For information about the Ormond Writers' League please call the Ormond Beach Library @ (386) 676-4191.

The library is located at 30 South Beach Street, Ormond Beach, Florida.

The OWLs meet from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month (and on the months that have five Thursdays on the 5th Thursday as well).

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Through Slanted Windows, A Journey into Radio

Through Slanted Windows, A Journey into Radio

Dave Archard

ISBN 0 - 7414 - 7607 - X

Dave's memoir of his passion to be a radio announcer tells of the challenges he overcame to live his dream. Abundant with vivid recollections of the waning Golden Age of Radio and the first decade of Rock ‘n' Roll, the book will delight nostalgia buffs and radio aficionados alike.

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Adventures of Rusty Son of Tall Elk

Adventures of Rusty Son of Tall Elk

Charles H. Bertram

ISBN 0-7414-5213-8

Rusty has been with the Cheyenne that adopted him for three years. He fights horse stealing Crow and learns Indian ways, while struggling with questions of identity, white man or red Indian?

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Bikini Wednesday

Bikini Wednesday

Charles H. Bertram

ISBN 0-7414-5716-4

Bikini Wednesday: Fatimah wears a bikini to a Malibu beach as a protest to Muslim ideas about women. CUTTING MOTHER IN HALF, like the other ten stories, deals with contemporary issues and humor.

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Chipped Beef on Toast, SOS Book Cover

Chipped Beef on Toast, SOS

Charles H. Bertram

ISBN 0-7414-1554-2 Infinity Publishing (keyword 'chipped')

A collection of mostly humorous stories about life in the military. Some are based on the author's adventures, most are the result of interviews with veterans. This is a work of fiction. The story of Stone Bear is different. While it may offend many Japanese, it deals with issues that need to be remembered.

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Corporal Rusty

Corporal Rusty

Charles H. Bertram

ISBN 0-7414-5986-8

Rusty tries to visit his white family, but finds he is on a wanted poster as a renegade. He faces being drafted into the Civil War, unless he can prove he is under age eighteen. To prove that means revealing his true name and renegade status. He does end up in the Union army, fights in the war, and when wounded, gets a discharge. He goes to Ireland and rescues his Indian sister Setting Sun. Once back with the Cheyenne he plans to marry Setting Sun after he makes a dangerous trip to the Blackfeet.

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Rusty Son of Tall Elk

Rusty Son of Tall Elk

Charles H. Bertram

ISBN 978-1933255439

An innocent game of cowboys and Indians becomes a reality for 10-year-old Russell Weaver when he is captured by Cheyenne Indians in this historical adventure novel. "Rusty" is a bright, red-haired, freckled-faced farm boy from a German-Irish Midwest family, and when Chief Walks Fast sees Rusty's red hair, he adopts the boy. The chief has a daughter of mixed ancestry with fire red hair, and believes it will be strong medicine to raise a boy and a girl with this unusual trait. Rusty's new sister is one inch taller, one year older, and none too pleased about this new rival to her status. Rusty must prove himself to his new sister, make a place for himself in his new family, and adapt to an entirely alien way of life. He discovers a talent for storytelling, and becomes expert in making slings and javelins. Little by little, this pale stranger becomes assimilated into his new tribe, and at age 12 he undergoes a traditional vision quest and vows to stay with the Cheyenne until the age of 16.

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Stone Bear

Stone Bear

Charles H. Bertram

ISBN 0-7414-1991-2 Infinity Publishing

An American tale of an Irish Poacher and his struggle against English rule when even the use of their Gaelic language was forbidden. He finds life with the civilized Cherokee Indians better than the life of an Irishman in the big cities. He is called the White Cherokee. His family for generations struggle against race domination, from the White mans demand for land and gold to when Stone Bear, a great-great Grandson is not allowed to speak his native tongue at College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In WWII he fights the Japanese as "Shadow Demon" a guerilla soldier. Gold on the reservation is found by solving the mystery of an old tomahawk, in the 1960's when Indians in New Mexico are not allowed to vote.

