Sunday, April 26, 2009

You can order a copy of my latest novel from the web site posted above.

Let me know what you think.

Martha Rose Woodward's first novel

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My first novel is completed

I would never suggest to anyone that they write a book the way I wrote my first novel. Writing Even Wounded Birds Fly took me over ten years--No, I didn't work on it non-stop. Actually, I worked on it for a while, got discouraged, put it in a drawer where it stayed for many years. Off and on I would take it out, type it into a computer and vow to finish it. Then, I would get discouraged again, and go through the process all over again. This happened about four times as I changed computers throughout the years.
It was a conversation I had with a friend that made me determined to complete the manuscript. After hearing about a possible novel, she suggested that I let her read the book, and if she hated it, I could move one, but if she liked it, I promised I would finish it.
My friend thought the book had great potential and I set about working on it. she helped me by correcting my numerous grammar and punctuation errors and by encouraging me to keep working.
Even Wounded Birds Fly is the kind of book that is going to shock a lot of people. You will not believe that a mild-mannered, retiree could imagine such characters and such action.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Even Wounded Birds Fly-a novel by Martha Rose Woodward

When a group of young boys in rural Alabama become aware of the sexual abuse of their most vulnerable comrade, Milton, they decide to take matters into their own hands. At a time when such matters were not discussed openly, the boys scheme to prevent the town’s highly respected preacher from any possibility of furthering Milton’s darkest nightmare.

Are these boys conspiring to commit an act of murder or is the elimination of this spiritual vampire an act of justice? Whatever the truth, the boys decide to bludgeon the preacher and throw his body down an abandoned well. Having also tossed their innocence and youth into that dark pit, they must then live the remainder of their lives burdened with this ghastly secret.

Enter into the picture Rita Belew, a young woman living a fairy-tale marriage until an unexpected revelation shatters her world. The heartbreak of her failed marriage renders her sexually and emotionally vulnerable, and she must somehow fashion a future out of the ashes of this tragedy. It is in this fragile state of mind that she meets Rodney Edgely, a professional speaker who presents himself as a sincere gentleman. However, Rita slowly begins to question the mysterious behaviors of her new companion while struggling to admit what is plainly before her eyes. Could the very person that she should most be able to trust be leading a double life?

Eventually the past, present, and future collide and expose unimaginable secrets and long-buried fears. The explosive combination of shocking lies and shattered egos fuels a showdown where hasty decisions become a matter of life and death. While the colorful characters struggle with their naked pasts and uncertain futures, in the end, their intertwined lives illuminate the deepest meaning of love.