Elizabeth Daleiden on Trial

Ron Fritsch

“I used to have one son I loved with all my heart. Now I have two.”

In this LGBTQ courtroom thriller set in the late 1970s, a politically ambitious state’s attorney charges Elizabeth Daleiden with the murders of her father and two elderly neighbors in the 1950s. Her trial threatens to blow the lid off her Illinois farming community’s darkest secrets
Read more

About the author

Ron Fritsch lives in Chicago with his partner of many years, David Darling.Fritsch is the author of the award-winning four-novel epic LGBTQ Promised Valley series set in prehistory: Promised Valley Rebellion, Promised Valley War, Promised Valley Conspiracy and Promised Valley Peace.

Read more

Reviews

Loading...

Additional Information

Publisher
Ron Fritsch
Read more
Published on
Jul 30, 2016
Read more
Pages
235
Read more
ISBN
9780997882902
Read more
Features
Read more
Read more
Language
English
Read more
Genres
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Read more
Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
Read more
Read Aloud
Available on Android devices
Read more

Reading information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.

eReaders and other devices

To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.
Ron Fritsch


In Ron Fritsch’s four
Promised Valley novels, prehistoric farmers inhabit a fertile river valley they
believe their gods promised them in return for their good behavior and
obedience. Their enemies, hunters roaming the mostly barren hills beyond the mountains
enclosing the valley, believe their gods gave it to them.



In the first book in
the series, Promised Valley Rebellion, one farmer, who has just come of age and wishes to “go with”
another man, secretly meets a young hunter who goes with men. They become
lovers.



Both peoples are
pleased that men who go with men, as well as women who go with women, live
among them. Since they don’t have children of their own, they can contribute
their time and efforts to the betterment of their people in other ways, such as
parenting orphans and abandoned children, remembering and retelling the stories
handed down to them by their gods and ancestors, hearing disputes in place of
the king, and fighting in the front ranks in their armies.



Both peoples also,
though, view consorting with an enemy as high treason.



In Promised Valley
War, the second book in the series, the youthful farmer and hunter who
knowingly commit treason every moment they spend together, along with others
among their peoples most curious about their “eternal” enemies and most willing
to treat them as their equals, nevertheless set the stage for what they’ve
feared more than anything else: another horrifying war.



Joseph Yurt for Reader Views says:
“It is the story’s prehistoric setting that provides the basis for the
intellectual question which binds the Promised Valley books together: ‘Could
civilization and history, with their countless heaven-sanctioned wars and
genocides, have begun differently?’ With that as his touchstone, Fritsch
thoughtfully and compassionately offers answers through the story and its
characters.



“In writing this
multi-faceted novel, Fritch masterfully layers and blends several literary
devices—intellectual twists and turns, enigma, allegory and parable—to create a
story rendered in both intricate detail and simple wisdom. Even through the
vivid telling of epic war and death, Fritsch employs both fantasy and
genuineness to connect with and uplift the reader.



“While Promised
Valley War is an adventurous tale on its surface, it is not what it seems
to be; it is much more. For me it was a book of revelations. For anyone who has
never lost their child’s heart and imagination, Promised Valley War will compel them to consider all that the book
has to say to them. That’s what unforgettable books do.”



Kirkus says: “The author’s well-rendered
descriptions of the creeping onslaught of war and winter give the reader a
visceral feel for the endangered paradise that can occur despite the best
intentions of the best people, and readers will be surprised by the twists he
gives his tale. Alongside the careful plotting and natural-sounding dialogue,
there’s a refreshing amount of deeper resonances in the Promised Valley series,
a steady undercurrent of commentary of the present day. The treatment of the
young hero Blue Sky’s attraction to other men, for instance, is straightforward
but nonconfrontational, and characters at several points grapple with their
society’s primitive theology. ‘Could gods who were good-hearted … allow humans
to go to war with one another?’ the narrative at one point asks. ‘[I]f they,
like humans, had no choice in the matter, why did humans call them gods?’ The
novel will leave readers eager to find out what happens next in Promised
Valley. Luckily, Fritsch has plans to add two more volumes to the series. A
captivating novel that will transport readers back to prehistory times—while
reminding them of their own.”



Promised Valley War is the first-place winner in the
Gay/Lesbian Fiction category of the
2011 Reader Views literary awards competition.



