Saturday, August 1, 2015


by Glen Aaron

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Summary of Book 1 of The Prison Trilogy -- Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation... even crime!

When Jackie Bancroft's husband died in 1952, he left her an heiress to the income and value of The Wall Street Journal and one of the wealthier women in America. Almost 50 years later, Jackie would marry Ronnie Lee Morgan, a 50-year old gay interior decorator. Morgan was one of many clients in the active law practice of author Glen Aaron. This unusual marriage lasted until Jackie's mysterious death five years later. Throughout that period, Aaron became entwined in the personal lives and demands of the couple, along with handling many of their legal affairs. The huge money and property distributions made by Jackie to her husband, designed and handled by Aaron, resulted in a two-year federal prison sentence for Aaron. The first book in the trilogy is that story.


"Jackie had built an invisible shield. How she felt, who she was deep inside, was insulated by what might be called "Jackie logic." In a personal encounter, she could be brutally blunt by pointing out a physical imperfection or character defect of the person she was talking to. "You're too fat. You should do something about it." "You're not my friend. You just want my money." She used innumerable clich├ęs and platitudes for defensive purposes, designed to throw the other person off their game. Over the years, her repertoire grew with use. That "devil take the hindmost" attitude she had had since childhood gave her the confidence to not care what people thought of her. It was they who were after her, not she who was after them. On occasion, she would joke with me that this aspect of her personality was because her parents were first cousins.

"Wealth, extreme wealth, attracts a type of court, as in the days of Louis XIV, that some of these people want to be a part of. It gives them meaning to be seen rubbing shoulders with others of the coterie. Even if the Queen, in this case, Jackie, is not present, there is a sense of acceptance when the court is in session, each person wondering about the others’ special relationship with Jackie. Is it more special, more personal than theirs? This is the social effect of it: The pushing and crowding for pecking-order position, to be that special one who knows the lady just a little better than the next, or to casually say, "When I was having dinner with Jackie the other night…," or to drop some other offhand remark indicating one's special privilege with Jackie. None of this is so much about money as it is about being accepted and part of an honored, moneyed circle. To the social elite, real or imagined, you are known by the clubs to which you belong and those with whom you associate. If you can claim a special or private relationship with a powerful, rich, or influential person, then you are one up on the rest of the group. You are who your friends are, whether they are really your friends or not."

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    Author Glen Aaron

Glen writes both fiction and nonfiction from his forty-year career and experience as a trial lawyer and consultant in international business and banking.

His nonfiction work as the observer in The Prison Trilogy tells the tales, in chronological order, of how he came to be a lawyer for a Wall Street Journal heiress and her gay husband, and how that representation landed him in federal prison. That is the first in The Trilogy. The second book tells the story of his cellmate, Colonel George Trofimoff, serving life for spying for the KGB. The final book of The Trilogy describes the prisoners, Glen's experiences and takes a hard look at the American criminal justice system.

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The author has a law practice and at times runs into interesting clients. Such is the case in this book. Ron is a very unique fellow . He has been in many ventures that seem to go bankrupt or he parts ways with his partner in a most conspicuous way. He meets Mr. Aaron who becomes his lawyer. Soon the author will find that "envy and greed is where Ron lives." In the book the author says , "Greed hustles even the hustlers."

Ron , who is gay will become involved with a woman named Jackie Bancroft Spencer. She is a "Wall Street Journal Heiress " that is one of the richest women in America. When these two meet and start to become a couple , the story takes us through twists and turns as Ron seems to be always scheming to take advantage of Jackie . What will his ultimate goal be?

The book is filled with a very detailed history of the Bancroft's as the author discovers how they became wealthy . Jackie , who was tall in stature, was a fierce competitor and spoke her mind freely with no worries about whom she would hurt with her piercing words . Would her personality collide with Ron's? 

After Ron and Jackie marry, it seems that Ron's many money problems were disappearing. Jackie had a firm grip on the finances and Ron was soon to learn that he was being controlled by Jackie and her vast wealth . Jackie had little to no relationship with her children and often had fights with them over money. 

