“Harbor House” Goes Live One Week From Today

 I just want to update everyone on my forthcoming new collection, “Harbor House and Other Dark Tales.” The eBook is now available to pre-order on Amazon (Click here). Publication date is only one week away – September 6th. The paperback version will be forthcoming.

“Harbor House” includes a varied collection of sixteen all-new stories. Below are the titles…

Harbor House

Love and Hate

The Next Door Neighbor

Believe

Big Carmine

Room 111 

A Permanent Solution

So Many Books, So Little Time

And Then She Was Gone

I Would Do Anything for You

That Stuff Will Kill You

A Morning Walk in the Woods

Dwayne

Sorry for Your Loss

Bad Luck

Jacqueline

Below is a short excerpt…

1902

     Everyone in the coastal town of Laurel, Maine, knew the history of Harbor House. Built in 1902 along the rocky shores of the Atlantic, Harbor House has survived over one hundred years of cold winters, snowstorms, icy winds, and death. The large house was built by Joshua Holt and his two sons, Jedediah and Samuel. One year after its completion the Holt family, which included Joshua’s wife Becky and youngest child, Kate, were all killed while boating in the Atlantic. An unexpected and merciless storm capsized their boat.

     Legend has it Joshua was knocked unconscious while Jedediah and Samuel both drowned attempting to save their mother and sister. No one knows for sure what happened since there were no witnesses or survivors. What is known is the bodies of the entire family were washed ashore and eventually buried on their large property. Their names carved into pieces of wood used as markers. 

     After the tragic death of the Holt family, Harbor House remained empty until 1910. During that time, stories spread, mostly by the local teens, that Harbor House was haunted by the spirits of the Holt family. Some kids claimed to have seen Joshua’s ghost in the house crying and calling out to his wife, Becky. Older teens and a few adults claimed to have heard the oldest son, Jedediah, scream out the name of Eleanor Crane, his bride to be. Eleanor was supposed to have been on the boat trip with the Holt family. She bowed out at the last moment because of illness. What is known is that two months after the Holt family drowned, Eleanor, who had been distraught over her fiancé’s death, was found dead. Her body draped over Jedediah’s grave. The cause of death was cyanide, an ingredient her father used in his photography studio. Rumors spread she was pregnant with Jedediah’s baby at the time of her death.

 If you have not pre-ordered yet, why not do so now?

Photographs Over Time – Part 4

Part 4 in my series Photography Over Time.

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White Pelicans – “Ding’ Darling Wildlfe Refuge

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Lovers – “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge

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Sunrise – Bombay Hook NWR

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Photographs Over Time – Part 3

Part 3 in my series of Photographs Over Time.

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Yellow-headed Blackbird – Yellowstone Park (2014)

 

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Atlantic Puffins – Machias Island, Maine (2007)

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Sandhill Cranes – Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico (2007)

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Lady Slippers (2017)

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The Palouse (2017)

Book Review: The Perfect Daughter

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I have never lived in Maine, but if you follow and read my blog posts, you know that it’s one of my favorite destinations. It’s scenic, for my photographic endeavors, and it has the inner aura of a place I’d like to live. Shepard’s Bay, a fictional coastal town in Maine, is divided. There are lifelong locals, mostly lobster fishermen and there are the wealthy newbies who are getting prime real estate to build their large new home. It’s also driving up real estate values, forcing many long-time local folks to worry about their future. It’s the type of situation where resentment can easily build up. When a wealthy teenager, Dakota James, goes missing followed by two teenage girls, life in town soon changes.

The Perfect Daughter is a twisty story of a town divided by financial status and secrets, plenty of secrets: love affairs, drugs, wild parties, jealousy, gossip, regrets, and more.

The two teen girls, Katie, from the poor side of town, and Willow, from the wealthy side, have become best friends. After Katie’s disappearance, Ilsa, Katie’s mother is in a panic. A search party is formed and two days later Katie’s found, though bruised, bloodied and with a loss of memory. But where is Willow? The local police, led by Karl, Ilsa’s high school sweetheart, is overwhelmed by this type of situation. He toughest job ususally is handing out parking tickets. Ilsa’s husband, Ray, is a drunk and rarely ever around.

As one secret is revealed, a new layer of secrecy pops up. The secrets, the twists, and turns continue throughout this multifaceted and riveting tale of small-town life on the brink. Author Joseph Souza knows how to keep you on the edge, and just when you think you have it figured out, he smacks you with another twist that leaves you misdirected and wanting for the answers.

Photographs Over Time

I have been sharing photographs on Facebook over the past few weeks, hoping to bring a small ray of happiness during troubling times. Posted below are some of my works taken over time.

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Orca Sunset – Washington State

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Fox – South Beach, San Juan Islands

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Yellowstone Park (2014)

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Little Blue Heron – Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, Fl. (2015)

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Skagit River – Washington State (2018)

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Maple Syrup – Vermont (2015)

Autumn in Maine – Part Two

More photographs from a recent trip to Maine. Check out Autumn in Main – Part One here.

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Arcadia National Park

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Northeast Creek 

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Flowers – Bar Harbor

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Northeast Creek

Autumn in Maine – Part One

A few photographs from a recent trip to Maine, More to come.

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Camden, Maine

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