A rainy night in the Florida Keys changed Selma's life forever.
Slipping out of bed to go and check on their boat, Selma's husband, Ware, never returns. Finding his bloodied body a few hours later, she seeks answers.
Trying to continue their lobster fishing business alone, Selma becomes embroiled in a poaching scheme, in the transporting of illegal Cubans to US waters, and with the CIA.
Two very different men enter her life. Selma learns who she is and knows she must make a final decision for her daughter and herself.
Finding herself alone for the first time in her life and suddenly responsible for making all the decisions for herself and her daughter, Selma embarks on a life changing course.
This story is set in the Florida Keys in the early sixties during the turmoil of the Cuban crises and the heroine of this story finds herself caught up in the middle of it as she becomes the pawn of the CIA.
Her innocence and lack of experience keeps her going from one turmoil to another; fighting to stay on top.
The two men that enter her life are very different. The feelings she has for them are equally as different.
She has to allow herself to grow and become the independant woman she wants to be.
"Selma, this is Edwards, get set,we will be seeing you in two days. Prepare to be gone at least three," he said, speaking as if they were old friends about to plan a holiday together.
"You are nuts!" she responded. "I don't now nor will I ever take orders from you!"
"Yes, yes you do, you belong to the Feds now. Don't forget, we know all about you. Right now we need you, O.K. so get things ready and we will be in touch."
With a light click the line went dead.
Woodruff County News
Arkansas author has
break-out novel published
What does a young widow do when her husband is suddenly and
cruelly taken out of her life? This is the decision the heroine of this novel
must make -- continue their fishing business or sell out. Thats the
question that Ila Clements answers in her story The Lady Lobscouser,
written from her own experiences as a lobster fisherwoman.
I decided to write this story because it would be about a lifestyle
familiar to me, Clements said. I didnt know exactly where it would lead
at the time. I suppose its one of those puns the subconscious makes,
a play on the words Lobcouser and stew. I went straight to the
keyboard and wrote the original story in one week.
Ila Clements moved to Batesville from Florida and works at home. Her
husband, John, is a native of Batesville. She studied creative writing at
the Brevard Community College in Florida. She is currently working
toward marketing several novels and working on a childrens book.
Clements has sold one childrens story.
The Lady Lobscouser was recently released by Amazon.com. To
place orders for the book, go to www.amazon.com. Under books, type
in either the title or name of the author. The book may also be purchased
in Batesville at Hastings and Paper Chase after Sept. 13 and 18,
To arrange a book signing or interview, contact Ila M. Clements at 870-
612-8155 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Book signings will be held Sept. 13,
2:30- 5 p.m., at Hastings Books Store, 2360 Harrison St., Batesville, and
another signing will be held at Paper Chase Book Store 4-6 p.m. Sept
18, 136 W. Main St., Batesville.
Book Donations Needed
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