What The Red Moon Knows [NOOK Book]

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Who is the man Ruth England sees getting into a yellow Cadillac one afternoon? Is it Elvis Presley--long thought dead--with whom she had a brief romantic encounter when she was a teen? Or is it Bobby Wayne Pugh, an Elvis impersonator who is on the run from the Mafia? Only the Red Moon knows...

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Overview

Who is the man Ruth England sees getting into a yellow Cadillac one afternoon? Is it Elvis Presley--long thought dead--with whom she had a brief romantic encounter when she was a teen? Or is it Bobby Wayne Pugh, an Elvis impersonator who is on the run from the Mafia? Only the Red Moon knows...

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000831007
  • Publisher: Electric Moon Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 869 KB

Meet the Author

Joe Hilley is one of the most significant Alabama writers working today.Fast-moving, lively, vivid and engaging — Hilley writes mysteries like they were meant to be written.Lee Peacock, The Monroe JournalNine years ago Joe walked away from the practice of law to pursue the dream and calling of his life--to write fulltime.Some said it wasn’t much of a change, from defending criminals to making up legal thrillers. And they may be right. But the living of it has been quite an adventure and a walk of faith — not only for Joe but for his entire family. When he walked out the door of the law firm and went home to write he didn’t have a publishing contract. In fact, all he had was an idea for a character and the bare outline of a story. With that, he went home to write. And liquidate assets.“We’ve been married more than 20 years. So,together we had accumulated some financialassets, but not enough to produce a livableincome,” Joe explains.That meant their investments would have to beliquidated. And that’s what they did. “Weliquidated and we borrowed some. And then weliquidated some more.”When the financial assets were gone, they turnedto their furniture.“ One day the money started torun out. My wife smiled and said, ‘Let’s sell thefurniture.’” And that’s what they did. And thewriting flourished.Had he merely written a hard-edged novel withearthy language, he would have been picked upby a traditional publisher. If he had written a softer novel with a more explicit message, he would have found a Christian publisher years ago. But Joe wanted to write a novel with a hard edgewithout an explicit language. And he wanted anymessage the book might have to come from theexperience of reading the book, not from tellingthe reader the point.Writing a story like that was exhilarating.Findinga publisher proved a challenge. Then Joe foundJeff Dunn, an editor with RiverOak Publishing at the time. “Jeff was looking for well-written fiction with a realistic edge that didn’t beat the reader over the head with the message. I was sure I had the book he wanted.”RiverOak soon purchased Joe’s first novel, Sober Justice, and struck a deal for a follow-up book. In September 2004, Sober Justice introduced readers to Mike Connolly, a down-and-out, 50-something attorney, battling alcoholism and a disintegrating life. It also introduced the world to a new type of Christian fiction. One that wasn’t afraid to tackle spiritual issues,and didn’t soft-sell the story or water down the writing.“I want to write like Ernest Hemingway, tell astory like Mark Twain, and produce books thatgrab the reader by the collar. To do that, you have to keep the story razor-sharp.” His wife, Joy, sees to that. ”She’s my first and best editor. She keeps the story from going too far.”Apparently Joe hit the mark. Sober Justice andthe sequel Double Take both sold out their firstprintings in their first month on the market.Double Take continues the story of MikeConnolly. Still sober, but struggling, Connollydefends a former police detective accused ofconspiring to murder an heir to a shipbuildingfortune. The story takes readers on a steamy tour of the Gulf South as Connolly faces corruption in high and low places.Electric Beach, the third in the series, wasreleased in May 2006. It takes Mike Connolly to places in town and in himself where he's never been – including places he doesn’t want to go.Night Rain was released in April 2007, to thedelight of many fans. And, the fifth book in theseries, The Deposition, became available inAugust 2007.These novels have been a vehicle for addressing such topics as judicial and political corruption, trafficking in women, and the scourge of meth labs on rural America.Joe’s work has expanded to non-fiction. He ghost-authored Reign Down, a call to national repentance, which was released in April 2008. His profile Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader debuted at #23 on the New York Times Best-Seller List in October 2008. He recently co-authored a biography of a Civil Rights era woman (details will follow as soon as the publishing contract is finalized) and is working with several other people to tell their life stories.Joe’s newest adventure with Jeff includes electronic publishing. What the Red Moon Knows was released on Kindle in October 2009.Several more novels are in the works. Some are on paper, others still in his head. At various speaking engagements, Joe continues to encourage others to pursue their dreams with passion.Joe and Joy live in lower Alabama with their teenage daughter and son.
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