Friday, June 22, 2012

The First Three "Secrets of Marienstadt" Stories....

The first three are "pritneer" ready! The book's title will be "The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall: Secrets of Marienstadt." I intend for it to be available in paperback when it is complete but some people in my writer's group are suggesting that I release the first three stories as "Volume 1" in e-format as a teaser. I'm not sure how I feel about this but I'm open to suggestions. I am creating graphics for the beginning of each chapter and this is what I've got at the moment:
Story #1 - Peeper Baumgratz and the Sister's Snowplow: When Peeper Baumgratz wrecks his truck into the side of the Bucktail Inn and then goes on the lam, Chief of Police Henry Werner recruits woodsman Oliver Eberstark to hunt him down. Because Henry does not want to see Peeper go to prison he concocts a scheme for him to do community service by working for the nuns at the local convent who are trying to start a snowplowing business.

Story #2 - The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall: Titus Winter is the great-grandson of Jubal Winter, the giant logger and fisherman who came out of the north woods and helped found Marienstadt but, while doing research on his ancestry, Titus made a discovery that has left him ashamed of his illustrious ancestor. During renovations on Town Hall an old whiskey bottle is found between the walls with a manuscript in it that tells a very different story.

 Story #3 - The Great Dumpling War and Dance Competition: In an effort to promote Marienstadt's history of traditional cuisine, Father Nick Bauer wants to compile a cookbook but runs into trouble when some of the local ladies don't want to share recipes. He calls on Mulligan Wolfe, local pig farmer and former dance champion, for help. With Lola Eckert's assistance a recipe contest begins. Meanwhile Gretchen Fritz gets hoodwinked into entering Mulligan's dance competition with Patrolman Dean Ginther.

So that is where we are at the moment. This is, without a doubt, the most fun I have ever had writing a book. Can't wait to share it!

Thanks for reading.

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