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Although I'm a retired community college instructor, I lived another life and acquired a wide range of experiences before my teaching and now author gig. I served the U.S. Navy and my country in Vietnam. I repaired robots and automated equipment in the aerospace industry. I was publicity chairman of the California Belly Dance Association for a while, actor in a motion picture, Manufacturing Engineer and Regional Chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and finally Professor of Manufacturing Technology at a local community college. Name it, and I've likely done it.
However, despite threatening to do so for many years, I'd never written a book. At least, until now. It's a lot of work. You really, really have to love it. Fortunately, (or unfortunately) it do love it and plan to continue it as long as I can type, scribble or speak.
Stay tuned for more. (See my website,Facebook and my blog for new books.)
on Feb. 18, 2012 :
I just finished Sail. I may be biased, but I think it is a great work. Both my grandparents passed several years ago and both had Alz. In the end, the passing was good for both of them. And now, it appears my father is starting with the same thing. Your writing in this story is touching and very down to earth with problems and issues facing people today with that illness. The passion between Richard and Susan is astounding and emotions of the issues are so true with men's personalities. I complement you on a well thought out and delivered story.
In several books I have recently read, there seems to be a trend in passionate romance between men and women and women and women. We are so busy in today's world with jobs, kids and having a life, I think people have forgotten what real passion in a romance should be like. Your book, has captured that passion and I think really true thinking between men and women.
Thanks for a really great story!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 17, 2011 :
Modern but mystical, Sail Beyond Tomorrow tells the story of two parallel romances: professors Susan and Richard and their widowed parents, Nate and Kathy (respectively). Welch does an excellent job developing two very different relationships and balancing the attention between them. From the passionate love of Susan and Richard, the reader gets a deep, involved romance. And from the second-time-arounders Nate and Kathy, we see hope for the painful and challenging later years, when mortality seems to play a bigger role than discovering romance. Still, these four characters each have something to share with the reader and each has his or her own lesson to learn.
Add to the mix a plot riddled with past demons coming back to haunt our heroes, plus an ancient foretelling that may (or may not?) come true… Sail Beyond Tomorrow gets you thinking and feeling all at once.
Read the entire review at: http://loveonthebookshelf.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/review-sail-beyond-tomorrow/#more-178
(reviewed long after purchase)
Shawn Michel de Montaigne
on Aug. 23, 2011 :
This is a poignant tale of love, romance, and mysticism. Join Susan and Richard, and their respective parents Kathy and Nate as they sail beyond tomorrow! This book contains the depth of character development that is so often lacking in this genre. They aren't flat and two-dimensional; and I felt like I could really connect to them and learn from them.
Buy this book, and sail into the lives of people you'll genuinely end up caring about.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)