Joe Novara

Biography

A retired training specialist, I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan where I reflect and write and write and reflect.

Where to find Joe Novara online


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Books

Seven Read-Aloud Plays for Seniors
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Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 12,250. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2013. Category: Plays » American / African American
A collection of very short, one act plays on subjects familiar and interesting to older folks. Each play is able to be read either from chairs in a circle or on simple sets involving minimal props. For really ambitious actors, these plays could be memorized and performed before in-house audiences.
Rancho in the D
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 14,050. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Rancho in the D, a story of elder love, has Nick, who lives out of his van in pursuit of free lance writing gigs, encountering Carol who lives in a mansion on the shores of Lake Michigan. They gradually discover common roots growing up in east side Detroit and plan to re-purpose, Cagalupo, their old neighborhood into an inner city dude ranch.
WaTonka Camp Cowboys, A Study Guide
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,530. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling
This Study Guide complements the novel, Wa-Tonka, Camp Cowboys by providing tools for boy and girl readers to extract themes, values and writing skills from this and other stories they read. This is the first book in the series followed by: Saving For Trace; Riding The Waves; Zan; Can Do, Zan; A Horse in My Kitchen; and finally, Mountain Rules.
Vern's Barbershop
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,180. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Vern’s Barbershop, a series of character sketches set in a throwback barbershop, reveals the kind of humorous, earth shaking, work driven subjects men share in the closest thing to a ‘boys only’ tree house where a grown man can retreat for twenty minutes once a month.
Free Floating Stories
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,560. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Free Floating Stories, a random grab bag of short stories, humorous send-ups, grampas connecting with grandkids, a fairy tale and one article on composting (go figure) has been culled from a lifetime of writing for myself, my family and many national magazines. If you like variety and frequent chuckles from your reading, this collection is for you.
Four Read-Aloud Plays from Tales From the Drake House Outhouse
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,100. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2010. Category: Screenplays » History
These four read-aloud plays are based on my book Tales From the Drake House Outhouse. Students may read the ebook then dramatize what they have read. Used in many classroom presentations, the story and these plays explore the distinction between historical fiction and real historical facts while offering an enjoyable opportunity to play modern and pioneer roles.
My Two Years in the Priest Corps
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,730. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Religious biography
(4.00 from 1 review)
My Two years in the Priest Corps is one insider’s answer to the question, ‘how do priests get that way?’ From elementary school aspirations, to theology studies in Rome during the Second Vatican Council to eventual disaffection with the Catholic Church, I focus on larger life lessons arising from my personal experience of the ministry rather than reminiscence for its own sake.
Wa-Tonka Camp Cowboys
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Series: My First Horse, Book 1. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 20,440. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Nick jumps at a chance to work at a summer camp away from his crowded family. He discovers horses, especially his favorite, Prince. But he still has to be a big brother when two campers ride their mounts over the lip of Deadman’s Bluff. This is the first book in the series: Saving For Trace; Riding The Waves; Zan; Can Do, Zan; A Horse in My Kitchen; Mountain Rules.
Time and Past Time
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,610. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
After rescuing her Zihuatenejo snorkeling guide, Emily is drawn into his intriguing bachelor world. The Army nurse in her responds to the wounded man. The widow in her silently grieves and heals until a traumatic episode from Ramon’s celibate past erupts into their budding relationship. Emily allows time, space and a return to Lake Michigan to untangle Ramon’s painful past and open him to love.
A Horse in My Kitchen
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Series: My First Horse, Book 6. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 17,200. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Luz, an eleven-year old Latina, finds a half-frozen newborn foal and gets her African American friend, Zan, to help keep it alive in her kitchen. Luz’s hard working mom directs all the affection Luz longs for onto the baby horse until Holly grows past the ‘cute’ stage. The costs and realities of keeping a growing horse bring mother and daughter together in a dramatic ending.
Ragazzo Quest
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 17,200. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
15-year old, Anne Marie, has boy friends but no boyfriend. A summer in Italy means a chance to snag a ragazzo. Born in the States of Italian parents she finds that the rules are different between men and women when she exports her made-in-America attitudes and co-ed soccer moves. Elena, a look-alike cousin in Sicily comes to live with Anne Marie leading to boyfriend troubles in two languages.
Mountain Rules
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Series: My First Horse, Book 7. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 41,790. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Thrown together in a wilderness boot camp, 3 teens work past first impressions while living in the world of mountain sheep, bears, wildfires, and a missing ram’s skull. Lazelle, black, 14, has a basketball scholarship waiting. Mackenzie’s parents want her to work. Creed, mixed black and Cherokee faces a jail-or-camp alternative. They all learn new rules, Mountain Rules, to bring back home.
Can Do, Zan
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Series: My First Horse, Book 5. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 25,590. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Can Do, Zan, Alexander chants to himself whenever he confronts a challenge. The intelligent, animal loving, African American 12-year old, works at a stable, learns to ride horses, connects with mounted police-horse training, goes to a summer camp in Northern Michigan, canoes in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, deals with a bully, copes with his diabetes and discovers Native American artifacts. Whew.
Zan, City Cowboy
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Series: My First Horse, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 29,020. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Zan, City Cowboy is free and is a good place to start reading the seven books in the My First Horse series. Located in the middle of the series, you can watch him grow along with Tika, the filly he helped birth. From there, you can go back to the beginning where Nick learns to ride Prince at Camp Wa-Tonka. Later, working at Shamrock Stables, Nick is blown away by Trace, a retired cutting horse.
Tales From the Drake House Outhouse
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 20,250. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Based on a real pioneer homestead in Kalamazoo, Michigan, this story has two 12-year olds working back in time with each ‘find’ they dig up from an historian’s dream: a 180-year old outhouse. Zach uses his imagination to create a movie script about the Drake family. Maddy objects to Zach’s notion that, “all stories are true and some of them actually happened.”
From My Side of the Fence...a horsehusband's point of view
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,920. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From My Side of the Fence…a horsehusband’s point of view is a collection of over-the- top horse tales originally appearing in Horse and Rider, Mother Earth News and Horse Illustrated. Alva and his menagerie of friends and neighbors indulge his vivid imagination and inventive genius in avoiding the care and maintenance of his wife Tug’s cow pony, Pachooky.
Riding the Waves...Lake Michigan Cowboy
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Series: My First Horse, Book 3. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 34,920. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
At Lake Michigan with his aunt and uncle, Nick meets a girl riding a chestnut gelding in the morning surf . Bull riding, Cassidy the bareback surf rider, her jealous friend Roy, windsurfing, CPR at the beach, rounding up buffalo, Sara the migrant worker, Knuck the lazy border collie, team penning, Nick tries it all.
Saving for Trace
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Series: My First Horse, Book 2. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 20,470. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2010. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
His father out of work, Nick helps the family by working at a stable. He finds Trace, a retired cutting horse. Nick finally gets the money to buy Trace, but his mother’s plans pose a difficult decision. Trace with all the moves of a sports car, a broken ankle, Mandy with her Tennessee drawl, driving a truckload of cattle, Nick tries it all.

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