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Six Bits

Six Bits

by Michael Ringering

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With only a mysterious telegram, improbable email, and antique newspaper as his guides, Jack London Clarke is thrust into an epic, unsuspecting journey of redemption and self-discovery.

Three days before Christmas, Jack issues a stunning ultimatum to his wife following a damaging confrontation over his suspected infidelity. As he prepares to flee his suburban Chicago home, a knock upon the front door delivers a most unlikely character, one who sets Jack's personal life spinning out of control.

Consumed by entitlement, excess and temptation, Jack has grown ignorant to his own moral decay and hardened heart, which have alienated the three women who love him most. When his family turns up missing, he must face the reality of his ways and the realization that the life he once had—but never knew—may be lost forever.

While searching through a world not known to modern man, he stumbles upon welcoming strangers who reintroduce him to those things most important in life. Only when he confronts the skeletons of his past and empties his soul of the scars of a debauched childhood can he dream of ever seeing his family again.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a metaphysical time-travel adventure that just might cause each of us to look inward in self-examination. [DRM-Free]


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940166201140
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Publication date: 03/07/2022
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

When he was in the third grade at East Alton Elementary School, East Alton, IL, Michael Ringering selected Miriam E. Mason’s Broomtail for a class-assigned book report, and from that moment on, set his sights on wanting to write short stories and other works of fiction.

He published his first novel, Six Bits, in December 2011, earning finalist designation in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards for Fiction. Since then, he has published four short stories: Willy the Whale (2017), A Face on a Train (2017), A Calico Tale (2018), and The 9:15 to Grand Central (2019). Michael’s second novel, A Debt of War, is in post-production. In December 2017, he started his third novel, a trilogy concept based on a childhood memory, and continues to work on several shorts. All these older works are being revised and will re-release with Evolved Publishing in the second half of 2021.

Michael was born in Alton, IL, and raised in nearby East Alton, where he graduated from East Alton-Wood River High School in 1984. He is a 1989 graduate of Murray State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Following a 14-year career working in media relations and communications in Major League Baseball, he entered the healthcare industry where he serves as a surgical specialty administrator.

Michael and his fiancée, Jackie, reside in Southern Illinois, with their own menagerie of animals including dogs, goats, horses, and chickens.

What People are Saying About This

Rachel Oesch

A page-turner that takes the reader on an exciting and emotional rollercoaster ride. You will be surprised and overwhelmed with the outcome. (Rachel Oesch, former news anchor, WDEF-TV, Chattanooga, Tenn.)

LaTrice Currie

Six Bits is a story that immediately draws the reader into the lives of each character and keeps your attention throughout. (LaTrice Currie, news anchor, WRCB-TV, Chattanooga, Tenn.)

Michael E. Haskew

In Six Bits, author Michael Ringering weaves a fantastic tale of human emotion, sweeping the reader along with crisp narrative and surprising twists. This book is not to be missed! (Michael E. Haskew, Editor, WWII Magazine, Author of: De Gaulle: Lessons in Leadership from the Defiant General)

Christie Kleinmann

A heart-warming tale that weaves the threads of love and forgiveness throughout its pages. Long after the last word was read, I continued to relive the journey of redemption that unfolds within the pages. (Dr. Christie Kleinmann, asst. professor, Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.)

Jed Mescon

This book wore me out - in a thrilling and unsuspecting way! Just when you think you have the plot figured out, author Michael Ringering sends you careening down a different path. The story is an incredible look at how some forget those things most important in life, and the price they're willing to pay to keep their family together. A wonderful read. (Jed Mescon, news anchor, WRCB-TV, Chattanooga, Tenn.)

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