Ruth Ann Hixson


Ruth Ann Hixson is a retired newspaper journalist who writes novels, short stories and poetry. She lives in central PA with her adult son. Her daughter lives nearby. She has five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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The Executioners
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,040. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Sheriff Gene Adler finds 10 bodies executed in a mountain cabin. He meets Zippi Decker when she reports her sister missing. He must tell her that her sister was killed in an excution-style murder. Zippi's psychic power is sharpened as she helps Gene track down the killers. Gene has little evidence. Then Zippi brings him evidence he can't use because she got it from a ghost.
Poetry A to Z
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,430. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general
These poems are about life, love and loss seasoned with hope, sorrow and silliness from a "Mouse in the House" to "Zachary."
A Cowboy's Love
Price: Free! Words: 35,580. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Charley Hampton finds Clair Jenkins, a widow with three children, walking home from town in a snowstorm which turns into a full-blown blizzard. They get lost in the storm but find their way to Clair's cabin. Clair's in'laws show up to take the children from her and that's the least of their problems. Charley is shot, the cabin burned and Clair has reached the end of her rope.
Fires of Revenge
Price: Free! Words: 48,070. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Amy Hollister is being stalked and no one believes her except one cop. Her own family doesn't believe her. She moves across the country to get away from the stalker but he follows. That is until he blows up her car. Luckily she wasn't in it at the time. After Sam Elliot, a cop, moves in with her to protect, the stalker sets the house afire in the middle of the night.
Lost Memories
Price: Free! Words: 96,000. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Lt. Drew Ward takes in young woman who witnessed the murder of a cop and learns that she has amnesia. He digs into her past to find that she was in the witness protection program. The case explodes across the country and beyond national borders. In order to find out who is after her, he needs to learn her birth name. While he is working undercover,she disappears, stealing his money and his heart.
No Plans for Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,200. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(4.00 from 1 review)
Sherry has her life all planned out and when she inherits her childhood home she feels she is on the road to success. But her plans don't leave room for the reality of life. She becomes snared in a tangle of love, hate and despair. To make things worse, she loses her job. With a disappearing bank account she is at wits ends to try to survive

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Smashwords book reviews by Ruth Ann Hixson

