James Rada, Jr

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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 jimrada@yahoo.com.

To see James’ other books, go to jamesrada.com.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy reading lots of different authors in different genres. Some of my favorites are Brandon Sanderson, Orson Scott Card, David McCullough, Erik Larson, Harlan Coben, Craig Johnson, James Rollins and Dean Koontz.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If I don't get out of bed, my son certainly won't get up on his own to go to school. Besides, I've always been a morning person. It's not too difficult for me to get up each morning.
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The Man Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 117,850. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2016 by James Rada, Jr. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
Two resurrected men of biblical renown can no longer die until the foretold Second Coming. Their blood feud brought about the death of one of America's greatest writers, Edgar Allan Poe. From the time of Christ to the modern days of the Poe Toaster, The Man Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe is a sweeping novel of love, terror, and mystery that could have come from Poe's imagination.
A Byte-Sized Friend (Hackers #1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,730. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2016 by James Rada, Jr. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Computers, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Chris Alten's world is limited to the wheelchair that an accident has confined him to. He is lucky, though. The same accident killed his father. Chris also has a mysterious new friend whom he meets online and shows him a brand-new world where he can once again walk. This new world comes with its own dangers when it is discovered that Chris's new friend is an artificial intelligence program.
Welcome to Peaceful Journey
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,300. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2014 by James Rada, Jr. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
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.
Kachina
Series: The Dark Kachinas. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 107,590. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012 by James Rada, Jr. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
Kuskurza
Series: The Dark Kachinas. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,110. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2011 by James Rada, Jr. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(2.00 from 1 review)
"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."

Series

Canawlers
Follow the Fitzgerald family as they struggle to make a living on the C&O Canal during the Civil War. They must not only deal with the typical problems on the canal (weather and the railroad), but now they are facing problems caused by both the Union and Confederate governments. Hugh and Alice Fitzgerald own and run their canal boat with the help of their three children David, Elizabeth and Thomas. They are helped in their efforts by a young orphan named Thomas and a Confederate deserter named David Windover. The war will not only test their loyalties to each other but their family bonds.

Between Rail and River

Price: $4.99 USD.

The Race

Price: $0.99 USD.
The Dark Kachinas
In the stories of the Hopi, Taiowa the Creator imprisoned the dark kachina in Kuskurza, the Third World centuries ago. His nephew, So'tuknang led the People to Tu'waqachi, the Fourth World. Now the power that holds the dark kachinas imprisoned is fading and they are using their power over their followers in the Bow Clan to threaten our world. The Sun Clan must recognize the danger that they have forgotten and find a way to ensure that the dark kachinas stay imprisoned.

Kachina

Price: $4.99 USD.

Kuskurza

Price: $1.99 USD.

