Most of the stories and poems in this audiobook were compiled from handwritten notes in journals I've been keeping for several years. The title story, "The Waterfall", is a powerful study of loss, acceptance, and growth. In "Butterflies", a young boy learns a lesson about acceptance and appreciation of what he has been given. "The Lighthouse" is a moving tale that's as close to poetry as prose and offers a beautifully upbeat ending. "Grandma Brown" is a nostalgic and emotionally moving tale of familial love. "A Boy and His Dog" tells the story of a young boy learning to accept that nothing is ever truly lost. "Waiting" is a powerful and moving tale of a man's love and acceptance in the face of the finality of dying. "The Source" is a classic short horror story. "And When I Got Home" features a young man finding his own path to spiritual enlightenment. A short collection of poems range from the unusual to the more traditional and beautiful. The book closes with "Wisteria", a moving story of a man visiting his now abandoned childhood home and realizing that nothing ever truly dies. I think there's something here for every taste and hope that all who read these words will find meaning in them!
This eclectic collection of short stories and poems examines the universal truths in every person’s life: living and dying, love and loss, grief, understanding and acceptance, hope, spiritual rebirth and happiness through beautifully-written, deeply moving prose and dramatically realistic imagery. Three of the stories in this book were previously published in ‘The Adventures of Roland McCray’ series, but the other works are published here for the first time. The poems were compiled from handwritten notes in journals I’ve been keeping for several years. Some of the stories are heartbreakingly-sad, while others have a definite upbeat ending. One is a classic horror story, yet it suits the direction of the book, and the poetry ranges from strikingly unusual to the more traditional. This book touches on universal truths in a powerful way. I think there’s something here for every taste and believe that all who read these words will find something of themselves in them.
"I'm actually reading this as slowly as I can because I don't want it to end! I feel as though each tale should be savored and thought about."
“The vivid descriptions are captivating, and I found myself immersed in the rich imagery.”
Estela Vazquez Perez- author of “Light & Shadows”
“The tales will swirl around the edges of your consciousness, striking in their familiarity yet fresh and evocative. From the first well-crafted word to the end of every thought provoking tale, I remained bemused and seduced. I think you will too.”
J Kelly Accinni Author of the “Alien Intervention” series.
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About the Author
A lifelong resident of Virginia, I grew up in the rural southeastern part of the state with a large extended family. I majored in Religious Studies and minored in Creative Writing-fiction at Virginia Commonwealth University. I now live in a rural area near Richmond where six year old beagle, Leah, and her new companion beagle, Billy, have room to run. I spend my free time with my favorite activity, gardening, participate in Midlothian Wordsmith's Workshop, and read and write as often as possible. At university, I was fortunate to have many incredible writing teachers, the most recent being authors Clint McGown, and Sheri Reynolds, bestselling author of RAPTURE OF CANAAN among others. I learned from Clint McGown that prose can be as beautiful as poetry and I gained a love of southern fiction from Sheri Reynolds. In 2012 I began writing stories about a boy growing up in the south in the 1960’s. Those stories became the collection THE ADVENTURES OF ROLAND MCRAY. All three volumes are also in print and audiobook. My books are available in or can be requested at many Public libraries and paperback versions can be ordered from several major offline book retailers. I also have a new book that is a radical change from the ROLAND MCCRAY series- FALLING WATER (Stories and Poetry)- a well-received collection of unusual short stories and poetry that is also available in print and audiobook (beautifully narrated by Charles Kahlenberg). Among other projects, I'm currently working on a science fiction novel that I hope to complete in 2017.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An interesting and thought provoking assortment of short stories and poetry. Blaine paints scenery with his writing and you feel as though you are there. As down to earth and entertaining as each of these stories are there is always subtle lessons to be learned from each. Most of the stories will stir your emotions but, “The Source” offered us that edgy away from reality feel, ah, but does it? Since there really are monsters :) The author, Blaine Coleman, has an “easy going style” with his story telling. A soft touch that has the reader wanting more, because his words flow easily into each new tale. He takes you from sadness, fear, and feeling abandoned to love, hope, and survival and sadness again. Life. As you read his stories you will embrace the characters and maybe even relate that in many ways, pieces of each tale mirror parts from our own lives. I enjoyed this book in its entirety but must admit to having two favorites, totally loved and enjoyed being able to relate strongly to both “And When I Got Home” and “The Lighthouse”. Looking forward to more from this author!
A collection of gems. This collection of short stories and poetry are well-crafted and beautifully written. Falling Water: Stories & Poetry offers a wide variety of genres. Blaine is a gifted writer. It takes talent for a writer to evoke every human emotion in the pages of a book. The vivid descriptions are captivating, and I found myself immersed in the rich imagery. The sympathetic characters have souls, and their stories stay with you. Every story and poem moved me on many levels. Blaine’s poems are mesmerizing and thought provoking. Please do not ask me which story or poem is my favorite! I love them all for their uniqueness. This collection is timeless and soul enriching. I strongly recommend this collection. Bravo!
Beautiful Variety This mixed genre collection is an ingenious way to showcase the author’s broad talents. Within this book are stories, and poems. Some of these are happy, others sad, while still others make you feel wistful. It’s unusual for a writer to be able to embrace such a wide spectrum of styles and do them well. Author Blaine Coleman has accomplished this. I wouldn’t suggest reading this in one sitting. This is something to savor one story or poem at a time. Take a moment after reading each one and think about the meaning and the visual created by the writer.