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The Speerings
Cheryl N. Warner
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Carly Wright publishes cutting editorials about a controversial sheriff in her college newspaper, “The Speerings”, even though she has no solid proof for her accusations. Doing so would be risky in any small, southern town where the sheriff is considered a hero. When you're the mayor's daughter and also dating a sheriff’s deputy, it’s suicide. Or is it murder?

BOOK EXCERPTS
Sheriff Nagle stood out among the legion of restless police officers like a stately oak, unmoved amid mighty gale force winds. He stared calmly into the dense woods common to southeastern Tennessee, no sign of urgency or annoyance on his perpetually stoic face. As his men awaited the go ahead to continue their search for the escapee, he casually glanced at his watch. The moment Deputy Brandon’s voice announced over the radio that the perpetrator had been spotted from the helicopter, Sheriff Nagle quickly interrupted. “Is the lowlife still on the move?”

“That’s an affirmative. But his pace has definitely slowed.”

“Good. Keep following him, and let me know when he’s on the ground,” Sheriff Nagle instructed quietly.

“On the ground, sir?”

“You heard me!”

“Uh… Do I understand that to mean you want us to fire on him, sir?”

“Of course not! Just keep an eye on him. He’s got to be plum tuckered out as long as he’s been running. Until he lies down to rest, don’t bug me with any more useless details!”

“Yes, sir,” Deputy Brandon said uncertainly.

Sheriff Nagle threw the radio mike on the front seat of his squad car then picked up the brown paper sack to see what his wife had prepared for lunch. “Baloney, again,” he muttered disappointedly, biting into the sandwich then unscrewing his thermos lid.

Deputy Sheriff Handley cautiously approached his superior, speaking in his usual fidgety manner. “Saul, didn’t I just hear Brandon say they had Northcutt in their sights? Everyone’s just waiting for the word to go in after him. What do I tell them?”

Sheriff Nagle continued to smack loudly on his sandwich as he answered. “First, get them blasted reporters out of here. Tell them they’re too close to the action and send them up the road packin’. Put a couple of deputies up there to hold them off. Tell the rest of the men to take a quick break then we’ll see what happens.”

“Yes, sir,” Deputy Handley said with a nod, turning and trotting toward the throng of reporters lined up along the edge of the woods.

Carly Wright, lead journalist for the student newspaper at Doral College, was among the crowd. “Just look at him sitting there eating his lunch like he’s at a Fourth of July picnic. He makes me sick,” she said to the cameraman from Channel Eight news.

“Yeah, but you can’t deny, he’s a good sheriff. We live in the safest county in the state of Tennessee. I’ll sure vote for him again.”

Carly rolled her eyes. “It’s not what he does. It’s how he does it. He’s as crooked as they come.”

“Who cares how he does it? As long as me and my family’s safe, I’m sure not going to complain. Besides, I think all those stories you hear are just tall tales made up by bored housewives. Nobody’s been able to prove any of it.”

“Nobody’s tried to prove it. They’re all too scared of him. Well, I’m sure not scared. I’m going to be the fire ant and the thunderstorm that ruins his little picnic and there’s not a thing he can do about it!”

As the cameraman scoffed at Carly’s self-assured enthusiasm, Deputy Handley appeared in front of the mob of reporters, a bullhorn in hand. “Your attention, please. Sheriff Nagle has ordered all reporters out of the area. Kindly move along up the hill to the end of Trammel road. There’s nothing here to see anyway, folks. We’ll let y’all know just as soon as we’ve apprehended the perpetrator. It shouldn’t be too long now.”

Carly waved her arm wildly. “Excuse me, deputy, but can you tell me how your men are going to apprehend Mr. Northcutt, when they’re all standing around here with their thumbs up their--”

“No comment. Now, you run along home, Carly. Your daddy will have all our heads if something happens to his little girl.”

“Can you tell me how Mr. Northcutt escaped from jail in the first place? Just how does a man get through steel bars and over a barbed wire fence without being seen?” Carly yelled over the sound of the helicopter flying above them.

