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My Life and Times and Books

Oct. 19th, 2013: Book signing at Barnes and Noble for my YA novel Who is Lori Darling? A day before Colette's and my 57th wedding anniversary.

This YA novels tackles the serious but seldom-talked-about issue of incest in a realistic but sensitive way, exploring the mindset of the perpetrator, the victim, and the young man who loves her.

Fishing with teaching colleague and outdoor writer, Bob Smith, in Wisconson, 1988. Bob published the article in the 1989 issue of Sports Afield. Yes, that's me holding the fish, not looking very much like a school teacher. Did I catch it? Why would you even ask?

The entrance to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Saginaw, MI, where my folks and my stepdad are buried. Pictures were taken in July, 2012, by my son, Joe.

My dad, who died before I ever had a chance to know him, my greatest regret in life.

My mom, who lived with my wife and me for many years and helped raise our six kids, never once complaining.

J. Joseph Brown, who married my mom two years after my dad died. I was nine when my dad passed away.

Sold over fifty books that day—Missing Pieces, Last Kiss, Derailed. Made me a best-selling author in the Quad-Cities. But only for a weekend.

The Lady Be Good, the Air Force mystery B-24 bomber from World War II, crashed in the Libyan desert in 1943; its crew was never heard from again. The plane's wreckage was discovered in 1960. Harold Ripslinger had been aboard. This is a picture of Harold and the girl he left behind when he went off to war. Check out the tragic story of the plane and its crew members. Click on the picture.

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The USS New Jersey BB62 unleashing a broadside against North Korea.

Joined the US Navy 1952. Discharged 1955. Served aboard the USS New Jersey BB62 during the Korean War.

My mom and dad and Grandma and Grandpa Ambs (don't recognize the lady in the middle) 1928

My dad, Arthur Ripslinger, and my grandparents, Frank and Abby Ripslinger, 1923

My sister and me. Home from Navy bootcamp, spring, 1952

One-eyed Sean Duffy is a hustler of pool and women. Only five-foot, three-inches tall, he falls in love with 6-foot Mari Jo Moon—and now his life is on the line.

Enjoyed camping and fishing with the kids when everyone was young.

Romantic short stories for the young of heart and for those who believe in happy endings. Click on the heart.

My sister on the left, Nancy; my wife's cousin, Theresa Shannon, in the middle; and my wife's sister, on the right, Mary Long. Of course, in the forefront, as always, my wife, Colette. Oct. 20, 1956

My life's already a derailment—and now my girlfriend's son has been kidnapped. We're both ready to risk our lives to find and save him.

This was just the beginning. Oct. 20, 1956