Drawn and Driven: My Haiti Adventure by Rod Ellis Genre: Non Fiction Adventure

He was 61 years old. He had a secure position as a tenured associate
professor at a major university. He had a bustling mental health
practice. His home was loaded with equity. He drove and rode his
dream vehicles, a Jeep Wrangler and a Victory Cross Country
motorcycle. His son was set for college. Life was good. He could work
for a few more years, then retire comfortably in his secluded country
One day everything changed. Sitting in a crowded bus jammed between
stalled vehicles in a classic Port-au-Prince traffic jam, Rod Ellis
decided to chuck it all. Surrounded by the blare of horns and the
cries of street vendors, he resolved to close his practice, resign
his university position, and move to Haiti.
What possessed him to do such a thing? How could he leave behind
everything familiar for a world he knew only a little? Haiti is the
poorest nation in the western hemisphere. There would be no air
conditioning or running water. He would drive a 20-year-old vehicle.
He would reside in an unfinished house, at the mercy of tropical
winds and weather. Light-skinned, he would live in a world of almost
exclusively dark-skinned people. Whatever was he thinking? Drawn and
Driven: My Haiti Adventure tells the tale. In it, Ellis describes his
physical, emotional, and spiritual journey into a country he had
visited only a handful of times. He talks about preparing for the
move, the people he interacted with after arrival, and the challenges
he has faced trying to help the wonderful people of this struggling
country. From cultural conflicts to renegade priests to building his
own off-the-grid house to the development of a vocational school,
Ellis weaves the tale of his great, ongoing adventure: Drawn and
Rod Ellis retired from The University of Tennessee College of Social Work
at the end of December 2016. He had served there for 17 years, as
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Acting Associate Dean, and
Coordinator of International Programs. During his time at UT, Rod
published 6 books as writer, co-writer, or editor, as well as several
articles in professional and academic journals. These were published
under his full name and credentials, Rodney A. Ellis, PhD, MSW, MA.
For about two years prior to his retirement Rod had been making regular
visits to Haiti with the American Haitian Foundation. Upon
retirement, he moved to Petite Riviere de Nippes, Haiti where he has
helped start churches, repair roads, start small businesses, and
provide funding for students. He is currently director of a school
that teaches conversational English and several vocational programs.
He has also maintained a blog on his Facebook page since before his
arrival in Haiti.
Rod is a member of Crossroads Community Church in Baxter, TN, where the
folks prayed over him before his departure and continue to pray for
him as he works in Haiti. Even today, Crossroads Community Church is
still “holding the ropes.”


I Know When You’re Going to Die by Michael J. Bowler Genre: YA Mystery, Thriller

Leonardo Cantrell is a painfully shy sixteen-year-old who cannot look people in the eye. One night while he’s volunteering at a homeless shelter, an old man forces eye contact and gives Leo the power to see Death.
His best, and only, friend—J.C. Rivera—thinks this new power is cool until Leo accidentally looks into J.C.’s eyes and “sees” his murder, a murder that will occur in less than two weeks. Stunned and shaken, the two boys sift through clues in Leo’s “vision” in a desperate effort to find the killer and stop him before he can strike.
Aided by feisty new-girl-at-school, Laura, the boys uncover evidence suggesting the identity of the murderer. However, their plan to trap the would-be killer goes horribly awry and reveals a truth that could kill them all.
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Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in Northern California. He majored in English/Theatre at Santa Clara University, earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and a master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Michael taught high school in Hawthorne, California for many years, both in general education and students with disabilities. When Michael is not writing you can find him volunteering as a youth mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, volunteering within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles, or caring for his newly adopted son. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, and hopes his books can show young people they are not alone in their struggles.
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