Doug Ball

Biography

Born in California and raised in Arizona. Grew to love the west at a young age while growing up in a blue collar home. Never knew we were kinda poor until I was 21 and making more money than my dad. Dad and mom were still raising three of my siblings. It was a shocker. I joined the navy after high school to get out of school and promptly went to over 2 years of technical schools. Rode submarines for 20 years and retired. Went back to school and earned a D. Min. while I pastored a couple of small town churches full of great people. My big dream in life was to be a cowboy and own a ranch. Santa never brought me a horse. At 37 I bought a horse and a ranch and lived my dream. I started writing at 39 and sold a few pieces to Mother Earth News, Countryside, and Arizona Magazine, along with many others. Wrote my first book and quit mailing out that western after 47 rejections. Nobody ever read it. That western is BLOOD ON THE ZUNI which has all five star reviews to date. Got the itch and kept writing. I recommend GENTLE REBELLION. It is the story of the life I wished I could live for years. I wrote it in my head on many a mid-watch at sea. PS. Sea horses are no fun to ride.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
My Louis L'Amour's are all falling apart and the few newer modern westerns are getting that way rapidly. I'm learning to love Steam punk and a few Sci/Fi and magick books - not all, but a few. I subscribe to True West and Model Railroader, borrow Western Horseman from a friend from time to time, and try to stay up on my Bible reading and study. I follow a couple dozen blogs and listen to many a podcast on writing, editing, podcasting, marketing, and all the other stuff I need to learn to keep up with technology.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle and it is always full of great new writer's material. From time to time I even finish a book. There is still nothing like a real ink on paper book for me. They never run out of power.
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Where to find Doug Ball online


Where to buy in print


Books

Death by Baseball
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,020. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Baseball. Arizona 1898. A new club. A black man in a white man's game. Then comes murder, conspiracy, lots of money, more murder, and then serious manipulation all about one club in one season. Baseball? Who done what to whom?
State of Confusion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,910. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Alternative history
Fourth in the series of stand alone books. Arizona has a new governor. Everyone wants to try his mettle. The southern border gets bloody. Special investigator, Les Brown , known as Tan, and his crew are off and running. New boss, new problems, new member. The problem is who in the world is trying to start the border war all over again, and WHY?
Deacon Underground
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,120. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » General
The Deacon, son of a now dead phony revival preacher, continues to struggle with challenges that conflict with all he believes and holds dear. The U. S. Army wants him to spy, a mine is being robbed, a man dies from wounds inflicted by person or persons unknown, Evelyn is kidnapped, Evelyn has a warrant out for her arrest on a charge of murder, he is being stalked, and it's all about gold.
Called To Good Works - a study in James
You set the price! Words: 23,930. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / New Testament
This is a study in the Bible book of James. Some say James argued with Paul by declaring a different Gospel in this book. Read and make up your own mind,
The Deacon
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,040. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Christian » Western
My daddy was a phony tent revival preacher that could not keep his hands off the till, women, or the bottle. When daddy was too drunk to stand up one night, he told me to do the preaching for him. A wild night of revelation, a deputy, a murder or two, and I became The Deacon. Oh, and there was a girl. Or, should I say, two?
Sailor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,580. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
All is peaceful until his shipmates die. He alone is left, along with the enemy who killed his friends. Submarines are dangerous. Even more dangerous when attacked from within. Can one sailor save a submarine attacked by an enemy as lethal as this? Can one man save the world from the threat of sixteen nuclear weapons loose and hidden by the sea?
State of Peril
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,770. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Arizona is still in trouble. Drug cartels this time. Join Tan, Les Brown, and the Governor in their third adventure together as they struggle to secure the border to the south and put an end tot he largest danger Arizona's people have ever faced. It's a wild ride, from the desert in the south to the beauty of the Red Rock country in the north, all to stop one man.
Rebellion's New Beginnings
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,790. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Western
Sequel to Gentle Rebellion. The rebellion continues as Alex struggles to learn what school never taught him about ranchin', dancin', and romancin', all tangled up in wolves, family, business, dams, rustlers, women, lawyers, and friends.
Lone Tree
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,850. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Lone Tree is a small town and not much happens there until one day when two men ride up Other Street towing a third horse carrying a dead man tied across the saddle. The men, being in a hurry to get home after a long hunt, leave the burying to a man and his son. What they find on the body leads to a hunt for GOLD, $40,000 in new $20 Gold pieces.
4 X Armed
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,030. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
It was just a small town in Arizona, but it was having large problems. Politics were complicated. Cows were being stolen. Drugs came in more often than clouds. Money was changing hands. Death stalked the high desert. Friends weren't really. Oh, yeah, there was romance in the air. Bottom line - all was not as tranquil as the Sheriff would like it.
State of Threat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,000. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Arizona needs water to live. What if it rained, the lakes filled, and the rain continued. What if one man was determined to destroy the Phoenix Metro area and held out for a half billion dollars. What if?
State of Defense
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,630. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Arizona, a land of beauty, racial diversity,and politics. Arizona, a land of poverty and great riches. Arizona is out of money. What happens now?
Vengeance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,490. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Krissy is ready for a wedding when outlaws kill her family in the worst of ways. Husband-to-be and his family dead by the same hands. What's a girl to do, but seek Vengeance?
Blood on the Zuni
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,500. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Take a man's belongings and find out what the man is made of. War on the high desert of Arizona brings it all together in one exciting, hard to put down western of Arizona in the 1980's
Gentle Rebellion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,500. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
It's 1956 in the west, Arizona specifically. Alex is 14 and sitting on the stoop of a store in a dead end town dreaming. Read on as his dreams and life begin to mingle.
The Fishy Prophet
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,130. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Old Testament
A study in the life and times of Jonah the Prophet. How the book of Jonah applies to your life, now, today, and why you should pay attention to this little book tucked at the end of the Old Testament.
Puzzling Theology
You set the price! Words: 26,770. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
Picture yourself as a masterpiece hanging on the wall of Almighty God's Mansion. :Picture that masterpiece made into a jigsaw puzzle in a box. Picture a few billion puzzles just like yours dumped in a pile and tossed around by the winds of a hurricane. NOW, PUT YOUR PUZZLE TOGETHER. This book will tell you how.

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