Do Angels Ride Ponies? is about a handicapped boy discovering the power of faith to achieve the impossible.
Author Dr. MaryAnn Diorio writes compelling fiction for both children
and adults. Her work has won numerous awards, including the
prestigious Illumination Book Award for eBook Fiction.
A story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War. This is a war story for sure with graphic description of a life and death air battle. However, its real message is one of the power of friendship and our common human need for reconciliation.
When Brad Pope returns to his boyhood hometown to settle a debt with his long-lost father, the 35-year-old psychologist becomes a prime suspect in the murder of football legend turned cave diver, Big Jake Nunn. Perched high on the east bank of the Suwannee River, the sleepy town of Whitecross, Florida, is known for its natural crystal-clear springs and underwater caverns. Locals are online and computer savvy, but if asked about blackberries, they think cobbler, not wireless.
A conman looking to make some money on an alleged haunted house approaches Mary with an agreement she will soon regret making and a dead mother can’t rest until she locates the baby she gave up nearly sixty years ago. Mary O’Reilly calls on Ian, Rosie and Stanley to help her solve her latest mysteries.
I'm pleased to announce my latest novel, Burning Time, will be available for discount pre-ordering within the next few months, through MoonShine Press. Here's what one advance reader said: "One part Southern Gothic, one part crime novel, one part coming of age story, Burning Time is a compelling read I couldn't put down. It's beautifully delivered in Strother's clear concise prose and authentic Southern voice." --Susan M. Boyer, USA Today bestselling author of the Liz Talbot Mystery Series.
Viola Gentry of Rockingham County, North Carolina, learned to fly in 1924 and quickly achieved greater heights. In 1925, the aviatrix took her first solo flight. The following year, she flew under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and in 1928, she established the first officially recorded women's solo endurance flight record. She became the first federally licensed female pilot from North Carolina that same year. She was a national celebrity, and her job in a New York restaurant secured her the nickname the ''Flying Cashier.'' Gentry became personal friends with fellow pioneers of aviation Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post and General James ''Jimmy'' Doolittle. After a near-fatal crash, Gentry focused her efforts on championing aviation for women and preserving its early history. Author Jennifer Bean Bower reveals the life of one of the great women in Tar Heel State history.
Chase Newton is now married and a hot-shot investigative reporter with the New York Times, Washington bureau. Moments after an assassination attempt on the president and the vice president, Chase gets a phone call; it is from the vice president. He survived the attempt on his life but now the killers were hunting him and he’s going into hiding. Meanwhile, the man who was sworn in is an impostor, and it is up to Chase to prove who the real president is. With the “Order" dogging his steps and holding his wife Megan hostage, Chase must make a choice…save Megan or the country.
It’s the summer of 1863. The greatest battle ever fought on American soil is in full tilt. Southern Pennsylvania has become a grinding stone, thousands of dead or dying are its grist. Here reputations are made, careers ruined, men and women driven to the brink. Two armies’ intent on killing one another. Yet opportunity is everywhere...For the privates and officers fighting the battle, it's kill or be killed, salvation or damnation just a bullet away...Surgeons laboring over the wounded, where the price of a man's life all too often is an arm or a leg. For one undertaker, the dead are a canvas. Finally, a teenage former slave, alive only because his father had the courage to bury him, opportunity comes in the form of a ten-year-old boy with a creel and only one shoe, who may or may not be a ghost...an arm or a leg.
Rick Putnam is running for his life. A Vietnam Veteran riding a motorcycle for a national news network, he's picked up something too hot to handle. So hot that a reporter and a camera crew have been killed and a rogue CIA kill squad is on his tail. Stick with this charismatic character as he fights his way all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania in his battle for the truth.
It is May 1932 and life in the timbered rise and fall of Western Arkansas has just gotten harder for sixteen-year-old Sooze Williams. With debt mounting and both friends and family fleeing, Sooze is determined to ‘do the right thing’. She promises her heart to a well-to-do man believing true love is just another loss along the way.
But when her uncle is murdered and family is accused of the crime, Sooze vows not to be beaten. Is salvation within her grasp by relying solely on truth, or is it in the security of her intended’s money? Sooze must decide before it’s too late.
Would life have been different for Johnnie if she'd been named after a woman rather than her dead uncle? If her mama hadn't been quite so beautiful or flighty? Loving grandparents raised her but didn't understand the turmoil roiling within her. And they had so many, many secrets. Johnnie Kitchen is a 43-year-old woman with three beautiful children, two of them grown. A handsome, hardworking husband who adores her.Her only creative outlet is a journal of letters addressed to both the living and the dead. Although she has conquered the bulimia that almost killed her, Johnnie can never let down her guard, lest the old demons return. Johnnie has secrets of her own, and her worst fear is that the life she's always wanted--the one where she gets to pursue her own dreams--will never begin. Not until her ghosts reveal themselves.
