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Rising from the Ashes

This is a work of fiction, derived entirely from my own brain. I intend this as a love story between two consenting adults, and thus there are situations which contain explicit sexual references and descriptions. In addition, there is a scene of underage rape is described, which is meant to convey the status of the heroine’s state of mind regarding sex and men throughout the first several chapters of the novel.


I have had a lifelong love of reading. One day I sat down at my computer and started to type. I don’t really know where the words originated. They seemed to flow from my fingers like magic. Before I knew it, a story began to develop. Characters sprang forth from the screen as if they were real. I fell in love with them, felt for them when they experienced problems, and rejoiced with them in their love.


I hope that you, too, will take my cherished friends Christina and Cliff into your heart.

My Daughter in Ashes

Similar to Rising from the Ashes, the overall theme is getting involved in what the crowd wants, which can often lead to places that the young should not go. Neither my wife nor I faced these things in our own lives. I was often tempted during my years in the US Navy but never strayed. We both were raised to respect our elders and not give ourselves over to wanton behaviors, drunkenness, sexual perversions, or drugs. Neither of us had sex before marriage, attended drunken parties, etc. We have remained faithful to our religion as well as each other and have survived 47 years of marriage.


Sad to say, I had two daughters. No matter what my wife or I would do or try to teach them, they always knew better. Both girls went down the paths that I describe in these novels (just in slightly different variations). Their lives today are filled with problems, and they suffer from these mistakes of youth and have the diseases and debilitations of the body that result from those actions.


Jesus offered an opportunity to the young prostitutes and robbers of his day for redemption and salvation. My novels endeavor to take that message and offer it to today’s young who are willing to read and understand.

Born from the Ashes

I have written this story as if it were composed by the head of security for the Stinson family at the request of Mrs. Stinson. The story line is intended to show the events of this fictional tale as told by numerous characters as if from TV, radio, and newspaper interviews or notes from police records, court records, etc.


Mrs. Stinson is supposedly writing a history of her family and of one particular child as a message of hope and triumph to her descendants.

Escape to Happiness

I’m sitting on the couch again when it happens. The nightmare vision of that night plays like a movie in my head.

My Ruston, Louisiana Relatives & Relations Vol. 1

Volume I documents the Richardson families of Ruston, Louisiana as seen by listings of children of two of their common ancestors. This book details children, grandchildren, etc. to present day — descendants from Christopher Columbus Stocks and Henry Ward. There are brief bios of both men. Following are lists of their children, separated into their own family groups.

Their stories are told through a combination of available photographs of people, tombstones and copies of obituary columns. A bonus is the dual index of Names and Places. The place index allows you to discover things like, perhaps your next-door neighbor is a 4th cousin.

My Ruston, Louisiana Relatives & Relations Vol. 2

My exploration of the Ancestors and Descendants of the Richardson families of Ruston continues with an in-depth look at the James Aaron Cook and William Wooten Richardson family lines. Both men were early arrivals in the Lincoln Parish area and helped to solidify the town of Ruston’s existence. Wooten Richardson sold the property on which most of downtown Ruston is located to Mr. Russ. James Cook located his family in the area of Cooktown road and much of his family is now buried in the Cook family cemetery.

Their stories are told through a combination of available photographs of people, tombstones and obituary columns. Also included in this book is the story of Miss Sophia Stone, (later Mrs. W H Cook jr) a famous Home Economics instructor for years in Ruston schools, about the day she and Henry Darby were kidnapped by Bonnie & Clyde. A further item of interest are newspaper accounts of the murder of our cousin Mable Lesba Boddie, with an update by cousin Jim Hinton on the outcome of the trials.