A Novel of Conscience

I’m happy to share these words about my novella, Racing The Sun, by Diane M. Denton, whose most recent book is Without The Veil Between, Anne Bronte: A Fine & Subtle Spirit.

Here is what she said:

Racing the Sun follows on from Miami Morning as a novel with a conscience, its protagonist, Leila, living professionally and personally with a sense of urgency, yet not adverse to pausing here and there in appreciation of simpler moments. This engaging narrative is full of conversations of purpose and planning, framed by a sense of place and belonging, but, also, exploration, drawing the reader into a diverse community of friends, colleagues, and new and unexpected acquaintances who support and challenge each other and, ultimately, discover collaboration is the way to make positive things happen.

Thank you, Diane. Collaboration, that is, working together to solve problems and create new ideas and approaches, is needed more today than ever – and yet we are more  distrustful, more easily persuaded by language that divides us. At one point in this book the factions agree to a “Big Tent Meeting.” After some venting, the antagonists eventually agree to sit down and talk.

And Leila asks, “What is the root problem here?”

“It’s that people don’t agree on how we should live together,” Sam said. “Don’t you hear the extreme points of view on TV and radio? You can’t talk about working together, much less compromise, without being ridiculed.”

Leila threw her shoulders back. She felt ready for this. “We have to do it anyway. We start here.”

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RACING THE SUN and CHILDREN OF LIGHT

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The Pacey Style of Life: Racing The Sun

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This short novel has a pacey style, which re-introduces ‘old’ characters with subtle reminders, and admirably handles current social themes.  – David Selzer

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Will Leila take the wheel to control the speed and direction of her work, and her life?

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Racing The Sun: Goodreads Giveaway – Update!

From October 8 to October 22, 2017, you can enter a Goodreads Giveaway to win one of five print copies of Racing The Sun, Volume 2 of the Leila Payson Series. 

The giveaway has ended and I’m thrilled to find the winners live in very different parts of the country, from Florida to Michigan to Utah. I thank my fellow peeps who reblogged or tweeted about this giveaway. Stay tuned for a Christmas sale!

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Vintage cars, wheelchair races, love tours. Secret lives, sisters, and suspense. Family disruption and a friend’s unexplained absence. Big tent meetings, bringing together people of varying dis/abilties. Romance gay and straight. A trip to Africa, and a quest for flamingos. Leila and her friends are back with more adventures in Racing The Sun.

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Racing The Sun — New Release!

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Leila and her friends are back with more adventures in Racing The Sun, a sequel to Miami Morning: A Leila Payson Novel. Leila must decide whether to continue as a high school teacher, or quit her job to run a new group that brings together people of varying abilities. She meets Doug, a paraplegic and former student, who wants to design and build better wheelchairs. Her relationship with Mark, the attractive “man with a book” is challenged by another love, and she discovers her mother and father both have secret lives. Leila goes head-to-head with Mrs. Grisjun, the combative guidance counselor, who thrives in a post-truth world. And what do those mysterious stones in the local park mean? 

Dov, the gay event planner from South Beach, and Maria, the female Don Quixote, are back, along with Raoul, Leila’s former hearing-impaired student. There’s lunch with Caroline, her oldest friend, who always speaks her mind. Cran Birdsall, father of Leila’s friend Charles, and husband of the erstwhile Berry, loves his vintage racing cars. But after an accident, his life takes a different course.

All the while, Leila knows she must slow down to admire the flamingos. But life now has a fast pace. Will she be able to take the wheel to control the speed and direction of her work, love, and life?

Racing The Sun is available on Amazon and Smashwords

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Pre-Order Racing The Sun

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The Kindle and Smashwords editions of Racing The Sun are now available for pre-order! This short novel is the sequel to Miami Morning, and continues the story of many of the series’ characters. It’s a book that’s both light and serious, trying to make sense, and have some fun while doing it, of contemporary life.

The ebook is $2.99 and the paperback (available on Amazon soon) will be $12.95. 

The print and ebook editions were beautifully formatted by Jo Robinson and the covers equally well done by Chris Graham of The Story Reading Ape. Thank you both!

Life Journeys: Racing The Sun

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Where are we going and why? In Racing The Sun,  a sequel to Miami Morning, a group of friends drive, speed, and sometimes slow down to appreciate the flamingos, on the highways, side streets, and racetracks of the modern world.

Leila is at a midpoint in her life, and the book opens with her dilemma, which is quickly thrown aside by life’s unpredictability.

Chapter 1   Intersection

Leila drove through the city streets in the gear of everyday. So much was happening all at once. On her mind at this precise moment was her work to bring together differently abled people in meaningful activities and occupations. This presented a particular problem: whether to start a formal group and run it, or stay in her career as a teacher.  

A white SUV rocketed through a red light, tracking on a line unwavering as the International Space Station. She jammed on the brakes, watching it cross the intersection in front of her, a man’s profile in the rectangle of the driver’s window. The SUV slammed into another car, spun around, and launched a star-show of glass and metal into the air.

Her car lurched to a full stop, buffeting her between fear and relief. She checked the rear view mirror and switched on the flasher lights, scrambling out of her seat as a boy bolted from the SUV’s backseat. He ran toward her, arms outstretched. She caught the boy and held him as he collapsed to the ground. Kneeling beside him, she wiped away a thread of blood on his forehead. Looked for, but found no wound.

“Can you move your arms? Your legs?”

The boy responded, following her eyes, moving his arms and legs. A man joined her at the boy’s side. Leila stood and walked toward the mangled cars. There was a whiff of gas, almost sickly, and the crunch of powdered glass.

The SUV was empty, one passenger sitting on the pavement.

All around, as if impregnating the air, a pervasive and penetrating keening sound came from the other car, a pearl-gray sedan. The keening faded, leaving a silence that lifted off the earth. A quiet Leila had experienced before, in the last moments of her mother’s life.

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Racing The Sun: A Short Novel

Racing the Sun Advance BannerLeila and her friends are back with more adventures in Racing The Sun, a sequel to Miami Morning. Leila works on her new group, OccupyAbility, bringing together people of varying abilities. She meets Doug, a paraplegic, who wants to build better wheelchairs. 

Her relationship with Mark evolves, and she discovers both her father and mother have secret lives. Raoul, Leila’s former student who is hearing impaired, is back, along with the quixotic Maria, driven Estrella, and shapeshifter Skye. And so is Mrs. Grisjun, the combative guidance counselor, who thrives in a post-truth world. Then there’s lunch with her oldest friend, Caroline, who always speaks her mind. 

Told from multiple points of view, Dov Lindahl and Cran Birdsall also contribute their stories. Dov goes to Cuba in search of his new love, Nìco, the hunky bird guide. Cran, the father of Leila’s friend Charles, and husband of the erstwhile Berry, loves his vintage cars. But after a terrible racing accident, his life takes a different course.

Leila returns to South Africa to visit her mentor, Baruti, and Anna Larssen, director of a ground-breaking group working with people with disabilities.

Will she at long last see the flamingos? And when will Leila–inspired by Doug’s experience—first discover she is racing the sun?