Dexter, the Last Navy Horse

      Valarie Vine

Dexter, the Last Navy Horse

Dexter was a real horse that was first drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II and later served in the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Home for disabled and retired sailors. His little known story was so touching that this fictional short story was written about him and his friendship with his pals at the naval home so many years ago.A plucky city girl. A tough cowboy. Romance in cowboy country.When a crisis cripples the ranch, stern cowboy Jett Maddox is suddenly promoted to foreman. Just in time for the fall cattle drive. No sweat. Except for the new spitfire cook who is way too soft for wild country. City-girl Marlee Donovan knows failure. She’s already on her second career, and her family is sure she’ll fail again. But plucky Marlee packs up her chef’s knives and heads west for a cook’s job on a ranch anyway. She’s ready to prove herself. As Marlee struggles with the hardships of life in the west, Jett finds himself falling for her. And Marlee is drawn to the unexpected soft side of the gruff cowboy.But when tragedy at the ranch escalates, a difficult decision must be made…and Marlee’s stubborn streak could cost her everything. Love on the Range is a prequel to the Looking Glass Lake series of contemporary Christian romance. If you like sweet and clean love stories with quirky characters that get you laughing, then you’ll love Rebecca Nightsong’s world of imperfect people who dare to put their faith and love in action. Saddle up and enter cowboy country to start this love story today!
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    A Little Orange in the Big Apple

      Valarie Vine

A Little Orange in the Big Apple

Oddly, seven year-old Ali's family all live in different places! Each night Ali says a prayer to bring her family together, "where we could all live in the same place, all week long." One day her father asks his family to come live with him in New York City where he is in a Broadway show. Has Ali's prayer come true? Will Ali, her brother, mother, and father all live in the same place now?!Oddly, seven year-old Ali’s family all live in different places! Ali and her older brother are boarded out in two separate homes during the week. Their mother lives in the San Fernando Valley in a little house that Ali and her brother visit on weekends, and their father is in show business and always away “on the road”. Ali’s prayer each night is to bring her family together, “where we could all live in the same place, all week long.” One magical day, Ali’s father tells his family to sell the house and move to New York City where they can all live together. Has Ali’s prayer come true? Ali’s vision of having a family that looks like the images in her Dick and Jane school book do not necessarily come to pass; she finds their lives in New York City much more like her favorite book, “Alice in Wonderland.”
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    Dylan's Circle of Palms

      Valarie Vine

Dylan's Circle of Palms

Dylan first discovered the beautiful Circle of Palms near the beach when he was 6 years old. His beloved grandmother would walk with him and teach him about the seasons and years of life by referring to the 88 palm trees that encircled the park as if they were friends at different stages in life. Dylan would never forget the Circle of Palms or the joy for life his grandmother so lovingly shared.Disillusionment can be a great motivator, and when the only way out is up Jet learns that friends can be found in the most unlikely of places: that a courier service is much more than delivering parcels and that diamonds are everyone's best friends.In the Company Wars Chronicles I have a character called Alan P. Ellis. Alan is portrayed as an arrogant and self-important writer, who is the author of a series of books about Jet Black. The idea was to depict Jet Black as a kind of Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers; the kind of over the top character that gets into fanciful and implausible situations. But as anyone who writes will know our characters sometimes refuse to act the way we intended them to, and it occurred to me long after I had introduced Alan that by making Jet into a far-fetched character gave me the opportunity to use a few what if situations I had at the back of my mind without taking the stories too seriously. Jet may have started as a joke, but it seems Alan has had the last laugh.
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