On the Riverbank

“The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.”  I found this quote, unattributed, in a travel brochure for river cruises. Good thought, huh? I am sure I could pass the test, but, oops, thinking of it as a test is against the Zen of the thing, isn’t it? I’m pretty sure my whole family could pass this test. Maybe this is why none of is rich or famous. No neurosurgeons or astronauts among us. We all work hard, but not with the kind of drive that would put us among the exalted. I think our brains are pretty good, but we like the kind of days when you can have a picnic on the banks of a river, maybe fish a while, stroll, nap, dream. I would like to do that today.

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About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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