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Autumn Paths - Smaller Names

Today I’m on the ‘Autumn Paths: An Anthology’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author(s) :

Autumn -AllWritersSandra Bunting
Sandra Bunting’s publications include two books of short fiction, a poetry collection, a non-fiction book besides articles, poems and stories in numerous literary magazines. Sandra is on the editorial board of the Irish-based literary magazine, Crannóg, and worked at NUI Galway where she set up the Academic Writing Centre and taught Creative Writing and TEFL teacher training. Now living in Atlantic Canada, she is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, New Brunswick Writers Federation, Words on Water Miramichi, the Grand Barachois group Women Who Write and the Galway Writers’ Workshop.
http://www.sandbunting.com/
Pierre C Arseneault
The youngest of eleven children, Pierre C. Arseneault grew up in the small town of Rogersville New Brunswick. As a cartoonist, Pierre was published in over a dozen newspapers. As an author, he has five titles published so far:
Dark Tales for Dark Nights (2013)
Sleepless Nights (2014)
Oakwood Island (2016) Poplar Falls – The Death of Charlie Baker (2019) Oakwood Island – The Awakening (2020)
http://www.mysteriousink.ca/
Chuck Bowie
Chuck Bowie graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Canada with a Bachelor Degree in Science. His writing is influenced by the study of human nature and how people behave. Chuck loves food, wine, music and travel and all play a role in his work. His publisher has just launched his latest novel, set in Ireland and England, entitled Her Irish Boyfriend, fifth in the international suspense-thriller series: Donovan: Thief For Hire. He has just completed and published the second novel in a new cozy mystery series, set in a fictional town in New Brunswick, and is now finishing the follow-up in this series. – Chuck recently completed tenure on National Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada; – Acted as Writer in Residence at Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts, 2019; – Acknowledged as an author of note in the Miramichi Literary Trail installation, 2021.
http://www.chuckbowie.ca/
Steve C. Eston
Steve C. Eston always had a conflicting love for the fantastical and the scientific, which led him to write both fantasy and science-fiction. He has three published books: Deficiency (2020), The Conclave (2018) and The Burden of the Protector (2016). He also has several short stories available for free download on his website. He lives in Fredericton with his wife and children.
http://www.sceston.ca/
Angela Wren
Angela Wren is an actor and director at a theatre in Yorkshire, UK. An avid reader, she has always loved stories of any description. She writes the Jacques Forêt crime novels set in France and is a contributing author to the Miss Moonshine anthologies. Her short stories vary between romance, memoir, mystery and historical. Angela has had two one-act plays recorded for local radio.
http://www.angelawren.co.uk/
Monique Thébeau
Monique Thébeau is retired and lives in Riverview, New Brunswick. She has published a murder mystery In the Dark of Winter (which she is currently translating) and a French historical novel of her hometown, Saint-Louis-de-Kent. She is as passionate about building suspense in her stories as she is about gardening and being a grand-parent.
http://www.moniquethebeau.com/
Jeremy Thomas Gilmer
Jeremy Thomas Gilmer is a writer of short fiction and nonfiction. He has been longlisted for the CBC Canada Writes Short Story Prize, won the inaugural Short Story Day Africa Flash Fiction Prize and was selected as the writer-in-residence at the KiRA residency in 2018. Jeremy is the Art and Literature editor-at-large for The East magazine. Gilmer has spent over twenty-five years as an Engineering Consultant on environmental, energy, and mining projects. Born in New Brunswick, Gilmer grew up in Nigeria, Northern Ireland, and Canada and has lived and worked in over forty countries. He splits his time between Eastern Canada and Brazil.
Allan Hudson
Allan Hudson was born in Saint John, New Brunswick. Growing up in South Branch he was encouraged to read from an early age by his mother who was a school teacher. He lives in Cocagne with his wife Gloria. He has enjoyed a lifetime of adventure, travel and uses the many experiences as ideas for his writing. He is an author of action/adventure novels, historical fiction and a short story collection. His short stories – The Ship Breakers & In the Abyss – received Honourable Mention in the New Brunswick Writer’s Federation competition. He has stories published on commuterlit.com, The Golden Ratio and his blog – South Branch Scribbler.
http://www.southbranchscribbler.ca/
Angella Cormier
Angella Cormier grew up in Saint Antoine, a small town in south east New Brunswick, Canada. This is where her love of reading and writing was born. Her curious nature about everything mysterious and paranormal helped carve the inspiration for her passion of writing horror and mystery stories. She is also a published poet, balancing out her writing to express herself in these two very opposing genres. Previous titles include: Oakwood Island – The Awakening (2020), Oakwood Island (2016), A Maiden’s Perception – A collection of thoughts, reflections and poetry (2015) and Dark Tales for Dark Nights (2013, written as Angella Jacob).
http://www.mysteriousink.com/

Synopsis :

41PHThTHw5LNine writers – Seasonal Collective – from both sides of the Atlantic, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have created this miscellany of stories.
These tales of family, mystery, intrigue, adventure, and suspense will take you across continents, through time and space in this world and others. With a linking theme of autumn, discover new landscapes, encounter new and intriguing characters, uncover secrets and lies, and witness the resolution of old enmities.
Take the first step on this roller-coaster of an emotional journey, and you won’t be disappointed.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Excerpt :

Autumn Paths is a selection of stories from 9 different authors. In the collection, the authors shared a common theme – Autumn Paths – yet, each story is different. Footfall, a crime/adventure story, is the third tale in the book.

