THE THIRD STEP - 2014 ABNA Entry Sharon Strickland

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THE THIRD STEP - 2014 ABNA Entry  by  Sharon Strickland

THE THIRD STEP - 2014 ABNA Entry by Sharon Strickland
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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words- it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote forMore Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words- it is not the full book.

The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote for the Grand Prize winner starting July 8, visit www.amazon.com/ABNA.The Third Step is a book about people on the fringe of society trying to survive in the harsh climate of 1800s Pendleton, Oregon.

Polly is a 20-year-old prostitute at Belles Place. Ben is a Chinese man, forced to live and work in a subterranean world because of his race. When he comes to her rescue, the two begin a love affair against all social codes of the day. They are aided by the benevolent Belle and a group of working ladies that are both tough and tender- Quinton, the Native American bouncer that tries to right a wrong and almost pays with his life- Bens wise old uncle that avenges a brutal killing- and a defrocked priest that both harms and helps.

The socialites of the town condemn the brothel in their midst, while their husbands pay secret visits to the establishment. Suspense, social injustice, violence, love, humor and redemption round out the story. A seed was planted for this story after a visit to the Pendleton Underground Tours, which tells the true story of folks during that time and place.

Further research of the times and the area resulted in full blossoming of my novel, The Third Step. I have been a closet writer all my life, while making a living and raising my family with my husband. I am a member of the Idaho Writers League and have won awards for short stories and poetry.

The Third Step is my first novel.



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