Living an adventurous and suspenseful winter in the middle of the Colorado Rockies was the last thing Ian expected from his student merit award. Missing his best friend, Zack, and all his other friends was what he thought about most. That apprehension would soon be replaced with danger,intrigue, new friendships and an unbreakable bond with his Colorado host family and their daughter, Katie. He would soon become involved in discovering secret rooms, old mines, underground waterfalls, and the secret of French Pete and the Ghost of St. Elmo. What secret did the hidden room hold and would the underground waterfalls hold the answers to many of the mysteries that had long been unanswered in these haunted mountains? The strange flickering lights that would appear mysteriously in the high hills behind the ranch would only add to the intrigue and suspicions. Someone or some thing definitely wanted Ian to go back to where he came from. But, who and why? Could it be worth his life? In his latest book, "The Ghost of St. Elmo," L.Parks Sanford weaves this suspense and action filled novel with more twists and turns than the young characters involved can possibly believe. The true mystery takes place in and around the old mining town of St. Elmo. Would their lives in constant danger, force them to ask the question....Do ghosts really exist? With their lives hanging in the balance, the answer may haunt them, forever. This is a novel not to be missed. Can you solve the mystery before they do? This is the second book in the series with the adventures of Ian and Zack, the first one being, "The Mystery of Falcon Falls Lake."
About the Author
Born in the south, his young life would take a bizarre turn at the age of three. His mother and father divorced and he would be transplanted to a small town in upstate Ohio. On one visit to his mother's favorite cocktail lounge, his life took a dramatic turn. "Would you please watch my little boy while I go to the restroom," his mother asked the lady sitting next to her. The lady politely responded that she would. His mother never would return. The lady who had agreed to watch him took him home so that he would be safe and, subsequently, kept him for two weeks hoping the mother would return to pick him up or at least contact her. She never would. After exhausting all attempts to locate her, she was forced to call the local children's orphanage. Larry, he was called, was then to spend the next few years of his life as a resident of Green Acres Orphanage until the age of nearly nine.
Things would change after spending five years in the orphanage, when a couple from a well known family in a town not far away would visit looking for a child to adopt. They would pick Larry and after a two month trial period they made arrangements for permanent adoption procedures to begin. He would become, Lawrence Parks Sanford, dropping his former middle name of Reed, and claiming one that was a family name from his adoptive mother's side.Larry grew up happy in this town; Elyria, the very town where he had been abandoned on the bar stool.His adoptive father would become mayor. He attended the local high school, excelling in athletics, which afforded him the opportunities to attend a number of colleges on a baseball scholarship or the chances to try out for Baltimore or Detroit's professional baseball teams. Being somewhat rebellious, due to strife and insecurity as a very young boy, he turned his back on his family and those golden opportunities, enlisting in the United States Marine Corps the day after graduation. Larry would then go on to serve with the Marines in Chu Lai, Viet Nam 1964-1966 and a total of 4 years plus.
Larry's past has served as guideline and inspiration for his writings today. He had an opportunity to meet both his birth parents when he was a young man and was able to express his forgiveness for their errors in judgement. They have both since passed therefore he still knows very little of his family's history. He married Susan Dusek of Bay Village, Ohio over 35 years ago. They have a son, Ian, who attends the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs. Larry resides now and for the past 33 years in Rock Hill, South Carolina. After many years as a successful landscape designer and contractor, he retired to pursue his passion of writing and creating wonders and tales for children and young adults; writing under the pen name of, L.Parks Sanford.