Like meeting an old friend, I picked up a Francis thriller, 'Comeback.' Peter Darwin helps out a couple in Miami and accompanies them to England, where things fall apart. Their future son-in-law, a veterinarian, has lost numerous horses on the operating table and his reputation as well. Darwin traces the deaths and soon the ante is upped with a homicide. The comeback is Darwin returning to his roots and digging up dirt from his youth.
Francis, a former steeplechase jockey, fell and suffered a career ending injury and turned to writing as an alternative. His books mix horse racing with other endeavors, such as air freight services for horses, wine, a cross country Canadian train tour and toy manufacturing, to name a few.
Francis spins great yarns, and I'm proof to that. I've read every book he's written, many numerous times, and have never been to a horse race. I'm not particularly fond of horses either, yet his novels, all written around horses and horse racing, captivate me. Even though the books are a bit (okay a lot) long in the tooth, they still keep me reading after all these years- er, decades. He's written more than forty bestsellers.
Cherie Burbach is a freelance writer specializing in lifestyle and relationships. You can find her work at places like About.com, NBC/Universal, Happen Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and more. She has also written thirteen nonfiction and poetry books.
Jody Bailey Day writes inspirational fiction from west Texas. Her debut novel, Washout Express, released June 2013 from Harbourlight Books. Her short stories, poems, devotionals, and articles have appeared in Mature Living, Splickety Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, and Christiandevotions.us, She is a two time Grand Prize Winner at the East Texas Christian Writers Conference, and a Faithwriters.com Best of the Best award winner. She and her pastor husband have six grown children and nine grandchildren.
Deborah Dee Harper writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, by way of Michigan, Kentucky, Alaska, Mississippi, and Alaska (again). Deb is a graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild classes and writes Christian humorous and inspirational books for both children and adults. Her children’s adventure series, Laramie on the Lam, available in both e-book and print, is being re-published as six individual print books. Her Road’s End series (Misstep, Faux Pas, and Misjudge) for adults is also contracted and should be published soon. She is currently nearing completion on the first book of another series. She is represented by Terry Burns of Hartline Literary Agency.
Jimmie A. Kepler’s work has appeared in six different Lifeway Christian publications as well as The Baptist Program, Thinking About Suicide.com, Poetry & Prose Magazine, vox poetica, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Bewildering Stories and more. His short story collection “The Prairie Dogs Have Coal Miner’s Helmets” is available through Amazon.
Lisa Lickel is an award-winning multi-published inspirational novelist, blogger, reviewer, and executive editor of Creative Wisconsin magazine. A freelance editor, Lisa loves all things historical. Her work has appeared in Writer's Digest and Christian Fiction Online.
Liberty Speidel has been a voracious reader since reading her first Nancy Drew book. But she was telling stories long before then with her figurines from Disney's Rescue Rangers. When she's not writing, you may find her gardening, baking, crocheting, or hiking. A lifelong Kansan, she now resides in the Kansas City metro area with her husband, children, and chocolate Labrador, where she could rival Captain Jean Luc Picard in consumption of Earl Grey tea. She is the author of Emergence, Retaliation, and Capitulation, novellas and novels in her series featuring superhuman and police detective Darby Shaw.
Editor/Author Linda Yezak lives with her husband in a forest in east Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She is a speaker/lecturer for various writers' groups and conferences. Her fiction books include Give the Lady a Ride, The Simulacrum, and The Cat Lady's Secret. Her nonfiction books include Writing in Obedience, co-written with Hartline Literary agent Terry Burns.
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