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June 7th marks both a happy and tragic date for Murray Dunlap.  On June 7, 2015 his new collection of fiction and non-fiction short stories, Fires and Other Stories, was published by The Ardent Writer Press.  However, on June 7, 2008 it marked something drastically different because on this date, Murray Dunlap was t-boned by a careless driver, destroying Murray’s vehicle and almost taking his life. As it was, it still took his marriage.

From the back cover of Fires

“Famed psychotherapist Carl Jung said “In all chaos there is cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” We seek stability but life gives us surprises. Murray Dunlap’s was a car wreck in 2008 that put him in a coma for three months. Then he lived out of a wheelchair for six and a walker for six more. The traumatic brain injury made a mockery of his memory but the challenge of starting over was made manageable by his writing and the strength of friends.

Fires and Other Stories is Dunlap’s collection of stories, both fiction and non-fiction, about life’s unexpected turns. And it is Dunlap’s uncanny sense of connection that brings those twists into focus and show that disorder’s gifts, the discovery of that secret “cosmos,” can turn despair into happiness.”

The collection is on sale in numerous online retail stores such as Amazon, Books A Million and Barnes and Noble.  Available in both paperback as well as eBook, the Amazon and  Facebook links to the book are below:

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Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 9 grandchildren. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.