The Georgia Center for the Book is pleased to welcome two Georgia authors, for an evening of conversation on their debut novels CALAMITY and EYES ON THE ISLAND.
by JD Jordan
The legend of Calamity Jane is infamous. An icon of the Wild West, her path took her from the Indian Wars to Custer's Last Stand. But, before that, she was a young girl with a fiery temper. This is the story you were never told.
Violence and tragedy turns fifteen-year-old Jane's world upside down and soon she finds herself riding with an alien gunslinger—the Green Man—through a landscape of revenge and betrayal.
Along the way, she learns the power of the six-gun and how to stand on her own, even when surrounded by Lakota warriors. From space ships to guns that can shoot the wings off a butterfly a mile away, young Jane realizes the universe is far bigger than the Wild West and that she can trust no one in it to save her but herself.
When the villainous Grays meddling in the wars between the Indians and the government stand in the way of the Green Man making his way home, Jane finds her desire for revenge may be less than her loyalty for the longrider. And in that realization, she becomes the hero the Wild West has long remembered.
EYES ON THE ISLAND
by Frank Reddy
Not long ago, Will Fordham was a charismatic young preacher on the rise. But a family trip to the beach cost him everything. Will was struck by an unexpected seizure while wading in the ocean, drowning his young son. In the aftermath of the child's death, Will lost his marriage, his sobriety, and his faith. Once the pastor of his own church, Will is now little more than a groundskeeper. When Will is offered a new assignment at a small church on one of Georgia's barrier islands, he reluctantly accepts the opportunity to put his life back together. Owned by a wealthy heiress and accessible only by ferry, this unspoiled island is home to an artists' colony and only a handful of permanent residents. But once on the island, Will befriends a young boy who tells him unsettling stories about the other islanders. Are they merely products of the boy's overactive imagination, or does something sinister lie beneath the island's peaceful facade?