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Summer ’17 Beach Reads: ebook edition

Here in the Midwest, we spend nine months of the year dreaming about the other three months: June, July, and August. We live for the days when we can lounge by a lake with a cool glass of iced tea in one hand and a book in the other.

There’s an art to picking summer books. The key is to find something that will carry you away – either by its gripping plot or its ability to lift you up and drop you into someone else’s life. Here are five Written Dreams’ titles that are beach-approved. Each of these are available in ebook to help keep your beach bag light. Enjoy!



Land SharksLand Sharks by Katherine Nohr

Set in ever-sunny Hawaii, this legal mystery looks beyond the tourist brochures at Honolulu’s underbelly. Young attorney Zana West must represent a fellow triathlete who claims to have been paralyzed in competition. Sharks gather as Zana has to work with celebrity lawyer Jerry Hirano, who  seems to have more than justice on his mind.


Death Nosh 

In the sleepy town of Bayshore, Wisconsin, senior citizens are dying at an alarming rate. It’s up to food blogger Nell Bailey to convince the police that there’s more afoot than natural causes. In the third installment of the Noshes Up North Culinary series, heroine Nell draws on the grit of northern women as she strives to hold her own among men who think they know better.


Women of Today Anthology 

This collection of six novels by female authors follow strong female characters who face diversity and must look within to find their own strength to overcome their challenges, and possibly find romance along the way. This one ebook will keep you satisfied for hours on end.


Shaking the Family Tree Shaking the Family Tree by Dallas H

With unflinching honesty and enduring warmth, anonymous author Dallas H. traces her journey out of hell and towards recovery. After learning that alcoholism has affected her family for generations, she strives to flip the genetic script and break the cycle of addiction. This memoir is for anyone hoping that their summer can bring renewal for them or their family.

Lumberjack Jesus 

In a series of essays written in memoir form expounding from his life, Bruce Kirkpatrick shows us as he discovers a loving God who is a good conversationalist, and often looks like a lumberjack. God comes alive in these pages in everyday life—in stories about Vietnam heroes, cowboy movies, wrestling matches and chemistry sets. Whether or not you consider yourself Christian, this is a sweet and encouraging read for anyone looking for a path through life.



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Detours: A Memoir of a Railroad Man by Gail F. Meintzer

Men’s Memoir

Available in Large Print Hardcover,

Paperback, and Ebook!

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Prices: Large Print Hardcover: $21.99             Paperback: $13.99                Ebook: $8.99


Learn about Gail F. Meintzer’s philosophies from lessons learned the hard way, as he took the long road less traveled on the iron highway.

Travel with Gail F. Meintzer as he journeys with the railroad system from Deerfield, Illinois to Milwaukee, Wisconsin across the plains to Seattle, Washington before he heads to Des Moines, Minneapolis, and the Windy City. Then one more destination, as he finally settles in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

As a clerk-typist, he made a name for himself in the Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, placing second in the Oklahoma City Times Bowling tournament, and then leading his regiments’ bowling team in winning the Fort Sill Bowling Championship. Drafted in 1944 into the U.S. Army during World War II, he was one of the lucky ones and didn’t see battle.

In 1947, he married the love of his life, Neva, and they had five children together. To care for his family, Gail F. Meintzer worked for the railroad for 42 years, retiring as Director, Intermodal Sales for the Milwaukee Road in 1985.

His adventures weren’t over as he and his wife traveled to visit their children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Gail F. Meintzer shares his story as a die-hard railroader for the first time in Detours: A Memoir of a Railroad Man.

Author Bio: Gail F. Meintzer started working for the railroad system before he was drafted into the U.S. Army for World War II, and he served again during the Korean War. Married to Neva Jewell in 1947, they had five children together. He retired as Director, Intermodal Sales from Milwaukee Road in 1985. Today they have 13 grandchildren and 9 great grandchild. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on June 21st, 2016. To contact Mr. Meintzer, please visit and send an email through our Contact Us page.