WELCOME TO THE NORTH FLORIDA WRITER BOOK PAGE: PRESENTING THE WORKS OF JAMES DICK (Updated June 9, 2018)
WRITING IS A JOURNEY AND COMPLETING A MANUSCRIPT IS JUST THE BEGINNING: ALL FOR THE LOVE OF THE WRITTEN WORD
Hi Everyone, My name is James Dick and I am North Florida Writer (northfloridawriter.com) and this page gives information about my writing endeavor and my ACTIVE books. My two most recent books are two that are especially relevant to three of nature's gifts that I love so much: the the sea, the beach and horses. Summers at Old Nags Head: Boyhood "Glory Days" of the 1950s and '60s. recently released, details my days of youth in which all of my summers until graduating from high school on those beautiful beaches known as North Carolina's Outer Banks. Immediately prior, I released Confessions of a "Horse Husband," which is my account of falling in love with an avid equestrian and doing what it took to win her over, including the bumps and bruises of learning how to handle those big animals. Other books of note include Thou Shall Not Take Our Land, a fictional political novel set in Florida in the future which shows what could happen if citizens lose sight of holding elected officials accountable for their actions. And finally, based upon my faith, I published a book entitled A Blogger Shares His Faith, a book of short devotionals which were previously in my blog on this website. All of my books are available on Amazon, the two most recent on both Kindle and Prime, the prior ones on Kindle. Links to the Amazon purchase sites are found on this page as well.
When I retired from business a few years back, I knew that I wanted an avocation to keep me busy and motivated in life. I thought about it for a while before realizing that I always wanted to write a book and for the first time in my life I had the time to devote to it. Little did I know at the time that I would get the writing bug and really throw my heart and soul into it. But I asked God for His help and guidance and over time it came together.
My first book was a fun family book about animals, Honey We Shoulda' Bought the Ark (it's still available on Kindle), but it really didn't get me where I wanted to go material wise. I love animals, though, and it was a great place to start. I've been working at it ever since, writing more books and staying in practice with my blog. Writing is like anything else you want to master; it takes practice.
Here are the links to both of my recent books and the two previous. Just copy and paste the links in your browser and it will take you to the Amazon book sites.
Summers at Old Nags Head https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DKT6W8C (Kindle Version)
Summers at Old Nags Head https://www.amazon.com/dp/1983100900 (Prime Paperback)
Confessions of a "Horse Husband" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077BSTND5 (Kindle Version)
Confessions of a "Horse Husband" https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973307200 (Prime Paperback)
Thou Shall Not Take Our Land https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XBY7C4T
Imagine a young boy sitting on the low dunes overlooking a beautiful beach on the Atlantic shore. He watches the deep blue sea and its waves continue the constant march of reshaping the beach as it has done since time began. Suddenly, a geyser of water erupts on the sea. It suggests a shark has made contact with his mortal enemy, the porpoise, and is likely dead from the pummeling taken. Meanwhile, dogs run free and jeeps drive by while families gather seashells or watch in amazement as a sandfiddler comes out of his hole on the beach looking for his next meal. The boy is excited as he thinks about the coming bonfire and the burnt marshmallows that he will enjoy in the evening.
A nice scene isn’t it, but is it imagination? No, it’s the way things were at Old Nags Head in the 1950s on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. How do I know? I know because I was that boy and this is my story. Open the pages and experience the joy for yourself. They truly were “Glory Days” at Old Nags Head.
MORE ABOUT CONFESSIONS OF A "HORSE HUSBAND"
Confessions of a “Horse Husband” is a true story written by a man who became who he is because of his love for a beautiful woman who lives, eats, sleeps and dreams horses. She is “The Horse Lady” and she’s one of a large number of active women who are devoted to all things equine.
After nearly seventeen years of being a “Horse Husband”, the author decided it was time to document this lifestyle with its positive changes and impact. There are thousands of men sharing the same lifestyle, for there are many beautiful, smart and sometimes stubborn women who have the “horse bug.” It is not a disease, but it is an addiction which starts with their first experience with the beautiful animal known as the horse and captures them. And when a man falls in love with a “Horse Lady”, he quickly becomes acquainted with the motto that guides her: “Love me, love my horses.” It’s just the way they are. If he wants her to love him, he must accept her as she is and want to be a part of her lifestyle. To do otherwise will result in failure.
Confessions of a "Horse Husband" is about making mistakes, paying for those mistakes with bruises and painful toes among other body parts, and learning from those mistakes. It is also about having fun and laughter, enjoying the fresh air and open space and experiencing love in a special setting. It covers some of the most memorable moments of his life. The story is never dull, it's full of surprises and involves widely different situations, many wonderful and some not so much.
