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CONNOR'S WAR!

PI Writers Shamus Award Winner
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What would you do if you knew you knew you were being shipped off to the most remote part of the Midwest and you might never again see the ones you love?

 

One moment, he is discussing sports with friends after a great JV game, next moment he is on his way to a remote part of the Midwest spending his summer with a grandfather he barely knows because of a tragedy.  His mom and dad are both career Navy, and both serving overseas, during the Vietnam War. Will he ever see them again? What will happen to him if they don't return?

 

Then, as Connor tries to adjust to a small town in the middle of the Midwest, Goldenrod, Kansas, his fears of being banished to the middle of nowhere leads him to believe his life is over for good!

 

In Goldenrod, Kansas, his new home, Connor knows the baseball fans came out to see who the new kid is that knocked out the team's best player. Can he win them over? Will he be here long enough to make lifelong friends, something he has been dreaming of for a very long time?

 

And to make everything worse, Connor finds himself in love with the girlfriend of the town's "best baseball player and town bully"! 

 

Connor is troubled by his frightening thoughts of losing his newfound love, his parents, and his grandfather, all in one summer. He becomes overwhelmed with questions of life's purpose. Will his conscience allow him to do whatever is needed to be the young man he wants to be, or will tragedy stop him in his tracks?

 

Follow Connor's journey from San Francisco, California to Goldenrod, Kansas and from his childhood to becoming a young man.

 
 

BIO

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Greg’s background includes 27 years as an executive in the automotive industry and twelve years as a teacher of American history, language arts, reading, drama, film criticism and Latin in the public school system in suburban Chicago. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in education from Aurora University.

 

Greg has recently won the prestigious Private Eye Writers Shamus Award for the novel Lost Little Girl! Keeping company with Mickey Spillane!

Of greater relevance, he has written more than 22 books on the history of American railroads, a logical outcome of having grown up in a family of professional railroaders. His first title, Route of the Eagles, a history of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, was released in 1995 and his most recent effort will be in print in mid-2019.

Gideon’s Ghost, his first work of fiction, was drawn from actual experiences that took place during an extended visit with relatives in a small town in Missouri during the mid-1960s. It is a book written for young adult readers, which, not coincidentally, was the age group he taught during his “second career.” Of course, like any good ghost story, some of the plot elements are imagined and some really happened. It will be up to the reader to decide which are which.

 

Now retired from the day-to-day work force, he still writes for at least two hours every day (when not fishing, traveling, going to the movies or pursuing rail fan activities). His advice to aspiring writers is “…keep reading, keep writing, and if your dream is to one day see your name in print, never, ever give up. The more you write, the better you will get, and one day your dream will become a reality.”

 

Greg resides with his wife and two cats, Wallace and Gromit, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he is also a member of the Heartland Writers Guild.

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