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About Judy Nickles
Judy Nickles has written since she could hold a pencil. She also writes under the pen name Gwyneth Greer (The Showboat Affair, The Face on Miss Fanny's Wall). She blogs at The Word Place (http://www.judythewordplace.blogspot.com) and her website can be accessed at Someday Is Here (http://ww.judynickles.com).
Besides writing, Judy enjoys genealogical research, reading, travel, and meeting new people. She has two grown sons, two grandsons, and three granddaughters.
And, she's having her adolescent rebellion 50 years late!
Visit her website, www.judynickles.com which also hosts her blog, The Word Place.
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But is the teacher ready? That’s the question that haunts every teacher that fateful first day in the classroom. Making it through that day and the 179 school days that follow is how every career in education—and lifelong learning—truly begins. In this collection, fifty teachers share the trials, tribulations, and triumphs they’ve experienced during their first year on the job. Organized along the lines of the school calendar, these touching tales illustrate the learning curve experienced by new teachers:
- Facing Day One
- Meeting the Students
- Surprising the Students
- Bonding with Faculty and Staff
- Being Surprised by the Students
- Watching the Students Bloom
- Saying Farewell
From the hilariously obsessive-compulsive preparation of a rookie English professor to the poignant lesson a bold third grader imparts upon his novice teacher about love and acceptance, this moving collection is sure to motivate new and veteran teachers alike.
When the chalice keeps turning up in the museum taking shape in the old school, now a community center, Penelope isn’t sure what’s going on—or who to trust.
Ten years later, frail and in desperate need of work, Lenore answers his ad for a personal assistant. He hires her with the agreement that she will live in, chaperoned by his housekeeper, so that she can drive for him, and he can teach her to use the Braille writer. She is the perfect employee, but he senses that she is frightened of something—or someone.
When he finds himself falling in love with her, he must uncover her secrets in order to save their relationship---and to save her from herself.
“I could’ve killed him.”
Her mouth dropped open. “No, Tom! You’re your Papa’s boy. Killing’s not in you.”
After ten years of his stepfather’s cruelty toward his family, Tom Morgan determines to move his mother and two brothers to Texas where their uncle has offered to help them make a fresh start. Putting together his plans, he makes a bitter discovery: what drove his beloved younger sister Hannah to leave home three years earlier. As he struggles with his hatred and rage, his family’s survival weighs heavily, and he faces unalterable--and unimaginable--decisions.
Tom’s long life, spanning post-Civil War Arkansas to the aftermath of World War II, is haunted by what he is forced to do during those four July days in 1876. The love of his family, their abiding faith in his commitment to do what’s right for all of them, and the memory of his Papa, who taught him that the measure of a man is his respect for the lives of others as well as his own, helps him live--and die-- with the consequences of his actions.
Based on an actual family incident, the true circumstances of which are forever lost in time, the author has crafted a story of perseverance and survival. Look for the sequel, Return to Morgan’s Mountain, which brings the family forward to a new generation.
owner of the best (only) B&B in Amaryllis, Arkansas (pop. 5492) who’s
flirting with 50, divorced (Travis Pembroke, had a wandering eye'), mother of Amaryllis PD Detective Bradley Pembroke, apple of her father Jake Kelley's eye, best friend of Mary Lynn Hargrove, the mayor's wife, and the only human creature tolerated by Abijah, the 18-pound orange tabby who stalks the family home-turned B&B.
Penelope keeps her ear to the ground, her eyes open, and her battered heart in solitary confinement. Then one night, while having a beer and a Reuben at the seedy-though-popular Sit-n-Swill, she meets Tiny aka Sam who is about as much of a biker as she is a belly dancer.
She insists on dabbling in danger and disaster despite Sam's best efforts to discourage her. The fireworks begin in Book 1, light up the skies in Books 2,3,4, and 5, and end in one spectacularly explosive display in Book 6.
Book 1: The Bogus Biker
A police raid on the Sit-n-Swill, a devastating fire at her ex-husband's historic home, and a game of cat-and-mouse with Tiny aka Sam turns Penelope's placid life upside down.
