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The Review

Struggling to get his writing career off the ground, Gus Barton finds an ally in an unlikely place.

     By day, Gus Barton delivers packages for PDQ, but at night he turns into August Barton, thriller writer. When his first novel is published by a small publishing company, Gus dreams of acceptance into the Thriller Writers Association, but sales are slow and Gus discovers the challenges of getting noticed.

     To generate interest, he gives away a few copies of his book through an online contest. Soon after, a negative review appears online, and Gus's hopes for a best seller are dashed. Written by an influential reviewer, the review confirms Gus’s worst fear: he’s a failure. His wife, Sally, shows little interest in his latest venture, and the members of his critique group are as inexperienced as he is. They encourage each other's efforts and offer superficial comments and suggestions, but none of them are writing thrillers, and they are focused on their own projects. Gus needs help if he's going to succeed as a novelist.

     Desperate to improve his writing—and his life—he befriends a lonely recluse who agrees to give him feedback on his work in progress.

     What emerges will transform both men's lives.

 

 

"A well-written tale with a good character who undergoes a nice transformation from avenging writer to a more self-aware, caring author."

     —RR Brooks, Author of Justi the Gifted

 

 

 

 

 

    A Short Story about the Power of Thought

 

Paula Prentis never gave much thought to what happens after death; she’s been too busy living—and working.

 

     Three of Paula’s screenplays have been made into blockbuster motion pictures, and two others have been optioned by studios. Paula’s success has allowed her to purchase a spacious home in Naples, Florida, and has given her opportunities to travel to exotic locales during film shoots.

 

     Now she’s working on a script about a woman who begins receiving communications from her deceased husband, and she’s stuck. Paula doesn’t believe in an afterlife, and the premise seems unrealistic. Her sister, though, is a believer. Andrea lives in an ashram, a lifestyle choice that never made sense to Paula.

 

     The sisters haven’t spoken since their mother’s death three years earlier. Paula invites Andrea for a visit to discuss spiritual approaches to the afterlife. Andrea’s visit may open old wounds, but it may also provide an opportunity to heal them.

 

 

“A very good story. I quickly went into another world and came back to this one a little wiser.” 

      –Todd Huston, author of More than Mountains: The Todd Huston Story