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"Shards: A Collection of Short Stories" by Ray Paul

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Shards are splinters of colorful glass sprinkled in random patterns. Some are sharp. Others reflect the brilliance of our thoughts. Each piece has the power to entertain, bemuse or surprise. While diverse and seemingly unrelated, here they become an artful collection of storytelling. Item Weight : 14.7 ounces UNSPSC-Code : 55101500 Paperback : 284 pages ISBN-10 : 1434364151 ISBN-13 : 978-1434364159 Dimensions : 6 x 0.64 x 9 inches Publisher : AuthorHouse (July 8, 2008) Language: : English Author's Bio: Ray Paul is the poster child for those who have succeeded in a writing career at a time when his contemporaries are looking forward to retirement. While continuing to add on to his 45 year career in insurance marketing, Ray wrote a number of well-received short stories of which twenty-three have been published in a variety of magazines and publications. These efforts enhanced his skills and gave him the confidence to write a novel. In the 8 years that followed he wrote a trilogy of novels set in the Midwest. His keen insight into the human condition honed by years of interacting with a variety of interesting people in stressful situations make Cabbage Requiem, Between the Rows and A New Season a must read for mature adults. Ray has two other published books. Shards, is a collection of his best short stories. Since becoming available in 2012, his novel, Heaven Lies Between the Foul Lines, brings into play a young man's misadventures with love, business and the pursuit of a major league pitching career. Heaven has already captured the hearts of a wide variety of readers. Ray lives in Rockford, Illinois with his wife Jo Marie. He has two living daughters, his youngest, Lynn, died at age four from spinal meningitis, and five grandchildren. He likes playing golf and bridge, with his wife, and still comes into work everyday at his Mass Mutual office in Rockford.

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