Experience the life of the “Horse Husband” as he lives the lifestyle of being the partner of a lady equestrian and he delights in what she does with horses. And don’t worry, she allows him the occasional grumble or two which comes with married life.
The book includes beauty, pride, joy, humor, sadness and, most of all, love. Love is what it takes to win the heart of “The Horse Lady.” It’s a special love that requires a special type of man. And that’s because it also requires loving what she does with those beautiful animals who have captivated her and loving them as well.
Open the pages and find out why this "Horse Husband", despite a few questioning moments, wouldn't change his lifestyle for anything. Come read his confessions.
MORE ABOUT THOU SHALL NOT TAKE OUR LAND BY JAMES DICK:
Thou Shall Not Take Our Land is a fictional political action adventure which shows what the future could be like if Americans refuse to pay attention to what their leaders do. It is set in Alachua County, Florida in 2033 as a group of patriotic citizens, led by John Argyle and his elderly father, Angus, almost mistakenly learn of tyranny being perpetuated by bureaucratic officials at state and federal levels.
The story involves the Argyle family, elder father and grown son, rural property owners who join with a group of neighbors and others in the area who find that government is attempting to put unreasonable control on their use of their land while violating all rules in areas that are not developed themselves. Its a story of lack of transparency, illegality and actions bordering on treason as they find that government officials at all levels seek to implement tyranny on behalf of One World Order dictates which they think originate in Washington, D.C. but in reality are led led by internationalists. As lower level officials become corrupted by power and money as well, local citizens do the only thing they can do: they prepare for battle.
The leader, John Argyle, a retired Marine, gains association with other like-minded military and civilians in the military, government and other spheres of influence to try and stop an agenda being pushed by a heavy hand. Don't think it could happen here? Well, until recent years that would have clearly been the case but now it's not so certain. Will it or can it happen? No one can truly predict the future, but the novel was written to support an awareness of the possibility and to present what a likely scenario could be in such circumstances.
Read it for yourself and decide. After all, each of us has power to influence the course of social and political actions if we engage. Remain passive and mischief will always take place as the influence of power and money is always an aphrodisiac for abuse. Paying attention and staying alert to possibilities is the why for the book. At the same time, it will hopefully be entertaining as fiction, for it is fiction and will remain so if Americans stand for constitutional government and property rights, not surrender. And if it does remain to be fiction, take it for what fiction is, not truth but merely a story.
Will Thou Shall Not Take Our Land all turn out well or turn into instability, chaos and even tyranny? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out. Even then, the answer might not be as cut and dried as we would like.
MORE ABOUT A BLOGGER SHARES HIS FAITH
Over the last four-plus years, I have produced a blog on this web site with one of the most important subjects being my Christian faith and what it means to me. During that period, I also wrote a large number of devotionals and meditations for several Protestant publications. With over twenty-years of Sunday School teaching experience, I finally realized that a book on my Christian faith would be appropriate and I had amassed so many different commentaries over the years that I thought I would share some of them in book form. I must admit, my wife was the driver in this, telling me that it was a natural and that many people enjoyed my work. And therein I arrived at the title, A Blogger Shares His Faith and I’ve compiled fifty (plus two additional Easter commentaries) into Kindle book format which is now available.
So here are an assortment of them, all addressing God and His importance to mankind. I hope you find them as helpful to you as they have been for me, for I know that whenever I focus on God and all His glory, the day shines brighter. Happy reading and may the love of God always be in your heart.
AUTHOR BIO: JAMES DICK
Author James Dick is a former military officer and retired businessman who only began writing as he neared retirement. His book, “Summers at Old Nags Head” tells his personal story of just how wonderful those shimmering sands on the Atlantic shore were in his boyhood days. It was written to provide a living record of how life was as a boy spending summers at the beach in the days when jeeps and dogs ran free on the beach and neighbors looked out for one another.
His previous book, “Confessions of a Horse Husband,” another personal story of life with a wife who is a “Horse Lady,” details the trials and tribulations of a “Horse Husband” learning the tricks of the trade needed to support his wife’s passion for those beautiful animals.
Both of the books are available on Amazon.com, both in E-book and paperback (Kindle and Prime) and can be located on that site by name and book title. The beach, the sea and horses, a perfect combination to use in showing James’ love for horses, the beach and sea, wonderful components of all of God’s Creation. He plans to continue writing about his love for nostalgia in nature and life as long as He allows.
READING OFFERS SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO PUT YOURSELF IN DIFFERENT PLACES AND DIFFERENT SITUATIONS. I HOPE YOU WILL FIND ONE OR ALL OF MY BOOKS TO SHARE A VARIED LOOK AT LIFE AND WHAT MAKES US TICK.