James Russell Allen

Biography

When I was introduced in a writing workshop and asked what I had been writing I responded; “As a CPA, I have been mostly writing financial reports and statements.” The professor’s response was; “Okay then, you are an experienced fiction writer.” Well, I don’t know about that, but I am satisfied to be writing when, where and what I want now.
As a freshman in high school, I was placed into a class teaching speed reading. It was a challenge and results were shown almost daily. The readings, while we learned new techniques, were usually from the Reader’s Digest and we were timed and then tested for comprehension. I remember my speeds got up into the thousands of words per minute on some types of articles with over 90% comprehension. This probably began my love of reading.
As an adult there was always a stack of books, usually three or more at hand. One year I decided to discover how many books I actually read for that year and it was seventy-two. When a person reads enough, he begins to make judgements about the authors and their writing approaches. It often instills the desire in many of us to try writing on our own.
In 2007 I was waiting in a Doctor’s office, (Isn’t that what you are there for, the wait? Don’t they call it the “waiting room?”) when I noticed an article about the Amazon Kindle in Time magazine. I read it twice before I was invited in. By that evening I had ordered the Kindle for $399! I’ve never looked back. Our family room sported some custom made bookshelves filled with books, most of which I had read. I had read many of the Louis L’Amour books in paperback and collected them but one day my wife decided they were taking up too much space on the shelves so she contributed them to a library. Oh well, they are light reading and always entertaining if you are as familiar with the Southwest as I am. Now I can carry my current library in one or another of my electronic devices. The book world has changed, especially for those who are voracious readers.
Many of us think we would like to write a book. When we learned about the difficulty and percentage of actually getting published it was, and still is daunting. Now you can write and publish a book yourself and the book can be done quickly and done to the highest standards if you are willing to pay the price in time and the learning required. You can also have paper copies of your book made for purchase on demand on several ebook sites and Amazon. So, being a retired CPA and seeing all of this develop over the past few years, that was the incentive to go forward with a book. With the cost of any e-reader now very affordable, more and more people have one.
By the way, now with your device you have something better to do in the “waiting room.”

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Books

Two For One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: American English. Published: December 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Looking back is part of our nature. If you could, would you change what you studied in school? Who you married? The job interview? Which books you read? What Else? Maybe your college counselor might have set you on a course...or two?
Night Ride
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
With blood running from her forehead Susan, a girl I’ve never seen before wakes next to her bed upstairs. Pretty even with her disheveled hair and soft pajamas. She turns and sees me. Shocked, her eyes open wide in fear. “It’s okay,” I say as calmly as I can. “They’ve left”
Rafael The Pirate
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
In the gold mining town of Ouro Preto in the center of the new country, Brasil, Rafael, a young fearful, disillusioned orphan, nearly starving, is taken under the care of a benevolent Padre. He gives him shelter and enrolls him in the Catholic school. Lacking language skills, Rafael learns Portuguese from his new mentor. The years pass and Rafael grows physically and intellectually. He has a plan.
A Magical Day
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,090. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This book will open the imagination of young and old. How does love happen? Do you see pictures in your mind? Can you tell your stories to your children? Grandchildren? Marie Tennison can and did. Sometimes its the setting. Maybe the clean air and water. Could be the creatures. Take a look.
Black Ice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,750. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Sometimes everything that's right turns wrong. Gayle says to her friend, "I'm leaving school. I'll have to get a job. My parents are dead, and I'm broke. Not only that but my boyfriend is gone and I can't call. The service has been disconnected. Any ideas?" A few days later, Gayle meets the Bolands not a moment too soon.
A Fly Landed...
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,690. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Sindala…Sindy to me…is my friend, lover, wife and my partner in every investigation since starting our own business as Private Investigators. Formally, I am known as Corey Boland. Sindy calls me Bo and so do my friends. Enemies call me something else. Some think I’ve lived too long. We don’t agree.
Floaters
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 54,430. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Corey and Sindala Boland, fall into an adventure, unexpected, dangerous...even life threatening. Private Investigators with a special talent and skills, they trace the evil of one powerful family as far as one...or is it two container ships which expose them to the risks of the open ocean in the hands of power and money. Leave the light on for this one.
Jacob's Journals Discovered
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 68,060. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » USA
It’s 2008 in Wisconsin and RaeNell Pullman is about to lose her house. The Hospital calls. David Pullman lost his job, crashed his Harley. Jacob Payne, in 1869 examines the rock wall. He slides the rock into it’s niche concealing his first journal. Jeff Payne, a continent away needs a clue said to be inside a journal so old it may not even exist. The internet leads him to RaeNell.
A Little Bit Crazy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,630. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
If your life takes you around the country, you may start to see stories in the hotels you visit. Employees have hours and paychecks not so obvious may surprise you. Take a look at this hotel and you may think twice about where you stay.
Charlie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Every Kid, loves a Cocker Spaniel. Charlie, as you see in this Short Story is one you would love to have as a neighbor. His escapades range from floor clean ups to apprehension of the neighborhood felon. The Dog Catcher and the Chief of Police both love him. Charlie will have you and your family laughing, smiling and gasping as he protects the children. His detective work will astound you.
Jacob's Journal
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 88,860. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Written by my Mother on the first page of this new personal Journal I read, To my handsome son Jacob Eurastus Payne —Happy Birthday. In giving you this gift, this Journal, I hope you fill the blank pages with the events of your life. Experience you will need will be inside. As I place the lifeless body of my own Father in the wagon, I think about my Mother. How can I tell her?

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