AUTHOR BIO
For forty years, Cheryl N. Warner wandered through the desert, munching on the manna of daily living and feeling as though something more was expected of her. One day she stumbled upon a land where the milk and honey flowed, but in the form of pages and chapters. Her "whim" to write a book soon revealed itself as her Promised Land, a place of freedom, purpose, and rich, abundant blessings. God gave her the gift of writing and the season had arrived for her to use this gift on a larger scale.

Cheryl has never heard God's whispers of inspiration as clearly as she does when creating at her keyboard. She feels extremely privileged to provide readers with positive, uplifting stories--clean fiction that doesn't preach but rather portrays Christianity as the universal way of life. Her heroes and heroines exercise morals, self-control, and conscience, traits unheard of in most of today's literature. The driving force behind her writing can be found in Philippians 3:8. "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about these things."

The Speerings is Cheryl’s third published novel. Visit www.cherylnwarner.com to learn more about all of her writings.

BOOK REVIEWS
For forty years, Cheryl N. Warner wandered through the desert, munching on the manna of daily living and feeling as though something more was expected of her. One day she stumbled upon a land where the milk and honey flowed, but in the form of pages and chapters. Her "whim" to write a book soon revealed itself as her Promised Land, a place of freedom, purpose, and rich, abundant blessings. God gave her the gift of writing and the season had arrived for her to use this gift on a larger scale.

Cheryl has never heard God's whispers of inspiration as clearly as she does when creating at her keyboard. She feels extremely privileged to provide readers with positive, uplifting stories--clean fiction that doesn't preach but rather portrays Christianity as the universal way of life. Her heroes and heroines exercise morals, self-control, and conscience, traits unheard of in most of today's literature. The driving force behind her writing can be found in Philippians 3:8. "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about these things."

The Speerings is Cheryl’s third published novel. Visit www.cherylnwarner.com to learn more about all of her writings.



REVIEWS/QUOTES:

Christian Ways is a compelling story, and is really more of a lance to the cliquey and snobbish ways of thinking where the good little Christians tsk-tsk over the bad, worldly people who threaten their comfort zones. This is a struggle facing many churches today: how to remain godly while being relevant to the society they live in and remaining true to the purpose of God’s church--that of reaching the lost. Characters are strong and likeable, showing depths that give them realism and makes them come alive. With this tale’s underlying themes of redemption, mercy, and love, Cheryl N. Warner gives readers something to sink their teeth into that will keep their minds occupied with much food for thought. Enjoyable and relevant, Christian Ways is fiction with a higher purpose--to teach kingdom principles while providing readers with an intelligent and riveting story. -- 4 Angels. Michelle, Fallen Angel

Cheryl N. Warner delivers an engrossing read with strong characters that snag the heart as they struggle with the uncertainties and insecurities of life. Christian Ways is not a sugar coated romance but a true-to-life story of two people destined to love each other. All readers of romance can not help but be touched by Cheryl N. Warner’s Christian Ways. -- 5 stars , Donna, EcataRomance

Christian Ways will catch your heart and spirit as we learn about hope, forgiveness, loss and love. -- Marta/Big Momma, Romance Junkies

Christian Ways: Cheryl N. Warner has written a story full of rich characters struggling with real-life issues. Ms. Warner’s blend of language and Christian values gives this book a full-bodied flavor. Unusual twists give the book a page turning appeal all the way to the words: The End. --Eileen Key, Dancing Word Reviewer

The Speerings: Ms. Warner has certainly written an inspirational tale of truth and justice but she has also been able to incorporate it with elements of intrigue and danger. --Sheryl, Ecataromance.com

The Speerings: Ms. Warner has spun a romantic suspense with an unlikely villain and an unusual twist of evil. The sparring between the two would-be lovers leads the reader on a page-turning ride, while deceit lurks in every chapter. Ms. Warner has turned out a unique tale of love and hate. -- Eileen Key, Author of Dog Gone, Heartsong Presents Mystery


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MORE BOOK INFO
ISBN: 1597057517
ISBN(13-digit): 9781597057516
Copyright: 2008
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 292
Paper Weight (lb): 12.4



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