Why would a 50 year old gay man marry a 74 year old woman? That question would bother the author as time went on. He became almost like a "yes" man when doing financial dealings for them. His ties to them were beginning to border on unlawful dealings that could cost him his freedom one day. What happened on that fateful day that would turn his life upside down and question the loyalty and devotion that Ron had for his wife? The author does an incredible job of laying a foundation that gives us a glimpse into a marriage that seemed more like a business deal than a marriage of love.

This is a story that shows how wealth , deceit, bad business decisions and an ill fated relationship can destroy several lives. The author is drawn into a web of lies, and underhanded dealings. It has all the elements of a page turner and leaves you wanting more from the author. It is a fascinating, downward spiral of the life of not only Jackie , but Ron and Mr. Aaron as well. Along the journey you will find who Ron really is and watch as he takes the author into a dangerous game of trying to stay one step ahead of losing vast amounts of money and trying to stay out of jail . This book starts from the beginning with a powerful cast of people who find themselves intertwined in each other's lives as their destruction will have you on the edge of your seat. I enjoyed the book so much I found myself not wanting the story to end. I would recommend this book to everyone who has a thirst for intrigue, mystery, power and destruction that leaves you wanting more. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

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by Cliff Hudder

Ne’er-do-well immigration attorney Harrison Bent can’t imagine why the wealthy and mysterious Maggie Leudecke wants him to solve her eminent domain problem.  If he didn’t have an angry wife to placate, an inscrutable stalker to identify, an obsessed girlfriend to escape, and a murder to solve, a successful outcome to the Leudecke case might revive his career, pay for his autistic son’s special school, and—most important of all—help convince his young paralegal, Chloe, that the afternoon she spent with him in a cheap motel wasn’t an error in judgment, but the beginning of something profound.

If only he had some clue as to what he was doing ...  


"I can think of no one writing today who has so beautifully put into vital relationship officious history and literary fiction with such provocative and thoroughly entertaining results. This is a stunning debut by a master storyteller."  — Wendell Mayo, author of Centaur of the North, In Lithuanian Wood, and B Horror and Other Stories

"I don't recall many historical novellas or novels abounding in comedy. Another distinctive technique is the pseudo-footnotes. They remind me of Nabokov's footnotes in Pale Fire." — Robert Phillips, author of Spinach Days, News About People You Know.

From the book: I know myself. That’s the good news. That’s also the bad news. For example, I knew I was not equipped to deal with the Leudecke case. I also knew I wouldn’t turn it down or hand it off to somebody better suited. But, seriously, what background did I have in eminent domain?  Or with Mexican drug dealers?  Or dead Mexican drug dealers?  None. And I knew it.

CLIFF HUDDER earned an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Houston. His work has received the Barthelme and Michener Awards, the Peden Prize, and the Short Story Award from the Texas Institute of Letters.  His novella, Splinterville, won the 2007 Texas Review Fiction Award.  He teaches English at Lone Star College-Montgomery and lives in Conroe, Texas.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

You Can Write 50,000 Words in Thirty Days by D.J. Mynatt

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I was given a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

As I began the book, I realized I knew nothing about what is involved in writing a book to get published. I learned what NANOWRIMO was and became very intrigued . National Novel Writing Month happens each November where people sign up to take the challenge of writing 50,000 words in thirty days. Sounds easy , doesn't it? Maybe for some it is, but for others it is a challenge to begin your first thought onto paper.

The author takes us on her own journey during that month and shares with us the frustration and extreme pressure of trying to write a very specific word count. It does sound intimidating , but with the tools the author gives you in her book, you can achieve that goal.

She gives us a daily glimpse into her day as she tries to reach her daily goals. For some this could be a real challenge if you are juggling a full time job and have other comittments . For those who are thinking of doing this challenge, I encourage you to have the authors book as your go to reference material. In the book is valuable resources,along with her personal journey and encouraging scriptures to help motivate and empower you. This is a must read for all new authors who need inspiration and encouragement to pursue their dream of writing their first novel.