Books

Smoldering Betrayal
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 86,060. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Matt Ansaro returns to his hometown of Eckhart Mines in 1922, and he swore that he would never return. He is a Pinkerton detective who has been sent to spy out union activity in the area, but Matt has his own plans. He walks a tightrope between spying on friends and trying to protect his family from being blacklisted during a turbulent time in coal mining history.
Secrets of the C&O Canal: Little-Known Stories & Hidden History Along the Potomac River
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 38,110. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction » Transportation » Ships & Shipbuilding / History
The C&O Canal runs along the north side of the Potomac River from Cumberland, Md., to Georgetown in the District of Columbia. It is a 184.5-mile-long engineering marvel that has 11 aqueducts, 74 lift locks, 160 culverts, 12 river feeder locks and guard locks, and one tunnel through a mountain. Its history spans the 19th century and is filled with mishaps, crimes, secrets, and drama.
Secrets of Garrett County: Little-Known Stories & Hidden History of Maryland's Westernmost County
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 37,740. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » North America
Garrett County, MD, is known for its natural beauty, but hidden in the valleys, beneath the ground in coal mines, and in the attics of homes are true stories of crimes, cover-ups, legends, and life in Garrett County. Secrets of Garrett County tells stories of coal mining and railroads, crime and war, interesting people and unusual incidents. These are stories that you won't read in history texts.
Secrets of Catoctin Mountain: Little-Known Stories & Hidden History of Frederick & Loudoun Counties
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 39,170. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » American
Catoctin Mountain runs from northern Frederick County, Md., to northern Loudoun County, Va., crossing the Potomac River as it does. Its natural history dates back to prehistoric times. Its history during the era of man is more recent and more fascinating filled with crimes, secrets, monsters, and drama. Secrets of Catoctin Mountain tells stories of railroads, canals, war, saints, and sinners.
Looking Back 1&2: 87 True Stories of Mountain Maryland
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 73,060. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » North America
Think life in the country is boring? You won’t after you read this collection. From the unsolved to the unusual. From the historical to the hysterical. From the famous to the friendly. This is life in the Maryland mountains. These are the stories of Allegany and Garrett counties in Maryland. It's the stories of people who tamed the mountains.
Saving Shallmar: Christmas Spirit in a Coal Town
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 62,890. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Poverty & Homelessness, Nonfiction » History » North America
In fall turned to winter in 1949, the residents of Shallmar, Maryland, were starving. The town's only business, the Wolf Den Coal Corp. had closed down, unemployment benefits had ended and few coal miners had cars to drive to other jobs. When children started fainting in school, Principal J. Paul Andrick realized the dire situation the town was in and set out to help.
Looking Back: True Stories of Mountain Maryland
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 37,450. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » North America
From the unsolved to the unusual. From the historical to the hysterical. From the famous to the friendly. This is life in the Maryland mountains. Here are the stories of people who tamed the mountains, established cities, raised families and lived their lives. This collection of 40 stories spans 220 years of life in Western Maryland.
Looking Back II: More True Stories of Mountain Maryland
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 35,390. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » American
Enjoy more true stories of Mountain Maryland in this follow-up to James Rada, Jr.'s popular Looking Back collection. Looking Back II collects 47 history articles gathered from Rada's award-winning Looking Back columns, Allegany Magazine and other publications. Some of them have been updated with new information that Rada uncovered since their initial publication.
Clay Soldiers: One Marine's Story of War, Art, & Atomic Energy
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 67,870. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography, Nonfiction » Biography » Artists, architects, & photographers
Chuck Caldwell is a WWII vet and Purple Heart winner who has met Civil War soldiers, fought at Guadalcanal and Tarawa, and studied atomic bomb explosions in Nevada. Through it all, he painted and sculpted miniature figures that have become sought after by collectors around the country. Clay Soldiers is the story of a man who became part of the history of America and chronicled it through his art.
October Mourning: A Novel of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,800. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
In October 1918, Spanish Flu left behind 40 million dead. In Cumberland, Md., Dr. Alan Keener wants to take steps to prevent its spread, but he is met with resistance from old-school doctors who believe that the flu’s deadliness is overblown and easily treated. His work is complicated as a street preacher named Kolas aids the flu’s spread.
The Rain Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,590. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Raymond Twigg hates the rain because it gives the Rain Man power. It is a power to bring Raymond to his knees or drive him to deadly action. As the March 1936 rains bring the St. Patrick’s Day Flood, the worst flood ever seen in Cumberland, Maryland, it also unleashes the power of the Rain Man on the citizens of the city.
Lock Ready: A Canawlers Novel
Series: Canawlers, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,760. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
(4.00 from 1 review)
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
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 65,700. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Catholicism, Nonfiction » History » American
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.
Beyond the Battlefield: Stories from Gettysburg's Rich History
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 53,140. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » North America, Nonfiction » History » American
Beyond the Battlefield is a collection of 47 true stories and 56 photos that tell the history of Gettysburg and vicinity beyond the famous Civil War battle.
Kidnapping the Generals: The South's Most-Daring Raid Against the Union Army
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War
In 1865, McNeill's Rangers rode into Union-occupied Cumberland, Md., and kidnapped General Benjamin Kelly and General George Crook from their hotel room. This is the story of the planning and daring execution of this raid that became one of the last victories of the Confederacy in the Civil War.
Between Rail and River
Series: Canawlers, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,600. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
(4.00 from 1 review)
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,110. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Christian » General
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.
When the Babe Came to Town: Stories of George Herman Ruth's Small-Town Baseball Games
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball / History, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
"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.
The Race
Series: Canawlers, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,040. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
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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Smashwords book reviews by James Rada, Jr

  • 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.