The Bomb in the Back Yard




Doesn’t every kid with a military parent wake up to a bomb in the backyard? In the 1950s, Post Traumatic Stress was a term yet to be invented. Most veterans rarely spoke of World War Two.

ISBN: 9781311076502
Availability: Available Now
Published: Smashwords Edition - August 28th, 2015

n 1943, Robert Stewart Goodrich tries to enlist in the Air Force to fight the Nazi onslaught. Rejected due to an irregular heartbeat, he gets his father, an Air Force Colonel, to pull some strings and get him in anyway. Bob, a tail gunner, has the second most dangerous position in the B-17 Flying Fortress. He can expect to live through perhaps only a dozen missions.

Bob survives 35 missions, and after the war, shares what he learned with his family. Included for the first time in eBook are Dad’s famous Rules of War.

Contragulations Heather Lende!

VoiceArts Award Nominee

Author Performance, Best Voiceover

ISBN: 9781622315703
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HighBridge Audio - April 28th, 2015

ISBN: 9781616201678
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - April 28th, 2015

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Way back in the later part of the 20th Century, David Cheezem and Melissa Behnke decided they wanted to open a bookstore. Both husband and wife were and are avid readers. Melissa's mother Peggy helped grow the small Wasilla library, and she grew up in a family of readers. David had just completed his Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing, and felt that his fellow writers deserved a place where good writing was honored and celebrated.

They found the perfect location for a bookstore in Palmer -- the small agricultural town in Alaska with a rich history and cultural heritage.

In 2001 David and Melissa discovered an empty storefront within a stone's throw of Vagabond Blues, their favorite Alaskan coffee-shop. It was the perfect location for a bookstore.

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