I based these ten exotic stories on real experiences and people I knew in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, and along the pirate coasts of the Straits of Malacca:
Mystery/adventure in an exotic setting
The Jungle’s Edge, my sixth novel, has a cover featuring a painting by the talented Peter Kim. This is a literary novel presented as a mystery/adventure. It has a touch of romance and some examination of the nature of art. It tells the stories of some likable folk, some criminals, and some genuinely odd people. Set in exotic Kuala Lumpur and the jungles of West Malaysia, the novel features Malaysians and Texans. I once learned enough Malay to converse in the market places of Malaysia, and I still speak Texan almost as well as the cowboy in the story.
From Angelina River Press
Now available from TCU Press
Before publication, Women of Thunder won three awards. The Deep South Writers Conference named the book Best Novel in their yearly contest. Novelist Ernest Gaines made the final choice. In his evaluation of Women of Thunder, Gaines wrote: “It is a story of love and adventure, of reality and fantasy. The characters, the places they visit and the action are real. The language is simple and true. It is written so well that it holds our interest and keeps us turning the pages. This writer has great talent.” A chapter from Women of Thunder won the Creative Writing Award from the Conference of College Teachers of English, and the North Texas Professional Writers Association gave Women of Thunder first place for a novel in their yearly contest.
While the novel is a sequel to The Wild Part, it isn't necessary to read The Wild Part to follow the new story.
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available in print and for Kindle
Saving a Songbird is a collection of short stories with a twist: they are nonfiction. The I constructed the tales by using techniques of traditional short story writers. Each story tells of the narrator’s dealings with unusual people he knew, many in various Venezuelan villages, others in towns in Texas. Several of the stories have won first place in national contests. My brother Carl wrote a memoir telling of some of the same events.
published by Slough Press
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Cover painting by Tommy Humphrey
Searching for Rama's Spear available in print and for Kindle
from Slough Press
A modern Nancy Drew type of mystery set in the deep East Texas forests, a novel featuring
● teenager Brooke Singh who must solve the mystery of a who stole an ancient ruby
● a cat named Dao that rides in a backback
● two helpful sidekicks
● a trickster crow and a pet racoon that is no pet
● a gypsy king
● some dangerous backwoodsmen
artwork by Amy Ness
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From Slough Press : The Big Thicket will take you through a family saga that reaches from Marie Laveau in the New Orleans of 1835 to the riverboats of East Texas in the 1870s. This is a tale of people in the wildest part of the American frontier, the Big Thicket, where law is sometimes only a rumor. There is Venna who has the reputation of roaming the Thicket at night as a wolf and witching rain out of the stars. There’s Lucius Simmons, an ex-slave and the woman he loves who struggle to find a preacher willing to marry a mixed race couple. There’s Tim Coke who discovers some disturbing family secrets and who must challenge friends and family to prevent a hanging. This story will keep you turning pages and will leave you with much to ponder. available in print and for Kindle
Includes Big Thicket photographs by Bruce Jefferson
From VAC Poetry
Becoming Others collects new poems and poems selected from publications over a long poetic career. The poems are personal and intense expressions of feelings, finely crafted, with attention to imagery, sound, and rhythm.