What is “the shadow” in these stories? It’s what lurks in the dark, and it’s different for everyone.
• For Isabel, it’s the whisper from the basement that invites her to come on down.
• For second-grader Emma, it’s the tortured spirit that has haunted her family for generations.
• For Deacon William, it’s the damaged android that frightens visitors in the retreat house halls.
All ten short stories in this collection are about how the different characters deal with what they find in the dark. Two of these stories received recognition from Writer’s Digest and others won awards or were published.
Tom Savage, Cabin boy, is lucky to survive the perilous voyage to Jamestown. As hostage for one of Powhatan's sons, he lives with the Pamunkeys, learning their skills-until the son dies, and Tom's in more danger than ever! ."history as fascinating drama, with Pocahontas, Capt. John Smith, and other characters of historical note playing key roles in a new light, for Mrs. Stiles' story is based on research and fact." "Chicago Daily Tribune"
."at the close of her book, [Stiles] gives a fascinating account of what became of some of the historical characters who appear in it." "Charleston News & Courier"More info →
LONESOME ROAD is a gripping story of the sudden disappearance of a child. The book explores the effect of family tragedy on a happy marriage. A chilling and compelling story. The reader is caught up from the beginning and follows the steady anguish in the heart of a mother who has lost here child. The narrative races along, like one of those Bluegrass Thoroughbreds in the setting of this marvelous novel (Bobbie Ann Mason).More info →
When David hears that his grandfather has sold his dairy farm and is coming to live with his family on Grosse Ile in Michigan, he is excited. When David used to visit Grandad's farm, Grandad showed him lots of wonderful things. Now it's David's turn, and there are so many things he wants to share with Grandad.More info →
When Ray Ingle asks his Uncle Thad if he can go to sea with him, he knows his parents won’t like it. But they’re not around, and anything is better than staying with mean old Uncle Slye! To Ray’s great surprise, Uncle Thad agrees to take him on, and soon Ray and his pet capuchin monkey Allie are helping out in the galley of The Newburyport Beauty.More info →
The tiny slice of the American, rural Midwest during the Twenties that I picture in CIRCA 1925 would merit hardly one “circa” in a museum today. It seems too close to our time. But in nearly every way I can think of, it was a different world. Movies made today that try to capture people and events in the 1920’s are somehow off the mark for me. I was there. It wasn’t like that.More info →
Being a homebody, Nancy never would have spent a year in Italy had it not been for her husband’s wanderlust.
The couple didn’t go there to buy or restore a house or to heal a trauma from the past. As ordinary boomers, they simply wanted to experience “The Dream” – to live in Italy. They settled down in traditional Umbria, just east of Tuscany.More info →
The story demonstrates how a young immigrant woman and weaver who left Rattvik in 1930, was able to participate in keeping the interest in hand-weaving alive despite the dual counter-force of industrial production and colleges turning away from vocational training to the liberal arts.More info →
In Pilgrim Journey, award-winning poet Naomi Long Madgett describes the people and events that influenced her life and work. Written with a wealth of detail and personal reflection and illustrated with fifty photographs, this book will be insightful, rewarding, and inspirational for readers.More info →