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DESERT TIME
LETTING GO OF SACRED THINGS
THE SEDUCTION OF TEMPERANCE
A WRITER'S YEAR




Copyright © 2005
by Sally J Walker
The Fiction Works

Naive but full of dreams, Matilda Beaumont marries a virtual stranger, a man more focused on the call of the New Mexico Territory than the realities of life in 1857 St. Louis. Only her prideful dignity and an all-consuming self-confidence gives Tildy the courage to endure, even when her husband abandons her in the midst of an influenza epidemic. &#$151; from the publisher



Copyright © 2005
by Sally J Walker
The Fiction Works

Shy, unassuming Opal grows ever stronger through trial, love, and loss experienced between 1910 and 1981. This poignant saga depicts family dynamics and ten life-stages in the 20th Century's era of changing values. Opal demonstrates that life's knocks teach us to let go of material things and cherish our own spirit and our loved ones. If greatness lies in survival of each challenge with personal integrity intact, this woman is indeed great. — from the publisher

Letting Go of Sacred Things is more than mainstream; it's finely crafted literature. So subtle is the writing that the first time you read it, you want more: more pages, more about the characters. But as you reflect and think about the story, you realize there was more already; what first seems sparse becomes rich. Layers seeped into the subconscious that only rise with reflection, perhaps discussion and definitely another reading (or two). — Midwest Review


Copyright © 2011
by Sally J Walker
The Fiction Works

Saloon owner Will Morgan greets a gore-covered, pistol-waving redhead. He is stunned when Constance Riley accuses him of killing her father, a New York banker-turned-temperance-leader. Her repulsive cousin, Sheriff Ernest Kopel, charges both of them and locks them up—together. While Constance watches the gallows being built, Will ponders the real murderer's motives. — from the publisher



Copyright © 2011
by Sally J Walker
The Fiction Works

Nonfiction. Master Creative Writing, One Day at a Time. Sally J. Walker, Editorial Director for The Fiction Works for the past 12 years, looks back over a lifetime of events and insights, great and small, that impacted her creativity in poetry, fiction, and dramatic scripting. Her resulting commentaries evolved into 365 mini-essays of a motivational-inspirational journey that can challenge any writer to rethink their own creativity . . . one day at a time.
Anyone devoted to any discipline of the written word knows everything in life influences creativity from finances to children to seasonal changes to the angst of discipline. Sally carefully works to vary subject matter and challenge other writers to do the same, day-in-day out. Sometimes gentle, sometimes fierce, sometimes nostalgic, a writer's passion is reflected in every essay. — from the publisher


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