Life in depression-era California has always been difficult for Raquel. When she must flee her drunken stepfather's abuse, the young woman finds herself without a home or family. Raquel finds new hope with her husband and his family near the oilfield town of Taft, California, as she adjusts to her new life and her pretentious mother-in-law.
In the midst of the Great Depression, tragedy strikes the family leaving Raquel and her mother-in-law, Naomi, with few options besides returning to a drought-plagued farm in Oklahoma. Raquel's former hard-luck life in the fields and squatters' camps of California proves valuable as the women struggle to find their way home and adapt to their new realities. On their journey, the two women discover genuine love requires sacrifice, but can be rewarded with uncompromising loyalty and a second chance at happiness.
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About the Author
• Dynamic Thinking: Models for Organizational Leadership a non-fiction book about organizational development and leadership.
• Spiritual Renewal: Transforming the Mind a self-help book focused on finding spiritually centered purpose.
• The Broken Statue, a fictional novel based on the real-life legacy of oilman E. W. Marland
• Mimosa Lane based on the tumultuous rise of Tulsa, Oklahoma from a rowdy frontier town to "The Oil Capital of the World"
• Brother of the Cross Timber set in Pottawatomie County during the Great Railroad Strikes of 1922
• The Nephilim Code an action thriller set in eastern Oklahoma,
• Guilt's Echo based on the experiences of National Guard soldiers during World War 1
• Lydie's Ghost about a young girl's mysteries in the mid 1980s.
• Return from Wrath about two women who are forced to travel back to their drought-plagued farm in western Oklahoma.
Bob also wrote the play version of The Broken Statue that saw its World Premiere by the Jewel Box Theatre in 2011. The Broken Statue won four Gem Awards including Best Play. He has also written a screenplay for The Broken Statue. His next project has the working title Return From Wrath about a family struggling to find a home during The Great Depression that should be released later in 2012.
Bob's latest release, Lydie's Ghost, is about a young girl whose life rages with uncertainty when her mother and brother move to the small house on 13th Street. The twelve-year-old girl does not understand her life and everything she once trusted seems to be slipping away. When the girl goes to find her brother at an ominous old mansion a few blocks away from their house, she meets a mysterious old woman named Lydie with secrets of her own. Lydie tells Jordan extraordinary stories about the mansion's past, but the young girl wants to know more about the mysteries behind the now vacant mansion, and the secretive woman. As the young girl struggles to determine what is real and imagined, she learns things-and people-are not always what they seem. She discovers friends can come from the most unlikely places to make anyplace home.
Bob is a graduate of Shawnee High School, Oklahoma Christian University, and East Central Oklahoma State University. He has also been actively involved in many community, civic, and professional groups.