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Forever Finley An Episodic Novel
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Forever Love in the Town of Finley
True love never dies. So begins the legend of Amos Hargrove, a brave Civil War soldier who survived battle and returned home only to learn his beloved had died before they could marry. His spirit, some say, still pervades the town he founded and named after his long-lost sweetheart, gone far too soon. Today, in the town of Finley, dreams come true, love blossoms, and second chances are unearthed. Is Amos’s spirit truly at work, granting wishes as he continues to search for the girl he never stopped loving? Does his unfulfilled desire continue to have influence on those who call Finley home? What will it take to finally reunite two souls meant to be together? Forever Finley is a novel constructed of stand-alone “episodes,” each building toward a final dramatic conclusion, weaving past and present threads into a single tale of loss and perseverance, the strength of the human spirit, and the ability of love to endure…forever.
Each episode or stand-alone story can also be purchased individually from Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and B&N
One Fateful Christmas Eve Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Is the magic of Christmas Eve enough to change Mallory’s mind and heart?
Mallory Stewart is an on-the-rise young editor certain she’s about to land a position at one of the “Big Five” publishing houses.  All she has to do to clinch the deal is attend her prospective boss’s Christmas Eve party.  But Graham Kendall, the charismatic author of a bestselling book on fate, insists her plans are about to be thwarted. Mallory immediately discounts Dr. Kendall’s warnings.  Though she edited his book, the industrious Mallory believes in hard work rather than luck or good fortune.  When a series of devastating Christmas Eve misadventures conspire against her, Mallory is forced to reexamine everything—her beliefs, her dreams, her own definition of success.  What will Mallory choose? What will she discover—about Graham, about her own destiny, even about… a man’s socks? (Yes, socks.)
Miles Left Yet Contemporary Fiction / Boomer Lit / Literary Humor
It’s Never the End of the Road
None of them really expected to wind up at the Granite Ridge Retirement Community for Active Seniors. And yet, here they are—Jim arriving after his wife’s unexpected passing, Norma after selling her home to rescue her financially strapped daughter, and Mildred after her lifelong neighborhood becomes overrun by crime. It’s an odd place to be, for sure - put out to pasture, some might phrase it. At the end of life’s road. And yet, inside, they all still feel as young as ever. When a figure from Mildred’s past emerges, a motley crew from the retirement community embarks on a road trip—in a vintage Mustang convertible, no less - which quickly turns into an adventure of second chances, fresh starts, and the discovery that love is never a landmark in the rearview mirror. No matter what the odometer reads, as long as there’s gas in the tank, there are always still new roads to explore... plenty of miles left yet.
Christmas at Ruby’s Christmas / Reminiscence
christmas at ruby's cover
Welcome to Ruby’s, where the Christmas spirit is alive and well.
Ruby’s Place (the classy family-friendly nightspot that once lit the night sky in the tiny fictional town of Sullivan, Missouri) is no more—closed for decades—but that doesn’t keep those who once shared an eggnog or plate of homemade marshmallows from remembering the tinsel-wrapped moments Ruby’s supplied come Christmas. On a snowy holiday evening, feeling a bit down on her luck, a middle-aged Angela finds herself back at Ruby’s, staring through its foggy, grimy window to remember the Christmases she spent there with her favorite aunt as a child. Could the best Christmas present of all simply be spending one last moment with that special loved one, in a place where memories were born? At Ruby’s, it seems, the “spirits” are not confined to just the dusty liquors behind the bar, and such a Christmas wish might not be made in vain.
All Roads Thanksgiving / Family / Dogs
Do all roads really lead us home?
Twenty years ago, Louisa’s twin disappeared. Twenty years ago, Jesse entered the foster care system under a mysterious set of circumstances. Just days before Thanksgiving, the two cross paths, both claiming to own the same dog. Questions and strange coincidences quickly begin to mount. Is Jesse just another scam artist out to prey on a family’s long-held hopes? Is Louisa so overly suspicious that she can’t see a miracle staring her in the face? They’ll never guess who holds the key to it all...
All Roads Cover
Tangles Love Poems
Award-winning author Holly Schindler has channeled her love of lyrical writing, metaphors, and wordplay into a unique collection of love poems that range from joyful first encounters to heart-wrenching loss. As a young music teacher, Schindler often dabbled in songwriting, and her poetic turns of phrases have been sprinkled throughout her work from the beginning. Tangles is the first of what she hopes will be many book—length journeys into the expressive, melodic world of poetry.
