Crossing the Finish Line

Exhausted RunnerI am pleased to report that I finished the first draft of the fourth novel in the Beyond the Blue Horizon series, On the Wings of Grace. It runs to 82,545 words, or just over 300 pages. I started writing the book on January 15 of this year and finished yesterday, which means the book took 3 1/2 months to write. The first novel in the series, On Wings of the Morning, took five months to write, largely because I had to do a lot of research. The second and third books (On the Wings of Eagles and On the Wings of Angels) took three months each to write.

I appreciate all my friends and colleagues who have been so encouraging and helpful during all this writing. May your tribe increase!

So, onward and upward. On the Wings of Eagles is up on ( along with the short story, “A Christmas for Mata.” The book is available as a paperback and a Kindle download, and the the short story as a download. In addition, eLectio Publishing of Dallas, Texas, offers a free download of the e-version with the purchase of a paperback (

I wanted to dedicate the book to our daughter Amy and her fiancé Chris who will celebrate their wedding on June 21 of 2014, but the dedication didn’t make it into this edition. It will be in the next one. Congratulations and best wishes from your writer father! May you have many good years together!


About huckfinn47

I taught high school English for 32 years, all at Robinson High School in Fairfax, VA. My students called me "Mr. V," and I was fortunate to have some terrific young people in my classes. I have made contact with some of them, particularly on Facebook, and enjoy seeing what they're up to. My other nickname, given to me by our then assistant pastor Jim Vaught, is Lieutenant Dan, after the Gary Sinise character in Forrest Gump, one of my favorite movies. I never got anywhere near military service, so the name is somewhat ironic. I greatly admire our troops and respect their sacrifices. On the Wings of Morning is my first novel worth talking about.
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