Joe H. Bell, Jr


I was asked recently, why do you write? My response … I write because I remember.

Those memories are all that I have of a family departed. I remember the enjoyable times, those that were appalling, along with the occasional sprinkle of contentment.

We all struggle with inner demons, sometimes on a daily basis and some have fought these battles for decades … that would be me. I bestowed unsullied trust upon those deemed worthy, yet they knew not the treasure, and this propelled me into oblivion for years.

In the end, I’m my happiest when I’m writing as it is my chosen weapon against my enemies within. "The pen is mightier than the sword" is somewhat of a proverb coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. Indeed … it is.

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The Tipping Point: When Ominous Spirits are Unleashed
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,240. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Nowadays, only you can recall the plight suffered. Those few that knew your story with their knee-jerk reactions, reverberating clamor, and uses of old cliches like “Jekyll and Hyde” or “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” have long since gone. But for you, the torment is in your blood, contaminating your spirit.
... and the Cardinals Came
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,680. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Life stages / school age
(5.00 from 1 review)
Family. Our moms, dads, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, uncles, aunts, and grandparents are all irreplaceable in our lives. They were who we are now. They are what we will become. I wrote a memoir, Of Shadows and Footprints, about my mom, dad, sister, and cousin. These folks represented the four pillars that created and erected my life.
Slavery's Rebirth In America ... Hoodwinked By Uncle Sam
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 11,100. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2013. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
My name is Bodine. I’m a ROD, an acronym for retired-on-duty, LA cop on a pension. I rode a bike and walked a beat for thirty years, stayed alive, and I’m still packing. I’m married, but sleep alone. I don’t have friends. I don’t talk to anyone. I drink by myself. I stir my coffee counterclockwise and my toilet paper feeds from the top.
Bullying ... Period.
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
(5.00 from 1 review)
Bullying … ever witness this before? Perhaps, you didn’t know the person that it happened to … or maybe it was a friend … or a relative … or just maybe, it happened to you.
Parking in Heaven
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Life stages / adolescence
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The Afterlife ... ever think much about this subject? Whether you believe or not has no relevance here; it’s sort of like religion or politics at a party … taboo subjects. Many of us journey through this life, never having met anyone outside our own lineage that has had a dramatic effect on our lives.
Moral Injury and the Oasis of the Heart
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,020. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Another city … another speech … another empty whiskey bottle; all leading to another coffee shop in the wee hours of the morning ... homage to John D. Wesley. He was an exceptional life-force that transformed the collective conscience of many, including mine.
Inaccessible To Pity . . . The Second Most Cunning Beast of the Field (The Guy in the Shades Collection, Volume 2)
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Countless times we’ve heard of this happening, but always to someone else, never to ourselves.
And a Thousand Ghosts Were Stirred (The Guy in the Shades Collection, Volume 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,330. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
(3.00 from 1 review)
This is a story about Jake and Julia. It’s a twisted tale of how compassion and indifference rarely traverse the same path in life, but once that course becomes a means of access, the ensuing karma can shape the lives of the innocent for years. In this case, the forcible accumulation of loneliness can provoke one’s indiscriminate disbursing of it on the blameless.
Leo ... My Life with the Lion (The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 3)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,650. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Friendship
Leo … My Life with the Lion (The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 3), chronicles some highlights of the alliance between two boys that spans more than 40 years.
Of Shadows And Footprints
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,470. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
It has been referred to as “the elephant in the room” or “the 800-pound gorilla,” and in some circles it’s called “a man’s taboo.” When all's said and done, it is depression -- a destroyer of lives -- and it is propagated within the traditions that those who bear it should be able to dismiss it.
The “F” Bomb and Cussing in America (The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 2)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
The “F” Bomb and Cussing in America (The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 2), offers humorous insight into the use of profanity in America.
On the Winds of Change (The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,390. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Inspirational
Two short stories including: "To Where the Fair Winds Blow," about Billy; a man the author knew as a boy, who eventually stole millions, only to meet his destiny on a country road in Texas and "Jacob: In the Presence of an Angel" is about a man that stuttered until he made his angelic presence known.

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