Scared to death--can it really happen? Trixie may find out, but will she live to tell the tale?
Trixie's not sure she wants to hang around to find out!
Just when Trixie thinks her rocky start in Dreamland may be smoothing out, her mother announces she’s returning to open a bed and breakfast in the old family home. Maybe Trixie can deal with Lucy, but she’s not even going to try to deal with City Council member Daphne Carter’s toothy son Alan who seems to think he knows better than Trixie what’s good for the historic building bequeathed to her by her grandfather. And she’s not sure her definition of moving on is exactly what Mitch Langley has in mind. They’ve been best friends since she arrived, but is either one of them ready for more?
Between the new police chief, the paranormal team Candace King brings in to hunt for ghosts in Al Capone’s old bootlegging tunnels, Danny Jefferson’s candid photos which are definitely worth more than a thousand words, and forensic anthropologist Sean Mercer’s insatiable curiosity, Trixie can’t catch a break.
And someone somewhere has a bone to pick with Trixie’s relatives, most of whom are long dead. But Trixie’s still alive, at least for the time being.
Trixie's beginning to think coming back to Dreamland wasn't such a good idea after all. Find out for yourself when you scroll up and grab a copy of Ghostly Gambit in Dreamland.
Trixie doesn’t really mind All Capone’s ghost hanging around her building. It’s what he left behind that threatens her!
Even if she’s not interested in Al’s legacy, she can’t keep other people from wanting to find it.
Trixie’s ready to open her tearoom and gift shop on the second floor of the reputedly haunted Quimby Building. She’s established an uneasy truce with Police Chief Doug Everton--after all, they have a mutual secret to guard. Her high school chum Rudy has his life back together. Candace King is determined to make Dreamland appreciate its history. Danny Jefferson has discovered a hidden talent for photography but manages to take all the wrong pictures at the right time. And Trixie’s and Mitch’s budding friendship is at the point of blooming. Unfortunately, they’re all wrong in believing the town’s recent dirty dealings are over and done with.
Enter a new assortment of unsettling characters: two FBI agents, one of whom may be rogue; Ross Carrow, Rudy’s ex-army buddy, who runs the Moonlight Tattoo Parlor when he’s not out stirring up trouble; and Sean Mercer, a forensic anthropologist whose curiosity may well end up killing more than the proverbial cat. The second floor of the Quimby Building, once the Castle Casino and soon to be Trixie’s Treasures, becomes a volcano of erupting secrets and dangerous doings.
Can Trixie dig in her heels one more time? Does she even want to? Find out in Desperate Deception in Dreamland.
What's the ghost of Al Capone doing in Dreamland, Arkansas?
Trixie's willing to live and let live, but Al doesn't seem to be so tolerant!
Trixie Blake barely remembers her small hometown or the grandfather who left her the Quimby Building on the antiquated town square. Newly-widowed and at loose ends, she treks to Dreamland to look for a fresh start. It takes less than twenty-four hours to discover she’s in the path of a shadowy development company’s plans to take over all of Dreamland’s historic downtown. That is, if they can persuade the three hold-outs to sell and move on. When Trixie decides to become hold-out number four, her already precarious situation deteriorates rapidly.
She finds an odd assortment of allies: the Drummond sisters, two feisty senior citizens who run the Sunshine Style Shoppe on the first floor of Trixie’s building; Rudy James, a former high school classmate (now the proprietor of the Twilight Bar and Grill); Glen Ellard, the long-time mayor who owns the town’s only hardware store; Hetty Green, a retired teacher who keeps her fingers on the pulse of the town; Danny Jefferson, who doesn’t let his Down Syndrome define him; Mitch Langley, whose connection to the development company is too close for comfort; and Candace King, self-appointed head of the Dreamland Historic Association, who knows the town’s dark secrets.
On top of everything else, Trixie’s great-grandfather’s buddy Al Capone seems to be still in residence on the Quimby Building’s second floor. Does he also get out and about to vandalize Trixie’s hotel room, slash her tires, and make threatening phone calls? And why does Police Chief Doug Everton want Trixie out of town sooner than later?