An Odyssey of Flying Combat with the 493rd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force in 1944
World War II was the ultimate experience for all those who participated in it. Many of my friends have asked me through the years to put on paper what I experienced as a bomber pilot in the Eighth Air Force flying out of England. I do not think that the missions I flew were extraordinary in any way but at the age of 87 I thought if I was ever going to do this I must get on with the program. I hope you enjoy and understand my own lingo, as I am by no means a professional writer. I only wish that I had started earlier and could have taken advantage of the memories of my many friends who are no longer with us. As many have said before me, it was the greatest time of my life but given the choice I would never do it again.
Eleven-year-old Sam Whitton can see angels. How is it possible? Unwanted by his foster parents, being whisked off to an angel city for questioning seems to be a welcome diversion for Sam. It may be the wrong time, however, for the first-ever visit of an earther to an angel city. An ominous prophecy has come to light that threatens the city’s very existence.
They called Mary C.’s crazy new neighbor, “Smarty Pants”. You could never get “one up” on her. Her fantasies, tall tales and plain lies caused trouble for everyone crossing her path. When she tell folks she is carrying Jason’s oak baby Mary C. loads her shotgun and has to protect her family. Smarty Pants is book number 11 in the Southern Gothic Jetty Man series.
Imagine what life would be like if our beloved planet were to become uninhabitable, either because of our own failings or from forces beyond our control. Would we have sufficient technology to be able to travel the unfathomable distances in space for years, perhaps thousands of years, in search of a new homeland?
The Enlilliians, remants of an ancient civilization, experienced such a fate. A select few had escaped from their planet before it was incinerated by their ever-expanding sun. These survivors, confined to their giant spaceship, hoped that their search for a new home – and a new food source – would end within a few generations. Their quest seemed hopeless. That is, until they came across a little planet called Earth – and a biologist named Dr. William Lance.
Paul Straughn and Flashlight Jackson are thrown together by geography and circumstance. They grow up on adjacent sharecropper farms and long for the American Dream in a world not yet ready to witness their success. Paul has the advantage of being born white, but his fortunes erode from there. He is deeply in love with Karen, but cannot tell her because of his suffocating fear of rejection. He is obsessively sensitive to the clubfoot he is born with and emotionally flawed by the abandonment at birth by his mother.
In the middle decades of the twentieth century in rural Bonds County, Georgia, Flashlight struggles against the barriers he encounters because of the pigment of his skin. As he matures, he strives to satisfy the yearning in his soul for acceptance and respect. To seize the prize of their long striving, the two young men must first find the strength to overcome their own individual demons, and come to terms with the long-held tradition of racial separation that seems to overwhelm them at times, and may prove a free fall to Paul’s ultimate destruction.
The young men experience three decades of Georgia history, including the desegregation of public schools and the South. As they grow toward their goals, they discover that, rather than obstacles, adversities are challenges to be overcome.
A one-night drunken fling ignites a cover up: a child deceived about his father. For 25 years this smoldering lie rips at the boy’s psyche until finally the ebb and flow of the deception triggers a mental meltdown. Set amidst the college town of Gainesville, Florida, a fatherless and psychologically tormented law student from the street of hard-knocks unwittingly embarks upon a nine-month journey in search of a higher meaning to life. From his earliest days, he fought to transcend his Dickensian childhood, and clawed his way into adulthood governed by nothing other than his own wits and instincts.
This autobiographical multicultural novel delves into the human condition and dysfunction and the social issues affecting the struggling and impoverished, touches on race and how the protagonist fights—mentally—the Black, White, and Jewish clash of cultures. It is an inspirational story of one driven by strong convictions and dogged determination, combined with innate intelligence and street-smarts, who conquers abuse, survives the death of loved ones, stands tall in the face of racial and religious bigotry, as well as surmounts social and economic hardships.
A midnight shootout on the beach starts the action off with a bang in this explosive story of illicit drugs and bizarre multiple murders. As Detective Clay Randall and his team begin to unravel clues, two names keep popping up: rogue ex-cop Roy Connor, and his high profile boss, defense attorney Tony Savoy.
Filled with plot twists and double-dealings, the investigation takes an unexpected turn as the trail leads inside police headquarters.
The Six O Clock Rule, an intensely powerful follow-up to Body Toll, puts friendship to the ultimate test as the lines between right and wrong become blurred.