Julie Eberhart Painter, a Pennsylvania transplant now living in Central Florida, is the author of ten books. She took advantage of her knowledge directing a sanctioned duplicate bridge game to create Kill Fee, a cozy mystery that received the CTR Book award in February 2012, and Kill Fee won the Champagne Books Best Book Award for 2011. A frequent contributor to blogs, Julie is a regular columnist at Cocktails, Fiction and Gossip Magazine, an online slick where she talks about fun stuff, such as families, books, art, music, dance and travel. One of the many places includes China, where she met The Wall.
Blurb & Excerpt
North of the ancient city of Xi’an, the rolling hills gleamed in the afternoon sun. Looking up the road Meng-Jiangnu saw a boy walking slowly toward her parents’ home. He was dragging a ragged, quilted coat behind him.
“Mother, come quickly,” Meng called. “There is a stranger approaching.”
One by one, round faces popped above the open spaces and peered at the oncoming stranger. Stepping out over the god of their door, the family members entered the small courtyard and made their way toward the boy. “What’s wrong? Who is he?”
Meng gestured from the ragged boy toward the place in the hills where the incline began to rise sharply.
“A boy, Mother, look! He comes from the mountains.”
The family peered into the distance watching the approaching figure. “He is a starving youth,” her mother stated. “When he arrives, bring him inside and ask if he has eaten.”
Meng noted that the boy’s skin was weathered brown from the sun and his arms and legs stuck through his ragged clothing as if he had grown during the journey. She thought him a very handsome boy, proud. He did not bow his head, but walked on straight to them. Yet, she could tell this was a young man used to hard work. When he reached the gate, Meng approached him the way her mother had instructed. “Have you eaten?”
He smiled at the familiar words and shook his head, while he repeated the traditional response, “Yes, I have eaten.”….
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