Agriculture, Culture, Mystery, Science

Standing On The Edge

Please forgive me for my absence! For the past few months I have been carefully editing a new novel, Edge of Destiny.

We have all found some escape route that has led us through the endless months of COVID, and mine was writing a story about two kids who grow up in a hurry on the eve of World War Two. This is a tantalizing and compelling tale that takes place in a small town which is on the brink of recovery from the Great Depression. Reppen is located in Norfolk County, and its ticket to greatness will be the fast-growing, world demand for Virginia ‘bright leaf’ tobacco. Claudia and Theo are high school seniors that are watching that future crash before them as the Nazi and Soviet threat unfolds in Europe.

They graduate from Reppen High and leave for college quite literally as war is declared by Hitler, September 1, 1939. Over the next year the couple navigate the streets of Toronto, the halls of university, and the growing pressure to enlist and fight, all the while learning about themselves. Claudia is a brilliant girl who up-ends the physics department as she enters that long-established male bastion. Theo, straight off the farm, faces the prospects of joining the RCAF.

Their trajectory comes crashing down when Theo is mysteriously swept away by unseen forces that drop him into the future, 80 years later. He seeks help from amazed and puzzled strangers in a desperate, impossible search to re-unite with Claudia.

This is a story that delivers a narrative about small town life, farming and the grit and reality of urban living. The characters reveal the unbeatable optimism of youth in the face of military conflict and raw, undisguised evil.

My personalized offer for U.S. residents.

In the past, I have marketed my books on Amazon. I found that to be a no-win situation, as the ubiquitous e-commerce giant destroys the economics of investing six months in writing a book. If you think their delivery is free, it’s not, believe me.

Edge of Destiny is available online at Blurb.Com and Blurb.Ca.

I will add, that U.S. readers can order direct from me using PayPal.Me/pmb1267, or mailing me a check. In return, I will personally sign and dedicate your book and get it delivered, pronto! The details are in the enclosed brochure, here.

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6 thoughts on “Standing On The Edge

    • Thanks Ellie! It is a great story. Two teens on the brink of adulthood face challenges around them as the world goes haywire. They forge on until his mysterious disappearance that separates them, impossibly. How this will turn out is a page turner. Thanks for writing. PS: ‘love your stained glass work!

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  1. Welcome back, Phil, and congratulations on not only completing a novel, but defying COVID in an intelligent manner. You’re right about Amazon. I found it a great platform for self-publishing but an uphill battle for marketing. And I do plan to order Edge of Destiny, as soon as I get out of Vietnam then do a few more Appalachian Trail uphills. (Stage Two is on the horizon.)

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