25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back


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25 Years in The Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back is the perfect book to enjoy over your morning coffee. This collection of poignant and uplifting essays will warm your heart, raise your spirits, and compel you to examine your own life.

As a tie-in to her bestselling mystery and romance suspense book Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, novelist and award-winning journalist Stacy Juba invited her author colleagues to answer the question “What were you doing 25 years ago?” Meet Lieutenant Pink Shoes, the mysterious Red Man and a singing telegram; find out who got suspended from school, who almost missed the prom and who was the oldest campus editor; discover anecdotes of lasting romance, not-so-lasting love and raising a family; be riveted to real-life tales of a hurricane, fire and tsunami; gain insight into the writing journey of today’s top authors; and find out what makes your favorite characters tick. Includes a special bonus for Twenty-Five Years Ago Today fans – find out what Diana Ferguson was doing on the last day of her life!

25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back was inspired by the novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, a unique blend of mystery, romantic suspense and literary mystery.

This 30,000-word book will help readers to discover new authors for their to-read list, and inspire them to reflect upon the small defining moments that have shaped their own lives. Includes a foreword by Elaine Raco Chase, award-winning author of seventeen paperback novels with over 3 million books in print.

Publishing credits of the contributing writers include New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and recipients of the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award, Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, Mississippi Author Award, Benjamin Franklin Award, and Eppie Award, as well as nominees of the Pushcart Prize, Agatha, and Shamus Awards, to name a few of the many honors. Each essay can be read in under five minutes.

You’ll find the following essays in the collection:
Foreword: by Elaine Raco Chase
Preface: by Stacy Juba

Chapter One
School Days
Literary Friends by Stacy Juba
The Red Man by Maria Savva
Rocking in the ’80s by Susan Helene Gottfried
Seniors are Wimps by Matthew Dicks
Prom Night by A.W. Hartoin
Friend in Need by Alina Adams
A Life-Changing Decision by CJ Lyons
Oldest Campus Editor Looks Back by Sharon Love Cook

Chapter Two
The Jobs That Shape Us
Lieutenant Pink Shoes by Laura DiSilverio
Training the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers by Gwen Mayo
The Biggest Job Shift Ever by Ann Littlewood
Long Live Rock by Loni Emmert
The Cost of Doing Business by Stephen D. Rogers
Life as a Singing Telegram by Monica M. Brinkman
The Pipe Bomb by Kenneth Weene
School for Sleuths by Carole Shmurak
Driven Bats by Sarah E. Glenn
Can One Beer Change Your Life? by Mike Bove

Twenty-Five Years Ago Today is also available as part of the Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set, which features three suspenseful novels in one download.

Chapter Three
Remembering the Romance

A Special Anniversary by Steve Liskow
California Magic by Mike Angley
Drummer and Dumber by Cara Lopez Lee
Paving the Road to Conscious Living by Lillian Brummet

Chapter Four
The Ups and Downs of Family Life

The Elephant in the Living Room by Mary Anna Evans
Baby Steps by Tracy Krauss
Finding the Right Balance by Barbara Ross
Climbing the Mountain of Single Parenthood by J. R. Lindermuth
The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same by Donna Fletcher Crow
A Busy Mom’s Dream by Deanna Jewel
Family Fun at the Dinner Table by Maryann Miller

Chapter Five
Hard Times

Finding the Right Direction by Michele Drier
The Scent of Lives Changed Forever by Beth Kanell
Surviving the Killer Tsunami by Cherish D’Angelo (Cheryl Kaye Tardif)
Christa’s Legacy by Jaleta Clegg
Weathering the Storm by Red Tash

Chapter Six
The Writing Journey

Unit-Lessons in Composition by Stacy Juba
Traveling Down the Writing Path by Patricia Gulley
Sticking With It by J.E. Seymour
Detecting the Humor by Marja McGraw
Never Give Up by Karen McCullough
An Early Computer by Velda Brotherton
Choosing My Destiny by Peggy Ehrhart
The Tuesdays by Bonnie Hearn Hill
Cropdusting the Way to a Series by RP Dahlke

Chapter Seven
Characters Have Pasts, Too

Diana’s Promise by Stacy Juba
The Sandbox by Darcia Helle
An Empty Nest by Suzanne Young
Misfortune’s Daughter by Mary Deal
The White Widow by Norma Huss
The Policeman by Vicki Delany
Miranda’s History by Leslie Wheeler
Meeting Sam Fullerton by Ellis Vidler
The Gas Chamber by Douglas Corleone
Storm Shadow Eyes by Caitlyn Hunter

Chapter Eight
Further Back in Time

A Long Look Back by Norma Huss
The Ghost of Mr. Stetson by Darcia Helle
Finding My Voice by Stacy Juba

Reviews:

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this particular book. Alright, so it only took me two years to actually read, but I guess good things come to those who wait. :) I give 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back by Stacy Juba a definite A+!”
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“These short, autobiographical stories are variously interesting, entertaining, enlightening, and all the other adjectives sometimes used to describe a good tale of this type. They stand on their own. But they also give the reader some exposure to an author they might not be aware of, and what avid reader isn’t on the lookout for that?”
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