I am a native Texan and live in Dallas where the weather is unpredictable, the Dallas Cowboys hunt another victory, and my mind spins another inspirational story to be told.

As a writer and avid movies buff, I love the powerful energy behind words. Words capture and cling to people in a dramatic, poignant way – and live deep inside us all. It does not matter if those words are written or spoken; all of us have tales yearning to be shared with each other.

A few years ago, I drove past my childhood home in Texas: a nostalgic place where tender childhood memories still reside deep inside me. I remember those hot Texas summer nights hanging out with my sister, friends, spirited pets and my girlfriend who lived across the street. This happy snapshot transported me back in time to endless, steamy nights as we watched July 4th fireworks, ate homemade ice cream on the front porch, and cooled off at the local lake.

My childhood feels like it happened just yesterday — innocent moments taken from my carefree youth. These memories comforted me and carried me to a place where I longed to stay – a peaceful haven where I could escape my hectic ‘adult’ life. These idyllic, cherished memories were the inspiration for my first novel, “Sons In The Clouds”. My long-time career as a pilot and my love of aviation are seen through my main characters, Andy and Wade, who serve as Navy pilots in the Vietnam War.

 

 

Sons in the Clouds

The love of strong, faithful women really conquers all…especially when fate imprisons two Texas Navy pilots in one of the Vietnam War’s deadliest POW jungle camps.  Childhood friends Andy Stevens and Wade Hamilton share the same dream of becoming fighter pilots. With tearful send-offs and ‘until death do us part’ promises from high school sweethearts, they finally turn their boyhood aspirations into reality when they are appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. But their idyllic dreams quickly turn into their own Hell on Earth when they are captured as POWs and must fight to stay alive. With the unwavering love of the women they leave behind and a fierce loyalty to their unconditional friendship, divine intervention saves their lives.

Supernatural mercy in the form of a brave “angel” brings Andy and Wade home to the devoted women who never gave up hope. Despite the fact that she doesn’t know whether her husband is alive or dead behind enemy lines, Rebecca (Andy’s wife) remains strong and never falters in her devotion to Andy. She relies on her faith and love to get her through her darkest days. When Wade finally calls Rebecca after his escape from the POW camp, she reveals an unexpected secret that makes his homecoming even more bittersweet and poignant.

Sons in The Clouds weaves a raw emotional drama that reveals the tender fragility of human relationships, and leaves readers filled with hopeful messages long after the final page is read.

 

 

Randy’s Cause:

Starr Readers (http://www.starrreaders.com/)

Starr Readers is an organization that provides books every year to the impoverished children of Starr County
which is situated along the Texas/Mexico border. Founded by Karen Furlong of Dallas, her passionate dedication
to this worthy cause gives books to those who otherwise wouldn’t be allowed the gift of reading. Please visit
their website for further information. A portion of my books proceeds will be provided.

 

Author Links:

Personal website: http://www.theinspirationalwriter.com
Connect with me also on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
Books available online at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony Reader Store, and Apple I-Bookstore

 

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