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Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Growing up is a miraculous time. The journey from the freedom of childhood to the workaday life of becoming an adult is filled with both poignancy and wonder. Fond memories of pedaling bikes through honeysuckle-scented streets with a pack of neighborhood friends and playing “kick the can” and stickball on warm summer evenings alight with fireflies are accompanied by the inevitable loss of people and places dear to the heart—and a seminal moment when we know we’re leaving childhood behind.

These are the stories of a turning point—when the world shifted, and nothing would ever be the same. In this first collection of the MEMORIES FROM MAPLE STREET, U.S.A., series, Sundown Press brings you real-life stories, from the touching to the humorous, the inspirational to the adventurous, and a wonderful group of childhood memories you’ll never forget.

When we came up with the idea for the MEMORIES FROM MAPLE STREET, U.S.A. series here at Sundown Press, we wanted to compile a group of books, each containing a wonderful set of stories. We invited anyone who had a story to share to send it in, and we got a LOT of stories.

This first volume, LEAVING CHILDHOOD BEHIND, was something we believed everyone could relate to in one way or another, since it’s happened to all of us. These stories of caring, loss, and of making a hard decision that may have changed everything, describe a single moment or a period of time that influenced these authors immensely.

We know you will be touched by the poignant, heartfelt moments shared in this volume.
Look for future volumes of MEMORIES FROM MAPLE STREET, U.S.A., both in print and digital formats. These make great gifts for others, and it’s a collection of books you’ll also want for your “keeper” shelf at home.

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MEMORIES FROM MAPLE STREET, U.S.A.—THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER! will be available in December, 2015, with three more titles to follow in 2016:


  1. Tomorrow, I'll be on this blog to share how I came up with my story for the Anthology "Memories From Maple Street: USA."
    My offering in this issue is titled "Stuck in the Middle." Be sure to check in tomorrow, as well, and learn a little about my childhood. Thanks, Cheryl..this is a wonderful idea, and peek at the preorders on's doing well!

    1. I haven't had a chance to go look yet, Celia! Glad to know it's perking right along! I sure hope you submit a story for the Christmas issue, too. You always have such great stories to tell.

    2. I've tried to recall a Christmas in which something unique happened, but haven't quite yet formulated a sane thought. I do recall many Christmases with some clarity, and maybe I can come up with something!.