Paul Argentini's "Spirits' Cabin" is a WW2-era coming-of-age tale

KINGSTON, N.Y. — Sunbury Press has released Paul Argentini’s latest novel “The Spirits’ Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon,” a WW2-era coming-of-age tale set in the woods of upstate New York

About the Book:
The Spirit’s Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon is a story of Native American Lore, a teenage couple’s abiding love, and ordinary people who are called upon to do extraordinary deeds.

tscolet_fcExcerpt:
1940
The cabin was first a put-up-in-a-hurry forest lean-to before it started to look like a refuge a desperate hiker would seek out on a rainy, lightning-filled night. Joe Caruso wondered if some long-ago design had him decide to build it unknowingly in front of the site of an ancient Indian ceremonial fire pit complete with mystery and portent. Maddy Malloy had no such doubts. She knew the first time she put foot on the cabin’s site alongside Lake Eagle Talon, which was hidden in the lush, rolling Bekshire Hills of western Massachusetts. According to her sensations, its beginnings and construction lay in a design and plan arranged eons before. When Joe asked her how she knew that, she told him by the same knowledge that told her they knew each other in another time. They had only to take care they did not let their attraction to one other displease too much the jealous ancients.

“Do you feel it?”

“What?”

“Shhhh! Shhhh! The sensations. Hold my hand. I’m getting goose bumps.”

Joe wrinkled his brow, looked around slowly. “Like we’re not alone … ?”

“Yes. Like I feel sometimes when I’m in church. I get lost and this sensation comes over me.”

“Like someone is standing right in front of me, nose to nose.”

“Like … another dimension … ?”

Joe felt the awe engulf him just as it did the first night he spent in the lean-to. He sat cross-legged Indian style in front of the fire. He stared off to the side. The sight made him blink rapidly and open his eyes widely. A rattlesnake was coiled, its rattle clicking. Shika-shika-shika-shika.

Joe surprised himself. He felt not an iota of fear.

He folded his hands in front of him, and felt compelled to welcome the visitor. He could not speak. He simply nodded his head. It was as if the snake was expected.

Joe had no idea how long the snake was there. He had nodded off, then awoke to find it gone. Joe smiled, stretched out, and went to sleep.

“Maddy, do you feel as if we have been transported to another dimension?”

“Whatever it is, it is so weird. Do you still feel it?”

“Yes! Like it’s a shroud covering us with magic spirits …”

“Like we were meant to discover it so we could be guided …”

“Yes, to acknowledge all its portents and blessings …”

“Yes!”

“And tells us to follow the word! It says we are to take off all our clothes …”

“Crazy shit!” she said to Joe and didn’t talk to him for the next three days.

Argentini_smAbout the Author:
PAUL ARGENTINI is a Random House bestselling author and prize-winning playwright. He and lives in Florida. He has two grown daughters, Lisa and Mona.

Also by Paul Argentini:

Fiction

A Matter of Love In Da Bronx

The Fourth Nail – An Historical Novel

Jim – A War-torn Love Story

Non-Fiction

A Treatise – The Art of Casting A Fly (Vera C. Argentini – Artist)

Elements of Style for Screenwriters

The Essential Manual for Writers of Screenplays (Random House Bestseller)

MUSICALS! Directing School and Community Theatre (Robert Boland and Paul Argentini)

Full-length plays

The Decisive Point

The Secret of The Sea Island Mansion

The Essence of Being

King’s Mate- Off –Off- Off Broadway Showcase  (Massachusetts Artists Foundation Playwriting Fellowship)

One Act Plays

No Gas For Nick – Berkshire Theatre Festival

Pearl Seed – Berkshire Theatre Festival

My Pen Name’s Mark Twain (written and performed in sixth grade)

Theatre Odyssey 2011 Ten-minute Play Festival
The Ordinance
 – First Prize Winner Sarasota, Florida

The Spirits’ Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon

Authored by Paul Argentini

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
220 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064351
ISBN-10: 1620064359
BISAC: Fiction / Coming of Age

Also available on Kindle and Nook

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Spirits-Cabin-on-Lak…

WW2 hero Ed Dahlgren's PTSD subject of latest book by daughter Susan Dahlgren Daigneault

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released author Susan Dahlgren Daigneault’s post World War 2 biography of her famous father who was known as “Maine’s Sergeant York.”  Dahlgren was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman in recognition of his heroics during the war. His daughter relates the price paid by the family during the years after.

