Autumn has always been my favorite time of year – more specifically the period of time from Labor Day right through Christmas. I don’t enjoy the heat of the summer and spring time is seemingly a transition period from the worst of the winter (January and February) into the humidity and heat of July, August, and even early September. For this writer, the fall is refreshment, renewal, and yes, I love the music and the color of the Christmas season. Most of all, Christmas is to me the time of celebration of the birth of my Lord and Savior, and He is light, love, and life everlasting.
Now, the dichotomy. As much as autumn may be in my view the most wonderful time of the year, I’ve felt for several years now that America would be touched by one or a series of events during that time that would forever and irreparably change its future. The recent autumns have passed without cataclysmic change, but those of us who keenly watch world events in 2014 see clearly that America is in danger and the threats that loom come from both within and without. I don’t need to mention all of the specifics as they are clearly evident to those with opened eyes, but this fall feels “hotter” than those in recent years past – and they were warm ones if you get my drift.
My fiction books have all been centered on the autumn months and the Christmas season. I’ve always felt led to create stories that take place during that time of year, and The Sleepwalkers and newly-released sequel Eyes Pried Open follow suite. While cool breezes make fallen leaves dance along the streets and trails of our lives, there are movements and machinations in the shadows that would belie the placidity of this grand season. While so many Americans are gearing up to full-tilt party mode during this extended holiday season that begins this Thanksgiving week and won’t end until New Year’s Day, others will choose to be as much alert, sober, and watchful as thankful.
The Sleepwalkers and Eyes Pried Open is “what if” fiction based on what I as the author see and feel. During that most wonderful time of year, things in America change and a cast of characters from many walks of life are forced to deal with the outcome. These are people like you and me. Some kept their eyes open and weren’t surprised, while others had to have their eyes pried open. The Amazon Kindle and paperback versions are available here.