I published Diamond Joe on Amazon tonight 6/5/2017 It will take Amazon a little while to proof it but there you go! Get it and enjoy it! This is one of my best yet!
A cold wind from the north was one more reminder that things are not going well for the investors on Wall Street. Diamond Joe, taking his craft seriously enough survives the crash of the 1920’s, but many of his investors did not. Some of them indeed ended their lives by jumping from a window or drinking in their car, parked on a railroad crossing.
Diamond Joe, a portly man, was still jovial enough and managed to calm most of his Investors with his quick wit and knowledge of the markets.
Joe’s wife Vera was not doing well with the winters in New York. When her health became a major concern, Joe changed their lives.
The carnage from the collapse reached far and wide leaving many bargains for those who managed to hold onto cash. Diamond Joe was nobody’s fool and had indeed amassed a small fortune while working for his clients.
Purchasing a plantation that still had tobacco in the fields in South Carolina, he moved his wife to warmer climates. Over a thousand acres and a large house with some of the land butting up to the Atlantic Ocean. Diamond Joe was ready for a new adventure.
His kind demeanor and strange luck at cards often found him at events where his pockets were full of others cash on his way home.
Gambling was illegal in most of the states at this time. Bingo under the guise of charity was still a big thing which is the only way one would find him inside a church.
Horse racing was a legitimate sport up till the late 30’s. Diamond Joe quickly became an expert at such things, buying Arabians and hiring the best to train and ride them. His luck knew no bounds.
Years pass. The plantation stays in the family. Diamond Joe dies in his sleep leaving behind his wife and daughter, Donna. “Dr. D. Joyce” inherits the estate after the death of Vera, her mother. Leaving it unattended for a few years, Donna loses her husband to cancer. With the memories of him too intense in their home in the city, she sells it moving herself out of the city, and back to the plantation that she loved as a child.
35 miles from the nearest town, and miles to her nearest neighbor, Donna was pleased with her choice and enjoyed her solitude.
Steve, her husband’s racehorse named after Diamond Joe went untrained. Donna realized this as the wasting of an investment and decides that something must be done with the horse.
This novel was such an incredible story to tell. With a love of horses and people, the story wrote itself! As Donna finds love in a place she dared not even think to look; the tale will warm your heart.
I wanted an agent to pick this story up and run with it. Query letters just suck, and anyone that has ever written one knows it. If you are an agent, and interested, contact me.
Dealing with modern day issues in a conversational way you will no doubt love these characters as much as I do.
Each story that I write, the characters seem warmer and more lifelike. I very much like and take a narrative approach to writing as I think that the characters should tell the story! I want you to hear their voice. When you read my books, you will feel that you are in each of their heads, know what they are thinking, and no doubt you will feel their passion.
I try hard to faithfully tell each of their stories as I hear or see them. There are times I swear that I am merely taking dictation as the story unfolds. Often I have no clue where the story will go, or how it will end.
Possibly I spend too much time alone with my thoughts, but the results are often so beautiful that I don’t really care.
The feedback from those of you who have read my work is marvelous, and it keeps me going.
If I cannot find an agent to pick this story up, I will publish it on Amazon. Over 70% of my sales come from Amazon, and frankly, they are one of the simplest places to e-publish.
I have many things on Smashwords, but truthfully, they are one of the most difficult places to e-publish. Your mileage may vary.
I am not only the creator of the verbal art. You know, those pictures that are created within your head but also, the creator of the cover art.
Look at the cover and tell me if you like it. What does it say to you? Should I do something different with it?
When this story is released, and you get to read it for yourself, your emotions will be tweaked. You will laugh, hunger for their success and cry for them as they pull things together to finish as only TW does, on a high note! Sad things can happen in the story but I won’t have sad endings!
Much Love -TW