Promised Valley War is the winner of the bronze medal in
the Literary Fiction category of the
2011 eLit Book Awards competition.



Promised Valley War is the winner of a finalist medal in
Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Fiction category of the
2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards competition.



Promised Valley War is the winner of the silver medal in
the Action Fiction category of the
2012 Readers Favorite Award
competition
.



Promised Valley War is a finalist in the Gay & Lesbian
& Transgender Fiction category of the
2012 National Indie
Excellence Awards competition
.



Ron Fritsch


Promised
Valley Peace

is the fourth and last novel in Ron Fritsch’s allegorical Promised Valley
series. The conspirators and their allies from the first three novels give up
on the gods, whose existence many of them doubt, and discover how to use horses
in warfare. They prepare to employ them in a last battle to bring the
prehistoric enemy hunters and farmers together as one people in a “new kingdom”
and end warfare between them forever. Individuals who partner with persons of
the same gender are once again in the front lines, risking their lives for
their peoples.



The first three novels—Promised Valley Rebellion, Promised Valley War, and Promised Valley Conspiracy—have won a
number of awards.



Reviewers have included these comments
about the series.



Reader Views: “It’s the
story’s prehistoric setting that provides the basis for the intellectual
question which binds the Promised Valley books together: ‘Could civilization
and history, with their countless heaven-sanctioned wars and genocides, have
begun differently?’ With that as his touchstone, Fritsch thoughtfully and
compassionately offers answers through the story and its characters. While it’s
an adventurous tale on its surface, it’s not what it seems to be; it’s much
more. For me it was a book of revelations. For anyone who has never lost their
child’s heart and imagination, Promised
Valley War will compel them to consider all that the book has to say to
them. That’s what unforgettable books do.”



Kirkus: “The author’s
well-rendered descriptions of the creeping onslaught of war give the reader a
visceral feel for the endangered paradise that can occur despite the best
intentions of the best people, and readers will be surprised by the twists he
gives his tale. Alongside the careful plotting and natural-sounding dialogue,
there's a refreshing amount of deeper resonances in the Promised Valley series,
a steady undercurrent of commentary on the present day.”



Feathered Quill: “An
imaginative and well-crafted piece of fiction, featuring plenty of action and
unexpected twists and turns. The suspenseful battles, sweeping scenery, and
interpersonal drama would undoubtedly be a satisfying mix on the big screen.
Are you listening, Hollywood?”



Ron Fritsch


Promised
Valley Conspiracy

is the third novel in Ron Fritsch’s four-book prehistoric Promised Valley
series. Fritsch continues to ask if history and civilization, which prehistory
gave birth to, could’ve begun differently.



US Review of Books: “There is a
traditional, epic tone to the book that is reminiscent of Homer’s Iliad or Odyssey. It is a story whose firm, relentless action is the
narrative drive of this novel. It fascinates with pages filled with excitement
and drama. Fritsch’s world is one filled with wondrous surprises, where there
are no damaging thoughts among the people toward same-sex unions. It’s
refreshing to see the disappearance of negative cultural trappings found in
today’s world.”



Kirkus: Promised Valley Conspiracy “explores the
ongoing conflict between the valley people, who are prosperous farmers
occupying all the richest Promised Valley lands, and the hill people, who
inhabit the sparser uplands and live bitterly, believing that their gods
promised the valley and its comforts to them. Since the valley people have a
similar belief about themselves, a state of dangerous friction exists between
the two groups. Savage warfare and desperate diplomacy marked the
well-orchestrated events of the first two books, and tensions continue to boil
to the surface in this volume. These books continue to be an intelligent and
involving look at the personal sacrifices of making war and keeping peace.”



Reader Views: “The author’s
creativity in writing a series such as this is to be admired. I noticed as the
two different peoples learned to see similarities amongst their differences, it
is the same in our world today. Lack of understanding of the beliefs of others
creates a disconnection and fear among people. Learning to understand and respect
the differences makes for a better world whether it is prehistoric or current.
There are many valuable lessons to be learned in this story.”



Feathered Quill: “I highly
recommend the captivating and interesting Promised Valley series. Quill says: A
thought-provoking tale of intrigue and ‘what ifs’ had life played out in
Promised Valley fashion.”



©2018 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.