Oktoberfest in Helen, Georgia

As I circle the calendar and prepare for a trip to Helen, Georgia in the fall to see my daughter, I opened and read one of my previous novels, The Eye of the Storm, a story, based on actual events, about German immigration to Texas in the mid-1800’s. The book follows a family from Rastede, Germany to Texas, and then inland to Columbus and Frelsburg in 1845.

The most substantial immigration of Germans started in 1831 with such families as the Struss, Kleberg, Fehrencamp, Brune, Stolje, Lilie, Meyer, and many others who settled in many places, including Kraewinkel or later named Frelsburg after my uncle, Captain William Frels.

Back then, the early German festivals held were for singing societies such as Saengerfest and Volkfest. These were found as early as 1853 in Texas.

While there was an anti-Japanese feeling throughout America in the 1940’s, there was also an anti-German feeling carried over after the Great War. In 1919, Governor William Hobby vetoed appropriations for the German Department at the University of Texas where my Aunt Johanna Walling was a professor.

It wasn’t until I was attending school in the 1960’s did German-Texans begin to boldly celebrate our heritage again with the beginning of annual Oktoberfests. Which, by the way, got me thinking about how authentic the small German town of Helen, Georgia is at this time of the year.

Helen is a mountain town in northeast Georgia. It’s known for its vineyards and German style buildings. And, the various German beers sold throughout the small community, added to the architecture, will make one feel like they are in Oldenburg, Germany!

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Seeing the Power of God – The Dominance of the Unspoken Word

Released Today July 23, 2018

In many of my novels, the question keeps coming up, “Do you believe in the Bible. It seems as though this would be a seemingly innocuous question, right? Not if you are Rusty Thornton who had no thoughts of his life until he was eighteen years of age, and then they were only of Vishnu and Krishna, two of the principal deities of Hinduism.

In this adventurous story, the question really wasn’t “Do you believe in the Bible, but “Do you believe the Bible the way I do?”

This is not made out to be a faith question. It is more of an interpretation question. Did Rusty Thornton arrive at the same conclusion as his father or his cousin or his new companion when reading the scriptures?

In my first seven novels in the Lincoln Assassination Series, a lot of my research revolved around the fact of both abolitionists and slaveholders believing in the Bible. However, each group arrived at different points in the scriptures because they each interpreted God’s Word differently.

Let’s make a bit of interpretation. One of my novels, Faith – Seventy Times Seven rose to No. 8 on Kindle at Amazon.com. My grandmother fought for years in the early 1900’s to be accepted by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was finally voted, by an all man General Assembly to be recognized as the first ordained woman of that denomination.

However, why did it take so long to be finally accepted. Interpretation! Let’s take a look at Corinthians 14:34: Let the women keep silent in the churches. Paul said this. Again, he said it in 1 Timothy 2:11-12: Let the women learn in silence.

The Gospel says to let the woman learn in silence. Paul goes on to give some other instructions for women…how they should behave in public worship, in the church of God and said they need to be learners and not teachers… sit and hear and learn more of Christ!

I mention this interpretation because that is what Rusty Thornton in this novel struggles with for three-hundred pages. Even the woman he loves will not marry him unless he changes his ways and believes like she does.

Some people believe questioning the Bible, the direction God is going, or even God himself, is blasphemy. Some think it is a sign of disbelief. Daniel Thornton is one such man. He believes his son, Rusty Thornton, is lost without God and takes him to a faraway place in the early 1950’s near Spicewood, Texas where he would never come in contact with people. He has an ancient version of the King James Version of the Bible and begins to try and cure his son’s affliction of skepticism.

The mystery of why he has such cynicism is possible because he remembers nothing before his eighteenth birthday. The first book he read after learning to read and write was on Hinduism. His father didn’t know how such a book ended up in his library, but he took it and hid it from his son. Was it too late? Did what he read about Vishnu and Krishna absorb his entire thought process where he never recognized Jesus Christ as the one and only son of God? Who’s right, Daniel Thornton or his son?

What was this strange ability he had with being able to communicate with animals, one of God’s creations? Why can’t he remember anything in his life before his eighteenth birthday? Who is his cousin, Carolyn Thornton who comes strangely into his life on his twenty-first birthday? Who is the stranger, Billy Joe Briscoe who is hired to become Rusty’s companion and teach him about Jesus Christ and the Bible?