Stone Bear and the Magic Bullet

Stone Bear and the Magic Bullet

Charles H. Bertram

ISBN 0-7414-2783-4 Infinity Publishing

District Attorney Martin heard the shot that murdered Judge Foster. He was on the bridge driving to the Judge's cabin. Ballistics experts say the slug that killed the judge came from the .38 Colt owned by D.A. Martin. A gun that was in his briefcase at the time of the shooting.

Martin calls his own private investigator, ex-FBI agent Webster and his companion, Cherokee tracker Stone Bear.

Stone Bear was an ex-marine with a reputation from his days as a guerilla warrior in the Pacific during WWII. With help from Berry, his Cherokee nephew, he figures out how the same bullet was used. Then he joins Webster in tracking down those behind the killing.

Escape Into Hell

Escape Into Hell

Vinny Dee

ISBN 1591135508 Booklocker

It's all here - sadistic murder, nail-biting suspense, love and deception - all with an erotic hint stirred in. It dissolves the banality of normal life into the realm of madness without an escape....or is there?

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Almost Scared to Death

Almost Scared to Death

Sheryl Pascal Gormley

ISBN 0615759459

Beginning in early childhood, Catherine's fear of medical personnel leave her parents perplexed. Without understanding the reasons for it, they believe her behavior foolish and feel she could change it, or at least control it. The simple suggestion of a visit to a doctor or dentist throws her into anxiety that won't abate, causing her to faint when the actual appointment comes to fruition. Catherine does well in school, has many friends, and especially enjoys sports. As she grows older, the phobias become full-blown. Her parents, steadfast in their assessment of the situation, insist that she keep quiet about her problems. If she discloses them she will become an embarrassment to herself and her family and, in all likelihood, plod through life alone and lonely. Confused by her parent's attitude, largely because these 'events' do not occur on a daily basis, Catherine learns to keep her mouth shut about them. Otherwise, for the most part she manages to lead a normal life. However, struggling through her twelfth summer, due to losing two of her friends to drowning accidents and three times narrowly escaping drowning herself through the pranks of others, a new terror grabs her: fear of water. Now almost thirty, divorced, and on her own she gets a job and takes care of her kids. Over the next several years she takes steps to conquer the monster in her head that controls her fears. Nothing seems to help. Time passes. Catherine is diagnosed with Stage Three cancer and is told "if you don't have surgery in three months, you won't live four". Christmas-time looms. She delays facing her choice by not canceling a cruise that had been planned and paid for months before. The trip is marred with weakness and continual pain. She returns home to make her final or fatal decision.

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Almost Scared to Live

Almost Scared to Live

Sheryl Pascal Gormley

ISBN 978-0692529409

All her life Catherine had been plagued with the white-coat syndrome phobia. It was so severe that a monster in her mind controlled Catherine’s reaction to all of her medical issues.

In 2008 the diagnosis given was squamous cell carcinoma, Stage Three. Cancer covered more than half her tongue. Doctor appointments ended when they told her "if you don’t have surgery in three months, you won’t live four." Through research, she found the operation was an unusual and risky one and decided not to have it. Her family argued it was a necessity and would save her life. She resented that family and friends felt a need to control her. She devised a plan to let them believe she’d agree to the operation, but would stay true to her own decision.

Her lofty plan fell apart at the last minute.

Upon awakening from the anesthetic in horrific pain and unable to communicate, the Catherine she knew was gone. Left behind was an angry female intent on following only one direction. The regret of surviving had caused an unquenchable fire. Her intense desire to die offered comfort. She believed her death would free her family from the burden she’d created for them.

New mental and physical health problems produced a deep, explosive fury. Constant suicidal thoughts resulted in the additional diagnosis of PTSD.

As months passed, unbidden memories of old pleasant moments filtered into and out of her head. Could one of them surface and transport her back to an atmosphere free of mental anguish? Perhaps she should wait and find out.

