FICTIONAL NOVELS
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ISBN 978-1-514-87768-5
The author's latest work was nearly two years in research and writing. It was published in the latter part of 2015.

The year is 1898. In the small coal mining town of Birtley, in northeast England, a sixth child is born to Jonathon and Elizabeth Witherspoon. He will be the first and only boy in a family previously dominated by five sibling sisters. His birth is an auspicious start to a challenging youth, but it is much more. It is the beginning of Percy Stanley Witherspoon's eventful life of adventure, hardship, and pain.

Much to the displeasure of Percy's closest sister, Sarah, Percy is forced into the coal mine at age twelve due to his father's illness. A close brush with death as a young WWI Commando, his migration to New York City following the war, his job as a bouncer at a Manhattan speak-easy and later chief of security at a swanky Park Avenue apartment complex, and his return to bomb-ravaged London during WWII provide a remarkable backdrop to discovery, romance, and tragedy.

Along the way, Percy experiences heartbreaking personal loss. But he also savors the many delicacies that life places before him - - his family in Birtley, the Royal Marines, nurse Nellie Bowman, and a gifted daughter. He befriends a cherished Russian veteran and compatriot named Ivan, Donnie and Jacob Brewster from somewhere in Oklahoma, the tolerant crew of a fishing craft dubbed the "Golden Lily," and an oft-bewildered twelve-year-old apparition who brings him hope, strength, solace - - and even a discomfiting premonition. Through it all, Percy holds fast to his childhood dream of going to sea. When the opportunity finally presents itself, his near-death war experience comes full circle, bringing him to the realization that ironically, it may be his sister Sarah's life-long dream he'll ultimately fulfill instead of his own.

A beautifully told story that spans several decades and two World Wars, "Red Fox in the Heather" is a closely-researched fictional novel of the period that will hold the reader captive from the opening paragraph to the closing line.

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ISBN 978-1-493-71585-5
"Nickel," as reader's and reviewers quickly dubbed it, was published in 2014. The story is set in the mid-1930's.

Jacob Brewster is a 14 year-old farmboy growing up in the Oklahoma panhandle. It is the era of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, and in the urban centers of the country, the age of the "Dirty Thirties." World War I is still a fresh memory, and although most don't realize it yet, another World War is looming on the horizon. In nearly every corner of America, people struggle just to provide their families with bare essentials, seeking nearly any way possible just to put food on the table.

On one blustery, dusty day of many in the arid fields surrounding the farm, Jacob and his younger brother confront a dust devil, and Jacob finds that he has strength and courage that he didn't realize he possessed. In time, he would realize that those virtues would be tested to the limit, and that he would need every ounce of both to triumph over his own personal demons that hid deep within.

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ISBN 978-1-105-62121-5
Published in 2012, "The Night Poet" is a dark tale about a young boy that flees his native Hungary as the Nazis move through Budapest. He and his father take refuge in the United States, and for a time, it appears that, although the streets may not be paved in gold, the city of New York is kind to Victor Szabo.

One night a stranger comes calling, manifesting itself as a haunting voice. Soon, Victor Szabo begins to doubt everything he ever thought was truth, and sets out to walk that fine line between sanity and madness.

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ISBN 978-1-257-80760-4
Doug Stevens is nineteen, and enjoying the late '50's. He's in love with his job as a radio DJ, and he's in love with Barbara Ann Walcott. But Doug wonders whether Barbara Ann likes the idea of his celebrity status, and the attention he gets from some of the local teeny-boppers.

The story is a delightful romp through the world of broadcasting and frustrating virginity. The characters in Doug and Barbara Ann's life are a delight, and you'll enjoy getting to know each and every one of them. There are serious moments as well, however, as some of the characters face the ups and downs of everyday life.

"KABA 1330" will bring back some fond memories of life the '50's, when pot was something your mom used for cooking, and coke came in bottles for a nickel.

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