Read along and try to answer the question, “Is it wrong for Christians to Question God?”

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Below are some of the great novels by JAMES!

SEEING THE POWER OF GOD The Dominance of the Unspoken Word

ASIN B07FSS7S43 

FAITH – Seventy Times Seven (Faith Chronicles Series, Book 3)

ASIN: B0759DC352

GENESIS – Stepping on the Shore and Finding it is Heaven

ASIN: B0711W3SHT

HALLELUJAH – He is not Here; He has Risen

ASIN: B071K2B76P

ROSENTHALL – Bete Malefique des Bois

ASIN: B01MTGLUVQ

GIDEON RETURNS – A Damsel in Distress – Eine Jungfrau in Noten

ASIN: B073Q3LKC8

THE THREE KEYS TO APOCALYPSE – The Conclusion of the Storm Lord Trilogy Series (Book 3)

ASIN: B01M3T4L76

MARY ELIZABETH SURRATT – The First Woman Executed by the Federal Government

ASIN: B0114G1BPP2

A PRINCE OF THEIR OWN – Theirs Not to Reason Why, Theirs but to do and Die

ASIN: B077XKWJDT

NORDERNEY ISLAND – Under the Gooseberry Bush

ASIN: B07DC9P8MX

THE ROSE OF BRAYS BAYOU – The Runaway Scrape, The Great Getaway, The Sabine Shoot Book 2 Faith Chronicles)

ASIN: B075ZGB9PJ

BRIDGET FLYNN – In the Case of the Knights of the Silver Circle

ASIN: B07DNFN4Q7

IN THE EYE OF THE STORM – Journey to Texas from Germany, 1845 (Faith Chronicles, Book 1)

ASIN: B07DTKMK5H

OMEGA – The Lost City of Altinova

ASIN: B07FSX5C5F

SAM BASS – A Dead Man’s Hand

ASIN: B075LV3LWT

THE FLAMING BLUE SWORD – A Paranormal Romance (Storm Lord Trilogy Series – Book 1)

ASIN: B0172FUCIU

THE DUSTY ADLER MURDER MYSTERY – Murder Will Out

ASIN: B0778SJBTBZ

PHANTOM OF BLACK ROCK COVE – Death is Nothing More than Passing from One Room into Another!

ASIN: B076M48M66

THE TRANSFORMIST – Requiesee in Pace

ASIN: B074RKXT1J

NINE MONTHS WILL TELL – A Paranormal Romance (Storm Lord Trilogy Series, Book 2)

ASIN: B01MDJFMCO

KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE – The Most Secretive Society in All of the United States

ASIN: B014UUI6HE

THE TRIAL OF LEWIS THORNTON POWELL – The Lincoln Assassination

ASIN: B0110PGA0M

THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION – John Wilkes Booth and Davy Herold

ASIN: B00VERW5GA

 

 

 

 

 

 


My newest release, scheduled for the end of August 2018, has been on my mind for several years. The novel has been added to the Faith Chronicles Series as Book 4 and is called, Seeing the Power of God!

Seeing the Power of God Front Cover JPEG Format

After writing Genesis and Hallelujah, I became wrapped up as one of those people who asked, “Can anyone be a Christian and not believe in the Bible? Is it wrong to question any of the scriptures in the Bible?”

Some people believe questioning the Bible, the direction God is going, or even God himself, is blasphemy. Some think it is a sign of disbelief. Daniel Thornton is one such man. He believes his son, Rusty Thornton, is lost without God and takes him to a faraway place in the early 1950’s near Spicewood, Texas where he would never come in contact with people. He has an ancient version of the King James Version of the Bible and begins to try and cure his son’s affliction of skepticism.

The mystery of why he has such cynicism is possible because he remembers nothing before his eighteenth birthday. The first book he read after learning to read and write was on Hinduism. His father didn’t know how such a book ended up in his library, but he took it and hid it from his son. Was it too late? Did what he read about Vishnu and Krishna absorb his entire thought process where he never recognized Jesus Christ as the one and only son of God? Who’s right, Daniel Thornton or his son?

