This is a story of love and family, trust and devotion.

Dog Days of Summer
by PJ Fiala

Jeremiah (“Dog”) Sheppard is a hard-working motorcycle shop owner with two grown sons. After serving his country in Iraq and coming home to raise his boys, Dog has built his business from the ground up. He’s loving, strong, responsible, dependable, and a great father, son, and brother. After getting his business off the ground, he feels strongly about helping local veterans and does so through an annual charity ride, The Veterans’ Ride, in which all money raised is donated to local veterans.

Joci James is the single mother of a grown son, Gunnar. She has her own graphic design/marketing business. Joci meets Jeremiah when Gunnar starts working at the motorcycle shop and asks her to help plan the next Veterans’ Ride with them.

The attraction and tension are undeniable. Joci has been cheated on in her past and is afraid of having her heart broken. She has a difficult time allowing her feelings for Jeremiah to grow. However, Jeremiah is persistent.

This is a story of love and family, trust and devotion.
Due to the nature of this story, readers should be 18 years of age or older.

Wood, Talc & Mr. J

A look back. Without the rose-tinted spectacles, but with hindsight and humour, and with poignancy and affection.

1978. The North.

Phillip sees life in a simplistic if passionate way: up or down, us and them, black, white and nothing in-between. When not doing his ‘thing’ in Wigan’s Casino Club – voted ‘The Greatest Disco in the World’ by Time Magazine – Phillip hates the world. Or at least he thinks he does. He longs for the weekend, or a greater, permanent escape from the daily grind of factory life in an industrial town.

With a little imagination, he might realise things midweek aren’t that bad: there’s the loving family, the secure job amid mass unemployment, a relationship with the perfect young woman… Or maybe he realises too late. And all he’d deemed important was only ever an illusion, his reflected image included.

Coming full circle by way of loss and more loss, you would hope lessons are learned…

The book progresses through myriad dream sequences, interwoven song-themes, a father’s philosophical ramblings, ever blackening wit, leitmotif – or seemingly recurring scenes; is someone laughing at our hero? And Phillip’s own, lyrical, strut-like, black or white manner.

Dancehall adventures via train rides to Heaven, scooter cruising almost coast to coast. Beneath the pier encounters with the opposite sex, et al… set against the birth of Scargill and Thatcher feuding…