Contemporary Novels with Just a Hint of ‘What-If’ Paranormal Possibility


Old Hickory Lane, a novel

audio sample of Old Hickory Lane

Old Hickory Lane, a novel by D. L. Keur writing as E. J. RuekRaised white, half Cree, Warren Jeffreys, D.V.M., is gifted with animals, but not very people savvy.

Struggling to survive his first year in private practice, bad luck and worse judgment lands him broke and homeless, camping out with vagrants and vagabonds. He’s cleansing cows and cutting up dead lambs inside bawling ewes—an animal mechanic working for a small-time veterinary service in rural North Idaho.

Filled with intense, critical emergencies, all of them based on true cases, the book has been “vetted” by modern, practicing veterinarians. It’s the animals that make you really pull for Dr. Warren Jeffreys, because, despite his best attempts not to, he cares. A lot. And, because he cares, because he competes against death, regardless the odds, he makes a difference. Unfortunately, the often cantankerous farm folk he serves don’t always appreciate his efforts and skill. Nor do they trust him, the “too tall, long-haired Injun.” Warren truly is a man without a home, with a foot in two worlds, but welcome in neither until he learns to trust his own heart.


This novel took years to write.  I consistently avoided writing certain scenes–the most critical and emotional ones–because it was soul-searing to plunge into the midst of their moment-to-moment crises.  Faced with either abandoning the novel completely or finishing it, I chose  to make myself finish the missing scenes and finalize the manuscript.

And, once done and in the hands of aforementioned practicing veterinarians, their veterinary staff, and a handful of beta readers, the reception the book got was jaw-dropping.  Everyone was genuinely riveted by it.  Emotionally captivated, Dr. C. called me late one night weeping in shock as she neared the end of the story.  She was devastated and enraptured, grieving and joyful, simultaneously.  It was a very good feeling for me to know that, what I’d set out to do, I’d managed to do ten times better than hoped…because everyone, absolutely everyone, had the exact same reaction: “What happens next?  When are you going to write the sequel?”

It’s in process. It’s titled Come-Back Road

AVAILABILITY OF THIS TOP READER-RATED BOOK: in print, audio, and eBook. Print and all other eBook formats from any eBook and/or print book distributor. Unabridged audio from,, and iTunes. (READ CHAPTER ONE)

To Inherit a Murderer, psychological (paranormal? 😉 ) suspense

novel cover: To Inherit a Murderer, a novel by E. J. Ruek

At 7, William killed his mother’s dog.

At 10, he stabbed his father
with a letter opener.

There’s the murder
of the family maid.

Now, his parents die
in a strange traffic accident,
and Deborah is willed custody.

Willed custody of her best friend’s son, Deborah Rheinhart suspects the twelve-year-old is a murderer…and he is.

At seven, William killed his mother’s dog. At ten, he stabbed his father with a letter opener.  There’s the murder of the family maid.

Deborah finds that she’s brought home a boy who is driven by hatred and rage. Injured by him the very first day, William threatens Deborah’s carefully secured life. Finding a knife stuck in her bedroom door, waking to William standing over her when he’s supposed to be locked in his room, she’s is pushed to the brink of hysteria as both she and the boy’s hired chaperones suffer increasingly disturbing incidents.

Straddling North Idaho ranch life and the prestigious world of Grand Prix show jumping, To Inherit a Murderer by E. J. Ruek is the story of a woman who must learn to love and listen, regardless how evil-seeming the child within her care.  It is a story about earning respect and admiration by actions, which Deborah achieves, despite herself.  William believes in her as he has never believed in anyone.  But when Deborah lets her guard down and begins to believe in William, death answers.

I’ll be audio recording To Inherit a Murderer as soon as I get a chance. Keep an eye out for it, or sign up for my newsletter.

Slightly Disturbing Stories cover

Slightly Disturbing Stories, an anthology

This book is dedicated to all those who like a nerve-tingling story that ends well for the innocent and good.

There’s no ‘gruel’-no gore and cruel. There’s nothing to make you scream or hide your eyes. There’s no sexual perversion. What there is might bring a tear of joy at story’s end and make you squirm a bit in the middle, but, regardless, the stories will stick with you, each a slightly disturbing ripple in your memory. It’s not what’s shown or told; it’s what’s left unsaid that echoes …forever.

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