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Grace Ombry

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Grace Ombry has lived in Bay City, Michigan since 1971. She grew up in a crumbling mansion as the youngest of a gaggle of girls. After graduating from Central Michigan University with a journalism major and marketing minor, she went into marketing but never gave up her love for writing.

Her first novel, State of Love & Trust, is a love story about Pearl Jam Fans and is set in Detroit and Michigan's northern lower peninsula.

Her second, Smokin' & Cryin', is the story of Robin Chelsea, a teenage rock star who mysteriously disappears in the early Seventies.

She is the managing editor of Epoxyworks Magazine, which has been in continuous print since 1992.

Grace also raises honeybees, plays guitar, frequently attends rock concerts, and helps run
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Smokin' & Cryin' -

A Novel

August 27, 1972. Robin Chelsea, teenage lead singer of Smoky Topaz, disappears into the Atlantic Ocean mere weeks before the …more

Smokin' & Cryin' -

A Novel

August 27, 1972. Robin Chelsea, teenage lead singer of Smoky Topaz, disappears into the Atlantic Ocean mere weeks before the group’s double album, Smokin’ & Cryin’, is released. Recorded over one blistering Savannah summer in the dungeon of an antebellum mansion, it’s threaded with candid snippets of the band members’ dirty secrets, bitter arguments, and deepest fears.

In the wake of Robin’s disappearance, Smokin’ & Cryin’ flies off store shelves and dominates radio airwaves to become the obsession of a generation of music lovers. But what really happened to Robin Chelsea?

More than four decades later, the discovery of Robin’s candid writings—juxtaposed with news clippings, legal documents, reviews, letters, personal notes, and interviews—make it possible to finally piece together the tangled truth behind this mysterious rock and roll legend.

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Average rating: 4.65 · 34 ratings · 14 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
Smokin' & Cryin'

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State of Love & Trust

4.47 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2016 — 2 editions
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City Dairy (deleted scene no. 2)

Author’s note: In the interest of starting Smokin’ & Cryin’ as close to the inciting incident as possible, I cut a couple of scenes that came beforehand. I still like them and thought it’d be fun to share them anyway. City Dairy is 2 of 2.   All Bev wanted was milk, bread, and Virginia […]

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