First Friday Author Round Up - Anne Bailey, Jerry Blacklaw, Dimitri Flynn & Beverly Pace
About the Book:
This single poem was written over a period of years and is risen from the childhood of the poet and her relationship with her mother, crafted from solitude and longing of the Chopin Preludes that her mother played regularly in a wood rental house in Birmingham, Alabama in the mid1960's.
About the Book:
In 1932, the author’s Uncle Weldon, who was 10 years-old at the time, lived in Hot Coffee, Mississippi. According to the local joke, the town was so small that the “Welcome” sign and the “Ya’ll Come Back” sign were nailed on opposite sides of the same post. This is a story about that town as related to the author by his Uncle Weldon long after he was grown and living in Texas. This is both a love story and a murder mystery that unfolds over a period of seven days in July, 1932, that Uncle Weldon insisted was the most memorable week of his life. Within the pages of this book, the reader will discover why. During this time, Uncle Weldon breaks his nose for the third time, falls in love with a married woman, hears all about the tragic murder of a local colored child, and has a ringside view of a World Championship wrestling match that comes to town. Settle back in your favorite easy chair with a glass of sweet tea and enjoy Jerry Blacklaw’s first novel set almost a century ago in Hot Coffee, Mississippi.
About the Author:
Jerry Blacklaw was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas.He is a graduate of Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas (B.A.); Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California (M.A.); and Columbia Seminary, Decatur, Georgia (D. Min.). Professionally he has been a plant nursery attendant, youth minister, jeep driver, migrant farm worker, guitar teacher, baseball umpire, lounge pianist, music store manager, recording artist, published composer, and Presbyterian minister. This is his first novel. Jerry and his wife, Cynthia, live in Fairhope, Alabama.
Anna Newsom had led a quiet life until World War II German POWs were brought to her small Alabama town to a work camp to spend the duration of the war. With no money for college, Anna needs a job and she is picked to take books to the prisoners. With her own brother off at war, and fighting her family's disapproval, Anna struggles with feelings of disloyalty but finds herself relishing her visits to the prison camp as she takes on the role of teacher, sharing her love of history and literature, and even her faith with the prisoners. As the war drags on, Anna takes comfort in the fact that she, like her brother, is making a difference in the war effort. She slowly begins to see the prisoners as young men who are also tired of war and want to start a new life. Anna becomes close to one prisoner in particular, a man named Klaus, who is a leader to the men but he has lost his way spiritually. Due to circumstances from his youth, Klaus no longer believes in God, and although he is drawn to Anna, he cannot share her faith. Anna begins to question her judgment, her feelings, and her faith as she falls in love with Klaus. Knowing that no one close to her would accept a relationship with the enemy, Anna finds herself isolated and afraid of what the future will bring.
Two young Americans doing research in the Vatican piece together new information about the Knights Templar leading them to conclusions placing them in the cross hairs of dangerous Global Socialists. They flee to Malta for protection from the Peregrine Order, enemies of the Globalists, are recruited to carry on their battle for freedom and sovereignty in the United States.