Some secrets won't stay buried with the dead
… not even under a mountain.
A mentally handicapped boy carves lumps of coal into statues that depict the past, the present and the future and Will must figure out what the sculptures mean or another crew of doomed miners will perish in a mile-deep hole under Black Mountain.
Twenty-seven men died when the Harlan #7 Coal Mine exploded in 1981. Only two miners made it out alive. But the survivors harbored horrifying secrets about the part they played in another tragedy that happened deep in the guts of the mountain that day AFTER the explosion.
Guilt and shame over what he did drove Will Gribbins into a whiskey bottle and left him a homeless, under-a-bridge drunk for two decades. Now, he has come home to the mountains for the memorial service on the twentieth anniversary of the disaster, determined to confess what he did. Seeking impossible forgiveness.
But instead of atonement, his arrival lights a fuse of retribution and insanity he could never have foreseen, a madness that will explode in a disaster far worse than the first. And this time it won’t be an accident. This time, it will be murder.
Can Will figure out the puzzle of Jamie's magical statues in time? When another crew of innocent miners is again placed in his hands, is Will man enough to save them--even if it means he must face the horror he's been running away from all these years? Or must he finally pay the debt of his betrayal— buried alive in a mile-deep hole, gasping for breath in the dark until there’s no air left?
Interview with the Author
Q - What’s so special about Black Sunshine?
A - It’s real life on paper. It’s been a Kindle bestseller because the characters in the novel come to life on the page—like the family next door in a small town in the mountains. The story is gripping, the action nail-biting.
Q - Is this a psychological thriller or a paranormal mystery novel?
A - It's both and neither. There are elements of psychological suspense and elements of a paranormal thriller. But the book is inspirational, suspense with a kinder/gentler tone that deals with regret, redemption and forgiveness. That's not a typical mystery thrillers and suspense book. Most contemporary fiction novel s in this genre have a harder edge.
Q - So one of the characters is a psychic?
A - A mentally challenged boy has paranormal abilities. But he doesn't see the future. He carves it.
Q - It's a mystery, too, though--right?
A - Absolutely. The mystery centers around what really happened in the coal mine the day of the disaster--what happened after the explosion. All good thrillers and suspense books have an element of mystery--a psychological game of cat and mouse to keep you guessing. What's unique about Black Sunshine is the inspirational themes interwoven with the suspense. I think contemporary fiction fears being labeled sappy if the storyline is uplifting.
Q - Is this a Christian book?
A - There is spirituality in it--not religion--themes of love and forgiveness that touch the soul of readers of a any faith--or no faith at all.
Q - So, why should readers give this book a try?
A - Because it’s a book that will break your heart. And then put it back together again.
Black Sunshine eBook Categories
- Mystery Thrillers and Suspense
- Paranormal Mystery
- Inspirational Suspense
- Psychological Thriller
- Contemporary Fiction
- Psychic Mystery