New Novel Follows One Man’s Search To Find His Life’s Meaning In Midst Civil War

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Author J.J. Zerr demonstrates how moving forward can be dragged down by the past

Can previous mistakes be left in the past, or does every terrible choice define who we are? For author J.J. Zerr, and his protagonist, Emerson Sharp, the past is never truly dead. He explores this concept with his historical novel, “Guerilla Bride.”

“Guerilla Bride” chronicles the unpredictable and turbulent life of of Emerson Sharp. His humble beginnings start on a simple Indiana farm, a ranch hand to his father and a slave to his demands. Sharp refuses to obey his father’s wishes of marrying the neighbor’s daughter and flees to Illinois with a vengeful hunting party on his trail.

He escapes and lands himself in the middle of the Civil War. Sharp aligns himself with a Quantrill guerilla fighter and participates in a stagecoach holdup, labeling him a wanted man. This battle-worn man is desperate for a quiet life in the West with the woman of his dreams, but is salvation possible after such a ravaged past?

“Emerson Sharp is on a mission to define who he is and his own code of morals,” Zerr said. “What he learns – and I hope readers pick up on – is that the past impacts who we are. Guerilla Bride shows our previous actions say something about who we are. They cannot – and should not – be forgotten.”

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“Guerilla Bride”
By J.J. Zerr
ISBN: 9781532027765 (hardcover) 9781532027741 (softcover) 9781532027758 (ebook)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iUniverse

About the author
In 1959, J. J. Zerr began a 36-year career in the Navy, during which he completed two tours on destroyers. After joining the aviation community, he flew 320 combat missions over Vietnam. Across his Navy career, he accumulated 1,017 carrier landings. Following the service, he worked in the aerospace industry for 11 years. He began his third career with the publication of “The Ensign Locker” in 2010. His degrees include a BS in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and a MS in aeronautical engineering from the US Navy Postgraduate School. He and his wife Karen currently reside in Missouri. Zerr is also the author of the following books, “The Happy Life of Preston Katt,” “Noble Deeds,” “The Ensign Locker” and “Sunday Town Duty Station.”

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