Stephen D. Lalonde

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SINON OF KIRRA...

is the working title of my next novel. It is an historical fiction taking place in Ancient Greece in the 4th year of the 44th Olympiad (ca. 600 BCE). Sinon is a young man who goes to Delphi to ask of his future and is sent by the Oracle on an epic journey.

Update: 2/21/2020, I am working on the second draft.

The photo to the left was a gift from my youngest sister, Roseanne. It reflects my interests in music, Scouting, teaching, swimming, woodworking (a bowl I turned MANY years ago), electronics (radio operating), and my love of tuna fish as my summer staple.

Rocking chairs #9 and #10.

Swimming status: Since May 4 of 2017 I have been swimming for distance. I only count whole miles and have been doing 1 to 7 miles at a time. 

Update: 2019 goal was 500 miles. I made 520.

As of this date (3/25/2020) I have 142 miles for 2020. I haven't been able to swim since 3/15/2020 as MUV is closed for the Virus. I don't know when I will be able to get back to it. The goal for this year is 600 miles. I was ahead of the schedule until now.



My first novel...

THE PHOENIX GIFT,

will be released at a book signing event at Auntie's Bookstore (402 W. Main Ave, Spokane, Wa.) The signing will be from 1:30 to 3:30 on February 9, 2017. 

UPDATE: The signing event went better than I could imagine. 

4/18/18 UPDATE: The first print run is almost gone. It has sold well.

Auntie's has the last books available. I am not sure about when a second print run will happen, but relatively sure it will eventually. I am hoping to make some cover changes for the next run.


THE PHOENIX GIFT

Mary doesn’t realize at first that she is a rebel looking for a cause. Her teenage daughter and son don’t need as much of her time so she takes on the regular visit to her father-in-law who has advanced cancer and Altzheimer’s. When she realizes that he is going to die with no significant memory of living she decides to research his life in an effort to give it back to him before he passes. In the process Mary discovers something that changes her life.


UPDATE: 5/23/18 - The book is going into a second printing with a new cover. Special thanks to Mara Stockton Wang for the new Phoenix artwork.