sees no choice but to run away again, far from both the man she fears and the man she loves.
The Yankees are destroying everything in their wake as they advance through the South. Blake Winberry, a Confederate captain is on his way home from Virginia when he finds out his fiance has left him for a profiteering draft-dodger. Judith Rogers, a brave, beautiful refugee, is attacked by renegades on a lonely road, but Blake saves her from unspeakable horrors. Hoping to find the love and comfort they crave, Judith and Blake marry. But how long can their bliss last? Will Judith make Blake forget the fickle woman he still loves and will she succeed, only to lose him in the next bloody battle?
Can we hear in our hearts what animals wish to tell us? Dog trainer Dani Sayre has that ability, but denies her talent because she fears learning things she does not want to know. Her estranged lover, Mark Hughes, comes sniffing around and asks her help in training his dog for agility competition. She reluctantly takes Mark on as a student. He wants to renew their relationship, but Dani can't forget that he betrayed her in the past. When the pharmaceutical firm where Mark works becomes a target for attack by eco-terrorists, his dog is the only witness to a murder. In order to learn the truth, Dani must overcome her reluctance to use her gifts. Can she help Mark prevent the terrorists from destroying the drug company and its workers?
A Story of Bad
From Edward M. Krauss, author of HERE ON MOON and SOLOMON THE ACCOUNTANT, his latest novel: A STORY OF BAD. Investigating the murder of the owner of a sportswear factory in Queens, New York, Detective Terry Stans determines that the victim knew his assailant. The dead man's workers and bereaved family are all suspects. June Replyn, a reporter covering the business side of the fashion world, is assigned to write how a small company survives the death of its inspirational leader. During interviews at the factory June is slipped a note from someone claiming to know the identify of the murderer. The reporter meets the detective. Stans is stuck. The case is going nowhere, and he believes the fashion writer has a better view inside the company. Terry encourages June to share information with him, hoping fresh eyes will see something he hasn't. But she doesn't tell him about the note. In the midst of his investigating and her reporting they start dating. Their relationship raises questions about confidentiality, loyalty to one's employer, professional ethics. Both of their bosses caution them about the dangers to their careers raised by this situation. And there they are, in bed. The tale is designed to intrigue the reader with two intertwining stories, the mystery of the murders and the unexpected love affair. During the course of the novel the reader visits the worlds of police investigations, newspapers and their editorial policies, drug smuggling, and the Cambodian experience in America.
In the Shadow of the Lone Cypress
Love, betrayal, heartaches and tragedy combine with history to make this book one that will find a place in the reader's heart for a long time after the final page is read. In the Shadow of the Lone Cypress tells the story of a long-ago Florida as seen through the eyes of Dr. Drew Duncan, a wealthy Baltimore physician who first comes to the state as an Army volunteer during the Spanish-American War. The historical novel paints vivid pictures of Florida at the beginning of the 20th century and reaches the climax in 19. When one of the deadliest hurricanes that ever hit Florida drowns hundreds of people in the town where he and his family had settled on the shores of Lake Okeechobee. Through the drama of Dr. Duncan's life, the reader will learn about the Seminole Indians, early events and prominent people responsible for the early development of Florida, including the first efforts to drain the Everglades for commercial purposes.
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"What a wonderful, comprehensive haunted history." Beth Krauss, Media Relations Manager, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Sarah's Story: A Confederate Girl's Diary
If you were the privileged daughter of a wealthy judge, life in Louisiana is the years before the war between the state was heavenly. 1862 brought a crashing halt to the good times. Life became hell on earth. Federal officials singled you out for the harshest punishment because you were a known "rebel." Rabid secessionists hated you if you didn't proclaim your hatred for "Yankees." An intelligent young lady with brothers on both sides of the conflict was traped in the middle of a war she never wanted. Sarah Morgan's diary relives her joys and sorrows as she watches her home town sacked, flees in the night to escape the exploding shells yet finds joy in trivial things. Her tiny canary, a gift from her brother, is her favored pet. Outings with friends and quiet family gatherings share her chronicle with the more serious war news. Through it all, Sarah recounts life as she lived it, always against the backdrop of the war that took her from her life of privilege to refugee hovels. As the war grinds to its final conclusion, Sarah must take refuge with her older brother who has remained loyal to the union. No account of this time is more poignant and more revealing of real life of those who kept the home fires burning.
