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Monday, September 23, 2013

Make Mine a Double
When the Volstead Act went into effect in January, 1920, it sparked a whole new industry—one of bootleggers, rum runners, and speakeasies. Not to mention it fueled the rise of "gangstas" and marked the beginning of one of the most exciting eras in our American history—The Roarin' Twenties.

Although he was only a youngster at the time, my father had fond memories of his teenage years living in a small New York village. He would often regale us with stories of the men in dark suits who collected weekly "donations" from shop-keepers, and the side alley entrances to buildings that were frequented at night. I won't question whether any or all of his tales were true, but I know that if he were alive today, he would have thoroughly enjoyed reading
The Whiskey Tide by M. Ruth Myers, a prolific storyteller in her own right.

I spent an enjoyable two evenings plying the eastern seaboard with its main protagonist, socialite Kate Hinshaw, as she defied the law and her own inner nature to smuggled cases of "the good stuff" into the country from Canada—all for the sake of saving her family from poverty. Of course, there is a love interest, as well as some interesting characters, in the true sense of the word; some downright nasty, others rather quite charming.

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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,