lived in a red brick house on a quiet, older cul-de-sac in a burb of Richmond.
He was friendly with the young couple who lived next door, and he was buddies
with Sunny, an elderly lady who lived across the street.
and Sunny would go to breakfast once a week, and Sunny would grocery shop for
him. They were, after all, friends. Richard would take his garbage and recycling
to the street by himself. The young man who lived next door had offered to do
that for him, but Richard liked to do that himself. A pleasant, but independent
and the young man would have conversations about many topics. One of Richard’s
favorites was political, and he’d rant about the previous administration, while
hoping for the best for the new administration. When in the yard, he’d wave at
the young couple and they would wave back. Neighborly.
young couple noticed Richard hadn’t been around in a while. They would watch
for him, but neither had seen him. They wondered.
several weeks, the young man asked Sunny if Richard was okay.
explained Richard had fallen and had broken his arm. He had it mended, but was
taken to a rehab center. When he wanted to come home, his daughter refused.
was 103. Coherent. Aware. Intelligent. Friendly. Hadn’t suffered from any other
told the young man that Richard had wanted to come home, but his daughter thought
he was too much of a bother. So, not being able to have visitors because of
Covid, not being able to go anywhere, Richard died alone in his room at the
rehab center. Probably died more of a broken heart than the broken arm that got
Alone. Died. He was too much of a bother.
don’t know why this story bothers me so. I mean, I didn’t know Richard. I think
I saw him once from a distance. I’m a little over half of his age. I have a
loving wife and two wonderful daughters. Hannah is engaged, and Emily probably
will be too in a year or so after grad school.
and I are in pretty good shape- Kim in much better shape than I am. Both of us
independent, healthy. Nothing much in common with Richard.
think back to July 2014 when Wil was shot and killed in Chicago. Though there
were other pedestrians and drivers on the street, Wil was alone. By himself.
And he died on the sidewalk alone. By himself. There are times I wish I would
have been with him on that day. I don’t know what I would have said. Maybe
something like, “It will be okay.” Maybe hold him. Something.
wanted to come home. And like Wil, he died alone. Maybe that’s why Richard’s
story affects me so. Maybe.
hope that as I advance in age, I’m not a bother to Kim, or Hannah, or Emily. I
hope they never feel I’m in the way. I hope I’m never in a place, in a room, by
myself, alone, where I will die. I don’t want that. I pray that never happens
to me, or to you, or to anyone. I don’t want to be like Richard. Something to
think about . . .
Your Life, and Make A Difference!
To My Readers:
I am happy to announce
that the Lives Trilogy and Prequel is now
available for preorder! The links are below, and if you order now, you receive
them at a 15% discount! I edited and revised each book. I am pleased with the
results. I am thankful to BRW for their continued belief in me and in my
writing. I hope you will rediscover, or perhaps, discover, the Lives
Trilogy and Prequel.
The Lives Trilogy Prequel, Taking
Agent Pete Kelliher and his partner search for the clues behind the bodies of
six boys left in various and remote parts of the country. Even though they live
in separate parts of the country, the lives of FBI Kelliher, 11-year-old Brett
McGovern, and 11-year-old George Tokay are separate pieces of a puzzle. The two
boys become interwoven with the same thread that Pete Kelliher holds in his
hand. The three of them are on a collision course and when that happens, their
futures grow dark as each search for a way out. https://www.blackrosewriting.com/thrillers/takinglives
Book One, Stolen Lives:
thirteen-year-old boys are abducted off a safe suburban street. Kelliher and
his team of FBI agents have 24 hours to find them or they will end up like the
other kids they found- dead! They have no leads, no clues, and nothing to go on.
And, Kelliher suspects that one of his team members might be involved. https://www.blackrosewriting.com/thrillers/stolenlives
Book Two of the Lives Trilogy, Shattered
boys are home, but now they have to fit back in with their families and
friends. Their parents and the FBI thought the boys were safe. They were until
people began dying. Now the hunt is on for six dangerous and desperate men who
vow revenge. No leads and nothing to go on, the FBI can only sit back and wait.
