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Local Author Rodney Dillman Releases Historical Fiction Novel “Flowers Are Better Than Bullets”

Topsail Beach, NC – In a remarkable addition to the literary scene, Topsail’s own Rodney Dillman has penned a stirring historical fiction novel, “Flowers Are Better Than Bullets,” now gracing the shelves of local and online bookstores.

Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dillman's novel explores the depths of human emotion during one of America's most turbulent times. The story centers around Johnny, a young man from the small town of Lima, Ohio, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and love at Kent State University. As he navigates through an era marked by the Vietnam War and profound social change, Johnny's path crosses with Katie, a fervent advocate for peace. Their story unfolds amidst the fiery anti-war demonstrations, culminating in the tragic and historic events at Kent State University.

“Flowers Are Better Than Bullets” is not just a tale of love and war; it's a tribute to the indomitable human spirit and the power of standing up for one’s beliefs. Rodney Dillman masterfully captures the essence of the era, weaving a narrative that is as educational as it is emotionally resonant.

This novel is a must-read for those who cherish historical accuracy blended with compelling storytelling. It's a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made in the name of peace and the enduring strength of love in times of turmoil.

Residents of Topsail Beach and beyond can find "Flowers Are Better Than Bullets" at the Quarter Moon Bookstore, a beloved local hub for literature enthusiasts. The novel is also available for readers worldwide through Amazon, in various formats including e-book, paperback, and hardback.

Rodney Dillman’s work is a testament to the rich storytelling tradition of our community and is sure to leave a lasting impression on its readers. Don't miss the opportunity to dive into this captivating narrative by one of Topsail's own talents.

"Flowers Are Better Than Bullets" is more than a novel; it's a journey through a pivotal time in our history, told through the lens of characters who feel as real as the events that shaped their lives.

For more information: Visit the author’s website at or the Quarter Moon Bookstore in Topsail Beach, NC. You can also find the book on Amazon.


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