Second Book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery Series--Releases March 31, 2015
There's a ghost on the loose--and a fox in the hen-house.
Four years ago, the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home put Chicken Teater in the ground. Now undertaker Emma Lee Raines is digging him back up. The whole scene is bad for business, especially with her granny running for mayor and a big festival setting up in town. But ever since Emma Lee started seeing ghosts, Chicken's been pestering her to figure out who killed him.
With her handsome boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, busy getting new forensics on the old corpse, Emma Lee has time to look into her first suspect. Chicken's widow may be a former Miss Kentucky, but the love of his life was another beauty queen: Lady Cluckington, his prize-winning hen. Was Mrs. Teater the jealous type? Chicken seems to think so. Something's definitely rotten in Sleepy Hollow—and Emma Lee just prays it's not her luck.
A funeral, a ghost, a murder . . . It's all in a day's work for Emma Lee Raines .
Bopped on the head from a falling plastic Santa, local undertaker Emma Lee Raines is told she's suffering from “funeral trauma.” It's trauma all right, because the not-so-dearly departed keep talking to her. Take Ruthie Sue Payne—innkeeper, gossip queen, and arch-nemesis of Emma Lee's granny—she's adamant that she didn't just fall down those stairs. She was pushed and she doesn’t know who did it.
She only knows she can't cross over until the matter is laid to eternal rest. In the land of the living, Emma Lee's high-school crush, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, isn't ready to rule out foul play. Granny Raines, the widow of Ruthie's ex-husband and co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, is the prime suspect. Now Emma Lee is stuck playing detective or risk being haunted forever.
When Dr. Mark Baker and Nurse Kelly Atkinson are held at the mercy of a dangerous gunman, the lives of every emergency room patient are at stake. At the end of the evening three men are dead. One, a police officer who couldn't be saved despite Mark's best efforts. The other two, members of the feared Zeta drug cartel.
After the standoff, the killing is not over. When the drug cartel loses its members, revenge is not far behind. Facing an adversary whose desires are dark and efforts are ruthless, Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. When he turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, Kelly helplessly looks on, as she hides her own feelings for the good doctor. Three questions remain: Who is the shooter? Who will the next victim be? And can Mark prove his innocence before the gun turns on him? Releases May 19, 2015--Available for Preorder.
In this intriguing debut novel-an emotional journey on how memories shape our lives and connect or separate us from others-Jamie, a young woman ascending from an oppressive relationship embarks on a desperate quest to escape. However her refuge is to return to the home she despised and left in the dust years before. Only her childhood journal and the family who raised her, can guide her search for answers to questions from decades ago that have molded her choices and left her with the stinging consequences she now must face. As vivid memories of a tragedy that cost her both parents, come flooding back, Jamie discovers a truth that she kept locked away- something only she knows about the night they both died. could re-living the memories that have shaped her life and relationships be the key to finding real, lasting happiness? What else will it bring to her door?
For the art and poetry lover, Whippoorwill Calls, a thin read, features seven freestyle poems describing a poet's journey through romance, grief and whimsy. Highlighted with gesture drawings and figure studies in pencil, red Conte' crayon and pen-and-ink. Available in paperback and hardcover editions.
A ten lesson manual designed to teach and train leaders and intercessors to revitalize prayer groups and move further into God's anointing in corporate prayer. Each lesson includes a teaching, life illustrations and practical tips. The supplemental workbook includes chapter review and questions, prayers, activities and much more on each lesson. Growing in skill and spirit for group prayer.
and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by
her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris,
the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to
become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the district
attorney's office only to discover that she will be working with Devin
Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school--and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram's vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a kid sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?
Fan favorite Julie Lessman draws a romantic triangle that will have readers in a tizzy in this glittering Gilded Age tale of transforming love.
My Lord and I is a compilation of traditional verse and free verse that reflects love and reverence for God while celebrating a close walk with Him. The poems yield fresh insight and a sense of intimate contact with the Lord, our shepherd. Clear and full of meaning, they foster quiet moments of reflection and a heightened awareness of the Lord's presence. Their winsome and gracious thoughts and images are an invitation to draw closer to Him.
Emma comes to visit her grandmother and Miss Boots. at first she fails to win over Miss Boots but she comes up with a plan to get her attention. A surprise ending. Illustrations are colorful and detailed.This is for the youngest and up through first grade readers.
Review on Kindle: "I gave my grandchildren a copy and it was an instant hit. They loved the story and the characters and Miss Boots and wanted her to come out and play with Emma. The illustrations were beautiful."