**Includes book club discussion questions.**
Holly Schindler
The Ruby’s Place Christmas Collection
Christmas at Ruby’s, I Remember You, Sentimental Journey, and The Gift That Is Ruby’s Place
I Remember You: A Ruby’s Place Novel Christmas / First Love
Welcome to the Grand Reopening of Ruby’s Place
Rob & Geena 4Ever 1987 - words carved into a sidewalk square in Sullivan, Missouri. Today, Rob and Geena have become little more than hazily remembered small-town gossip, a sweet story of first love between the high school bad boy and the smartest girl in the class. At least, until Professor Geena Barister returns home after her father’s heart attack. Now, with so much time and distance having passed between them, it will take nothing short of a miracle to get the two to even speak again. As luck would have it, though, Ruby’s Place is about to reopen. Ruby’s, where the “spirits” are more than the dusty liquors in bottles behind the bar, and reunions of the heart are encouraged—no charge. For Rob and Geena (and anyone in Sullivan who enters the bar on its wintry opening night), love promises to be the specialty served on the house, while the endearing refrain of  “I Remember You” plays on…
The Art of the Kiss Literary
Taken in a flash at the beginning of their life together, Sharon Minyard’s portrait of herself and her husband, Michael, hangs on her studio wall as a testament to the possibility of love. Once drawing crowds to gaze in wonder, it has since become all but forgotten—until a young photographer, an old camera, and a bit of magic disturb the dust, setting in motion events that will revive its meaning… Showing—in black and white—that in a town named Fairyland, the dream of forever is but a snapshot away.
Can you have more than one happily ever after?
Sentimental Journey: A Christmas at Ruby’s Place Christmas / Memory Lane / Historical Fiction
This Christmas Eve, Ruby’s Place is in danger.
Can the ghosts of Christmases past save the old supper club, paving the way for a long-awaited love reunion? Will it take more than mistletoe and memories of a speakeasy? Will it take a touch of holiday magic?…
Or, read the entire Ruby’s Place Christmas Collection in a single download:
Journey with me to tiny Sullivan, Missouri and unwrap an unexpected gift…
Welcome to Christmas Eve at Ruby’s Place, a nightspot where memories of yesterday come alive. Where one night a year, the past and the present bump headlong into the future. Where beginnings and endings circulate through mystery and the magic of love. Meet the establishment’s current owner, Angela, its first owner, Frankie, and Ruby herself. Get to know the happy hour regulars whose presence is the stuff of quiet speculation. Revisit the Christmas within yourself.
Playing Hurt New Adult / First Love / Sports Romance
It’s hard to get back in the game—of life or love—when you’re still playing hurt.
Once, she was a small-town celebrity. One of the most talented high school basketball players her hometown had ever seen. Bound for something far bigger beyond the city limits of Fair Grove, Missouri. But Chelsea’s world changed when an accident on the court ended her days as an athlete. She struggles with the idea of no longer being a star—and has no real idea what life might hold for her next. Once, he was a small-town celebrity. One of the most talented hockey players his hometown had ever seen. Bound for something far bigger beyond the city limits of Baudette, Minnesota. When an unexpected tragedy took his head out of the game, Clint was forced to hang up his skates. He swore he’d never put himself in a position to be hurt again, building walls around his heart. When their paths cross one summer at a Minnesota lake resort, Chelsea and Clint are immediately drawn to one another. But wounds of the heart cut the deepest, and take the longest to heal. Will an unexpected romance end up causing Chelsea and Clint more pain—or finally heal their heartbreak?
A bit of background: You might occasionally bump into a paperback edition of Playing Hurt with a different cover. Playing Hurt was actually the second book I ever released, back in 2011; the novel received positive trade reviews and counted fellow authors Miranda Kenneally and Jennifer Armentrout among its initial fans. As it often goes in the world of publishing, the rights to Playing Hurt have reverted back to me, which means I’ve re-released it—with a new cover as well as new, never-before-read scenes! I’ve also chosen to re-release the book as a contemporary / new adult sports romance, rather than a YA, which is how the book was originally categorized. The main characters’ ages (18 and 19) and the heat level of the book make it better suited for a slightly older audience. Playing Hurt has always had a special place in my heart, and I am delighted to now offer this updated version of the novel, in e-book, paperback, and hardback editions.
