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Bailey Bristol

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Bailey Bristol

While many of you know me as Mary Schwaner, coloratura soprano, graphic artist and IT geek -- and yes, one of you even knows me as Grammie -- Bailey Bristol is the pen name under which I write all my historical and contemporary suspense novels.
As Bailey, I promise to take you to the most amazing places...places you hadn't thought about visiting, to be sure. Whether it's backstage at the opera house in Vienna or at the bottom of a coal shute in Mounthaven, Ohio -- the 1890's or present day -- the characters you will meet are uniquely Bailey's.
Of course, I suppose here's the place that I should warn you that some of Bailey's villains are downright evil, so don't say I caught you offguard when Baron Walr

Steve Harrison's words hit me at the core,
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the gut punches that make my stories sing.
I simply had to share it with you!

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Description: LOVE WILL FOLLOW An American tale of love and peril by Bailey Bristol Kittie Thornton fled in terror after years with the abusive Kansas frontier family that had taken her from the Orphan Train to serve their failing mother. Safe until the mother died, Kittie suffered brutal beatings from the man who now considered her his woman. Jake Kannady fled the carnage at Wounded Knee with a half-breed child on his back, determined to honor the child’s dying father’s last wish: “Find her, Jake. Find my sister.” With murder in his eyes, the son of the depraved Kansas farmer stalks Jake, certain he’ll lead him right to Kittie. After all, she was his woman now that Kittie had killed his old man. Rich with poignant, mystical dream scenes and glimpses of what family can truly be, Bailey Bristol weaves a tail of danger and endurance, loss and depravity, honor and trust...and a love that blurs the lines between hope and the spirit world.
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“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.-Leonard Cohen”
Bailey Bristol, Love Will Follow

“Moonlight does things to a street scene that no other natural or man-made phenomenon can effect. People walk slower, their smiles lingering on contended faces. Horses that usually move along fast enough to stir up the dust off the street plod lazily in the clear, cool night. And in dark corners where people forget to look, the goons come out.”
Bailey Bristol, The Devil's Dime

“Jess Pepper's review of the Avalon Strings:

'In a land so very civilized and modern as ours, it is unpopular to suggest that the mystical isle of Avalon ever truly existed. But I believe I have found proof of it right here in Manhattan.

To understand my reasoning, you must recall first that enchanting tale of a mist-enshrouded isle where medieval women--descended from the gods--spawned heroic men. Most notable among these was the young King Arthur. In their most secret confessions, these mystic heroes acknowledged Avalon, and particularly the music of its maidens, as the source of their power.

Many a school boy has wept reading of Young King Arthur standing silent on the shore as the magical isle disappears from view, shrouded in mist.

The boy longs as Arthur did to leap the bank and pilot his canoe to the distant, singing atoll. To rejoin nymphs who guard in the depths of their water caves the meaning of life. To feel again the power that burns within.

But knowledge fades and memory dims, and schoolboys grow up. As the legend goes, the way became unknown to mortal man. Only woman could navigate the treacherous blanket of white that dipped and swirled at the surface of the water.

And with its fading went also the music of the fabled isle.

Harps and strings that heralded the dawn and incited robed maidens to dance evaporated into the mists of time, and silence ruled.

But I tell you, Kind Reader, that the music of Avalon lives. The spirit that enchanted knights in chain mail long eons ago is reborn in our fair city, in our own small band of fair maids who tap that legendary spirit to make music as the Avalon Strings.

Theirs is no common gift. Theirs is no ordinary sound. It is driven by a fire from within, borne on fingers bloodied by repetition. Minds tormented by a thirst for perfection.

And most startling of all is the voice that rises above, the stunning virtuoso whose example leads her small company to higher planes.
Could any other collection of musicians achieve the heights of this illustrious few? I think not.

I believe, Friends of the City, that when we witnes their performance, as we may almost nightly at the Warwick Hotel, we witness history's gift to this moment in time. And for a few brief moments in the presence of these maids, we witness the fiery spirit that endured and escaped the obliterating mists of Avalon.”
Bailey Bristol, The Devil's Dime

“Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.-Leonard Cohen”
Bailey Bristol, Love Will Follow

“The needle rocked awkwardly and at the end of her beginning rows, Isabel held up her work to show Esperanza. "Mine is all crooked!"

Esperanza smiled and reached over and gently pulled the yarn, unraveling the uneven stitches. Then she looked into Isabel's trusting eyes and said, "Do not ever be afraid to start over.”
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“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
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“Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.”
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message 2: by Caro

Caro Hi Bailey!

Just wanted to ask you when your next book is coming out? I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel to the Samaritan Files Series!
Lots of love,


Bailey Bristol Jillian -always aspiring- wrote: "Thank you for the friend request and the kind words. One of my mottos is that honesty is the best policy, and I'm glad we share that appreciation for candor in others.

I will definitely look into..."

Jillian -always aspiring- wrote: "Thank you for the friend request and the kind words. One of my mottos is that honesty is the best policy, and I'm glad we share that appreciation for candor in others.

I will definitely look into..."

Thank you so much. I would be happy to send an epub or pdf file if you find you are interested in reading the entire book.

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