Thank you for the unexpected amount of success my books have attained...I thought people would read them, but the degree of acceptance is gratifying.
I write from an island of clay in the sandpine country of North Carolina. I woke from a dream one night with the story of Twin Beeches fighting to get out of my fingers and into the computer screen. Rural Justice, the fight against the deprivations of strip mining, is based on the experience of many people who found their lives uprooted by the monstrous shovels, trucks and loaders needed to fuel our ever expanding electrical appetite.
My memories of all those people and institutions of my youth who made up the matrix of rich and poor, young and old, ambitious and idle, pious and hell-raising....all are used to create startlingly true to life characters.
Adding my imagination, I created stories worthy of the players, ones I hope will leave you moved and wanting to know if there is still a quiet town named Woodland you can visit, sit in the park and try to beat the world's best checker players, or try your hand at finding the spot where Fay Rawley and his Cadillac are truly hidden.
May you, too, be blessed with a background to which you can hearken back when you need to think how far we have come, and whether we've really made progress.
Your comments, positive or not, are appreciated and very much anticipated.
A Touch of Rural Justice -- another Illinois Love Story
MJ and Eddie return to Twin Beeches ready to start a new life. When the stripmining company decides to wipe out Twin Beeches so their processing plant can be seen from Peoria, Martha goes to work and convinces Eddie to sabotage the mine to get them to reconsider. His schemes are brilliant and effective, but the town thinks MJ & Eddie might need a 'Touch of Rural Justice' to set them straight.
Twin Beeches -- An Illinois Love Story
Discover quiet Woodland, its sharply drawn people never quite who you think. Murder, suicide, moonshiners, explosions, disappearance -- a few realistic intimate situations -- challenges met and overcome.
A background of amazing local history and lore.
Martha Jo and her babygirl hostage in the basement at old Twin Beeches ; Eddie & Buddy, escapees. Gunfire, flight, tragedy... who lives, dies?
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- Project Zero: BulletProof
on July 01, 2010
First, let it be said that a review on a site where the book is being sold should be as kind as possible. No need for that here, as the author does a fine job of first, conceiving an excellent fantasy type plot, and second, executing the pace and character development in a fashion that allows the reader to enjoy the plot twists and turns.
The MC is believable all the more because of his uncertainty and self doubt. He doesn't know if he can succeed at his task, but he knows he must try. The nemeses are more misguided and misunderstood than morally vile. Their understanding of mission is simply different than Lance's, giving the novel, overall, a sense of reality imposed on fantasy.
A fine effort, well worth the time and money. Watch for later offerings from this fine young writer who will shine even more as he gains confidence in his craft.