Book: Tale of the Taconic Mountains by Mike Romelingcategories: Book, Novel, Mystery, Paranormal, Mountains, Humor, Fiction, Taconic, Occult, Suspense
Mike Romelingabout this book: When I was in the early stages of planning for the book and trying to decide a setting for it, I ended up setting it right here where I live in the Taconic Mountains in New England. The novel has some paranormal elements in it, and the Taconic Mountains are among the two or three oldest mountains ranges on earth, with all the history, lore, and legends that weave through the hills like a stream with a thousand branches. I love a sense of "place" in books and so I did a good deal of research on this area to bring it to life in the best way I could.
Here is a short synopsis:
Everyone had an agenda, and was it really only coincidence that they all came together in the same village nestled in the ancient Taconic Mountains? Completely involved with their own pursuits, the visitors were unaware of older agendas within the dying town and on the ridges of the brooding mountain with its secrets, dark mysteries, and the seemingly ageless Boudine Sisters.
And if the result could sometimes be laced with both the mysterious and the comical, it was always tempered by this truth: sometimes, deep in the heart of the New England mountains, something is going on, something at once lighter than air and darker than starless night.
I wrote the book over a period of nine months, mainly working from about 4:00 a.m. till 8:00 a.m. Needless to say, I am a morning person :>)
Here are some brief quotes from reviews of the book:
• "Mike Romeling really knows how to write. His sentences are crisp and evocative. He combines lyricism with clarity. No matter which section I might randomly browse, the narrative pulls me in."
• "I found it particularly satisfying, not just because it contains what I believe is the definitive stripper memory sequence in American Letters, but because the tale satisfied everything I look for in fiction. Foremost, it has the characters. He fleshes out well drawn, real folks we all have known, in affectionately rendered daily lives."
This book was a joy to write and I hope readers find it an engaging and satisfying experience.
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