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The Family in The Mirror wins 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award

May I share some good news? My last novel, The Family in the Mirror, was selected as one of five finalists in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Contest, general fiction category. And to my delight, my friend and fellow writer, Bill Finger, won a finalist award in the memoir category. He wrote The Crane Dance: Taking Flight in Midlife while we were members in the same writing group, and contributed greatly to my effort.

As the NC Writers Network so aptly puts it “no one writes alone.”

Family Lost and Found

family-lostWhat does a person have to do to find out certain “family secrets”? Would life then make a little more sense? Maybe there are no big, bad secrets. How do you know unless you look?

John Randt grew up in suburban Ohio, the only child of loving and capable parents. They gave him a childhood that was “orderly”. Only when he went away to college did he discover that not every family in America would write the date of purchase on fresh raw eggs so each could be used in the order it was bought. In the Randt household nothing was ever spoiled, lost, or out of place.

It was perhaps inevitable that he would become interested in people with “messy” lives. At length this would take him on a trip of discovery that included a southern community in the process of losing its own particular character and the last remnants of its innocence.

He found himself involved with a 100-year-old family mystery, met a race car driving female cousin and a cast of other unforgettable characters. He ultimately found more than he sought.


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Stories from the Sunshine Mountain Valley

storiesThe Sunshine Mountain Valley is a lovely little crossroads community in north-central-southwestern North Carolina, located near the intersection of two Interstate highways, two great concrete and steel ribbons of travel and commerce that cross and go their separate ways just out of sight, and out of mind, of the people of the valley.

These are their stories, some told from the porch of the Bull Tail Tavern, so named because the owner was enamored of Mark Twain who noted that the man who takes a bull by the tail is privileged to information not available to others. People of the valley live lives and have experiences not available to others.

Read this book for the simple enjoyment of the stories or as an aspiring storyteller. Each of the main stories is followed by a section discussing a potentially difficult element in the telling of that story.

There are unfinished stories for the writer or storyteller to complete, and shorts about children, to remind all readers that we are all storytellers.

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The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played

baseballThe Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees in the seventh game of the 1955 World Series in the greatest baseball game ever played. The second-greatest baseball game ever played took place Saturday, June 29, 1957. No Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, or Red Sox were there.

The game played out in author Drew Bridges’ hometown of Hildebran in western North Carolina. Two teams of boys, 10 to 15 years old, faced off on the high school baseball diamond, no uniforms and no organized league. Bridges played second base, his brother played third and their dad coached the team.

In this memoir, Bridges tells the story of that afternoon of baseball and how it came to be through his recollections and his father’s wartime letters to his mother who was pregnant with their first child. It shares the words of an ordinary American serviceman who is dreaming about a life beyond war.

Field of Dreams meets A League of Their Own meets The Sandlot in this story of a soldier’s return home from World War II and his work with others in the community to build a youth league baseball program. The Second-Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played shares the game of baseball through the eyes of a 10-year-old by showing how this game captured the heart and soul of a community and became so vital to all.

Purchase a signed copy with a personalized dedication  from this Wake Forest bookstore or arrange to have one mailed by contacting Dave Lucey.

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The Family in the Mirror

family-mirrorA story of hidden identity; a matter of survival.

As an abused child, Melinda Master was sent to a psychiatric clinic to help healing her emotional scars. The young director of the clinic was John Randt, and despite his good intentions, nothing was done to help her. She left just as traumatized as when she arrived and returns to a cult-like existence.

As an adult, Melinda comes back into the life of John Randt who still runs the clinic. He is now distracted and vulnerable due to various losses in his own life. But now Melinda is not alone.

She brings as part of her life a developmentally disabled child, a beautiful young yoga instructor and a woman of darkness who offers Melinda a shocking plan as a path out of the personal prison of her father’s home.

Due to John’s pain, he is easily charmed by Melinda and soon falls into a relationship with her, not knowing she plans his death. The trap is set and ready to spring.

John’s only hope for survival is in recognizing the true identity of Melinda and those who support her murderous cause. He is isolated from family and friends—just as traumatized as his ex-patient—so will anyone escape this poisonous game unscathed?

Purchase a signed copy with a personalized dedication  from this Wake Forest bookstore or have one mailed by contacting Dave Lucey.

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