When I was in college during the 1980’s, one of my friends was a Kenny Rogers fan. While driving to and from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, about 150 miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming, my home town, we enjoyed such songs as “The Gambler,” “Coward of the County,” and “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Lucille.” But my favorite is the one I’m featuring today, and I don’t think it was as popular. It tells the story of a coal miner’s son who falls in love with a wealthy judge’s daughter.
At the time, I’d developed an irrational fear of policemen after reading an Ellery Queen mystery that contained a lot of police brutality. Now, I knew that thanks to Miranda and other measures, this sort of thing wasn’t likely to happen to me. But that didn’t stop a sinking feeling of dread overcoming me when the police were mentioned. Years later, this fear inspired my first novel, We Shall Overcome. My fear has since evolved to respect.
This song teaches a valuable lesson. Crime certainly doesn’t pay, but if you’re lucky, you might get what you want in the end. Rest in peace, Kenny Rogers.
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Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.