Hearth and Sand

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Twelve tales of those who served on the front lines and the stories of loved ones left behind who preserved the home front. Set universes apart and separated by decades in time, the stories in Hearth and Sand reflect a continuity of service from the past to the present and into the world of tomorrow. Although the events are fictional, the voices captured within these pages came from historical notes, veterans’ own words, letters left by their ancestors, or contemporary events. Pen was put to paper while watching fighter planes land in the Philippine Islands and in the shaded woods of a stateside farm.

The tales cross genre from contemporary to historical, and science fiction to poetry.

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The Introduction – In a secluded grove, a young girl learns about her heritage.

Stetsons and Spangles – Change of duty station meant more than a change in address, but the loss of a beloved pet.

The Walk – Sometimes the question is the answer.


Echoes From The Valley – A soldier of yesteryear teaches the real meaning of duty.

First Mission, Final Day - Yesterday’s debt links the present to the future.

Letters to Loved Ones – - Letters connect home and hearth.

Manufactured Proposal A flea market treasure turns out to be worth more than money.

If Tomorrow Never Comes –Thoughts on the eve of battle

The Sentry – A tribute to those who answered the call and returned alone.

Tomorrow’s World

Live or Surrender to Technology – In a near future, a man’s journey to escape his future, reawakens his urge to live.

Pirates Reprise – Sometimes duty means learning to live.

Uncommon Mercy – A future leader in an apocalyptic future learns the true meaning of duty.

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Copyright 2017 by Helen Henderson

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