Monday, May 16, 2016

Western North Carolina and The Appalachian Trail

     This summer I am in Western North Carolina work camping at a small family owned campground.  Not far from where I am staying the Appalachian Trail crosses a road.  For those of you who do not know the trail spans between Georgia and Maine.  I plan to spend a little time hiking the trail this summer.  I will put up videos of my hikes.  

Monday, March 21, 2016

Almost Dead by T R Ragan Book Review A Lizzy Gardner Novel

             Almost Dead is the tale of three sisters that get drawn onto the sights of a serial killer.  The story features strong female characters that confront both personal and family issues. 
          Each sister has her own baggage that impacts their ability to survive the treat presented.  The main character is a victim of a recent tragedy and she tries to cope as she investigates what appears to be a series of random accidental deaths.  
          The villain of the story is motivated by events of her distant past that haunted her mind and compelled her actions.  
           The story held my interest and I would recommend the book.  

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Car Described in Constant Vigilance Up For Auction

In my book Constant Vigilance, I suggest an alternate interpretation of certain historical events.  I considered an industrialist that work with the US government and fell out of grace.  After he stopped working with the black ops programs with the government he started driving around in an automobile that filtered all the air that the occupants inhaled.  This filtration system included eliminating any possibility that bacteria could get inside the passenger compartment.  The book's position was that the industrialist was not a germaphobe, but a person that knew it was possible to to kill someone by releasing material in front of a driving vehicle that made its way to the occupants inside.  

Howard Hughes had such a vehicle and it is currently up for auction at Barrett Jackson.  The car is a 1953 Buick Roadmaster and it was the last car Hughes ever drove.   

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Mind's Eye by Douglas E. Richards Book Review

By Douglas E. Richards

The story appears to be set in the not too distant future where the internet is a couple of generations evolved.  The main character is in danger, but he does not know why.  He also has complete amnesia.  When I first started reading the book, I thought of the movie Enemy of the State with Will Smith.  In no time at all the hero discovers that he has the ability to surf the internet inside his head and the power to read minds.   He uses this mind reading power to survive repeated attempts to kill him.  He stumbles around searching for how he got the abilities he possesses and why he is the target of so many trained assassins.   The story evolves into a mental chess game between the arch villain, the US military, and the hero of the story. 

The author examines the issue of the impact of mind reading and mental web surfing presenting both pros and cons.  I enjoyed reading the book, but found that I did not think about it when I was not reading.  I found the motivation of the arch villain a little thin.  Over all I would recommend the book.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mountains of Yellowstone Book Cover

I have begun the process of developing a cover for the Mountains of Yellowstone.  This is one of the choices that I am thinking of using. I have not made the final decision.  

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I Sold My Guitar the Other Day

     I sold my guitar the other day.  I have owned her for more than thirty years.  We have been through a lot together.   On an intellectual level, I know that she was just an inanimate object.  She was more like an old friend than a musical instrument.  She kept me company through good times and bad.  Playing songs of joy and song of sadness according to the events in my life.   Her voice was rich, warm and soothing.   The curves of her body fit comfortably with mine. 

     There was a time when I played her every day.  As time went by, I put her down and did not play for months at a time.  But she was there.  If I needed her, she was just a few steps away. She has a new home now where someone will enjoy her and play her regularly.   She will be missed.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Mountains of Yellowstone Status Report

     I have been hard at work on my second book.  It is entitled "The Mountains of Yellowstone."  It is a love story, set within the boundaries of of the National Park.  

     The story is about a guy who is a little way worn and weary.  He goes to Yellowstone to work for the season.  While he is there he meets a lady who is at a crossroads in her life.  Over the course of the season, they become friends.  As they get to know each other, they discover that they are kindred spirits.  The lady is struggling with the direction that her life will take.  They share their wants and dreams as they explore the wonders of Yellowstone.  They fall in love.   But there is a secret that stands in the way of their happiness.  Can they overcome the challenges that try to tear them apart.  

     The book is about ready to be released.  I am working with an artist on the book's cover.  A firm release date has not been set.  I will keep you posted.