My island’s annual music festival begins tonight ….

Hi, friends and readers:

I live on an island called Pass-a-Grille Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. We are west of St. Petersburg. And every year at this time our community association puts on a music festival with live performances, food trucks, wine and beer tents, and crafts vendors. The festival draws thousand of people to our island, and every year I volunteer to help set things up on Friday morning and afternoon.

This weekend is when this year’s festival takes place and I spent the better part of my day helping out. It’s always fun because I know most of the people who are doing the setup and we always have a lot of laughs.

I’m having a friend for dinner tonight, and after we dine I suppose we’ll visit the festival for a little while before he has to drive back home.

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My novel, “Josef Jaeger” is re-published ….

Hi, friends and readers:

In 2009, Prizm Books published my novel, Josef Jaeger. The book was a major success. It won first place in the Young Adult Category in the 2009 international Rainbow Awards competition.

Sadly, Prizm Books closed its doors in December 2016, after being in business thirteen years. I was worried that Josef Jaeger would no longer be available to readers, but the Createspace publishing house agreed to re-publish Josef Jaeger with certain revisions and a new cover, which you can see at left.

Here’s the book’s blurb:

“Josef Jaeger turns thirteen when Adolf Hitler is appointed Germany’s new Chancellor. When his mother dies, Josef is sent to Munich to live with his uncle, Ernst Roehm, the openly-homosexual chief of the Nazi brown shirts. Josef thinks he’s found a father-figure in his uncle and a mentor in his uncle’s lover, streetwise Rudy, and when Roehm’s political connections land Josef a role in a propaganda movie, Josef’s sure he’s found the life he’s always wanted. But while living in Berlin during the film’s production, Josef falls in love with a Jewish boy, David, and Josef begins questioning his uncle’s beliefs. Complications arise when an old friend of his mother’s tells Josef that his mother was secretly murdered by the SS due to her political beliefs, possibly on Roehm’s order. Josef confides in his Hitler Youth leader, Max Klieg. Klieg admits he knows a few things, but he won’t share them with Josef till the boy proves himself worthy of a confidence. Conflicting beliefs war within Josef until he must decide where his true loyalties lie, and what he really believes in.”

The book is available from Amazon in both print and digital formats here:

https://www.amazon.com/Josef-Jaeger-Jere-Fishback-ebook/dp/B06ZZWLZYY/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492519725&sr=1-2&keywords=josef+jaeger

I’m delighted that Josef Jaeger continues to be available to readers throughout the world.

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My novel, “Tyler Buckspan” is re-published ….

Hi, friends and readers:

Four years ago Prizm Books published my novel titled Tyler Buckspan. The book was a hit, albeit controversial, and it placed second in the Young Adult division of the 2013 Rainbow Awards, an international competition. Here’s the blurb for the book:

Fifteen-year-old Tyler Buckspan lives with his mom and grandmother in 1960s Cassadaga, a Florida community where spiritual “mediums” ply their trade. The mediums—Tyler’s grandmother among them—read palms and tarot cards, conduct séances and speak with the dead.

Tyler’s a loner, a bookish boy with few interests, until his half-brother Devin, nineteen and a convicted arsonist, comes to live in Tyler’s home. For years, Tyler has ignored his attraction to other boys. But with Devin in the house, Tyler can’t deny his urges any longer. He falls hopelessly in love with his miscreant half-brother, and with the sport of basketball, once Devin teaches Tyler the finer points of the game.

In a time when love between men was forbidden, even criminalized, can Tyler find the love he needs from another boy? And is Devin a person to be trusted? Is he truly clairvoyant, or simply a con artist playing Tyler and others for fools? What does Devin really know about a local murder? And can Tyler trust his own psychic twinges?

Here’s what one critic said about Tyler Buckspan: 

“I don’t think I’ve ever compared a book with two of my most treasured past reads, but Tyler Buckspan recalls the feelings aroused in me by Stephen King’s novella, The Body, better known to most of you as the film Stand By Me. More particularly, however, I would actually hold this lengthy novella to the standard set by Harper Lee in her masterpiece, To Kill A Mockingbird.

“Now, before everyone gets all het up and accuses me of criminal hyperbole, I’m not saying this book has the poetry of language possessed by Miss Lee’s novel. What I’m saying is that the mood of time and place, conveyed through the reminiscences of Scout Finch looking back on a pivotal time in her life and on the people who affected the life-changing events she recounts, is repeated here. Likewise, the camaraderie between young men coming of age that is addressed by King in The Body is found, in spades, in this sweet and heartfelt story.”

Prizm Books closed its doors at the end of 2016, and I was afraid Tyler Buckspan would go out of print, but thankfully Ninestar Press, a high-quality house, has agreed to re-publish my novel. It has been re-edited and reads better than ever. Here’s a buy link to Ninestar if you are interested:

https://ninestarpress.com/product/tyler-buckspan/

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