Glint: A young man commits a murderous deed and has to flee back home. His only choice is to hitchhike the entire way, but fate has other plans for him.Dream, Lover: When Adam Hacker stays overnight at a manor in a quest for the supernatural, history and the paranormal blend in unexpected ways.Ben Franklin’s Dream: In his waning years, Ben Franklin participates in his country’s flagstaff event: the Constitutional Convention. However, due to his advanced years he frequently falls asleep in his chair. As he sleeps, he dreams and relives the high points of his extraordinary life as he remembers them, not exactly as history recorded them.The Mayor’s Cow: Joanie and her brother James live with their mother. One thing they enjoy doing together is a Sunday drive through the wooded foothills of northern New Jersey. On this particular Sunday, with James at home and her Aunt Mary aboard, they encounter a stray animal that creates a memory she will cherish forever.The Maestro’s Gift: Oleg Boriesky is the conductor of the Molshoi Orchestra. For a performance before the Duke, he plans on a rehearsal in the nearby village of Capaldi, which has become a custom in the country. The custom also entails presenting the visiting Maesto with gifts, but Oleg is an old man and has become resentful of the peasants and their meager offerings – until a young boy offers him a gift that reminds him of his love of music.Tracks in the Snow: A man narrates a memory of his mother and father, and how peculiar quirks of his parents became defining recollections, culminating in a heartbreaking and somber image of his father’s final act.The Messiah of Harriman: Circa 1955, a stranger appears in the forested landscape of New York’s Harriman State Park. There are reports of miracles performed by him, witnessed by both park visitors and citizens of the nearby village of Sloatsburg. The local police become involved in the interest the public is showing for the stranger, and seek to question him about his motives and origin. Is he a threat to the public? What they discover is a connection to a cold case thought unsolvable from years before.
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Reader’s Favorite Five-Stars for The Road Behind Me (The Lie of Hannah)Reader’s Favorite Five-Stars for Dream Lover and Other TalesBorn just two days before the arrival of summer, RjCook considers himself a child of the sun. Welcomed into a large, expanded family, nevertheless he experienced a lonely childhood. RjCook had questions but no one had answers, he was accused and guiltless, ambitious but thwarted. Life was a challenge to understand, and towards that endeavor he put pen to paper.Above all else, writing was anathema, but was also healing. A young man thrust into a world tougher than he was found the power of words – combinations on paper he created – to be the motivation to move forward, to succeed. Young ladies were smitten by his poetry, presented as a gift. Fellow musicians (for that was another path he chose) were enamored of his prose used as lyrical accompaniment to their compositions. Employers discovered his gift of clarity in the general text in product descriptions, instructional formats, etc.But these weren’t RjCook’s ambitions. He perceived himself as a natural-born story teller, a “bullshitter” his friends called him, so he wrote and wrote, but soon discovered a drawback to this passion: he despised his writing!While still young he knew his lack of talent would not pay the bills and with his own family to care for he searched for another life’s calling. Forklift operator, truck driver, photographer, real estate salesman, advertising, layout artist, telephone company administrator: numerous careers that offered no more than a temporary fix to a wordsmith junkie. In each pursued career path, rising to the top was easy, often too rapid. Each management position, each supervisory role RjCook held would self-destruct, mostly, by his own admission to his own restless ambition.But there was always the writing. Countless short stories, poems and random, besieged thoughts put to paper, stashed away, never to see the light of day again. He hated his writing, loathed it even. What RjCook heard in his head he could not get from his pen. But wasn’t that the idea of good writing? To never accept anything as your best?Whatever it was supposed to mean was not relevant to his accrimonious disposition. Writing was necessary, it was the opiate of his soul, the thread to his needle. It wasn’t until years later his work would find its place in a memoir of his earlier years, and as a monthly column in an online Internet magazine. But it still evoked a bitter pill RjCook swallowed to let others read his work.It is for his children, his grandchildren, and the Mrs. It is a legacy he will leave behind for them. The reason and the chosen path forward are clear: RjCook needs to write. These days, he finds much of his time engrossed with his monthly column, The Life Around Me, featured in the online magazine hREALITY Land. www.hRLand.net.Follow me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/richjcook/ or on Twitter @rjcook52