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Katie Did

Katie Did

Sheryl Pascal Gormley

ISBN 0615981380

As a result of several miscarriages early in their marriage the Millford's accepted they'd have no children and threw themselves into their professional lives. An unplanned pregnancy evolved into inconvenience rather than joy. Now, they both were into their forties.

The new baby girl, Katie, began life under the care of nannies. Eager to learn, she grasped new academic teachings easily being promoted from one grade to the next and ending up with a scholarship to the University of Maryland. Although being exposed to proper manners and being taught the general difference between right and wrong behavior, somehow social skills hadn't been included in her education. She lacked the ability to understand or get involved in personal male/female relationships.

After two years of dating Kenny Hagen, her polar opposite, he proposed to her. Flattered and giddy she accepted.

Little by little their union deteriorated. He became verbally abusive, a borderline drunk and made threats of physical harm. Threats continued even after the birth of their daughter, Marley. Katie opted for divorce, took Marley, now school aged, and moved out.

When a body was discovered in the house Kenny had moved to after the divorce, Katie was arrested and jailed. The murder was described as brutal with the face and head of the victim being beaten beyond recognition, possibly by the use of a sledge-hammer. Could Katie have done it?

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Hart's Original Petpourri

Hart's Original Petpourri

Bob Hart

As anyone who owns both a dog and a cat knows, dogs will "come when called" and cats will "get back to you." Well, that may be stretching the absolute truth just a bit, but in "Hart's Original Petpourri" you will discover many truths (and a whole bunch of fun facts) about your beloved companion and other members of the animal kingdom.

Hart brings a lively flavor to pet ownership, sharing his experiences as well as his jokes with those of us who delight in our animal friends. Dog people, cat people and lovers of all animals will enjoy this compendium of pet enjoyment.

Elena, The Girl With the Piano

Elena, The Girl With the Piano

Veronica Helen Hart

Fourteen year old Elena Grigoraevnaya Federova, with her parents and grandparents, lives in the basement of their bombed apartment building during the Siege of Leningrad in WWII. A gifted pianist, her piano was destroyed in the bombing, yet she dreams of playing in Carnegie Hall. Now she hears the music in her head as she practices fingering on a cloth keyboard made from the curtains of their former home.

To save his family from certain death by starvation, her father, Grigory, arranges for them to walk to Germany where he believes, as prisoners, the enemy must feed and shelter them. She is disguised as a boy for safety, carrying her "piano" wrapped around her body under her clothing.

The story follows Elena as they journey across Europe, surviving severe winters and brutal as well as kind Germans. She experiences all the terrors of war, rejection by her mother as they become captive and spend several months in a German encampment. Life is brutal but Elena keeps her hopes and dreams alive through the duration of the war. How will she survive? Will she live to play in Carnegie Hall? Don't expect a storybook ending to this compelling novel.

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Escape From Iran

Escape From Iran

Veronica Helen Hart

Sixteen year old Janice Parker flies to Iran to spend time with her archeologist father in the desert of Iran. When she arrives, she finds herself caught up in the throes of an impending revolution. After her father is injured, it is up to her to rescue him from prison and, with the help of her new friend, Amir, escape from Iran.

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The Prince of Keegan Bay

The Prince of Keegan Bay

Veronica Helen Hart

When the American born heir to the kingdom of Kushawa is hidden in an age-qualified retirement community, a battle of wits and tactics develops between the Kushawan Alliance of Royal Princes (KARP), determined to eliminate the infant, and a group of senior citizens, The Blenders, equally determined to save him. Doll Reynolds pulls the residents into a unified group while the baby's mother, Moira Robbins, risks her life to lure the KARP assassins away from her child.

The Reluctant Daughters

The Reluctant Daughters

Veronica Helen Hart

When Elisabeth Ackert Riis learns that Senator Justin Pembroke will throw his hat in the ring and run for president of the United States, she knows she must do all that it takes to prevent him from running, if it means using her daughter and granddaughters to achieve her goal.

