"I trust it will not be giving away professional secrets to say that many readers would be surprised, perhaps shocked, at the questions which some newspaper editors will put to a defenseless woman under the guise of flattery."
Wiona Rutherford is barely keeping her head above the dust as she struggles to manage her dilapidated ranch and a mother who is lapsing into dementia. To make matters worse, the ranch, located in the arid, mountain corridor that is the border between Mexico and Southeast Arizona, is a major crossing for illegal aliens. Although Wiona is sympathetic to those who undertake this dangerous journey, she is sick to death of the damage they leave behind. Then she comes upon a lone woman and her just born baby on the cold ground under an oak tree.
Gayle Jandrey has created an enthralling human drama set within the complex and dynamic world of today’s Mexican–American border region. Living within this turbulent setting is Wiona, a tough independent rancher competing in a strictly male profession, and Stokey, a veteran Border Patrol Agent burdened with family issues as he patrols a Darwinian landscape of desperate migrant travelers seeking a better life and the malevolent human coyotes that exploit them like some type of cash commodity. Jandrey’s book gives an accurate portrayal of the danger, fear, desperation, and sometimes hope that is played out on our busiest border on a daily basis. I found it a good read and a difficult book to put down.
–Cameron Hintzen, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent U.S. Border Patrol (retired)
Jandrey tackles the border drama with brutal honesty, dishing up a meaty stew of characters – some you’ll love to hate, some you’ll hate to love.
–Gerry Hernbrode, author of Provincial Justice
For many years G. Davies Jandrey worked at Tucson Magnet High School in Tucson, Arizona where many of her students were Mexican nationals, and many of those were undocumented. In addition, she worked as a fire lookout in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast Arizona for five seasons. These mountains, heavily traveled by drug mules and undocumented immigrants, form a backdrop for Journey though an Arid Land. She is the author of A Garden of Aloes, a novel set along Tucson’s notorious Miracle Mile, and lives in the desert outskirts of Tucson with her husband and fellow desert rat, Fritz Jandrey.
1810: The Royal Navy of Great Britain is all that stands between Napoleon and absolute domination of Europe. Royal Marine Captain Thomas Pennywhistle is assigned to HMS Active, part of a small squadron of frigates in the Adriatic Sea. It’s considered a sideshow theatre of the war, but on those waters, one of the greatest naval battles of the age will be fought.
As a Marine, Pennywhistle fights on land and sea. He leads his handful of men first against a battalion of Napoleon’s Army and finally against the French fleet in all its terrible grandeur, always leading from the front, fighting not only with weapons but by using his wit – cool and analytical where others are blinded by passion.
Pennywhistle’s own passions will be aroused by the beautiful and fiercely independent Carlotta, and he will be tested by conflicts that make him question his deepest principles.
HMS Active will take Pennywhistle's measure. Will he measure up?
Meet Donald Platt at the St. Cloud Heritage Museum in St. Cloud, Florida. Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9am-4pm. He will have copies of his book Close to the Sun.
HISTORIC BOOK FESTIVAL, AUTHOR'S DAY
Books! Books! Books! Come to the museum for a day of perusing history by local authors. Meet the authors and purchase their autographed copies. Examine collections of books that may be for sale. This event will be a booklover'sdelight!
Wiona Rutherford is trying to maintain her ranch in Southern Arizona, while caring for her aging mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. Wiona has several friends who are supportive in these endeavors including a veterinarian, a cop with whom she has had an on-again, off-again relationship since high school, and a Mexican woman who may not be a legal citizen.
This is an entertaining read that also provides a thoughtful and subtle look at some serious subjects including aging, Alzheimer’s disease, immigration reform and animal welfare.