Naked Man’s Rock

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Author House, Jun 21, 2010 - Fiction - 164 pages
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In the featured story  -- “Rebecca's Revenge -- Rebecca, a beautiful secretary to an offbeat minister, turns up missing. Suspicions fall on the minister and his wife. The Sheriff can't locate the missing woman. Jack Nickels, a former mob enforcer hiding in the Witness Protection Program, lives next door to Penny. She is a sister to the minister's wife. Jack walks the Greenbrier River Trail every morning, just at the break of dawn. Rebecca materializes in ghostly form before him on Naked Man's Rock in the middle of the Greenbrier River. She is a manipulative ghost and draws Jack into her scheme for revenge. Can a ghost be mistaken? Will she finally reveal who killed her?

 

There are 14 short stories in this book. The majority are regional stories with an Appalachian setting. One story takes place in Alaska and another off the coast of Florida. You will find stories of betrayal, deception, ghosts, love  -- both sad and humorous  -- murder and suicide. The stories encompass a wide range of human foibles. If you are a B & B traveler, you will love these stories that fit the B & B experience. Read one before you go to bed. The next day, you will have another short story to look forward to reading. These stories are perfect for reading when you are by yourself in an old house. Be sure to lock all the doors, though.

 

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Contents

Rebeccas Revenge
1
The Well
15
A Ghost in the Manse
29
Dark Moon Rising
53
The Toll Bell
67
Death on a Sunday Morning
81
A Gathering of Birds
99
A Fragile Community
113
A Doorway to Hell
139
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About the author (2010)

Richard A. Lewis' writing started first with financial reports for various corporations and continued throughout his career. Upon his retirement in 1998, he relocated to Lewisburg, West Virginia, and purchased a stone house built in 1796. After a complete renovation, he and his wife Judie, an artist, opened a bed and breakfast called the Old Stone Manse. During seven years of operating the B & B, he switched to writing fiction, supplemented by creative writing courses and workshops. The B & B served as a backdrop for several stories. Other stories found their inspiration from events that happened in places he visited and worked. Background influences include colleges, corporations, the military, and Toastmasters.

 

In 2004, he joined West Virginia Writers, a statewide organization dedicated to furthering the creative writing process. He served two years each as a Parliamentarian, First Vice President, and Treasurer, gaining insight and wide experience in writing through workshops and from other writers.

 

This is his first book of short stories. Favorite subjects are the tragic dark side of relationships often set in the mountains of West Virginia. His short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Mountain Echoes, The Best of the First Year, corporate newsletters, newspaper articles, and even a cookbook using a breakfast recipe that was served in the B & B.

 

Richard's hobbies include buying and selling antiques, including books, bicycling, fishing, gardening, hiking, and volunteer work. He is currently co-vice president for Master Gardeners.

 

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