Southern Historical Novels by Steven D. Ayres
This is an American Civil War novel, about young Steven Jett, his four older brothers, sister, mother and father, living on a small farm near Salt Springs, Georgia, just west of Atlanta in the middle 1800’s. From humble beginnings, this story takes you on a real life adventure, as the great war ravages across the country-side of North Georgia and changes the lives of these and all Americans forever.
We Danced Until Dawn is the sequel to the l800’s family saga of Fallow Are the Fields. After the tragic and triumphant end of the American Civil War, a new beginning took hold all across America and changed the lives of Steven Jett and his family once again. It is a happy story filled with intrigue, historical events, and wondrous new things. The turn of the century and early l900’s would never be the same.
This book completes the trilogy and takes you back home to the old farm where it all began in 1846.
About the Author
STEVEN D. AYRES, known as “Steve” to his many friends, has lived most of his life in the country around Salt Springs, Georgia. Now Lithia Springs, and once known to the Indians as Deer Lick, it has been the home of the author for over half a century now. Born in Atlanta, at the age of five, his family moved to the old farm just three miles west of Lithia Springs where much of this story takes place. The surrounding area is rich in history, especially about the Civil War, including the ante-bellum house in which the author was reared. As a boy he played in the creeks and fields, climbed Kennesaw Mountain, and went horseback riding and camping at Factory Shoals and the ruins of Manchester Mill. For four years he did re-enacting as a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War Centennial celebration, making all his own equipment and uniforms. Later, as an adult, he attended and graduated from Emory University, where he developed a close friendship to Professor Dr. Bell Irvin Wiley, noted historian and author. After studying law for another year, the author entered the family real estate business. Within several years, he had earned his Broker’s license and soon took over the family business. Among other things, at the age of twenty-five, he was elected as President of the Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and a few years later as the President of the West Georgia Board of Realtors and serving as a State Director. Business, family, and history has kept him busy these many years as well as his avocation as an artist, also playing the guitar and sometimes performing at the local Cedar Grove Bluegrass get together on Tuesday evenings. Recently he took up learning the fiddle. He is also a licensed private pilot and currently owns a 1947 Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser Taildragger. This is his third novel and completes the trilogy of Fallow Are the Fields and We Danced Until Dawn. He has three grown, married children and three grand-children. He and his wife, Beth, still live on the family farm just west of Lithia Springs, Georgia.