The Cornfield

      Anne Nowlin / Horror
The Cornfield

Annie must battle for the souls of herself and those she loves when she comes face to face with the evil that lurks in the cornfield.Don’t go into the cornfield!Annie isn’t frightened of the rows and rows of corn that grow behind her house. That is, until her grandmother warns her that the devil lies in wait, ready to gobble up any bad children that wander through the shadowy stalks.Fearing for her life, Annie promises to be a good girl and steer clear of the forbidden ground.Then Paul moves in next door.He’s cruel. He’s dirty. He curses. He is exactly the kind of boy that would be a succulent treat for the beast. So, when Paul wants to explore the train tracks just beyond the cornfield, the words of Annie’s grandmother snake through her doubtful mind. Could the old wives tale actually be true?Will she risk her life and soul to follow Paul, or will she heed the warning before it’s too late?
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    Across the River - an 1800s Black / Native American Novella

      Anne Nowlin / Horror
Across the River - an 1800s Black / Native American Novella

Part black. Part Irish. Part Lumbee Indian.Wholly determined to protect her family.Naomi Jackson made a mistake. Born in the tumultuous years following the American Revolution, she embraced change, excitement, and adventure. So when the Devil Bill Williams swaggered into town, she launched into his arms, determined that her love for him could overcome all obstacles.It couldn't.Part black. Part Irish. Part Lumbee Indian.Wholly determined to protect her family.Naomi Jackson made a mistake. Born in the tumultuous years following the American Revolution, she embraced change, excitement, and adventure. So when the Devil Bill Williams swaggered into town, she launched into his arms, determined that her love for him could overcome all obstacles.It couldn't.Now she has two young children, a life of misery, and a hopeless, desperate desire to escape.Then David Oxendine arrives for a Christmas visit - and things will never be the same. * * *Across the River - an 1800s Black / Native American Novella is the first in a series of novellas about Naomi Jackson's heartfelt, challenging life. These stories are based loosely on author Lisa Shea's real-life ancestor, Naomi Jackson, who was born in 1784 in Guilford County, North Carolina. Naomi's father had been taken from Northern Ireland as a child, while her mother was mixed-blood black, Lumbee, and Irish. Each novella has a cliff-hanger ending, much like Naomi's life.All proceeds from the Naomi Jackson series benefits local battered women's shelters.An important note for readers of my various series. Normally my content is quite "clean" with little to no swearing, violence, or physical intimacy. With this being based on the immense hardships my ancestor struggled through, I wanted to be authentic to the issues she rose above. This book therefore includes period-appropriate harsh language as well as several scenes of conflict. I gave a great deal of thought to including these and feel they are necessary to fully convey the trials she overcame. I apologize to those who feel uncomfortable reading that style of material.Please feel free to contact me at my website if you have any questions or comments - I thrive on your feedback.
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    Mommy

      Anne Nowlin / Horror
Mommy

When Ava wakes to her grandmother’s screams, she discovers her worst nightmare has become reality.Ten-year-old Ava wakes in the night to the screams of her grandmother. Fearing for her life, she rushes to the window to escape the terror that waits outside her door.Full panic sets in when the doorknob jiggles, then the familiar voice of her aunt rings out. Confusion clouds Ava’s sleep-filled mind as she realizes no one is there to harm them. However, the message she’s given is much worse than anything she could have imagined.There was an accident.With nowhere to go, no way out, and no one to save her, Ava alone must confront the nightmare that is now reality.
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