Footfall
By Chuck Bowie

DRAKE ALEXANDER FOLLOWED THE PATH from his estate to the Cocagne Bay shoreline, the marram grass swishing against the legs of his jeans. Shorts and bathing suits weather had passed, and the fall foliage offered a clear indication that summer would not return for another year. The lyrics of a JJ Cale song refused to leave his head: ‘Crazy Mama’, where you been so long,’ but a smile, as well, refused to part. He’d gotten closer with someone—Beth Stone—and a three-year adventure, a quest, really, had been concluded with success. He could now forever put to rest his life as a soldier, and focus on thoughts of marriage.
Crossing over the last, tiny dune before hitting the beach, he noted with approval the neap tide; neither so high nor low as normal tides, thanks to the combined forces of the sun and the moon. The sun sat just above the horizon and he hoped to enjoy a few moments of solitude before spending the evening alone. The previous month had been a roller coaster of events, filled with danger, but he was home, and wanted to rest. A pair of binoculars, a gift from his friend Williston, bounced gently against his deeply tanned chest, and he carried a bottle of Orin Swift Palermo and a pair of Riedel fat-bowl wine glasses.
A solitary man sat on the beach to his left, at the edge of his property. He appeared to be just a bit older than Drake was, and the man gazed at an impressive Lurssen yacht nestled in the bay. The boat belonged to Williston Payne, and Drake happened to know that his best friend currently sat in the transom, an opened bottle of cabernet sauvignon and a matching pair of wine glasses at the ready. They were meeting in this unusual manner because Williston had had a meeting to discuss the sale of Drifter’s Dream for a similar, newer model. The point of raising a glass in this manner was not to toast the success of the sale, but to express gratitude to the fates for rewarding the hard work that had contributed to their mutual good fortune.
Drake sat on a log, placed an empty glass on the sand between himself and the shore, and poured a generous helping of wine into the remaining glass, taking the deep red liquid up to the widest girth of the bowl. He then lowered his drink toward the glass sitting in the sand, and then up toward the yacht, and took a sip of the dark California wine. “Santé!” he called out to Williston, but the only one within hearing was the lone individual sitting to his left. Drake found himself in such a generous, gregarious mood that he caught the man’s eye and waved to him to come visit.
They shook hands and, as any ex-soldier would do, Drake took the stranger’s measure. He saw a slightly built fellow about forty years old, dark hair, pale complexion and with intelligent, washed grey eyes. His face was angular and he was quick to smile. As slight as he was, Drake could tell the man was in excellent shape. Yoga, I bet. Here’s a man whose story I’d like to hear. The man introduced himself as Sean Donovan, and Drake invited him to sit on the log. He picked up (Williston’s) unused glass and poured out a portion similar to his own. With another quick smile, the man took a sip and, without looking at the bottle, correctly identified it as a 2011 California cab sauv. It was Drake’s turn to smile, this time in mild respect.
They sat in silence for a moment, enjoying the water, appreciating the wine, and admiring the yacht out in the bay. Drake explained the circumstances that warranted having a second wine glass so handy, and Donovan said how lucky he was to share a nice wine on such a pleasant autumn day. He leaned over to juxtapose his much paler forearm with Drake’s.
“That is a nice tan! You in construction?” Donovan may have been joking, as Drake wore a tailored white linen shirt and showed little evidence of living such a physically strenuous life.
“I’m just back from Peru. I had personal business to attend to; a little archaeology. What do you do?”
“I find things for people.”
“That’s very kind of you.” Drake’s brief observation was a pointed invitation to expand on such an intriguing statement.
“I’m not a kind person, I’m afraid.” Donovan changed the subject. “Peru is an amazing country to visit, but I haven’t been there lately. I did make it as far as Roatán in Honduras a month ago, but had to return when my business was finished. I love visiting that part of the world. I’m tempted to move there, really.”
Drake was intrigued. “What’s to stop you?”
Donovan smiled, the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m considering purchasing some property in Niagara on the Lake. Part of a change in lifestyle. Who knows, I might even learn another trade.” He gave a small chuckle, as if laughing at himself. “I’m quite interested in making wine.”
“Well, I do like wine, so I wish you all the luck in the world. Where are you from?” Drake thought he saw Donovan’s eyes become guarded, for just a flash.
“Originally from Montreal, but my work takes me everywhere. I’m not so much from anywhere, really; I sort of live my life from one hotel to another. Work…” He let his voice trail off.

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  1. chuckbowie

    Wow! How flattering to offer an excerpt from my story. I very much enjoyed writing my short, action-filled adventure. But I was equally pleased to surround myself with such great writers. You (like me) will enjoy every single story in this collection. Who knows; it might tempt you to read other pieces from these fine authors.

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