What was this strange ability he had with being able to communicate with animals, one of God’s creations? Why can’t he remember anything in his life before his eighteenth birthday? Who is his cousin, Carolyn Thornton who comes strangely into his life on his twenty-first birthday? Who is the stranger, Billy Joe Briscoe who is hired to become Rusty’s companion and teach him about Jesus Christ and the Bible?

There were many scriptures in the Bible when working on the two novels in the Sunday School Teaching Series that made me as if it was okay to ask questions of the Bible. This novel, in a way, answers many of those questions.

I try to answer the question “Is it wrong for Christians to Question God?”

I won’t give you the spoiler in the novel, but you will find a very unusual mystery of young Rusty Thornton, one that is not answered until the end of the story, as to why he questioned God’s words in the Bible. The first half of the book refers to the Old Testament. The last half refers to the New Testament.

My personal feeling as an author writing this book found three questions one should never ask. One should not ask a question of the Lord because they think they know better than Him. One should never question God’s authority, a big No, No!  We should never ask questions of God to try and stall our obedience to the Lord.

But, if we are questioning the scriptures in the Bible because we desperately want to know the answer because we are searching out and really want to know our Lord because we want to see the light in so much confusion, then that should be okay.

In the mind and thoughts of Rusty Thornton, it is perfectly fine to do so!


A thrill-seeking professor, William Knight, a former recipient of a Nobel Prize in Archeology, from Texas A&M University and two of his graduate assistants, one from Austin, Texas and another from Calgary, Canada, attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon built to support their journey for two weeks.

Their mission was to find an island that records from the University Library in College Station, Texas showed the entranceway to a mystical island that would lead to the lost city of Altinova. Would they find the legendary plaque that held the secret to a lost city? Which ‘X’ marked the spot!? Could the mountain of crystals be in fact a mountain of diamonds? Could there possibly be gold found in them there hills?

Come tag along with the adventurers while they find clues to the hidden city. Find out how they learned to tell time by the changing colors of sunlight. Learn what perfect health over five hundred years will do to a human body. Learn the whereabouts of the Land of No Return, the Lake of Fire, Frost Park, and yes, learn what happens to a woman from Cornelia, Georgia when she is turned into half woman and half robot, her punishment for trying to escape the lost city.

The Professor and his students knew the trip might encounter bad weather, but what they didn’t expect was what actually happened when they were but two days out to sea.

From the award-winning author of Faith – Seventy Times Seven and The Eye of the Storm comes Book 1 in the Omega Chronicles, Omega – The Lost City of Altinova. Come follow the adventurers’ quest to find the sister cities in the Atlantic Ocean.

The lost cities of Atlantis and Altinova have captivated mankind throughout all walks of life. While there have been many books written about Atlantis, this is the first put in writing about the sister city, Altinova.

The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, was the first to mention Atlantis. Many people insist the lost city story is based on a real historical disaster. Professor Knight intends to prove such a city exists and find the city of Altinova at the same time. The educator takes on his journey Norman Clark and Dolphus Slaton to discover answers to the faded-out map found in the archives of the University.

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Fans around the world adored the woman detective, Bridget Flynn in her debut as a side-kick with Vincent Gideon in the novel, Rosenthall, Book 1 in the Gideon Detective Series. In this romance series, the lady detective, with the help of Chief Tommy Jackson of the Black Rock Cove police department, navigates her cases and sex life with good humor, intelligence and an occasional longleaf Cuban cigar.

This first novel in Sidney St. James widely acclaimed Detective Series tells story after story of our delightful, cunning and beautiful redhead detective, Bridget Flynn.

Immediately upon setting up shop and hanging her shingle in a small office in Black Rock Cove, she is hired to follow the Countess from Norderney Island after her husband, Count William died mysteriously. (See novel, Norderney Island by James)

After solving the case, she is invited to take on two high profile cases, one to break up a secret society, the Knights of the Silver Circle (Heil Hitler) and the other, the robbing of valuables and cash from the U. S. Postal System.

What really rattles her cage, more so than investigating robberies, murder and cold cases like Rosenthall, a serial killer, is the lack of credit given to her by all the newspapers in the country. When interviewed by a journalist who knew she was getting a bad shake, she said, Whatever women do they must do two times as well as men to be half as good. Fortunately, this is not difficult.”

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