Arnco by Ben Muse
Jake Brigham, a wildly successful first time author is drowning in the undertow of his newfound success. After years of "winning," he realizes he has only lost--a beloved mother, a marriage, even his ability to create. Eventually, he leaves the demands of New York and returns to a place once close to his heart: Arnco, a dying Georgia mill village. He rebuilds his life, and his passion returns, for words, and for a childhood friend.
Allie Tanner, a widowed, single mother, has been fighting demons since the day she was born. Her entire life has been a struggle-- with an alcoholic father, her own health problems, the death of her husband, and the constant worry that she may never be able to protect the one thing that means the most: her daughter Grace.
Jake ignites the spark of hope within her, and she within him. And each for very different reasons. When circumstances from their past collide with their present, will their hopes survive? Will tragedy cause a horrific breakdown or an inspirational destiny?
Ben Muse is the author of Break It, Eager Eaglets: Birds of Play, Killing Chase, and Arnco. A lifetime Georgia native, he was born in Atlanta and now calls Acworth home. He resides there with his wife, children's book author Angela Muse, and their two children, Tyler and Caitlin.
He can't paint, sing, sculpt, or play a musical instrument, so he's decided to write. His hobbies include golf (terrible), traveling (hates to fly), obstacle racing (ugh!) and vacuuming (excels here) and he writes whenever he can: mornings between answering phones, in carpool waiting to pick up kids, and late at night when no one's a stirrin. When he writes, one question is always on his mind: Is this book a good investment of the reader's time? He's just started on Giving Chase, the second book in the Better Off Dead series.