About the book:
Because American troops are in far off places in this world, fighting for causes that sometimes cost them their lives, and because our veterans from World War II are a dying breed, it is entirely fitting that we save the stories of our veterans so that their experiences and their voices will never be forgotten and so that current generations might learn about the horrors of war and how the impact of battle never really goes away.One such story is about a Maine man who spent World War II as a member of the Texan 36th Infantry Division. In the Shadow of a Mountain tells the life story of one of Maine’s Medal of Honor recipients, Edward C. Dahlgren. It is a timely manuscript in that it details Dahlgren’s struggles with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, a condition affecting many of our military veterans returning from war zones today. It is a book that will help readers to know about the devastation of war and how we must always provide care and comfort for our returning veterans.

When Lieutenant Edward C. Dahlgren stepped off the train that brought him home from a combat experience that should have killed him but didn’t, he wore a chest full of medals, carried a heart full of sorrow for his men who never came home, and was faced with the daunting task of finding a way to live a life worthy of his survival. In November 1945 the guns of World War II were silenced but the battles continued for Lieutenant Dahlgren and many other soldiers who were haunted by the gruesome events of their war. He had lost 40 pounds from his slight frame and suffered from jaundice. He stammered when he tried to talk and his hands shook so badly that he couldn’t hold a cup of coffee without spilling most of it on the counter or in his lap. He suffered night terrors in which German soldiers came back from the dead and pointed their rifles at him. For decades, he suffered in silence until another war erupted and a name was given to his troubles: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Once described as “Maine’s very own Sergeant York”, a reference to the movie about World War I Medal of Honor recipient Alvin York, Edward Dahlgren received his own Congressional Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman at a White House ceremony in the East Room in August of 1945. Following the ceremony, Dahlgren returned home to Maine’s northern most county to live a life of quiet dignity and amass a legacy of public service. Because of his service to his country in the time of war and his subsequent service to his community and his state in a time of peace, the flags of our country flew at half staff on the day of his funeral and when his passing was announced, The Bangor Daily News honored him with front page coverage.

The book, In the Shadow of a Mountain, is the story of this unassuming hero who grew up without a father in the Swedish colony of Northern Maine, who went to war shortly after his mother’s untimely death, who returned home so poor that he wore his army uniform pants until they wore out, who raised a family of four on a paycheck that sometimes didn’t stretch quite far enough, who instilled a passion for fairness, honesty, hard work, and a love for learning in his children, who gave generously of his time to help establish a veteran’s clinic and nursing home in Northern Maine, and who all the while suffered with PTSD. In the end, the way he lived his life was most definitely worthy of his having survived the horrors of his war. And, the way he lived his life provides lessons for all of us on how to live well even while struggling to do so.

Reviews:
“Sue Daigneault honors her father, the war hero, her father the anguished soldier, her father the man. She writes with passion and unflinching honesty. This book about an embattled World War Two Congressional Medal of Honor recipient could be read by every family of a returning soldier today with a knowing nod. Ed Dahlgren’s life in rural Maine deserves to be remembered.
– Mel Allen, Editor,Yankee Magazine

We all owe Ed Dahlgren a huge debt. At the point of decision, in the midst of ferocious fighting that defined the start of the demise of the Nazis, he demonstrated that rare heroism that changes the course of battle. This book gives us a chance to see what people can do when they know that everything depends on them. Outstanding reading.
— Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient, author of “If Not Now, When?”

Edward C. Dahlgren, a Medal of Honor recipient, was a quiet, competent man who stayed off of the skyline, except in firefights on the battlefield. While the majority of the Medal of Honor Society members meet annually, I never met Ed until a deer hunting trip in Maine. He would not attend big events or tell his story; that was not his personality. Our armed forces personnel know their leaders and their true warriors, but no one knows an individual better than a daughter. Sue has done an outstanding job in writing her father’s story, the life of a true American warrior. This is a “must read” for all Americans who appreciate our freedom and love our great country.
— Colonel Wesley Lee Fox USMC (Ret), Medal of Honor recipient, author of “Marine Rifleman: Forty-three Years in the Corps”, “Courage and Fear”, and “Six Essential Elements of Leadership”.

In the Shadow of a Mountain: A Soldier’s Struggle with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Authored by Susan Dahlgren Daigneault
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
240 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061497
ISBN-10: 162006149X
BISAC: History / Military / World War II
Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/In-the-Shadow-of-a-Mount…