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Silent Autumn

Silent Autumn

Veronica Helen Hart

Power, absolute authority, and food. The East has the first two, the West, the third. And Taylor Female 8635 knows what is about to happen.

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The Swimming Corpse

The Swimming Corpse

Veronica Helen Hart

When Doll Reynolds decides to leave Keegan Bay Park and her Blender friends behind to buy a house, she faces more than their wrath when the evil homeowner refuses to leave.

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Beasts of the Frontier

Beasts of the Frontier

Sam Hossler

Ned and Jake go on a winter hunting trip only to find more strange beasts roaming the northwest wilderness of Pennsylvania. The hunters now become the hunted in this story of intrigue and survival.

Frontier Preacher

Frontier Preacher

Sam Hossler

The story opens with young John Corbly being Shanghaied from his home in Ireland and is now on a ship bound for the colonies.After a period of servitude he journeys to Virginia where he becomes involved in the Baptist religion and becomes a preaching evangelist. Follow his life as he travels to the wild southwest corner of Pennsylvania. Reverend John Corbly survived Indian raids, the murder of his family and being jailed on false charges, but has never lost faith in God.

Frontier at Three Rivers

Frontier at Three Rivers

Sam Hossler

This novel is in two parts. The first focuses on the summer of 1763: Iroquois Chief Pontiac's uprising and the attacks on Fort Pitt, Hanna's Town, and the Indian raid on outlying settlements. The second half of the book covers an attempt by Virginia to take over this southwestern Pennsylvania territory. Re-live how the frontiersmen resist the invasion and finally secure the land for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families

Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families

Dr. Pat Otwell

In Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families, Dr. Pat Otwell examines the importance of spirituality in dealing with the everyday challenges this mysterious disease brings. It is not a "how to" manual with step-by-step instructions or "tried and true" formulas, but instead provides essential elements of ministering to those affected by dementia. The book is based on first-hand accounts of family members living through pain and uncertainty, author's experience in ministry, and her extensive reading. Topics explored include: nature and stages of Alzheimer's; desire to minister; theological understanding; grief and guilt; communicating with Alzheimer's patients; spiritual needs and implications for care; ethical issues; role of ministry in decision-making; models for ministry; faith, hope, and love; blessings; and resources. It is written primarily for pastors, pastoral counselors, priests, chaplains, church leaders, healthcare professionals, and seminary students.

Guide to Ministering to Alzheimer's Patients and Their Families was published by Taylor & Francis (Routledge imprint) in 2008 and can be purchased at Amazon.com. Please feel free to contact Dr. Otwell at: patotwell@hotmail.com.

American Castles

American Castles

Julie Eberhart Painter

ISBN 1-4137-3652-1

A band of optimistic seniors work together to save their historic hotel from the clutches of city hall and its two-faced environmentalists. While meeting the obstacles hands on, they find time to share travel, the arts, games, and dancing. An old lady finds fulfillment. Couples discover their way back home. A young woman finds independence and everyone achieves respect and the joy of castling in Central Florida. Justice can be illusive, but determined seniors prove no one can steal their American Castles.

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Daughters of the Sea

Daughters of the Sea

Julie Eberhart Painter

Laura, descended from the Tahitian princess Kura, explores her heritage to find answers to her unusual past. Why did her birth father, the last Polynesian navigator, insist she be raised by her American family? What secret threatens her through her Tahitian bloodlines?

Ian, an English journalist, falls for the lovely Laura the first day she arrives on Tahiti. During her quest, he's by her side when dejá vu overtakes her. They are plunged into 1769, Captain Cook's first landing on the islands.

Chased by the demons of her ancestor's and fearing for her sanity, Laura and Ian work together to resolve the inequities in her past.

Kill Fee

Kill Fee

Julie Eberhart Painter

If you've ever heard the expression, "simple murder," don't believe it; especially if the murder occurs at the keyboard of Julie Eberhart Painter. She deliciously complicates murder, make that murders in duplicate, with the interaction of numerous characters to sort through. There's the seniors social group; the scientific organization; various writers and publishers; personal families including the heroine's own shirttail relatives and her lover and his mother; neighbors; the lawyers and of course, the cops of questionable integrity. Julie cleverly works all these diverse characters against and in concert with one another, and tosses in just enough carnal spice to cook up a recipe of intrigue that will have you asking for a second helping of Julie's concoction that's tasty enough to kill for.