A dangerous game that threatens not only the boys, but their families. https://www.blackrosewriting.com/thrillers/shatteredlives
Book Three of the Lives Trilogy, Splintered Lives:
dangerous men with nothing to lose offer a handsome reward if fourteen-year-old
Brett McGovern was killed. He has no idea that he, his younger brother, and a
friend are targets. More than anyone, these three men vow to kill George, whom
they blame for forcing them to run and hide.A fun
vacation turns into a nightmare and ends where it started, back on the Navajo
Nation Reservation, high on a mesa held sacred by George and his grandfather.
Outnumbered and outgunned, George is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to
protect his adoptive father and his adoptive brothers- but can he? Without
knowing who these men are? Or where they are? Without knowing whom to trust? Is
he prepared for betrayal that leads to his heartbreak and possible death? https://www.blackrosewriting.com/thrillers/splinteredlives
Betrayed received a
Maxy Runner-Up Award!
BETRAYED by Joseph Lewis 5 stars
Awesome read, hard to put down. Fast moving, great story of a family who
adopted several boys who had nowhere to go. Some were Navajo. A problem came up
on the reservation and one boy's friend was missing. Strange, dangerous things
were happening. Great read.
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On it, I talk about writing. I introduce
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Betrayed: A Maxy Award Finalist! A Literary
Titan Silver Book Award Winner! A Reader's Ready Recommended Read Award Winner!
A late-night phone call, a missing kid, a
murdered family, but no one is willing to talk. A promise is made and kept, but
it could mean the death of a fifteen-year-old boy. Seeing is not believing. No
one can be trusted, and the hunters become the hunted. https://amzn.to/2EKHudx
Spiral Into Darkness: Named a Recommended Read
in the Author Shout Reader Awards!
He blends in. He is successful, intelligent and
methodical. He has a list and has murdered eight on it so far. There is no
discernible pattern. There are no clues. There are no leads. The only thing the
FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the
face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand
any message coming from a dark and damaged mind. Two adopted boys, struggling
in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their
family. And neither does local law enforcement. https://amzn.to/2RBWvTm
Caught in a Web: A PenCraft Literary Award
Winner! Named “One of the Best Thrillers of 2018!” by BestThrillers.com
The bodies of high school and middle school kids
are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along
the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by
MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent
from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut
it down and teach them a lesson. But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a
fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous
summer. Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find
the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills
anyone else, especially George or members of his family. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CKF7696
Book One of the Lives Trilogy, Stolen Lives:
Two thirteen-year-old boys are abducted off a
safe suburban street. Kelliher and his team of FBI agents have 24 hours to find
them or they’ll end up like all the others- dead! They have no leads, no clues,
and nothing to go on. And the possibility exists that one of his team members
might be involved.
Book Two of the Lives Trilogy, Shattered Lives:
Six men escaped and are out for revenge. The
boys, recently freed from captivity, are in danger and so are their families,
but they don’t know it. The FBI has no clues, no leads, and nothing to go on
and because of that, cannot protect them.
Book Three of the Lives Trilogy, Splintered
A 14-year-old boy knows the end is coming. What
he doesn’t know is when, where, or by whom. Without that knowledge, the FBI can
protect him or his family. And he cannot protect himself or his family.
The Lives Trilogy Prequel, Taking Lives:FBI Agent Pete Kelliher
and his partner search for the clues behind the bodies of six boys left in
various and remote parts of the country. Even though they don’t know one
another, the lives of FBI Kelliher, 11-year-old Brett McGovern, and 11-year-old
George Tokay are separate pieces of a puzzle. The two boys become interwoven
with the same thread that Pete Kelliher holds in his hand. The three of them
are on a collision course and when that happens, their lives are in jeopardy as
each search for a way out.
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Phan and Unsplash
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