  • A Deadly July on Nov. 30, 2011
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    Kay Brook's A Deadly July is a fast-paced mystery with a high body count from a missing fisherman to a deadly arson to marijuana farmers. It is up to Sheriff Jan (jT) Beatty to sort it all out and make sense of it. Follow the ups and downs and ins and out of this exciting mystery through the month of July as the sheriff tries to deals with everything from a leaking jailhouse roof to an abduct teenage girl while attempting to keep an eye on his pregnant wife so she doesn't get into trouble. Ruth Ann Hixson--writer and editor
  • Family Traits on May 10, 2012
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    In Family Traits, author Scott Skipper writes a chronicle based on his own family history. He narrates the story of John, Francis and George Skipper along with cousin William Skipper's jour-ney to America. Using the true historical records as a base, he tells how three generations of Skippers dealt with the rawness of colonial Virginia in the 1600's. Scott's narrative is interspersed with fiction to relate how it might have been for them. Some of that fiction is dramatic run-ins with the law and the Native American tribes in which they be-came involved to the extent of taking Indian wives. According to Scott, the family traits written are the promiscuity and the prominent noses. As John Skipper's wife put it when introduced to cousin William: "It's easy to see you're related. It's as plain as the nose on your face." The Skippers take up making rum to supplement their farm income which is practically non-existent. George goes to live with a Native American tribe so he can make rum and whiskey without the sheriff looking over his shoulder. He still manages to get into trouble both with the Indians and the colonial law enforcement. He takes a wife who is half white and begins a family but still can't stay out of trouble. George Jr. and George III follow in his footsteps. Much of their trouble with the law is due to the common corruption involving the colonial government, not just in their treatment of the Skipper brothers but in their deceptive practices in dealing with the Native Americans. A sequel of Family traits will be In The Blood that takes place in the nineteenth century. Scott has successfully taken the true historical records and tied them together with chains of dramatic fiction. The work takes the Skipper family up to the colonial alienation to England because of the burdensome taxes imposed by England. The book is full of the adventures of the frontier as well as giving a look through the window of history. An interesting book that will keep the reader looking forward to the next page; the next chapter. By Ruth Ann Hixson, freelance reviewer
  • In the Blood on June 20, 2012
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    In The Blood In the Blood by Scott Skipper is a novel based on Scott's ancestor. He wrote the story of George Washington Skipper from facts gleaned from written records and filled in the gaps with fiction. Scott's ancestor was a womanizer who had three wives and was true to none of them. He walked out on Marina after he came in drunk and she sewed him up in the bedspread and beat him with an iron skillet. Later, he married Helen (while he was still married to Mari-na). After his neighbor died, he took his widow to Georgetown where he set her up so he could visit her every time he freighted produce down the river. When the Confederacy sought to withdraw from the Union and the Civil War broke out, Washington joined the army and went off to fight. While serving on the side of the Confederacy, George Washington Skipper did his fair share of the fighting, and after being wounded, he persuaded a nurse to have sex with him. The first time he got leave to go home, he visited Helen; the second time, Mary. The novel traces Washington life until his death in 1907. His fourth wife, Winnie, a Negro, survived him. It is an interesting read as a sequel to Family Traits.
  • The Concrete Kiss on Oct. 02, 2012
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    The Concrete Kiss By David Grace David Grace's novel The Concrete Kiss is two books in one. One plot is of a serial killer who kidnaps young women and tortures them before he kills them. Det. Ned Danes attempt to find him with some bizarre twists and delays as he tries to help FBI Agent Phillip Abbott, who helped Danes out of jam. Abbott and his adopted seventeen-year-old daughter are trying to find the serial killer who killed Jessica's parents, her brother and her sister. Jessica is autistic and uses a computer to communicate. From the age of twelve when her family was killed, Jessica uses the computer to hack into companies, organizations and government computer programs in an effort to find the killer. When Phil reaches the FBI's mandatory retirement age he forced to take an extended leave of absence to use up his vacation time. He contacts Danes to help him find the killer. Danes takes a leave of absence from his job and together the go after the killer. While Phil is ready to risk it all to find him and kill him, Danes insists on working within the law. They have many arguments about what procedure they will use to find the killer. Jessica uses her computer to search cyberspace to find him. They track him in Rochester, New York, and Phil gets shot in a parking lot gun battle. He ends up in the hospital and the killer gets away. Danes tracks him to an airport, and just before the killer gets in his plane, he pulls his gun and Ned shoots him. After Ned gets through talking to the police, he goes back to his old job and Phil goes home. Ned still has to find his own serial killer. Through a strange twist of events, a girl that the killer had kidnapped and she escapes from his van but her head hits the road and she is in a coma. When she wakes up....I don't want to spoil the end of the story for you. This is a well written book with a lot of excitement that will keep you reading past bedtime. Have a happy read.
  • Beachside PD: The Reluctant Knight on Nov. 19, 2012
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    Beachside PD: The Reluctant Knight By Neil Yuzuk Neil Yuzuk's novel, Beachside PD: The Reluctant Knight, brings on the action and keeps it coming chapter after chapter. Danny Phillips is a scam artist extraordinaire. He has been involved in some sort of con from the time he was a kid. It is how he got the money for college. He became a wall street broker, and with the help of his sexy secretary, conned the wealthy to buy high risk stocks so that he could skim money from the transactions. But when that secretary found out she wasn't the only blonde in his book, she turned him in to the feds. He wiggled out of doing jail time or having anything on his record but that's about all. He joins a friend in Florida and gets a job on the police force in Beachside. There he meets Anna Perez, Road Training Officer. They become unlikely partners chasing a pedophile who is kidnapping young boys. Yuzuk ramps up the action with every chapter. This is a book to keep the reader up at night--reading. It is a book full of excitement, sex and mayhem; a real page turner. Review written by Ruth Ann Hixson, freelance reviewer