New Release Coming Soon: Ruth Long, Age 88. Read the Preface

The Preface

My upcoming novel, Ruth Long, Age 88 will soon be available for pre-order. This week, I’m giving you a look at the preface. Since the protagonist is deceased, I wanted to do something unique with the preface. Give it a read and tell me what you think:

Ruth Long, age 88, entered eternal rest, at home, surrounded by loved ones, on August 7th, 2020, in Whittenham, WI.

Ruth was born on April 4th, 1932 in Point Falls, WI to James and Mary (Jans) Becker. She graduated from Point Falls High School in 1949. In 1950, she married her high school love, John Long, who proceeded her in death, after 65 years of marriage. She was a homemaker with a great passion for her family. Later, Ruth was a tireless volunteer for several local organizations, including the Whittenham Business Council and First United Church.

Ruth is also proceeded in death by her parents, and her brother-in-law, Carl.

She is survived by her sister, Gina Worzella of Point Falls, her son, David (Melissa) Long of Chicago, IL, her daughter Carolyn Long of Whittenham, WI, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial may be made to Whittenham Hospice. The family would like to extend their thanks to the hospice staff for their dedicated care.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Monday August 10, 2019; with visitation preceding from 10:00am until the time of service at First United Church, Whittenham, WI. Internment will be held in the Whittenham Cemetery, following the service.

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The Series

When I started mapping out this series, I was inspired by series, like Modern Love and The Romanoffs, on Amazon. I like the idea of a series that isn’t just a continuation of the previous book. So, I started weaving characters between the stories. Among the characters in the first book, I’ve selected three who will come up again in future books. Ruth’s son, David Long, will make an appearance in the second book. David had a long career in the insurance industry before he retired. A connection from work is what brings him into the second book, Neal Matthews, Age 62. We’ll also see a very minor character from Ruth’s story in book four. Ruth’s grandson’s girlfriend, Kristy, will take on a much bigger role in that story.

Several of my readers have asked if this series will have any tie in to my first novel, The House on Maple Street. At first, my answer to that was, no. There would be no ties between the two. But after some consideration, I’m excited to reveal that one character from that novel will be coming back with a spinoff novel. Dr. David Immerman will be the focus of book six in the series. He will also make a brief appearance in book four. This will be a stand alone story and not a sequel to Maple Street.

Now Available for Pre-order

My new novella, The Package, is now available for pre-order! Order today for $0.99 and receive your copy on December 18th.

From the back cover:

Abandoned by her mother in early childhood, Noa was raised by her distant, apathetic grandmother. But a trip to the library in search of her new love, spy thrillers, leads Noa to a life long friendship with a librarian. Fast forward and Noa has established a successful travel blog and her librarian friend has become more like family.

A note in the pocket of a vintage jacket turns a working trip to Vancouver into a mission for a spy international network. The mission is simple. Take a package to a hotel restroom and leave. When things take an unexpected turn, Noa suddenly finds herself in a high stakes game of cat and mouse. Noa quickly finds all the novels in the world are no preparation for the game she’s playing. Will she complete her mission?

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