Hell on Wheels…Werewolf Guardian, Damon Trahan lives by a Code: Protect the Pack with his life. Damon has experienced death and betrayal, now all he wants is the freedom of his Harley and the loyalty of the men he rides with, the only family he has left. Those are the things he knows and believes in. Love and the hurt that comes with it has no place in his world…Until he receives new orders: Rescue female werewolf, Ava Renfroe from a Pack of rogue wolves. Bartender Ava Renfroe is tired of Alpha males running her life. Being raised as the daughter of a Military General made her want independence more than air–and she has it. Until she's kidnapped. Now on the run from the rogues, Ava and Damon can't ignore the passion between them but will they survive or will the war between the packs destroy them.
On a snowy February day in 2011, 62-year-old Cindy Sweet receives a Facebook message from a dead man—Warrant Officer Ryan Quinlan who supposedly died in Vietnam forty years earlier. He’d been Cindy’s fiancé before an RPG took out his “dust-off” chopper, killing all aboard. Cindy, a young combat nurse at the 24th Evacuation Hospital at Long Binh, had been devastated by her loss, but with no other choice, had served out her year in Vietnam—and even found love again.
Incense & Peppermints is a novel about patriotism, loyalty, enduring love, unimaginable courage and devastating loss. It’s the story of one woman’s year in a war zone during the most unpopular war in U.S. history.
Fifteen-year-old freshman, Payden Lamar Washington, who everyone calls Payne, attends Fairley High School. Unlike most teenagers, Payne anxiously looks forward to getting up and going to school every day. It is his only getaway from a mother addicted to drugs, five brothers and sisters, one of whom is mentally challenged, and a life that he wishes was just a nightmare that he could wake up from. School, his love of art, and music, plus his girlfriend, Marissa Johnson, are the only means of escape he seems to find. But even in that, there are times when love, happiness and normalcy of a teenager elude him no matter what he does, or where he tries to escape. What will it take for things to change for him and his brothers and sisters? Will God answer his prayer and let him have a normal life, or will he always be destined to live a life of pain?
But the murder of a stranger on her front lawn is only the first in a string of events that have Dr. Shannon Frasier’s life teetering on the edge of chaos. She’s unable to make the deeper commitment her boyfriend deserves. Her sister shows up at her home needing a place to stay but with no promise she’ll remain sober. And her father is diagnosed with cancer.
Then Shannon’s life stops teetering and plunges into the abyss. Because the person behind the guttural voice on the phone wants to know what the stranger said before he died. And he won’t stop until Shannon gives him the information he wants—even if she doesn’t have it.
He’s coming for her. She’s not sure the police on the case can be trusted. And her only hope of escape—for herself and for those she loves—is to overcome her buried past.
V L Moore The Nickel Tree
Young Darrell grows up on a farm learning the importance of hard work, education and family while avoiding peer pressure. A book of hope and overcoming obstacles, The Nickel Tree is a story of the past for the future.
A review from Kindle: "A wonderful debut!! This book carries straight from the heart simplicity and wonderful life lessons. In a world where people are concerned with material objects, here is a lovely story that points out the true importance of life; love, family, good friends, and above all, experiences and memories. Congratulations to VL Moore on her first publication. I cannot wait to read more of her work!!"
In 1883 Robert Louis Stevenson published his great novel Treasure Island. Its staying power has been phenomenal, in no small measure thanks to the powerfully-drawn central character Long John Silver. What has bothered me since first reading the book as a child was that the man who actually buried the Treasure on the Island (Captain Flint) was referred to only in flashbacks because he was dead by the time Stevenson's tale began. For me, Flint was described so vividly that he deserved a story of his own. Now I've written it--Tread Carefully on the Sea. The core of its action concludes in Savannah where, according to Stevenson, Flint died. I've offered a new take on the life, personality and death of Savannah's most famous fictional son--Captain Flint.
I’m going to start exercising…soon. I want to pray more often and more deeply…but I get distracted. Our resolutions to get in shape both physically and spiritually often fall short. We begin with enthusiasm, but find it difficult to stay committed. In Prayer Zone Workout, Rachel Britton shares how these two disciplines came to intersect in her life, and how each made the other more fruitful. Through directed prayer exercises and thoughtful journal entries, Prayer Zone Workout offers an accessible path to spiritual and physical wellness. Prayer Zone Workout is supported by the PZW smartphone app available in the app store.
David Cooper sat on the back steps of the small Florida farmhouse as the sky slowly faded from gold and red to purple. He had been there ever since the sheriff and his deputies finished their work and took away the body. Minutes? Hours? He wasn't sure. He kept retracing the day in his mind, a bright, quiet Sunday that evolved into an afternoon of confrontation, horror and death. He stared at the dark stain on the ground. It was the kind of stain that he saw so many times when he was fighting in France in the big war--bright red that dried brown. The kind of stain he had hoped to never see again.
Fire Angels received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Writer's Digest contest for self-published e-books.