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After the Storm

I am currently working on the second book in the IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE series.  There will be a considerable jump in time from where the first book ended.  Faith Conquers Fear ends in June of 1919 and the new novel, After the Storm, begins in the fall of 1954. The story is about a tragedy that befalls Mable and Charlie’s only son, Charles Polk, Jr. One day shy of Charlie, Jr.’s 20th birthday, he was accidentally killed by his best friend.  He seemingly had everything going for him: handsome, popular, athletic, and with a smile that could melt the coldest heart. […]

My Top 10 + 1

I’m told that internet readers like lists.  Top 10 Grossest Foods.  Best 5 Ways to Burn a Meatloaf.  7 Reasons for Dumping Your Spouse.  Important stuff like that. With that in mind, I decided to create a list of my own.  What shall it be?  My Top 10 Favorite Bosses?  Nope.  Can’t think of that many.  Top 5 Reasons To Eat Brussel Sprouts?  Probably not. 7 Sure-Fire Ways To Stop Your Wife From Nagging That Don’t Involve Spending Money? Better leave that one alone. Decided on this one: My Top 10 + 1 Favorite Scripture Verses (everybody does 10. 11 to be different) These verses have had greatest application in […]

Retiree On a Mission

When I hit 40, AARP targeted me for their senior services.  Just for the record, still haven’t joined.  In fact, I have doggedly refused any benefits afforded seniors, aside from Social Security.  It’s mine.  Paid into the program since landing my first job back in the dark ages.  Wait.  I did order from the senior’s menu at IHOP a few years back.  Does that count? So, here I am, one month into retirement, reflecting upon…how my life has changed.  Let’s see: Nobody to tell me what to do – Well, the lone exception is my wife.  She’s earned the right. Freedom […]

Fifth Sunday: The Loving Hands Murder

Recently, I have focused this blog on my new novel, IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE.  However, it’s time to show a little love to my first book, FIFTH SUNDAY: The Loving Hands Murder.  It, too, is based on actual events. Set in the tiny Alabama community of Loving Hands, the story chronicles a five week struggle of the local Baptist church and its members as they respond to a murder on church property. How much of this story is actually true?  Well, some of it but names and places have been changed to protect the innocent and otherwise. The idea for the […]

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