Funny Meeting You Here: 6 Shorts Humor / Short Stories
Cross paths. Bump into. Encounter. Come face-to-face. Three cheers for the happy accident!
Oftentimes, the very best part of a story is the section in which the characters meet. The initial spark. The twists of fate. The you’ll never believe what happened to me todays. That’s what you’ll find here: a delightful array of characters—young and old and in-between—meeting for the first time in the most unexpected ways. Six light, humorous, sweet tales of how they came into one another’s lives. When you’re through, you’ll find yourself feeling glad to have spent time with them. Yes, you’ll think, thumbing back through the pages, funny meeting them here. Silly and short, a quick read to chuckle through.
The Gift That Is Ruby’s Place Christmas / Series Finale
What is the true story of Ruby’s Place?
For years, gossip has swirled throughout the small Missouri town of Sullivan. “Something strange going on out there at Ruby’s,” they say. Ruby’s Place is no mere bar. Why? The ghosts of Christmases past are all still inside. Ruby’s still there, too, decades after her own passing. Nobody ever ran that bar quite like Ruby, after all. And nobody—not even Angela, the bar’s current owner—would be able to bring the old regulars back like Ruby can, with nothing more than a rattle of her cocktail shaker. Yes, the people of Sullivan whisper, behind the red neon sign at Ruby’s Place, “spirits” refers to far more than the top-shelf liquors. On Christmas Eve, you can see them all for yourself. Spend one last moment with your own special loved one, a face you thought you’d lost forever. Wouldn’t the best Christmas present be one last chance to right wrongs? Hold that special someone’s hand? Say, “I love you” one more time? But perhaps, as is often the case with gossip, this is nothing but a silly rumor. What is the truth behind Ruby’s Place? And what is the true story of Angela, the bar’s current owner? Journey to a snow-covered Sullivan this Christmas to find out…
Forever Finley An Episodic Novel
Each episode or stand-alone story can also be purchased individually from Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, and B&N
One Fateful Christmas Eve Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Is the magic of Christmas Eve enough to change Mallory’s mind and heart?
Miles Left Yet Contemporary Fiction / Boomer Lit / Leterary Humor
It’s Never the End of the Road
Copyright © 2020 HollySchindler.com. All Rights Reserved
Follow Me Online
Forever Love in the Town of Finley
HollyBannerText christmas at ruby's cover
All Roads Thanksgiving / Family / Dogs
Do all roads really lead us home?
All Roads Cover
Award-winning author Holly Schindler has channeled her love of lyrical writing, metaphors, and wordplay into a unique collection of love poems that range from joyful first encounters to heartwrenching loss.  As a young music teacher, Schindler often dabbled in songwriting, and her poetic turns of phrases have been sprinkled throughout her work from the beginning. Tangles is the first of what she hopes will be many booklength journeys into the expressive, melodic world of poetry.
Tangles Love Poems
**Includes book club discussion questions.**
The Ruby’s Place Christmas Collection
Rob & Geena 4Ever 1987 - words carved into a sidewalk square in Sullivan, Missouri.  Today, Rob and Geena have become little more than hazily remembered small-town gossip, a sweet story of first love between the high school bad boy and the smartest girl in the class. At least, until Professor Geena Barister returns home after her father’s heart attack. Now, with so much time and distance having passed between them, it will take nothing short of a miracle to get the two to even speak again. As luck would have it, though, Ruby’s Place is about to reopen. Ruby’s, where the “spirits” are more than the dusty liquors in bottles behind the bar, and reunions of the heart are encouraged—no charge. For Rob and Geena (and anyone in Sullivan who enters the bar on its wintry opening night), love promises to be the specialty served on the house, while the endearing refrain of  “I Remember You” plays on…
Ruby’s Place (the classy family-friendly nightspot that once lit the night sky in the tiny fictional town of Sullivan, Missouri) is no more closed for decades but that doesn’t keep those who once shared an eggnog or plate of homemade marshmallows from remembering the tinsel-wrapped moments Ruby’s supplied come Christmas. On a snowy holiday evening, feeling a bit down on her luck, a middle-aged Angela finds herself back at Ruby’s, staring through its foggy, grimy window to remember the Christmases she spent there with her favorite aunt as a child. Could the best Christmas present of all simply be spending one last moment with that special loved one, in a place where memories were born? At Ruby’s, it seems, the “spirits” are not confined to just the dusty liquors behind the bar, and such a Christmas wish might not be made in vain
Twenty years ago, Louisa’s twin disappeared. Twenty years ago, Jesse entered the foster care system under a mysterious set of circumstances. Just days before Thanksgiving, the two cross paths, both claiming to own the same dog. Questions and strange coincidences quickly begin to mount. Is Jesse just another scam artist out to prey on a family’s long-held hopes? Is Louisa so overly suspicious that she can’t see a miracle staring her in the face? They’ll never guess who holds the key to it all...
