Book: Winter Songs by Ronald Paxtoncategories: Book, Inspirational, Riveting, Contemporary, Edgy, Family Saga
Ronald Paxtonabout this book: "Winter Songs" is a contemporary saga of the Howard family of southern Virginia. The setting for the story is a large horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southern Virginia.
The story reflects fictionalized elements of my own life growing up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, although it is not auto-biographical.
Think of the television program, "The Waltons", then add some edge and tension, and you will have a sense of my book's narrative.
Themes of prejudice, race, pride, and family run throughout the book. The ending is uplifting and provides a natural lead-in to the sequel, "Haven" which is being published in 2013 by World Castle Publishing.
I spent approximately 6 months creating and editing "Winter Songs." As a short story writer my biggest challenge was adjusting to the pacing and narrative arc of my first novel. I tried to be patient and not force or rush the story, especially when the end was in sight.
The book should appeal to a wide range of readers from adolescent and up and should find particular resonance with parents and grandparents.
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