Dwight W. Hunter
I was born and reared on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Northern Idaho, graduated from Nezperce High school in the class of '50, spent a four-year tour of duty in the Navy which took me to California, Tennessee, Japan and Alaska. After leaving the Navy I received a B.S. Degree in Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology at Fort Wayne, Indiana and subsequently spent thirty years in the Aerospace industry and private business
Shifting careers in 1986 I received an A.S. Degree from the Allied Health Department of Mission College at Santa Clara, California, followed by ten years as a Psych Nurse with the California Department of Developmental Services.
Soon after retirement I revisited Idaho, to keep a blind date with Mary, who subsequently became my life partner. We pooled our money, bought a used van and RV trailer and became RV’ers.
One day, while enjoying the sun and sea at Morro Bay, CA State Park, I made a comment that someone should write bodice ripper romance novels about retired senior citizens. Mary replied with a question. Why don’t you? In answer to her question I authored my first novel about a strong-willed retired lady and a less then bright snowbird cowboy.
Like most nascent writers, following the birth of my first book I self published and quickly discovered potential readers were not scrambling to purchase this newly minted masterpiece. Setting aside my dreams for instant fame, I continued to write for my own amusement.
In six following novels I shifted time frames to the post-Civil War era and younger women protagonists. To date I have written seven titles in the Sisters of Destiny Series. Members in this fictional sisterhood possess a common gene, giving them the chutzpa to out think, out shoot and out maneuver ego driven men thoughtless enough to stand in their way.
After completing my seventh novel I learned about e-books and a friend offered to create a web site to market my books in their original print format. Unfortunately she died unexpectedly and the web site project suffered a still-birth.
A couple of years later I heard about Smashwords and quickly learned my initial attempt at website marketing books, in their print format, was not the way to bring books to market.
Mary and I have given up full time RV’ing and settled down in the quasi frontier town of Pahrump, NV. Since becoming domesticated, I have devoted a major portion of my time to converting books into Smashwords format for publication.
Following retirement, Rita became the quest of a retired cowboy carrying an ego bigger than his hat and believing himself to be the cure for female menopause. During her Civil Service career Rita gained a bellyful of Buck’s type and now it was payback time. Poor old Buck became the mark of a real estate string Rita engineered to vent her years of male induced put-downs and humiliation.
Francine was born in the pre Civil War era to an autocratic industrialist and due to her rebellious behavior; she entered a bartered marriage and was soon widowed. She became an aide to a dying man and later inherited his estate. Moving west Francine first built a Social Club in Denver and later followed gold rushes west, operating similar watering holes and died in Lewiston, Idaho Territory.
This yarn relates the life of an early Chinese farm girl sold into slavery by her father. Women in China held little value and a pregnant prostitute was worth even less. Mei Ling became the first woman to receive an experimental tubule ligation. Brought to America by an American sea captain, Mei ling executed three countrymen and became a wealthy merchant in a North Idaho Gold town.
Ruby, an independent frontier woman, found fame and fortune in the business world of the late 1800’s using her intelligence, quick thinking and backbone. After conquering a small Northern Idaho river town, during the gold rush era, she moved to San Francisco formed an information network and went head-to-head with rough business cliques, interrupted a lumber monopoly and instigated a wine war.
Following the death of her lawyer father, nineteen-year-old Lorrenda became Benton’s only lawyer. Aided by Sheriff Bert Malcom’s she became an accurate rifle and pistol shot, with two notches. Lorrenda was instrumental in changing a railroad’s land purchasing system and tracked down the man responsible for destruction of property, mass murder and sinking a train.
Bertha entered the world as her mother died in a drafty dirt-floor cabin on the Ohio River, pre Civil War. She became manger of a wagon factory and sole survivor of a Rebel raid that wiped out the community of Coopers Bend. Bertha out grew a limited vision business and life partner, and went on to manage a hotel, two gentleman club’s and ended her career as co-partner of a detective agency.
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Kate was born, post Civil War, in Western Appalachia. Turning eighteen, tragedy forced her to face the world alone. A Bounty Hunter introduced her to a world populated by trains, hotels, steamships, fashionable clothes, society and tracking dangerous felons. Kate is a strong lady in all aspects of her life, willing to break cultural codes on how women were obliged to deport themselves.
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Smashwords book reviews by Dwight W. Hunter
- No-Such-Thing: The Committee
on March 23, 2013
Cynthia Seasons has hit a literary home run with this true-life book, No-Such-Thing:The Committee recounting her personal struggles condensed into one year of therapy to reconnect her mind splintered entities into a single being. Ms. Seasons uses a fictional character, Moriah Montgomery, as the platform for her alternate self in a fictional format to meld a cast of multiple personalities back into a single unified person. Some of the therapists noted in this work are real and their names are used with permission, while others are composites or fictional names.
Speaking as a retired psych nurse and counselor, in my opinion, Ms. Season’s has produced a seminal breakthrough work offering a window into the mystical realm of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). MPD as defined in the DSM-III published in 1980, as an individual having two or more definable personalities which may manifest separately from one or (another) other created personalities. Sub-personalities are created as a means to cope with severe trauma, anxiety and stress. Later versions of the DSM renamed this disorder as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) which Ms. Season’s uses in her book.
The reader, without a lengthy descriptive stage setting preamble, is immediately drawn into a non-world populated by Moriah and a committee of sub-entities planning Moriah’s demise. Ms. Season’s writing style reflects a high level of scholarship while at the same time demonstrates a rare talent for grabbing and holding the reader’s attention as she wades through the murky waters of psychiatric cant.