True love never dies. So begins the legend of Amos Hargrove, a brave Civil War soldier who survived battle and returned home only to learn his beloved had died before they could marry. His spirit, some say, still pervades the town he founded and named after his long-lost sweetheart, gone far too soon. Today, in the town of Finley, dreams come true, love blossoms, and second chances are unearthed. Is Amos’s spirit truly at work, granting wishes as he continues to search for the girl he never stopped loving? Does his unfulfilled desire continue to have influence on those who call Finley home? What will it take to finally reunite two souls meant to be together? Forever Finley is a novel constructed of stand-alone “episodes,” each building toward a final dramatic conclusion, weaving past and present threads into a single tale of loss and perseverance, the strength of the human spirit, and the ability of love to endure…forever.
Mallory Stewart is an on-the-rise young editor certain she’s about to land a position at one of the “Big Five” publishing houses.  All she has to do to clinch the deal is attend her prospective boss’s Christmas Eve party.  But Graham Kendall, the charismatic author of a bestselling book on fate, insists her plans are about to be thwarted. Mallory immediately discounts Dr. Kendall’s warnings. Though she edited his book, the industrious Mallory believes in hard work rather than luck or good fortune. When a series of devastating Christmas Eve misadventures conspire against her, Mallory is forced to reexamine everything—her beliefs, her dreams, her own definition of success.  What will Mallory choose? What will she discover—about Graham, about her own destiny, even about… a man’s socks? (Yes, socks.)
None of them really expected to wind up at the Granite Ridge Retirement Community for Active Seniors. And yet, here they are—Jim arriving after his wife’s unexpected passing, Norma after selling her home to rescue her financially strapped daughter, and Mildred after her lifelong neighborhood becomes overrun by crime. It’s an odd place to be, for sure—put out to pasture, some might phrase it. At the end of life’s road. And yet, inside, they all still feel as young as ever. When a figure from Mildred’s past emerges, a motley crew from the retirement community embarks on a road trip - in a vintage Mustang convertible, no less - which quickly turns into an adventure of second chances, fresh starts, and the discovery that love is never a landmark in the rearview mirror. No matter what the odometer reads, as long as there’s gas in the tank, there are always still new roads to explore... plenty of miles left yet.
The Art of the Kiss Literary
Taken in a flash at the beginning of their life together, Sharon Minyard’s portrait of herself and her husband, Michael, hangs on her studio wall as a testament to the possibility of love. Once drawing crowds to gaze in wonder, it has since become all but forgotten—until a young photographer, an old camera, and a bit of magic disturb the dust, setting in motion events that will revive its meaning… Showing—in black and white—that in a town named Fairyland, the dream of forever is but a snapshot away.
Can you have more than one happily ever after?
Christmas at Ruby’s, I Remember You, Sentimental Journey, and The Gift That Is Ruby’s Place
Sentimental Journey: A Christmas at Ruby’s Place Christmas / Memory Lane / Historical Fiction
This Christmas Eve, Ruby’s Place is in danger.
Can the ghosts of Christmases past save the old supper club, paving the way for a long-awaited love reunion? Will it take more than mistletoe and memories of a speakeasy? Will it take a touch of holiday magic?…
Or, read the entire Ruby’s Place Christmas Collection in a single download:
Journey with me to tiny Sullivan, Missouri and unwrap an unexpected gift…
Welcome to Christmas Eve at Ruby’s Place, a nightspot where memories of yesterday come alive. Where one night a year, the past and the present bump headlong into the future. Where beginnings and endings circulate through mystery and the magic of love. Meet the establishment’s current owner, Angela, its first owner, Frankie, and Ruby herself. Get to know the happy hour regulars whose presence is the stuff of quiet speculation. Revisit the Christmas within yourself.