Have you ever dreamed of buying a piece of property at a fraction of its worth? Amassing wealth with a minimum investment. Impossible? No. Hundreds of investors do exactly that annually in any state in the USA. The secret is buying at a tax sale. Often, you can buy property for a song, but this isn't the only way to make money. Thousands of others reap a financial return at an interest rate that is impossible in the stock market. Although, you can acquire property this way at prices that would make Jesse James envious, there are pitfalls for the unwary. This book will enable you to make knowledgeable choices about which properties you should select to achieve your goals.
Now a feature movie by Forbes Films!
Vickie's daughter is dead. Just one more dead druggie among the hundreds that die each year in Jacksonville, Florida's drug infested slums. The police aren't concerned about her drug-related death. Vickie needs to know. Was it an accidental overdose, or murder? To find the anser, she must leave her safe life behind and plunge into the terrors of the drug culture. Will the search lead her to love? Or will she end up on a morgue slab, just one more casualty in the war against drugs? Hank's mistakes caused the death of those he loved most. Drug addiction is his sworn enemy. His chosen life has no place in it for love until he meets Vickie. Joe's money and power haven't been able to save his marriage or his son's love. He seeks Vickie's love but what are his secrets?
Florida! The land of sunshine and wide-open beaches. But even the Sunshine State has its dark secrets. Places where centuries old spirits remain tied to earth. Beneath the facade of fun and make believe lurkes the real Florida.
After a painful divorce, Casey returns to the haven of her childhood, her great grandmother Weesie's tiny log cabin. Nestled deep in the Appalachian Mountains of North Georgia, the cabin rekindles memories of her happiest years as a young child enjoying Granny Weesie's tales of treasure. Casey seeks a peaceful refuge she will share only with her cat, Smokey. These ancient mountains are part of her blood and her culture. The beauty and the customs have always been sacred to her. However, much more than early memories await Casey in Bluejay, Georgia. By chance, or was it design, Weesie's childhood diary turns up in the cabin. The scrawled pages transport Casey back into the late nineteenth century. Far from finding the peaceful time she expects there, she uncovers a web of adultery, murder and intrigue that threatens to entangle Casey's twenty-first century life. That life threatens to become more complex when her new neighbor turns out to be a handsome victim of his own marital disaster. Lee Schmidt has vowed never to let another woman mangle his life. As Casey is drawn deeper into Weesie's life and times, her "real" life becomes more complicated by her growing attraction to Lee. Some strange occurrences happen in the cabin mirrored by tales of ghostly sightings in her family history. Her involvement with things past increases. As she travels back to 1879 via Louisa's diary, she meets an intriguing cast of characters. Donald Stuart, her "sister" Lillith's faithful lover, David, his evil hearted twin brother, Ma and Da Garrett, Louisa's parents and her own direct ancestors, and the other inhabitants of early Bluejay.
Kathleen Walls presents an in-depth look into the 5-year manhunt for Eric Rudolph, the accused bomber of the Atlantic Olympic Games and several abortion clinics. Rudolph, a simple mountain man, eluded the best that the government could throw at him during the most publicized manhunt in recent history. In the end, a young local policeman from the area where Rudolph lived was the one who captured him. Ms. Walls lives within a stone's throw of where Rudolph was eventually captured. She has interviewed local people who knew Rudolph as he was growing up and thereby provides as close a look at the inner workings of his mind as anyone can possibly do. Man Hunt is a must read book for anyone who is familiar with the Eric Rudolph story-and that includes almost everyone who is a living breathing person who watches the news channels or reads the newspapers. Reviewed by Kristie Leigh Maguire, published author.