Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane Widler Wenzel co-author Rainy Day Thought. Diane generally posts on Wednesdays and Rain on Saturdays. There may be extra days or changes as situations warrant. Comments are always welcome and appreciated as it turns an article into a discussion.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Moon Dust with two free days

Although I don't usually talk about my eBooks in this blog, the topic of this one is important on several levels and so I am making an exception-- plus it's going to be free for the next two days.

Sometimes I write a story that I expect not to be appealing to the average reader because it's about a difficult topic. Such a one is Moon Dust. The hero is not a cowboy or some exciting undercover agent. He's a high school principal doing one of the toughest jobs out there in the inner cities.

In the schools is culturally where rubber meets road. Principals are caught between tax payer demands, different political agendas, school boards, superintendents, and finally parents who may not always be supportive of Johnny paying a price for trying to set fire to the school.

I remember my principal when I was in high school. He was a very sexy, tall, strong, good looking guy. He was tough, but I felt fair and did a pretty good job of keeping order in the school. Even though for school credits I had one period a day where I worked in the office of the school's counselor and health teacher (where all staff offices were), I had very little direct contact with our principal. That was exactly as I wanted it as when a student had contact with him, the reasons generally weren't good.

His job was safer back then. For one thing principals and vice-principals had more authority to discipline than they have today. Some would say it's better this way; and in part I agree; but children should be safe in schools and today they are not always. Back then I don't think kids thought about bringing guns or knives to school to right what they perceived as wrongs.

The world of a high school principal in an inner city is an especially tough one, sometimes a dangerous one, and we are lucky there are those who want to do the job. In Moon Dust, Dane Connors is such a guy, and he has put his all into the work because not only does he believe in education but in making a difference in the lives of kids. He is constantly in conflict with the powers that want to keep things as they have been-- or as they thought they were-- as he supports innovative ideas. His superintendent is only concerned with his idea of the bottom-line-- not getting the school in trouble and the budget.

Dane is facing problems on all fronts when Moon Dust begins. His wife has had enough because emotionally he has shut her off, and the demands of his calling have had him never there for her. After two years of marriage, the closest they came to a vacation was an away conference. The same day Dane faced down a scared kid with a gun, Susan was waiting to tell him she wants a divorce. Dane, who tries hard to not face any personal emotional issues, is suddenly bombarded by them.

So there is danger, educational philosophies, Susan's decorating business, the kind of love story that has hit a seeming dead-end, and most importantly, the reason Dane has shut off his emotions-- his physical and sexual abuse when he was a child, something he's gone out of his way to put behind him.

Before writing Moon Dust, I did research on the ramifications of such abuse on adult males. So many see sexual abuse in particular as not an issue for boys as they would for girls. They are wrong. Sexual abuse is about the ultimate loss of control. When the victims later shut away what happened, the problems can go underground to resurface other places in their lives. Moon Dust is about those ramifications and possible ways we can make a difference in the life's of others. Moon Dust itself is a fairy tale within the story, but it has a message that anyone can apply.

I didn't dedicate this book to anyone (have never done that), but if I was-- it'd be to all the school principals who are on the front lines of helping make citizens out of students. They hold the future of our society.

'Moon Dust' has a special for the 19th and 20th where it will be free at Amazon. For anyone without a Kindle, it only takes downloading a free app (it's right below the button to get the book). With that, you can read Kindle books on your computer.

One more thing, all of my books do have some sexuality as they are always about getting to a place of wholeness and healthy living. A healthy view of sexuality is something I believe is a part of that. 

To get the book, click on the link below which will take you to its page where it should have the price of $2.99 crossed out. Remember it's only free for the next two days and always look to be sure they have it set right.


Diane Widler Wenzel said...

MOON DUST is one of Rain's best books if not the best. It is a must read. Enjoy.

Kay Dennison said...

Heading over there right now!!!! Thanks!!