Most of the Forgotten Virtues series is now available on Kindle. Never Alone was released in 2017 and is in the process of being re-released. Three more books in the series are now out there. Strange Courage (second book of the series takes Carl from his High School graduation to his recovery from a nasty divorce. The third book, Second Chances, takes Carl from his ex-wife’s death and the custody of his son to his heroic death at age 59. In the fifth book, Grandfather’s Way, his youngest and most timid granddaughter emerges from the shadow of her overachieving family and accomplishes more in four months than most do in a lifetime. The fourth book, Promises Kept is still undergoing editing. It depicts how his grandchildren react and adjust to Carl’s death.
Ultimately, all these will be available on the paperback version also.
Also, a stand-alone romance entitled Virginia is now out on Kindle. Virginia is a romance written from a man’s perspective for women who often bemoan that they don’t know how men think. Gray Jarvis is a former football star and successful young engineer, but he is not overly experienced with women. He often says the wrong thing without meaning any malice, but he wants nothing more than to win the heart of an impoverished country girl from West Virginia, who has become the surrogate mother of her younger siblings. Because she has been burdened with so much responsibility, she is accustomed to making decisions, and she is in complete control of the relationship. Her reluctance to build a serious friendship with this man who seemingly has it all frustrates Gray to no end. Virginia feels that helping those in need supersedes any personal wants she might have, and Gray cannot understand that. Still, his passion for her won’t allow him to walk away. This is definitely not your typical romance.
I grew up in Old Town Maine and got a B.S. at the University of Maine in Plant Sciences/ minor in Botany. From there I moved to West Virginia and earned a M.S. in Agronomy at WVU. I also met my wife there. She grew up in rural WV as the daughter of tenant farmers who raised cattle and hogs. Their lifestyle at times was one of subsistence and I learned a lot from them. I've always been a foraging buff, but combining my formal botanical knowledge with their practical 'Foxfire-type' background opened up my eyes a little more.
I recently retired from teaching high school agriculture after 25 years teaching with my wife. Until recently I wrote a weekly nature/foraging column for the local paper (dailyadvance.com). I also have written several Christian nature/adventure novels that can be purchased on Amazon in Kindle format. One is a five book family saga I call the 'Forgotten Virtues' series. In the first book, Never Alone (presently out of print), a young boy comes of age after his father dies in a plane crash, and he has to make it alone. The second book, Strange Courage, takes Carl from his High School graduation to his recovery from a nasty divorce. The third book, Second Chances, takes Carl from his ex-wife's death and the custody of his son to his heroic death at age 59. The fourth book, Promises Kept, depicts how his grandchildren react and adjust to his death (this one is not yet published). In the final book, Grandfather's Way, his youngest and most timid granddaughter emerges from the shadow of her overachieving family and accomplishes more in four months than most do in a lifetime. I use many foraging references with a lot of the plants I profile in these articles in those books. I also wrote a romance novel titled Virginia. It is available on Amazon and is a different type of romance from a man's perspective.