JR Thomas

Biography

My life so far, has consisted of many endeavors. From college days of studying, to learning and working in many trades; such as owning a heating and air-conditioner business, maintenance manager, computer technician, programmer analyst, business analyst, information technology manager for a fortune 500 company, and ending my business career as a part-owner of a large extrusion and lamination company in New Bern, NC.

I am now retired from a “regular” job and have decided to spend the later part of my life writing memoirs, short stories, and fictional novels. A learning curve goes with all jobs, and it i seems to be true with writing professionally as well.

Seems writing would come easy to someone at my age. After all, I have spoken and written in English for over six decades. However, I still struggle with sentence structure and grammatical correctness. I sure wish I had listened more attentively in my English classes.

Although writing is a struggle at times, I enjoy creating a story, weaving events, and then involving interesting characters in stressful places to make the story come alive.

I have written four novels that are available for purchase. Hope you enjoy them!

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is the cheapest way to get your ideas, stories, or other forms of information to the market place. If no one buys your book, well, your love for writing hasn't cost you the farm.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a few short stories while in college under duress of getting a grade. All the while though, I actually enjoyed creating a story that involved dreamed up characters. Then life got busy and I never wrote anymore stories, only technical documents or related articles to job needs.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find JR Thomas online


Where to buy in print


Books

Promises to Keep
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,110. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » USA
John Steele finds himself alone, his life's plan destroyed and his heart broken.. He struggles to find inner peace and new purpose in life. This leads him to life on a barrier island where new challenges and adventure wait him. The time period of this action packed story is the late 19th century. Come sail with us as we enjoy the simple, yet exciting, life of island living
Revenge
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,640. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Capt. Jake Cooper returns, from the Civil War, back home to Stoney Brook, his father's ranch, just outside of Riverdale, Texas. Jake finds his father and brother are buried. Both ambushed and killed by men working for a Mexican Warlord. He seeks to revenge their deaths, something that the Texas Rangers had not been able to accomplish. The story is laced with action, adventure, and romance.
Bitter Sweet
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,510. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
This story is about Captain Jake Cooper and one of his civil war Lieutenants Sam Boyd hiring out as extra guns on a thirty-five wagon train. The wagons leave Richmond in May 1865 and start for Union, TX hoping to cover the sixteen hundred miles by the end of October 1865. The trip across five states is full of adventure for the settlers, but full of danger, trials, and challenges everyday.
Retribution
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 55,270. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
RETRIBUTION - The second novel in a trilogy about Captain Jake Cooper, a Texan, returning back home from fighting in the Civil War. He and his close friend, Lt. Sam Boyd hook up with a Wagon Train leaving from Richmond, Virginia, heading to Union, Texas. The trip is long and the trials great. Relationships are made and destroyed. This is an exciting wagon train story with action and adventure.
Lost Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 43,070. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
LOST LOVE - The first novel in a trilogy about Captain Jake Cooper, a Texan, returning back home from fighting in the Civil War. He and his close friend, Lt. Sam Boyd hook up with a Wagon Train leaving from Richmond, Virginia, heading to Union, Texas. The trip is long and the trials great. Relationships are made and destroyed. This is an exciting wagon train story with action and adventure.

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