April 13, 2024 – Our Asian Adventure

As you may have noticed, I haven’t put up much on our Asian cruise and ten days in Japan lately. It was a great trip.

The cruise was a chance for us to see new places and learn. The ship was perfect and we had a great, relaxing time. The entertainment that we watched was fine. The magician was great. I love magic. My wife doesn’t.

I will be putting more about our trip, up shortly.

This new story, “The Bad Seed” has me in it’s grasp. I don’t know what will happen next. I haven’t a clue. That’s what makes this so interesting for me. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am. I have a sense of what might be coming but it’s all up in the air at the moment.

In the meantime, I will try to figure out where I am in telling you about our trip and put up a new entry in an hour or so.

I think we are back on U.S. time now, but who knows.

We are off to a play tonight in a very small theater with friends and then dinner. We are back into our familiar routine. This is good.

I’m reading “The Winds of War” at the moment. I have twelve chapters completed on my prequel to “Grandpa Ernies Secrets,” my modern spy thriller. This novel under construction is a novel about Ernie’s father and WW ll. I am reading a good deal about WW ll now to give me some insight into all the reasons for it and the awful results.

I have several novels in different stages of development and completion. That’s how I role. I have two finished and ready to go up on Amazon or to a publishing house willing to take a risk. Life is full of risks and I took a few. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t.

“Where am I?” Happily married with my home paid for and much more than I had ever dreamed possible. All I have is because I took risks. Failure is just a stepping stone to success. Don’t be fooled, we all fail until we succeed.

Ernie is an older, slightly, nonviolent spy working for the CIA. Ruby does most of the dirty work and heavy lifting. She loves to lend a hand. Bobby, Ernie’s grandson is just along for the ride until he falls in love with Ruby, of course. Ruby may be his aunt, by the way. Perhaps I have said too much. It’s available on Amazon.

“Sunrise, Sunset”, my book of short stories is now also available on Audible if you like to read while busy driving or working.

“The Adventures of the Smith Family” and “Sailing Away” were too much for one book so I had to turn it into two. A third is on the back burner at the moment, so to speak.

“Dreams of Costa Rica” is an action packed love story unfolding in, you got it, Costa Rica. My uncle lived there forever and I only met him once. My grandfather is buried there in the visitor’s cemetery in San Jose. The main character, John, works in a tuna cannery in California until the owner decides to bring him to Costa Rica to run another cannery there. His boss, David, is the Rockefeller of Costa Rica and perhaps more. There is a revolution on the horizon and soon everything will change.

“Atlanta” is a wild detective novel taking place in 1970’s Atlanta. Things were simpler back then or so it seemed. There’s nothing simple going on in the lives of the Daltons. Jacob is a ruthless real estate tycoon with his own set of rules. Kim, his daughter is on a mission of her own. She’s turned twenty-one and wants to kick up her heels a little. A murder will change all of their lives.

“Kazu, son of Oshida Kamasaki” is a story of intrigue and love taking place in an ancient Asian kingdom. There are twists and turns that hopefully will surprise you. Kazu is the son of a successful farmer until the highland monks come down into their lives and turn everything upside down. Kazu’s life will never be the same. There’s always a woman involves, of course. She is clever, beautiful and seeking revenge.

“Judgment Day” is a story of a motorcycle cop going undercover in Santa Monica to help rid the state of a dangerous bike club bent on dealing drugs and killing anyone standing in their way.

“Mrs. Vee” is a woman on the trail of those who killed her husband. The short story is on Amazon now but the novel is now finished and coming to Amazon soon.

We are off to Rwanda in September to see the Mountain Gorillas.

As always, thanks for coming on this journey with me, R.C. Hand.