Indie All-Stars

Jazz Baby

While all of Mississippi bakes in the scorching summer of 1925, sudden orphanhood wraps its icy embrace around Emily Ann “Baby” Teegarten, a pretty young teen.

Taken in by an aunt bent on ridding herself of this unexpected burden, Baby Teegarten plots her escape using the only means at her disposal: a voice that brings church ladies to righteous tears, and makes both angels and devils take notice. “I’m going to New York City to sing jazz,” she brags to anybody who’ll listen. But the Big Apple–well, it’s an awful long way from that dry patch of earth she’d always called home.

So when the smoky stages of New Orleans speakeasies give a whistle, offering all sorts of shortcuts, Emily Ann soon learns it’s the whorehouses and opium dens that can sidetrack a girl and dim a spotlight…and knowing the wrong people can snuff it out.

Jazz Baby just wants to sing–not fight to stay alive.

 

Our Lady of Victory

One act set in motion a chain of events that threatened one Catholic community’s ability to thrive.

It happened between 1945 and 1946 at the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Detroit in the Chancellor’s office. Msgr. John C. Ryan called an emergency meeting with the cardinal…
And so the stage was set for the years of turmoil that followed and the subsequent demise of this once vibrant church. Here comes the author who gives the reader an intimate look at her church, the township she grew up in, and its historical significance to World War II, Henry Ford’s auto plant, migration from the south, and the housing crisis that was unfolding.

The reader is introduced to the pioneers of this West Eight Mile Community who helped shape and establish this community that shaped her. But the book takes a different turn as the research uncovers forgotten secrets…

Today (2014) this little church is in danger of closing its physical doors forever!! Stay tuned as this story continues to unfold.

 

My GRL

John J. Cannon, a successful San Francisco lawyer, takes a leave of absence from the firm and buys a boat he names My GRL. John is unaware his boat has been targeted by a terrorist group to be used to destroy a symbol of America’s greatness. John’s first inkling of trouble is when he wakes up in the hospital and learns he was found unconscious next to the body of the young woman who sold him the boat in the first place. John now is the only one standing between the terrorists and the success of their mission. An excellent holiday read

 

 

 

Red Dragon, White Dragon

Atticus and Lucie Fox are summoned to a country estate in remote Northumberland, where a series of bizarre murders appear to centre on the delusions of a madman, who lives alone on the edge of the moors. Close by are the remains of a long-vanished castle, where, local legends say, King Arthur still lies in an enchanted sleep, waiting to be awoken at the End of Days. The killings have all been committed with the Hallows of Arthur; artefacts long thought to have been lost in history, and the locals swear that they have seen a ghostly knight-in-armour roaming the moors for months. But how can that be? This is 1890, and King Arthur died over thirteen-hundred years before.

 

 

A Wizard of Dreams

“Gordon Bennett was born on 7th August 1999 with extraordinary powers. Where have those powers come from? Who – or what – is “Zack”…? His mother begins to notice that Gordon is different when he speaks his first words at just 5 months old and that’s before the really strange things begin to happen (see https://myrddinsheir.com > ‘Gordon Bennett: the Early Years’).

How seriously weird do things get around his eleventh birthday? And what’s his sixteen greats grandmother got to do with it? Very few children get to go where he gets to go, including a bourn from which no traveller returns (normally). The Tara Torque puts Gordon in touch with The One …

In Avalon, he meets a young girl, and Myrddin promises their paths will cross again. She turns up in his secondary school; and she has powers similar to his own …

How do his parents react when they finally find out just how amazing their son really is? What happens when Grace and Gordon plant the acorns given to them by the fairy king and queen in the Forest of Arden?

This story will make you laugh quite a lot, but I warn you that in places it makes me cry.

The ‘Myrddin’s Heir’ series will challenge you. One of my most important questions, therefore, is: “Are YOU up for the challenge?”