Books by JC Walkup

About the Author

JC’s Shorts: Murder and Merriment Stories ISBN: 978-0-9910381-1-4 $10.99 + S&H $2.00  To order send check or money order to:

 

JC Walkup

1294 Buckeye Cove

Canton, NC 28716

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Growing up is hard to do. That adage is proved in "Blooded" when Janey-junebug yearns to grow up as strong as the boy her father wishes he had.

"A Sin" explores the influence one life has on another in surprising ways. Layers of living get peeled back to reveal valleys of sadness and peaks of joy over a lifetime of living with one sin in an otherwise blameless life.

In "Father and Son" a mature woman gets her own back in a shocking way. She takes care of her future herself in spite of a weak husband and his feckless son.

"Driving West" and "Alone" deal with the dark spaces in everyone’s hearts where we hide fears of unknowns that await to spring out when we least expect it.

The last section of this collection is meant to inspire smiles and even a few chuckles.

Above all, I hope to inspire readers to think about their own fears and family relations. A finish with happy thoughts will calm those fears. Most of our worst fears rarely become reality.

Long Journey Home, Davenia A Saga of Texas and Texans Volume 2 ISBN: 978-0-9910381-2-1 $15.00 + $3.00 S&H To order send check or money order to:

JC Walkup

1294 Buckeye Cove

Canton, NC 28716

 


Angel or Demon?

Twelve-year-old Davenia fell in love. When Mrs. Mercer finished helping her dress, she guided the child to the full-length mirror that hung in the small entry hall.

     From that moment it no longer mattered that her father did not love her. She loved herself and that was enough.

***

"How about the bride-to-be? Did she have any have anything to say?" (asked Ian.)

     "The gossips say her (Davenia) control of her father is like a puppeteer pulling the strings. She is rumored to be fair of face and form and silent in company," (answered Ian’s fellow camper.)

     "Do those gossips say how much her dowry is worth?" Ian asked.

     "There are some . . . guesses. No one outside the family knows the real amount."

***

     Clark raised his voice. "Davenia, give him (the Indian) that damn parasol."

     "No! He can’t take it. I had it made to match this dress. Offer him your hat instead."

     "Davenia, give the man your parasol. Do it now unless you want him to add your scalp to his belt."

 

 

Partners A Saga of Texas and Texans ISBN: 978-0-9910381-0-7 $15.00 + S&H $3.00. To order send check or money order to:

JC Walkup

1294 Buckeye Cove

Canton, NC 28716

Order the Kindle Version for $3.99


When seventeen-year-old Ian McPhelan’s dreams of restoring his destroyed family in Scotland, collides with raw reconstruction Texas in 1868, pain and more loss dog his trail. His goals are not shared by the people he meets along the way.
     He takes ship from Glasgow to Texas because his deceased father had invested in a cargo on that vessel bound for Houston. A vicious storm sweeps Chub, the ship’s cook, overboard. Ian rescues him. In port, Chub decides to leave the sea and join Ian. They both have money to buy land. Enter the carpetbagger with a foolproof land fraud scheme.
     In San Antonio, they rescue a tiny 14 year-old French-Indian girl from her life of slavery. She proves invaluable to them as they weather the storms on the trail to find the land they think they have bought.
     They reach their destination in the Big Bend region of West Texas. There they find their land has been sold three times over. A lovely Swedish blonde surveyor shows them a way out of their problem. Chub falls in love-hard!
     Our hero, Ian, fails utterly to understand that he now has a grand new family cobbled together by love and respect.

 

About the Author

JC Walkup has written three novels, Partners and Family, a stage play and numerous prize-winning short stories. She is a contributor to The Mountaineer, has been a book reviewer for The Guide. Her short stories are in Echoes Across the Blue Ridge and Echoes of the Mountains. She has served as publisher of Fresh Stories, Essays and Poems. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and lives in Western North Carolina with her husband, Bob, and one cranky old cat.

 



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