Author Guest Post: Andrew Joyce

What you are about to read is a true story. It’s from my book, Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups. It came about because my editor hounded me for two years to put all my short stories into one collection. Actually, it was supposed to be a two-volume set because there was so much material. I fended her off for as long as possible. I didn’t want to do the work of editing all the stories. There were a lot of them. But she finally wore me down. Instead of two volumes, I put all the stories into a single book because I wanted to get the whole thing over with. I had other books to write.

Bedtime Stories is made up of fiction and nonfiction stories and some of ’em are about my criminal youth. I must tell you, I never thought any of these stories would see the light of day. I wrote them for myself and then forgot about them. By the way, there are all sorts of genres within its pages, from westerns to detective stories to love stories and just about anything else that you can imagine.

There are a whole lotta stories in the book—700 pages worth. Enough to keep you reading for the foreseeable future.

Here’s one of my hitching adventures. By the way, in the hitching tales, I use my real name, Billy Doyle—Andrew Joyce being my pen name.
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Destitutio Quod Remissio by Brett Armstrong

26523458Roman Senator Marcus Servius is a powerful, wealthy, and admired individual, respected for serving his country both militarily and politically. He spends his days in relative ease and luxury, until one day his whole world is suddenly brought crashing down around him as he is outed for being guilty of a crime Rome detests beyond measure: Marcus is a Christian.

After losing his home, possessions, and worst of all his wife, Marcus is forced to go into hiding along with the other members of his church, where he seeks answers from his spiritual mentor and leader of the church, Benjamin Truvias. As Christian persecution becomes more and more severe, Marcus spends his time bringing aid and comfort to his fellow believers. But helping the church has also placed him in a position to learn the identity of the person responsible for his ruin, and as he gets closer to the answers he so desperately seeks, he finds himself faced with a decision that will impact not only himself, but the future of the church within Rome- Will he seek revenge, or will he choose to forgive?
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Featured Book: One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence by Keith Van Sickle

33927852Keith and Val had a dream – to live in Provence, the land of brilliant sunlight, charming hilltop villages and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean.

But there were two problems: they weren’t French speakers and they had full-time jobs. So they came up with a plan…

Follow their adventures (and misadventures) as they quit their jobs, become consultants and split their time between two countries. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, slowly mastering a new language and making friends with the locals over long meals and just a bit too much wine.
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Featured Book: On The Edge by Theresa Santy

29622235For as long as she can remember, Kristen Craemer has been running from something. In high school and college, she ran competitively, until her Olympic dreams were shattered. Now, she runs to escape—from her past, from intimacy, from reality, and from the cold, black mist that haunts her nights.
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Eagle Eye (Like No Other, #2) by Darcy Flynn

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Designer of teen fashion, Jillian Jeffrey, is on the cusp of making a name for herself in the NYC fashion scene- a dream that could easily become a reality with a seat on the board of directors for her favorite charity, Like No Other. With a heart for serving the less fortunate, Jill can think of nothing more fulfilling than combining her two passions into one. When an unexpected opportunity arises for her to raise a significant amount of funds for the organization, and gain a better shot at the position, she jumps at it- unaware that the mistake she’s about to make will put her at risk of losing everything she’s ever worked for…
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Death Of An Assassin by Ann Marie Ackermann

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The year is 1835. In the Kingdom of Württemberg, in the small town of Bönnigheim, a murder has just been committed. The town’s beloved mayor has been gunned down in cold blood- a senseless crime with no apparent motive- and the elusive murderer manages to slip away, seemingly without trace. Despite the best efforts of a remarkably ingenious investigator, the case would remain unsolved for decades.

On the other side of the Atlantic, a storm is brewing between the Mexican government and American settlers, eventually erupting into the Texas Revolution. As America is drawn into war with Mexico, troops are amassed to besiege Veracruz in what would become the first large-scale amphibious assault conducted by United States military forces, and the largest in history until D-Day. In writing of the battle, Robert E Lee makes a curiously poignant entry in his journal regarding the heroic death of a German-American soldier, remarking “I doubt whether all Mexico is worth to us the life of that man”. Little could he have known that the man to whom he ascribed such praise was actually an assassin.
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A Father’s Guide: When Children Fall Uncomfortably Close To The Tree

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With humor and heartfelt sincerity, author Stephan Hahn shares practical advice on parenting from a father’s perspective.

A Father’s Guide: When Children Fall Uncomfortably Close To The Tree tackles the difficult subject of fatherhood with refreshing candor. From bringing home baby to the inevitable growing-up stages, Hahn gives dads a heads-up on what to expect by way of anecdotal stories of his own family life, telling it like it is and revealing both the expected and unexpected challenges of parenthood, as well as the many joys that make it all worthwhile.
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