I Remember You: A Ruby’s Place Novel Christmas / First Love
Welcome to the Grand Reopening of Ruby’s Place
Christmas at Ruby’s Christmas / Reminiscence
Welcome to Ruby’s, where the Christmas spirit is alive and well.
Playing Hurt New Adult / First Love / Sports Romance
It’s hard to get back in the game—of life or love—when you’re still playing hurt.
Once, she was a small-town celebrity. One of the most talented high school basketball players her hometown had ever seen. Bound for something far bigger beyond the city limits of Fair Grove, Missouri. But Chelsea’s world changed when an accident on the court ended her days as an athlete. She struggles with the idea of no longer being a star —and has no real idea what life might hold for her next. Once, he was a small-town celebrity. One of the most talented hockey players his hometown had ever seen. Bound for something far bigger beyond the city limits of Baudette, Minnesota. When an unexpected tragedy took his head out of the game, Clint was forced to hang up his skates. He swore he’d never put himself in a position to be hurt again, building walls around his heart. When their paths cross one summer at a Minnesota lake resort, Chelsea and Clint are immediately drawn to one another. But wounds of the heart cut the deepest, and take the longest to heal. Will an unexpected romance end up causing Chelsea and Clint more pain—or finally heal their heartbreak?
A bit of background: You might occasionally bump into a paperback edition of Playing Hurt with a different cover.  Playing Hurt was actually the second book I ever released, back in 2011; the novel received positive trade reviews and counted fellow authors Miranda Kenneally and Jennifer Armentrout among its initial fans. As it often goes in the world of publishing, the rights to Playing Hurt have reverted back to me, which means I’ve re-released it—with a new cover as well as new, never-before-read scenes! I’ve also chosen to re-release the book as a contemporary / new adult sports romance, rather than a YA, which is how the book was originally categorized.  The main characters’ ages (18 and 19) and the heat level of the book make it better suited for a slightly older audience. Playing Hurt has always had a special place in my heart, and I am delighted to now offer this updated version of the novel, in e-book, paperback, and hardback editions.
Funny Meeting You Here: 6 Shorts Humor / Short Stories
Cross paths. Bump into. Encounter. Come face-to-face. Three cheers for the happy accident!
Oftentimes, the very best part of a story is the section in which the characters meet.  The initial spark. The twists of fate. The you’ll never believe what happened to me todays. That’s what you’ll find here: a delightful array of characters-young and old and in-between-meeting for the first time in the most unexpected ways.  Six light, humorous, sweet tales of how they came into one another’s lives.  When you’re through, you’ll find yourself feeling glad to have spent time with them. Yes, you’ll think, thumbing back through the pages, funny meeting them here. Silly and short, a quick read to chuckle through.
The Gift That Is Ruby’s Place Christmas / Series Finale
What is the true story of Ruby’s Place?
For years, gossip has swirled throughout the small Missouri town of Sullivan.  “Something strange going on out there at Ruby’s,” they say. Ruby’s Place is no mere bar. Why? The ghosts of Christmases past are all still inside. Ruby’s still there, too, decades after her own passing. Nobody ever ran that bar quite like Ruby, after all. And nobody—not even Angela, the bar’s current owner—would be able to bring the old regulars back like Ruby can, with nothing more than a rattle of her cocktail shaker. Yes, the people of Sullivan whisper, behind the red neon sign at Ruby’s Place, “spirits” refers to far more than the top-shelf liquors. On Christmas Eve, you can see them all for yourself. Spend one last moment with your own special loved one, a face you thought you’d lost forever. Wouldn’t the best Christmas present be one last chance to right wrongs? Hold that special someone’s hand? Say, “I love you” one more time? But perhaps, as is often the case with gossip, this is nothing but a silly rumor.  What is the truth behind Ruby’s Place? And what is the true story of Angela, the bar’s current owner? Journey to a snow-covered Sullivan this Christmas to find out…