Reviewed by Jim Woods, author of
Gunshot Echoes
Assassination Safari
Cabbages and Kings,
She Serpent and
The Diamond Exchange

Medium Rare

Medium Rare sequel to Kill Fee

Julie Eberhart Painter

Now married, Penny finds herself volunteering in the hospice offices, where a whole new set of nutty buddies emerge. Hospice workers under stress and subject to burnout, romp through the offices chased by a psychic medium who knows about their life secrets with eerie accuracy. The hapless humans get entangled in the predictions they hear at their readings in Cassadaga, a real Spiritualist town. All hell breaks loose, and the medium ends up stabbed through the heart with her largest most annoying knitting needle. Click, click.

Morning After Midnight

Morning After Midnight

Julie Eberhart Painter

Unsettled times and dysfunctional families force the young lovers to rethink their values and find love between the States.

Two boys, Aaron who is white and Skillet who is black are bonded in a friendship forged in secret in the Deep South. Yet it is the white boy, who must adjust and readjust as his family splinters in the changing climate of Integration.

Aaron is hard on himself. With Skillet's vision he finds a place to rest his weary cautions as he struggles though 30 years of self-doubt and restarts to find his career with the love of his life.

Beth, makes the life she wants, one goal at a time. Her love, Aaron must resolve his life before she can add him to her future.

Mortal Coil

Mortal Coil

Julie Eberhart Painter

ISBN 9781897445914

When two residents in Ellen Lange's nursing home are murdered, Special Investigator Bill Watts is called to the scene. With the murders linked to others, known as the Ponytail crimes, it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again.

Bill is a Southerner; Ellen was raised in the Midwest. While Bill takes to Ellen's daughter, Patti, Ellen resists, claiming that she and her daughter are a team with no room for the once divorced Bill. Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Ellen finds herself falling in love with more than the South as the investigation progresses.

The King Maker

The King Maker

Julie Eberhart Painter

ISBN 1-56901-536-8

A trap to escape - a romance to relive.

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From the Inside Out Book Cover

From the Inside Out

Julie Eberhart Painter

ISBN 1-58749-272-3 Awe-Struck E-books

A volunteer looks at staying motivated.

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www.volunteer-motivation.org

Tangled Web

Tangled Web

Julie Eberhart Painter

In 1933, an underground coal mine explosion puts Catherine Jones father, Max, out of work. The family must earn a living in those depression days and the women: Catherine, Claire and their mother Alma go to work in the silk mill.

Wilkes-Barre's cohesive Welsh community is a haven of Protestant values and mutual support. It was also a hornet's nest of gossip. Neither a canary's death nor a girl's fall from grace escaped the locals chatter.

Good girls avoided the attention of the grandmothers' grapevine by behaving--in public--as ladies were expected to behave with good manners and self-control. In private, emotions roiled, passions were explored, appetites satiated, and the end results "talked about."

Or hidden.

Tangled Web is available from www.champagnebooks.com or at the Amazon Kindle Store.

The World the Flesh and the Devil

The World the Flesh and the Devil

Julie Eberhart Painter

ISBN 1-4241-3819-1

In 1904, Margaret, the most passionate of the Donovan children, leaves her lumber mill family for a convent. She falls in love with her confessor, who's fulfilling a family obligation. Scandal and guilt drive the lovers apart. Margaret gives up her vocation and leaves her religiously obsessed father's house. She and Lily, her cellmate from the convent, move across the state to work in Lily's father's millinery shop. Margaret marries well, but the Roaring Twenties and subsequent crash of '29 tax her ingenuity. Then coincidence rekindles the earlier scandals, changing Margaret's and Lily's lives again.

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