I have dipped my toes into many occupational fields, including construction, broadcast radio and television, and aviation – both as a pilot and an airfield electronics technician. Sadly, most jobs are quickly mastered and just as quickly pall. But underlying and woven through all the various endeavors is a keen regard for the language. It reveals itself in a love of stories and storytelling – an ongoing search for new and strange worlds. This love was nurtured at an early age through books as well as listening to live storytellers. The joy of exploring and using the language has endured through it all. Words are quite simply… magical. I hope you enjoy some of mine.

 

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Emerson Goes Navy:  An Emerson Adventure

By Arthur Flavell

Emerson Francis Whitman, whose parents were great admirers of philosophy – and philosophers – has the distinction of being the technical representative of Primary Pulse Energy Systems of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. As a tech rep, Emerson travels to a variety of trade shows to assist distributors and dealers of the company’s product line to learn the equipment and to sell more of the same. The work itself is pleasant and relatively undemanding. It allows him to travel across the country in a leisurely fashion, accompanied by his spouse and partner of many years, Priscilla Jeanette, aka PJ.

He also has an unfortunate propensity for becoming entangled in sticky situations through absolutely no fault of his own.

Sent to a Navy supply depot in the Pacific Northwest to investigate the cause of an inordinately large number of submarine battery failures, Emerson finds more than either he or the Navy bargained for. Determining the problem with the batteries is child’s play. Deciding what to do about the discovery could have shocking—and possibly deadly—results!

NOTE: This book is available in eBook, paperback, and audiobook formats.

 


Emerson Goes Cowboy:  An Emerson Adventure

By Arthur Flavell

Emerson Francis Whitman, whose parents were great admirers of philosophy – and philosophers – has the distinction of being the technical representative of Primary Pulse Energy Systems of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. As a tech rep, Emerson travels to a variety of trade shows to assist distributors and dealers of the company’s product line to learn the equipment and to sell more of the same. The work itself is pleasant and relatively undemanding. It allows him to travel across the country in a leisurely fashion, accompanied by his spouse and partner of many years, Priscilla Jeanette, aka PJ.

He also has an unfortunate propensity for becoming entangled in sticky situations through absolutely no fault of his own.

Dispatched to an outdoor equipment show in the ranch country of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Emerson inadvertently embarrasses an egotistical ranch hand of questionable skills and even more questionable character. He awakes from the encounter to find himself stretched out on the venerable mahogany bar of the vaunted Long Drink Saloon & Dining Emporium.

Things proceed rapidly downhill from there. He will need a concerted application of both intelligence and troubleshooting skills to survive this ride.

NOTE: This book is available in eBook, paperback, and audiobook formats.

 


Comin’ Up Cracker

(Mostly) True Tales From the Deep South

By Carolyn Smith Flavell

Comin’ Up Cracker is a whimsical look at growing up in Florida during the post-war years of the ’40s to the ’60s. It is comprised of stories as seen through the eyes of a precocious little girl that range from the everyday to the outrageous. They are quirky, funny, and often heartwarming.

You are invited to enjoy a leisurely journey through an earlier Florida that is now largely lost or forgotten. Take a Sunday afternoon drive along unpaved byways to quaint country towns where residents are still proud to be called “Florida Crackers.”

Florida Cracker: An early cowboy who rounded up the large herds of Andalusian cattle left behind by Ponce de Leon and the Spanish after they abandoned attempts to colonize the interior of the state. The loud cracks from bullwhips used to herd the cattle could be heard for long distances through the woods.

NOTE: This book is available in eBook and paperback formats.