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Fips, Bots, Doggeries and More

Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More

Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More won first place in the Nonfiction History category of the Ohio Professional Writers Association's 2012 competition.

Tracy received a copy of her great-great-great grandfather's travel journal as a Christmas gift. She spent years learning about life in the 1830s, and used that knowledge to analyze the contents of the journal and present it in a way that gives the reader a deeper understanding of what it was like to live and travel in the early Victorian era.

Tracy and her daughter followed in the footsteps of their ancestors, traveling the same roads 165 years later, exploring and searching for links to the past. Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More tells the story of both journeys.
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And I Can Tell You War Stories

And I Can Tell You War Stories

And I Can Tell You War Stories recounts Art Lowry’s experiences as a teenaged gunner’s mate in the Navy during World War II.

Lowry joined the Navy at the age of 15, thanks to an error on his birth certificate and a white lie to the recruiter.

He was sent to training camp at Great Lakes Naval Training Station and gunnery school, then served on mine sweepers and amphibious transport ships for the remainder of his teen years.

As an adult, Art Lowry rarely talked about the war, but when he went on an Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2010, all the memories came flooding back.
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Young Adult Fiction

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Counteract

Counteract, the story of Careen and Tommy, the terrorist attack that brings them together, and their race to thwart a terrorist the country never suspected, was a fInalist in the international Wishing Shelf Book Awards in 2015.

Careen survived a terrorist’s bomb when she was a kid, and now the threat of a chemical weapons attack is literally hanging over her head. She takes the antidote offered by the government, but is unprepared for the side effects, which cause her to hallucinate, affect her memory, and derail her from her university studies. Her erratic behavior attracts the attention of a young law enforcement officer, who mistakenly pegs her as a dissident and pursues her, hoping she’ll make contact with a known resistance group. Careen doesn’t realize the antidote is causing her confusion…until she runs out on the day of the anticipated attack.

Tommy, recuperating from injuries sustained in a recent auto accident, is unaware that there’s a link between that accident, which killed his parents, and the chemical weapons attack that threatens him now. The antidote plagues him with hallucinations of tragedy and loss, and sends him spiraling into despair. When he discovers that working out before he takes his dose helps him feel more like himself, he defies the rules to regain his strength and his sanity. On the day of the “attack”, he meets Careen, who just might be the girl of his dreams, and tries to save her by sharing his last dose with her, even though doing so could potentially hasten his own death.

What Careen and Tommy learn about the true nature of the terrorist threat spurs them to take action, and their decisions lead them to run afoul of local law enforcement, team up with that underground resistance group, and ultimately take their quest for the truth to the highest reaches of the United States government.


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Resist

Resist, which was named Best YA Fiction in the Texas Association of Authors 2016 Book Awards, picks up Tommy and Careen's adventures as they join the Resistance and work to overthrow the oppressive OCSD.

Tommy and Careen are no longer naïve, frightened teenagers who believe the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense’s miracle antidote can protect them from a terrorist’s chemical weapons. They’ve accidentally discovered the antidote’s real purpose: to create a population bereft of free will, incapable of defying the tyrannical OCSD.

They join the Resistance to fight back, and take part in a plan to rescue a group of dissenters imprisoned for speaking out against the OCSD, but things spin out of control and soon they’re on the run, dodging the quadrant marshals in a headlong dash for the Resistance’s secret headquarters in a remote mountain quadrant.

Careen believed she had a chance to change things for the better when she impulsively interrupted a live OCSD press conference. She had everyone’s attention when she made a desperate bid to reveal the truth: that the terrorist threat was fabricated by the government so people would willingly take the so-called antidote, which controlled their thoughts and actions. Just minutes after security removed her from the room, the OCSD director dropped dead. That unfortunate coincidence made Careen a perfect scapegoat, and she was accused of his murder.

To make matters worse, Madalyn Davies has taken over the helm at the OCSD—and she’s even more volatile, unpredictable, and power-hungry than her predecessor.

Tommy helps Careen, known to the public only as the mystery rebel, to escape, and they hope she can stay anonymous until they have a chance to clear things up, but all too soon, someone Careen should’ve been able to trust reveals her identity.

Being part of the Resistance brings with it a whole new set of challenges. Not everyone working for change will prove trustworthy, and plans to spark revolution go awry with consequences far greater than they could’ve imagined.

Tommy and Careen’s relationship is tested when their philosophical differences and the pressures of interpersonal rivalries and jealousy put a strain on their romance. Can they make time for each other while trying to start a revolution?

 
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