Allie Gold, her sister, Heather, and Tex Rainwater are lifelong friends bound by a love for one another, the land, and seething contempt for the Gold-N Corporation. When Allie is offered a high paying job at Gold-N, she remembers how King Mithridates defeated the Roman Army by placing chunks of mad honeycomb along the soldiers’ path, making them intoxicated and easy prey for slaughter. With the legend of Mithridates fueling her on, she accepts the job and enlists the help of Tex, Heather, and Doc, Heather’s boyfriend, to find a way to bring down the Gold-N empire. Join them on their quest for revenge with a fast-paced, wild ride through the Central Valley, shattering dreams, tarnishing reputations, and finding fortune along the way.
About the Author
Tanya Nichols is the author of three works of fiction: Stinger, co-written with Bill McEwen, The Circle Game, and The Barber’s Wife. Her work has appeared in North Carolina Literary Review, Sycamore Review, In the Grove, and San Joaquin Review. Nichols received her MFA in fiction writing from Fresno State University where she now teaches writing and literature courses. She also serves as the coordinator of the Young Writers' Conference, a creative writing conference for high school students of central California.
Bill McEwen's journalism career spans nearly 45 years. During that time, his byline has become one of the most recognized and respected in California. McEwen is the author of one work of fiction, Stinger, and It's a Dry Heat, a collection of Fresno Bee columns that became a local best-seller. He and his wife, Karen, live in Fresno, California, with a pair of rambunctious herding dogs.
“A lively, engaging, and deeply knowledgeable romp through business and family intrigue in the Central Valley. Both Nichols and McEwen are talented, accomplished writers on their own, but in Stinger, they make a great and seamless team.”
-- Liza Wieland, author of Paris 7 a.m.
“Stinger is taut and colorful, a tale well-told by Nichols and McEwen, both of whom know every corner of the Valley and every secret hidden there. The landscape and the characters who inhabit it come alive in these pages.”
-- Steve Yarbrough, author of The Unmade World
“Highway 99 runs right through the San Joaquin Valley’s heart – which is where you’ll find Stinger. This is a letter of crazy stupid love to California’s most intriguing regions, a literal land of milk and honey. It’s also a page-turning caper about the things that really matter: life, liberty and the pursuit of water.”
-- Joe Mathews, author and Connecting California columnist