William von Reese


Born 9/15-22 in Oklahoma City
High school: Visalia, CA 1940
UC Berkeley, CA Honors in Spanish 1951
Service in WWII: Brasil and Ascension Island. Self-taught Portuguese.
Language didn't provide a living, became CPA in 1960 and practiced in Big Bear, CA. Private pilot for fun and business; ditto motorcycles.
Wrote for pulps in college; extensive non-fiction as both ghost and by-line. Handfull of short stories. Ebook novels as a sideline.

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Queasy Rider
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,110. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
On divorce, Dan puts his months-old daughter, Lise, out for adoption. 17 years later, he comes down with an inherited disease, Vlad's Syndrome, which is fatal when it erupts in middle-age, but curable in the young. Dan must find his long-lost daughter--at once--and get her to treatment. He tracks Lise throughout the West, then to Mexico where he frees her from a manic fellow student.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,230. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Pepper is a college professor of English Lit who cannot get his own book published. Sick of rewriting and resumitting it, he tosses the ms into a recycling bin. Hank, the trash man, finds it. He has connections in the publishing world. Hank soon has a best-seller on his hands and a pending movie sale. The conflict between these two propels the action from Tucson to show biz in Santa Monica.
Beyond Exile
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,480. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
An American seascape artist hides out in primitive Baja to escape the persecutions of his ex-wife. His satirical antics before visiting CNN cameras bury him in complications. DEA and intelligence agents, Mexican and Colombian drug runners, current wife and child and local village characters become entangled in serio-comic intrigue because of his frivolous caper.
Warm Reception
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,840. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Brandon, a flaky LA millionaire, abuses his showpiece wife, Karla, by controlling her behavior and denying her a baby. Dave, his accountant/ghostwriter, relates Brandon's cruelty. The story reflects the effect of Brandon's lifestyle upon the naive narrator's own. Karla finally shoots Brandon dead, with surprising consequences. This murder is based on an actual event of the Nineties.
Reckless Choice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,530. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Sam, executor of his best friend's estate after his suicide, falls for his widow, Melanie. She urges Sam to steal the assets, bearer bonds, which her husband perversely left to his parents, not her. She wants to run off to Tahiti with Sam in style. Unhappy in his own marriage, Sam is tempted. A burly fitness coach also schemes to steal from the estate. Sam struggles to resolve his conflicts.
The Viewing of Velma
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,770. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Velma is a star showgirl in Vegas at the time that bare-breasted spectacles were introduced during the Fifties. She becomes the mistress of casino boss, Marcus Lambrusco, and bears him a son. Senatorial investigations drive Lambrusco to exile in Sicily. Son Danny, raised by Velma in retirement, becomes an attorney/FBI agent. He lures Lambrusco back from Sicily by faking Velma's funeral.

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accounting    activism    antisocial    artist    baja    college life    control freak    divorce    drugrunning    estate    evangelism    exwife    fbi    flying    homicide    intrigue    lifestyles    literary rights    mafia    marriage    medicine    mexico    motorcycles    parental love    porn stars    publishing    roleplaying    show biz    showgirls    sicily    temptation    trash disposal    vegas    west coast   

Smashwords book reviews by William von Reese

  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on April 20, 2009
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    Like a stepladder offered a novice bareback horseman, this book readily gave me a leg up, providing useful help at an appropriate (entry) level. Thank you, Mark Coker. (May I call you "Mark"?) The prospect of editing one's marked-up (npi) html file, returned by Amazon/Kindle, is truly daunting. How does one use those "tags" so fliply mentioned? Equally scary is learning Microsoft Script Editor (Word>Tools>Macros). Don't want to go there. So thanks again, Mark. How sweet it is to submit one's book in familiar .doc format--and let Meatgrinder do all the work!