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How exciting it is to finish writing a novel. After the euphoria of finishing the manuscript subsides, reality grips you and sends you crashing to earth as you call on old business cells in the left side of your brain, the ones you retired from, the ones that drove you crazy to succeed at all cost, risk your body and soul in order to accumulate things. I always said when I finish my first novel I would be content to lay it proudly on the corner of my desk. Then Read More …

The Attic

The Attic is about the journey of man who lost the most important person in his life and how he finds love again through caring for a dying man. Byron Kelly lost his wife and abandoned a successful career in Seattle to move to Chicago and assume a new identity as Army Bendorf. He stumbles onto an embezzlement scheme. When he becomes a suspect he eludes the FBI by ducking into a house where he becomes trapped in an attic. The resident is a dying old man. As his health Read More …

Indiscretion Highway

  On the eve of his daughter’s wedding Forrest Nelthorpe announces he is resigning as CEO and President of Niche Enterprises, has arranged to sell the house and possessions and is leaving.  On a flight to Australia he loses consciousness and slips into a coma and through a series of flashbacks his mystery is unraveled.  The deeper he slips into his coma the more intense the story becomes.   Comatose, he twists and turns in pain as the source of his distress is revealed.

The Deacon’s Masterpiece

    HAVE you heard of the wonderful one-hoss-shay, That was built in such a logical way It ran a hundred years to a day, And then, of a sudden, it–ah, but stay I ‘ll tell you what happened without delay, Scaring the parson into fits, Frightening people out of their wits,– Have you ever heard of that, I say? Seventeen hundred and fifty-five, Georgius Secundus was then alive,– Snuffy old drone from the German hive. That was the year when Lisbon-town Saw the earth open and gulp her down, Read More …

Aaron’s War

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A Novel of War and Devotion

Aaron Vanko enlists to fight the Nazis, but the Iowa farm boy is conflicted over whether he can kill another human. Hours before being deployed, Aaron discovers he is a Jew, further disrupting his sense of self. Despite his moral dilemma, Aaron carries out his patriotic duty. He returns haunted by nightmares, and then flees Iowa to protect his loved ones from himself.

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The Journey from Home

Maybe is suspended by a thin thread high up between yes and no, the arbitrator of the two. Yes knows and no knows. Both can be wrong. Maybe sees beyond the end of the stream, knowing it does not end, is always seeking its way home. Maybe knows beyond the dark night that the sun can rise, and beyond the sunset a restful night. Voyage of Life Richard McMaster

Have you read this poem?

Henceforth I ask not good fortune—I myself am good fortune; Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing. Strong and content, I travel the open road. —Walt Whitman In this poem from Leaves of Grass, Whitman imagines traveling on the open road as the ultimate egalitarian experience, where beggars and drunkards find themselves beside an eloping couple, a doctor, and a rich man. “None are but accepted—none are but dear to me!” Whitman exclaims. He wants the reader to keep moving with him, never settling for long, never Read More …

Shadow in the Night

Richard McMaster

When we embrace our shadow we become whole

Luke and Elizabeth were living the dream and Christmas was just twelve days away. Luke’s day started out so well, everyone was in the Christmas spirit, important decisions had been made and this Christmas was going to be special. That same day Luke loses his job and before they can talk she receives a call and rushes to be with her dying mother. Left alone, feeling deserted, Luke faces thoughts of murder, suicide and fears he is responsible for the hit and run death of a neighbor.

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Voyage of Life

Richard McMaster

A Story of Life and Love

Forty-eight years is a long time and even a longer time to miss the woman you love.   The Voyage of Life story is told as the Robert Cole Voyage of Life paintings are described by the woman he loves: Childhood, Youth, Manhood and Old Age.  The paintings become a metaphor for Sean’s life–the verdant landscape and calm waters of childhood become turbulent in youth and then early in manhood the shores turn rocky when he believes his one true love left him for another man.

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