Six months after Ritch’s brother was killed while serving in Iraq, Ritch is still having a hard time coming to grips with his grief. His therapist suggests a summer away as a camp counselor at Camp Safe Harbor in the North Georgia Mountains might be the perfect remedy. Shortly after arriving, he discovers the camp director uses manipulative fear to control counselors and campers. Threats, false warnings and outright lies scare people into submission and Ritch, his romantic interest, Tee and his co-counselor, Grey, join together to find a way to change things. Most of the camp staff rebel against such coercion by staging pranks and jokes, which only make the director more desperate and determined to gain control. The camp staff renames the camp, “Camp Fear.”
A real threat arrives one weekend when four convicts escape from nearby Hays State Prison and take the camp staff hostage. When the camp director cowers in fear, it’s up to Ritch and Grey to take over as leaders and find a way to escape. Their getaway takes them to the rifle range to destroy the camp rifles, through Junkins Cave and on a thrilling horseback ride over the mountain to contact authorities.
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Your Men Need To Read!
Quick quiz: How many novels do you read a year? How about the men in your life — think husbands, significant others, children, fathers, etc.? Bet you beat ‘em. Some sources say 55% of women readers choose fiction compared to 45% of men. Women average nine books a year while men read only five, It’s no wonder only 20% of the fiction market is made of men these days.
Unfortunately, we men are missing out.
Studies show reading fiction helps people be more adept in social situations by increasing empathy, creativity, and what cognitive scientists call the “theory of the mind” — the ability to anticipate what another will do based on how we think that person perceives a situation. Who wouldn’t want their men to handle themselves better, socially? Social skills can benefit all areas of a person’s life — family, work, leisure, etc.
We need your help. How can you help us read more fiction? Here are some suggestions.
- Set an example and read fiction yourself — probably not an issue for you.
- Find out what type of stories a man likes (action, suspense, military, science fiction, etc.) and help him find those kinds of novels. Take a look at the genres he prefers on TV and in movies. Chances are, he might like similar novels.
- Buy a novel or two for him to try out based on the above information. (NOTE: if you give this as a gift, you might want to include other types of gifts, as well. Don’t just give him a David Baldacci novel, but also include socks, ties, that new Maserati, etc.)
- Schedule (together) a no-electronic-media night each week. Obviously, eReaders could be exempt, but TV, electronic games, web surfing, etc. would take the night off. In all honesty, we tried this in my house and it lasted about two weeks. My family still reads a lot. We just don’t try to squeeze it into a rigid schedule.
- Leave a couple of books around the house in his favorite genre, hoping he might pick one up to read on his own.
- Read books he might enjoy reading and talk about them.
- Find a couples book club.
- When you’re in mixed company (and he’s involved in the conversation), ask his friends what novels they have read.
- If he travels for business, sneak a book he might like into his suitcase. Include a friendly note saying you’re thinking about him.
These are just a few ideas to trigger your own. Please feel free to share them with others.
Happy reading! Together.
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Ben Sharpton writes thrillers. His New Adult/Young Adult book, Camp Fear: 13 Days of Fear (Solstice Publishing) was released in 2016 by Solstice Publishing. His Adult Paranormal Thriller, 2nd Sight: Capturing Insight (Limitless Publishing) will be released on June 21. You can learn more at www.bensharpton.com.