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Reading Material

While we all hunker down and wait for the COVID19 mess to die down, a good book just might come in handy.  And really, can’t we all just use a little escape while we spend a few days in the house?

I asked some of my author friends if they had anything to offer.

First, we have Jim Curtis’ latest, The Grey Man – Sunset:

Whoever said retirement was quiet never met John Cronin…

The old man may have retired for the final time from the Sheriff’s office, but there are still cows to run, court cases to testify at, and consultation calls to tap decades of experience. And that’s not even counting the cold cases he’s still trying to solve…

With his granddaughter Jesse running the gun store and managing the ranch books, and her husband leaning how to fill Cronin’s shoes on investigations and arrests, John is keeping busy training the next generation, while settling a few old scores!


Jim tells me that his ebooks will be on sale this week, so check out his author page for more deals.


Jonathan Sullivan brings us his collection of wisdom “What Have Those Idiot Organics Done This Time:  Everything I Need to Know About Life, I Learned From Science Fiction“. (Try saying that fast three times).  I just started reading this one the other night, and it makes you smile and nod a lot.

Since the beginning of time, humans have used stories to pass on knowledge, experiences, and insight.

Why should science fiction be any different?

Sure, it might all look like lasers and explosions and papier-mâché sets, but what about the deeper message?

Is there a deeper message? If there is, can it be called inspirational? Morbid? Exciting? Boring?

Who knows? Let’s find out!


Brigid Johnson’s memoir, True Course: A Life Aloft is an uplifting and thought provoking story.  It’ll definitely fill the hours and your mind:

The Amazon #1 Best Seller and 2019 N.N. Light Best Book of the Year Award. From award-winning, best-selling author Brigid Johnson comes the tale of how one woman’s life in the sky forged an unforgettable destiny.

Raised in a small factory town in the 1960’s, when aviation was predominantly a male profession, with parents who didn’t support her ambitions, Brigid nevertheless learned to fly. Hers was a busy life of setting limits and learning philosophies of growth and risk well beyond her years, even as she juggled two jobs, college, and a rescue Siberian husky whose wandering spirit put her own to shame.

From first solo to an airline career, and finally a decision to hang up her wings for another profession when her elderly father needed her care, Brigid captures with understanding, humor, and grace the moments that change the path of our lives.

With lyrical expression of her love for flight, she writes old and new stories of family, adventure, and the thrill of taking to the sky. True Course is more than a memoir or a story of the lure of aviation–it’s a story of learning to let the spirit soar and unfurling the wings of personal freedom, an inspiration to adventurers everywhere.


Cedar Sanderson has a free short story collection up on her website, Twisted Mindflow:

A collection of seventeen shorts, flash, and oddball stories, twisted as they flowed out of my head and onto the paper.

Some may seem familiar, others appear here for the first time.

Get into my head…


Dorothy Grant suggested Alma T.C. Boykin’s latest, Furiously Familiar:

Ah, the holiday season. Peace, quiet, rest, and . . . were-creatures?

The perfect Halloween and Christmas gift for a pair of shadow mages? A fat holiday pay-check and no excitement. Lelia Chan and her fiancé survived enough excitement already for the year. Unable to work magic, André needs time to rest and recover. Lelia just wants to survive the goth sales rush of Halloween through Christmas.

But a young man looking for a were-wolf belt leads Lelia and her Familiar Tay onto a dark and deadly road.

Winter brings darkness and shadow. Evil also walks the long nights, stalking innocents. Evil also watches Lelia, patient, waiting . . .

Returning Dorothy’s good turn, I’m suggesting her first book, Scaling the Rim:

Never underestimate the power of a competent tech.

When Annika Danilova arrived at the edge of the colony’s crater to install a weather station, she knew the mission had been sabotaged from the start. The powers that be sent the wrong people, underequipped, and antagonized their supporting sometimes-allies. The mission was already slated for unmarked graves and an excuse for war…

But they hadn’t counted on Annika allying with the support staff, or the sheer determination of their leader, Captain Restin, to accomplish the mission. Together, they will overcome killing weather above and traitors within to fight for the control of the planet itself!


Finally, I have to recommend Sarah Hoyt‘s short story collection, Dragon Blood. I’m about half way through it, and I’ve enjoyed every word.

From the trenches of WWI where the Red Baron just can’t help turning into a dragon, to the desert sands of a future world where humans have become something else, from a coffee shop between worlds where magicians gather, to a place where your worst nightmare can love you, let Dragon Blood take you on a series of fantastic adventures.

With an introduction by Pam Uphoff

This collection contains the stories: Rising Above, From Out The Fire, Yellow Tide Foam,
Hot, The Blood Like Wine,The Least Of These Little Ones,
Scraps Of Fog,Something Worse Hereafter,The Littlest Nightmare,Dragon Blood



There’s a little of something for everyone in this list, but if you have something you want to share, please leave a link to it in a comment.  It can be your work or just something you really enjoy and think others might, too.  If I get enough suggestions, I’ll do another post like this in a few days.

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  1. OldNFO

     /  March 19, 2020

    Thanks Tom!


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