Heals from

The inside.

Behind Me

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I know that! It’s the same with every lesson. Something I know but sort offorgot.

— Roy in A Fine Young Man

I’m like that. Remember in a previous Behind Me post, I talked about getting caught up in the numbers and forgetting the reason for writing? Thank goodness for reminders.

Was doing some promotion for this book. Giving away copies to a good home. Of course the goal is to up the ranking, but also find somebody who really wants to read it.

Got an e-mail that took my breath away. The sender volunteers as a juvenile arbitrator. There are a number of possession and/or consumption alcohol cases. (My book is about the aftermath of teenage alcohol abuse.) A diversionary program hopes offenders will learn from their mistakes. The sender wanted to read my book to see if it could be used as an option for juveniles…

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Never labors

In vain.


Final Hours

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A Slice of Alabama Life*

The author takes you back to rural Alabama in the 1950s. It is a coming-of-age story set in the decade of Gunsmoke, Bugs Bunny, Patsy Cline and Elvis. A tale of two brothers. Billy is the teenage basketball star, and young Roy idolizes him. The story is not fast paced, but it immerses you in farm life of the South back in the day. You’ll get to know Dad and Mama, sisters Martha and Shirley, and Sam, the farm dog. It’s a Norman Rockwell painting come to life, one not perfect, but with all the normal stresses. I feel like I could draw that farmhouse from the author’s details. The highback oak chairs carved with leaves, the blue willow china. Although the novel only spans a few days, it’s not boring–there’s Chester, a boy not quite…

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People die,

That’s what

We do.

Any day

May be

Your last.


So love

Like tomorrow

Won’t come.

And dream

Like there’ll

Be one.


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“Bittersweet story of family love, brotherhood, loss and hope”—Customer review

The good always die young.

Ten-year-old Roy Brown sits in his chair at the kitchen table alone. Yesterday his brother, Billy, was killed on Pine Landing Road. Sixteen-year-old Billy is the Eagle’s star basketball player. For Roy, he’s “the swellest brother ever.”

Why did Billy die? Why was he drinking beer before the big game?

Waiting for the sunrise, Roy remembers that day in rural Alabama 1965.

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Shines through

The shadows.


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