BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Local author Bill Lockwood’s third historical fiction novel, “Ms. Anna,” will have its local premier reading and book signing event at Village Square Booksellers, 34 The Square, in Bellows Falls at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20. A resident of southeastern Vermont and Bellows Falls since 1992 he has recently moved to North Walpole. His first two novels, “Buried Gold” and “Megan of the Mists,” were sell out events when they were also premiered at Village Square Booksellers.
His first novel was set in rural Long Island, N.Y. in the 1980s when a granddaughter tracks down a fortune in gold coins buried in a raid during Prohibition times of the 1920s. His second is set first in the completely different world of Northern Ireland during “the troubles” of the 1970s and later in a Long Island Irish bar. The new book is set mostly in early 1990s Puerto Rico.
Anna, a twenty-something college graduate, is without a job comparable to her education. She works as a part-time bartender and also as pilot of her father’s fishing boat in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, a city proclaiming itself “the tuna canning capital of the world” in the 1990s. Max is an academic who was maybe once in the CIA. He is a member of a staid, wealthy New England lobstering family that has branched out to buy one of the Mayaguez tuna plants. When word reaches them (thanks to Anna) of some “fishy” activities regarding their latest acquisition, they send Max to investigate. Anna and Max would rather find out more about each other, but in no time they are embroiled in a high-seas smuggling run, tracked by the U.S. Coast Guard. The bad guy has an assault rifle in his trombone case, so it’s not your parents’ Caribbean cruise – romance will have to wait.
Lockwood is also a freelance writer. Having visited Puerto Rico in the 1990s, he is concerned about the continuing situation there. A dollar from each book sold at the reading will be donated to Puerto Rico hurricane relief.
Paperback copies of all his books will be available at Village Square Booksellers during the event. Patrons are encouraged to call ahead and reserve copies 802-463–9404. Paperback and electronic reader copies can be ordered through the publisher, the Wild Rose Press, www.thewildrosepress.com or through Amazon.