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This is a YA magical realism novel set in 1780: In the Moon’s Shadow

Redbird rescues Rachel from a killer and takes her to a village where people are dying in the night, no one daring to speak openly of Raven Mocker. Redbird seeks out the last Anikotani, Cherokee priest, who has the magic spell to defeat Raven Mocker.

I am having fun writing this, but this story is YA magical realism bordering on horror. (not for the faint of heart)

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Green River Writers met at the Kavanaugh Center in Crestwood, Kentucky from Thursday, January 22 to Sunday, January 25. About 20 writers from Ohio and all over Kentucky met to critique each other and to participate in writing exercises. They helped me with a YA fantasy, Osiris Must Die, and a poem, “Hey, Little Snowflake.”

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I try to follow all eight.

  1. Think Like a Teen: more than POV, be a teen while you write
  2. Find the “Emotional Truth” of the Teenage Experience: most teens have similar problems, goals etc.
  3. A Good Pop-Culture Reference Goes a Long Way: music, TV shows etc. (might have made-up names)
  4. Get Input From Real Teenagers: cowriter, beta reader, critique
  5. Use Slang Words at Your Own Risk: slang mutates quickly
  6. Keep It Moving: keep it simple & stay on the plot
  7. It’s Okay for YA To Get Dark: nothing is off limits anymore
  8. Find the Kernel of Hope: even with a sad ending, leave a way outIreadYA-select

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  1. Think Like a Teen: more than POV, be a teen while you write
  2. Find the “Emotional Truth” of the Teenage Experience: most teens have similar problems, goals etc.
  3. A Good Pop-Culture Reference Goes a Long Way: music, TV shows etc. (might have made-up names)
  4. Get Input From Real Teenagers: co-writer, beta reader, critique
  5. Use Slang Words at Your Own Risk: slang mutates quickly
  6. Keep It Moving: keep it simple & stay on the plot
  7. It’s Okay for YA To Get Dark: nothing is off limits anymore
  8. Find the Kernel of Hope: even with a sad ending, leave a way out
  9. IreadYA-select

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Experiment 38 (young adult thriller, 4RV Publishing, paperback) will released in this year, date TBA

Eighteen-year-old Emily lives with her scientist-father and knows nothing about her mother. When Emily dates Nate, two men in a Lincoln Navigator follow them. After Nate discovers her mother’s identity, the two men kidnap Emily, but her father doesn’t try to save her. When Nate’s rescue fails, she tries to escape on her own.

Her father holds a secret about her past. Are the two men working for her him? Will Nate rescue her? Why do the two men want her? Can she escape and have a normal life?

ISBN: 78-1-940310-02-2

YA thriller, publication TBA

YA thriller, publication TBA

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My thriller, Neanderthal Protocol, takes place in and around Louisville, Kentucky. All these locations don’t figure in my novel, but they lurked in my mind while I wrote the manuscript. I am editing, Lies & Deceptions, a YA thriller that also features the Louisville area.

Ghosts: Waverly Hills Sanatorium, reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the country, is a TB hospital that closed in 1962 after thousands of people died. It has been featured in several TV programs and movies. The most famous attraction is the Tunnel of Death, where bodies were whisked away at night. Do you have the courage to tour it? Not everyone does.

More Ghosts: Tom Sawyer State Park was built on the grounds of an 1870’s mental hospital, often called Lakeland Asylum. Once housing 3,000 inmates, the building is gone, but two unmarked potter’s fields hold possibly hundreds of bodies. Nearby, a bricked-in cave was used as a morgue. Ghost tours are available in October.

Things Best Left Unspoken: At the height of the Slave Trade, Louisville contained as many as 44 slave traders and four large slave pens. The term, Down the river, originated in Louisville, because slaves were sold, dragged to the Louisville wharfs, and steamboated downriver to cotton plantations in the Deep South. Thankfully, nothing remains but historic markers.

Murder: On Bloody Monday, August 6th 1855, members of the Whig Party and the Know-Nothing Party rioted against immigrants, mainly German and Irish Catholics. At least 22 people were killed in downtown Louisville and a nearby neighborhood, Phoenix Hill. Many of the churches where people sought refuge are still standing.

More Murder: The Pope Lick Monster (the Pope family were early settlers) is a half-man, half goat rumored to dwell under the lofty railroad bridge spanning Pope Lick Creek. It hypnotizes its victims, luring them onto the narrow train trestle until they are run over by trains. Despite No Trespassing signs, several people have been killed. By the monster?

Boom! The Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, located directly across the river from Louisville, covered about 15 square miles. It made gunpowder and rocket propellant from World War 2 through Vietnam. Rumors floated through Louisville about people and Jeeps blowing up. Part of it is now Charlestown State Park, but tall fences circle the remainder. Signs announce, No Trespassing. Even without signs, I wouldn’t set foot on those grounds.

Gone but Not Forgotten: The United States Bullion Depository, AKA the Fort Knox Gold, holds the government’s gold. No one has been allowed inside since the 1970’s, because they don’t give tours, even to members of Congress. Rumors persist that the gold has vanished, but no one’s talking. Is the Federal Government broke?

Now you know the Dark Side of Louisville. If you’re afraid to visit Louisville, lots of great writers live here so you can visit the city via books.

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Just finished the Green River Writer’s Summer Writing Retreat, Kavanaugh Center, Crestwood KY. About 25 writers from Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Louisiana met over a four-day period.

They helped me with my YA thriller, Osiris Must Die, and “Ma’at’s Grace,” a prayer for my Osiris Must Die. They also critiqued a poem, “And the Lakes Shall Give up their Dead.”

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