Hey, my memoir, “Goldstein’s Sporting Goods,” has apppeared in the summer number of Eclectica (http://www.eclectica.org/v17n3/mills.html), a well-respected literary magazine.
“Goldstein’s” is set in 1959 in our area. Here’s a teaser from my query letter:
“I've attached a memoir/essay that I feel provides insight into the formation of America's gun culture as it was aborning in the years after World War II – in the welter of surplus weapons and the anti-Communist fervor of the Red Scare. (Remember, it was a surplus rifle that killed JFK: Lee Harvey Oswald prefigures Jared Lee Loughner.)
At the same time, my memoir is a narrative meditation on the subtle anti-Semitism that was part and parcel of the phenomenon – especially in the Bible Belt, where the Red Scare lasted until at least the late-1950s.”
As some of you know, I have a literary, action-adventure novel, THE MONEY TREE, that’s a Kindle now at Amazon.
Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002T44I1C.
It’s a downriver chase set on a fictionalized Green River in Henderson and Polk Counties.
The first four chapters are free on the book’s page at Amazon, and if you don’t have a Kindle Reader, there are free apps on the same page for every kind of device.
Chapter Five is posted below – and I’ll post another chapter from deeper in the book shortly.
This is from the book jacket:
“TOM AND HUCK TAKE ON THE SOPRANOS! A PAGE-TURNING FIRST NOVEL FROM AN AWARD-WINNING TRAVEL WRITER!
Set in the wilds of Western North Carolina – near historic COLD MOUNTAIN – the story turns on two teen brothers' chance discovery of a drug dealers' money drop in the knothole of a tree.
The impoverished boys enjoy the "fruits" of "the money tree" until they are caught in in flagrante by the Mafiosi whose money it is. (At the same time, they witness the murder of a pot farmer wrongly thought by the dealers of being the one who’s robbing them.)
The boys narrowly escape, setting off a wild, downriver chase through the trackless Green River Wilderness – a chase that pits unarmed country boys and armed-to-the-teeth city men in a "guerrilla" war to the death.”