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25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back [Kindle Edition]

Stacy Juba , RP Dahlke , Mary Anna Evans , Laura DiSilverio , Vicki Delany , Donna Fletcher Crow , Darcia Helle , Cheryl Kaye Tardif , CJ Lyons , Gwen Mayo , Cara Lopez Lee , Elaine Raco Chase
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Book Description

This collection of poignant and uplifting essays is the perfect book to enjoy over your morning coffee. The stories will warm your heart, raise your spirits and compel you to examine your own life. As a tie-in to her bestselling mystery and romantic 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?" Read about school days, quirky jobs, romance, raising a family, hard times, the writing journey, and find out what makes your favorite characters tick. 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.

Publishing credits of the contributing writers include New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and Amazon bestselling. They also include 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. The following sections are included in the book:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 R.P. Dahlke.

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

"It has been an incredible experience working with so many talented authors as editor of this anthology. Writing is such a solitary business that it is invigorating to work on a team project like this. Putting this book together reminded me of how my love of books and writing flourished in childhood. Stories, either my own or those written by others, transported me to a magical world. Back then, I never dreamed that I would grow up and be part of the writing and publishing world, or have authors as friends and colleagues. The whole theme of looking back 25 years, and at the past in general, is a familiar concept to me, as I once compiled the 25 and 50 Years Ago Today columns for a local newspaper and drew upon that experience to write my novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. For most of the contributing writers to this anthology, however, honing in so closely on a specific time from the past has been a new experience. These authors so generously sharing their essays with me is what made this book possible and I'm pleased that we have space below for some of the authors to share their experiences and insights from being part of the project. I hope you enjoy meeting the authors as much as I did."  Stacy Juba

"This exercise took me back to a period in my life that I try not to remember, but it's a period that also made me stronger and taught me how to survive." Michele Drier

"I hope it will lead readers to look back on their own lives and appreciate the people and circumstances in their own past that helped them get where they are today. And then to look forward. Where do you want to be 25 years from now? Remember, 'It will be all right in the end. If it isn't all right, it isn't the end.' Most of all, I hope readers will come away from this collection with a sense that, 'Life is good!"'  Donna Fletcher Crow

"How often do we know exactly what we did 25 Years Ago or give pause to reflect back to a specific time in your life? How fortunate to be part of 52 authors who did exactly this. I look forward to their varied experiences, thoughts, wisdom and humor." Monica M. Brinkman

"I am so thrilled to share the pages of this book with so many terrific writers, and I am enjoying their stories so much. What a wide selection of topics and writing styles." Maryann Miller

"I was honored to be part of this fantastic collection from 52 authors who took a look back 25 years ago to see where they were and how far they have come. There are inspirational messages from all of us - most are funny, some thought provoking - but all the short stories prove that anything and everything can be overcome. Sometimes you have to look at the past, cry over it, marvel at it - then put it away so that you can concentrate on the present and prepare for the future!" Elaine Raco Chase

About the Author

Thousands of readers have been captivated by the books of Stacy Juba, editor of 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back. Stacy published her first book, a young adult novel, at age 18 and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has authored books for adults, teenagers and children. Stacy has written about high school hockey players, reality TV contestants targeted by a killer, an obit writer who solves a cold case, teen psychics who control minds, teddy bears learning to raise the U.S. flag, and lots more. Her titles include Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim for adults; Dark Before Dawn and Face-Off for young adults; and The Flag Keeper and the Teddy Bear Town Children's E-Book Bundle for children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1288 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Horse Press (August 3, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars March 18, 2015
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Really enjoyed this collection of stories. Especially Norma Huss 's segment! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of great writers March 12, 2015
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I was given this book for review and found it to be fascinating. A whole host of authors offer peeks into an array of thoughts and feelings about 25 years ago.

A clever and insightful look into great writing and what affects our lives, choices and decisions.

Certainly worth reading these well written pieces.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag March 18, 2015
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This is a mixed bag, as are most collections with different authors.
The best pieces are interesting or moving remembrances of times in people’s lives. Ignore the ho-hum, mundane accounts that also appear, and overall the whole presents a social memoir of life in USA 25 years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a fun book cover! September 22, 2012
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"There is a part of us that pushes us into the danger zones, that urges us to play catch with the explosive and to date the irrational. That skirting with danger can lead to growth and disaster. It can certainly make for good writing." Ken Weene

The above quote is just one of many amazing pieces of writing you'll find in "25 Years in the Rearview Mirror." This book is filled with essays that take us from grade school to first loves and first jobs to the writing process itself and everywhere in between. Stacy Juba even gives us a couple writing exercises in "Unit-Lessons in Composition." This was a fun read filled with humorous, encouraging, and informative narratives from writers of all genres. I am excited to check out each of the writers' individual work, which is easy to do since the editors included a list of author websites in the appendix.
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