LAST STAND AT BITTER CREEK
On a muggy spring afternoon in the rugged hill country of northeastern Pennsylvania, gunfire explodes from surrounding hillsides. Eight Union Army soldiers—escorting two wagons rigged with false bottoms to conceal a secret cargo—lay dead. The massacre, carried out by a rogue military commander, triggers a series of events that lure Union spy Grant Bonner into one last mission involving a conspiracy of coldblooded killing, a multi-million dollar gold heist, and the brazen theft of a priceless U.S. historical document. When the mission is compromised, Bonner is ambushed, and left for dead—but survives, only to find himself the target of criminal blackmail. One man can clear his name, but when they meet, something goes terribly wrong. Undeterred by relentless odds, and a long journey not of his choosing, Bonner emerges from hiding to pursue a cryptic clue he hopes will lead him to the one person responsible for trying to destroy his life. The hunted and the hunter travel a long, dangerous trail to make their Last Stand At Bitter Creek.
REFLECTIONS: REALITY CHECKS & TIMELESS TIPS
On my desk is a simple reminder I once wrote about living life to its fullest: Don’t leave anything on the table. Life tends to be more enjoyable when you squeeze everything possible out of it. I jotted down other snapshot observations about living, working, and socializing and concerted them to this book. Reality Checks are designed to kick start your thinking. Timeless Tips, on the other hand, are aimed at promoting action. Reality Checks and Timeless Tips touch on: Communication, Productivity, Leadership, Time Management, Sales and Marketing, Success Listening.These are in no particular order. Random thoughts about random issues, designed to spark an idea or encourage a fresh way of looking at something you already knew.
TALL TALES FROM THE HIGH PLAINS & BEYOND: BOOK ONE
In Book One: The Unexplained and Other Stories, you get up-close-and-personal with characters and events involved in the expansion and development of the American frontier. These sixty-nine true stories, presented in brief, snapshot narratives, feature ghosts, unsolved mysteries, lost treasures, flimflam men, cowboys on strike, a phantom train and other sometimes bizarre events.
TALL TALES FROM THE HIGH PLAINS & BEYOND: BOOK TWO
Maintaining law and order in the Old West stood as a major challenge to those who chose to wear a badge. The hours were long. The expanse of the areas under a lawman’s jurisdiction was huge. Although the responsibilities fell to the most qualified, no formal guidelines or standards were in place. In Tall Tales from the High Plains & Beyond, Book Two: The Law Keepers, novelist Tom Rizzo introduces you to a courageous, sometimes innovative, and mostly persistent cross section of those who figured out the best way to do the job on their terms.
TALL TALES FROM THE HIGH PLAINS & BEYOND: BOOK THREE
Most of the people who settled in the West didn’t wake up in the morning and strap on a gun. Nor did they get involved in shootouts. As in any society, the Old West had its share of bad men and women. The rate of homicides on the frontier remains a source of contention. Some historians say most towns averaged about 1.5 murders a year, not all of them shooting. Others however, say the risk of being murdered was high. In Tall Tales from the High Plains & Beyond, Book Three: The LawBreakers, novelist Tom Rizzo takes you behind the scenes to meet some of the gunmen and back shooters who roamed the frontier trying to take what wasn’t theirs.
THE STORYTELLERS: THE ART OF FICTION
What motivated you to become a writer? How do you approach the storytelling process? What do you consider to be the best moment of your writing life? These are just a few of the questions answered by a diverse group of writers in this anthology of author interviews. With responses ranging from humorous to educational to inspirational, you’ll get a clear picture of what the craft of storytelling involves—desire, skill, discipline, and persistence, as well as the unique way the art plays out for individual writers. Whether you’re an aspiring writer or a master, you’ll gain exceptional insights on how to become a compelling storyteller.
Short stories by Tom Rizzo, available for download directly to your Kindle.
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