James Rada, Jr
James Rada, Jr. is the author of seven novels, a non-fiction book and a non-fiction collection. These include the historical novels Canawlers, October Mourning, Between Rail and River and The Rain Man. His other novels are Logan’s Fire, Beast and My Little Angel. His non-fiction books are Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses and Looking Back: True Stories of Mountain Maryland.
He lives in Gettysburg, Pa., where he works as a freelance writer. Jim has received numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for his newspaper writing.
If you would like to be kept up to date on new books being published by James or ask him questions, he can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see James’ other books or to order copies on-line, go to jamesrada.com.
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A Byte-Size Friend (Hackers #1)
Confined to a wheelchair, 13-year-old Chris Alten is learning to cope with his new life situation with a friend who turns out to not actually be alive, but a computer program. While the program allows Chris an escape, it also puts him in danger from the people who killed his father and put Chris in the wheelchair.
Welcome to Peaceful Journey
A collection of short stories featuring the most-unusual funeral home you will ever see. Welcome to Peaceful Journey Funeral where the journey from life to death can be anything but peaceful.
David Purcell was on his way to meet his girlfriend when he fell into a cave. Now he can’t remember the five weeks he spent in the cave. With the help of Adam Maho, a Hopi, David discovers that he must remember that lost time if he if he going to stop the ancient Hopi evil, the dark kachinas, from being released into the world again. To do so, David will have to find his way back to Kuskurza.
"The Path to Kuskurza" tells the story of when the Anasazi Indians left the safety of their cliff dwellings and returned to their world of creation only to face an ancient danger. In "White Indian," one of the Sun Clan has returned to the surface searching for warriors to aid his enslaved people in the Third World. This book also includes a sneak peek of "Kachina."
Lock Ready: A Canawlers Novel
Even as the Civil War winds down, there is still danger on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal for those who work upon the waterway. The Fitzgerald family faces their greatest threat as a group of Confederate saboteurs plots to destroy the canal. In the past, the Fitzgerald family could have faced the dangers, but they are separated and dealing with their personal problems.
Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses
This is the story of the largely unknown work that the Daughters of Charity performed as nurses during the Civil War. They were the only trained nurses in the country at the start of the war and as such, their services were sought after by both the Union and Confederate governments.
Between Rail and River
The story of the Fitzgerald Family continues in this second book of "The Canawlers" series. Having experienced the horrors of the Civil War as it reached the C&O Canal, the Fitzgeralds must now try of survive as the canal draws more attention from the North and the South. They are also faced with problem unrelated to the war but impacting each member of the family.
My Little Angel
Janet Sinclair is not looking forward to her first Christmas without her daughter. Janet still doesn't know how she will go on without Danielle. Then Janet receives a beautiful porcelain angel that looks so much like Danielle that she can't bear to look at it. As Janet tries to deal with Christmas, she finds out that the angel is more than just an ornament.
During the Civil War, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was the de facto border between the Union and Confederate states. Canawlers is the story of the Fitzgerald family as they try and make their living on the C&O Canal amid the fighting between the North and South.
When the Babe Came to Town: Stories of George Herman Ruth's Small-Town Baseball Games
"Babe" Ruth was a baseball legend. You can find out why in "When the Babe Came to Town." This book shows how the Babe connected with the fans through his many exhibition and barnstorming games."When the Babe Came to Town" is a collection of some of these stories highlighting games that Babe Ruth played in Emmitsburg, Maryland; York, Pennsylvania; Oakland, California and Cumberland, Maryland.
Follow the lives of the Fitzgerald family on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal as Tony and Thomas Fitzgerald race their canal barge against a train. If you enjoyed "Canawlers" and "Between Rail and River" by James Rada, you'll want to follow this adventure set a few years after the Civil War during the canal's heyday. Originally published as a limited-edition chapbook for CanalFest 2003.
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- Showdown in Blue Cane
on July 23, 2012
Unless historical figures leave behind detailed journals and letters, it's often hard to know what was going through their minds when they became memorable. "Showdown in Blue Cane" by David Galster works around that hurdle with a historical novel built around an actual 1903 gunfight in Rector, Arkansas between Mart Vowell and Bill Lovejoy.
Bill Lovejoy was the foreman of the Leonard Plantation, the largest in that region of Arkansas, but he wanted more. He was ruthless in his pursuit of money and power. He was used to getting what he wanted, but Vowell was just as determined to keep what little he had.
The gunfight left Lovejoy dead and though there was a trial in which Vowell was convicted and later hung, understanding what brought the two men to the point of gunplay can still be murky.
Galster has recreated the stories of the Lovejoy and Vowell families to try and understand them better. He goes back decades to and tells the stories of the families building on their troubles to the point of the showdown. He creates a multitude of characters and family members that can be sometimes confusing. However, as the story continues, the characters become more familiar and easier to follow.
When you finish "Showdown in Blue Cane," you will not only know about the this Arkansas gunfight, but you will have a great picture in your head of life in turn-of-the-century Arkansas.
My major complaint with the story is that I had trouble orienting myself to the year when various chapters took place. It would have been nice to have the year in the chapter title or mentioned somehow in the first few paragraphs of the chapter. Otherwise, I came away from the book having learned one more story that makes American history so fascinating to me.