**UPDATED NOVEMBER 2014 -- Updates AND Milestones!
**UPDATE MARCH 17/13 Nadine Sellers, blogger at Last Known Nest, writes A 5-Star review for The Fires of Waterland
** UPDATE MARCH 16/13 A new 5-Star Review for The Fires of Waterland has been received. Get the new, 2nd Edition at Rocking Horse Publishing, online at Amazon, or at fine bookstores everywhere."Raymond Alexander Kukkee has broken into print, a mark of his talent and passion for fiction. In his novel, The Fires of Waterland, he has brought an entire range of universal concerns into full view. Honesty is served in doses of violent conditions in the boiling secrecy of buried poverty.Set in mid-century Canada, the suspenseful tale of family strife and cascading abuses reads as a serial film of great scope. Somewhere between memorable epics of the great depression and Dickensian classics, the story begins as charming details of the lush countryside “small plants domesticate undisciplined cracks in the delicate lacework of broken curbstones—mosses and meticulous ivies advance”, innocuous introductions of slow memories pouring from an old man's recollections of a seemingly simpler era.Then, the reader begins to suspect there is...." ( read more here )**
**5 Stars: "The Fires of Waterland is a book that kept my eyes glued to the pages and my heart in my throat--in a good way" ...C.B.
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MILESTONE !This was the 1st edition of The Fires of Waterland. The 1st edition is NO longer available except by special request directly from the author by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Things just keep getting hotter and hotter, don't they? THIS is the 2nd Edition, Rocking Horse Publishing (2014) available both online at my new publisher, Rocking Horse Publishing and at Amazon in print, and eBook formats. Get it. Read it. Heat up the world. You will not forget The Fires of Waterland. : ## Is that Incoming I hear?