B & K FREELANCE WRITERS
Ben Echeverria and Kay McElhinney are writers and do business as B & K Publishers.
They have been life and business partners for over thirty years. Ben is a retired lawyer and Kay a retired legal assistant and office administrator. For many years before they became writers they ran a law office and did civil litigation representing injured plaintiffs, business clients, and defending school and college districts against tort claims.
Ben has been a writer since his college days writing for the Brushfire-59, the official student Magazine of the University of Nevada-Reno; his article was entitled “Jazz Gets the Once Over.”
While attending law school, Ben was Student Writing Editor for the International Law Journal (California Western Law School, Vol. 1, No. 1, Fall 1970) contributing a piece to the International Law Journal entitled the “Family Unity Doctrine vs. Sham Marriage Doctrine.”
In 2013 Ben wrote his first book, titled Law Practice in Modern Educational Administration (Fathom Publishing Company, 2013) available on Amazon.com, and Barnes & Nobel.
In 2015, he submitted a successful proposal on education law for the special-yearly-issue of The Colorado Lawyer, the monthly magazine of the Colorado Bar Association. He recruited eleven writers, all Colorado lawyers except one, a professor of education, and acted as a coordinating editor and researched and wrote an article entitled Gun Violence on Campus (2015, The Colorado Lawyer, Special Issue on Education Law.)
Ben published a historical novel titled Don’t Call Me Madam, (B & K Publishers, 2019). It is the story of the psychological/social struggle and rehabilitation of a young woman who worked as a lady of the evening behind the board fence in a northern Nevada brothel.
He published his third book titled The Rhymes & Rhythms of a, Life, (B & K Publishers, 2019). It is a memoir of sorts beginning with his passion for rhythm and drumming he inherited from his father, a drummer, and the musicality he got from his mother, a piano player. It contains entertaining rhymes and short stories about Ben’s life, including serious and not so serious poems about his treating doctors, his wife and their dogs, and the musings of an old man about life, love, spirituality, and dying.
Ben is working on a fourth book, a novel titled The Customer that he hopes to publish in 2020. It is based on a man on whom Ben waited when he volunteered at the Episcopal Women’s Thrift Store in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The man, “the customer,” appeared to be homeless and addicted to drugs. His physical appearance suggested he was suffering from PTSD and other-serious mental disorders possibly resulting from service in the U.S. Military.
Kay McElhinney attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado and is a writer of fiction and children’s books. She has taken writing courses offered by the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs including the Beginning Writer’s Workshop and Write Like a Pro. Also, Kay completed a writing course taught by popular author James Patterson.
Kay wrote a novel entitled The Asbestos Wife, (B & K Publishers, 2019) a historically driven, fictional account of the spouse of an accomplished civil litigation attorney specializing in asbestos litigation and his cohorts in that practice, all of whom cheated on their wives and moved on to younger women, often their associates or paralegals.
Kay is currently writing a novel of historical fiction about her father, Glenn McElhinney, a World War II veteran of the 927th Signal Battalion. He was trained as a teletype operator, (Military Occupational Service Number -MOS- 237.) His unit participated in battles and campaigns in Rome-Arno, South France, North France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded five Bronze Stars for these actions as well as a Meritorious Service Unit Plaque.
Glenn kept a small (2.5″ X 4″) red- leather-bound journal. The year, 1945, is embossed on the cover and the printed material and monthly calendar are written in French. One of the entries in this priceless battlefield record has inspired Kay to write this novel, and give it the title He Danced With an Angel.
All the foregoing books are available on Amazon.com-books, in print and Kindle format, and at reasonable prices.
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