‘Star to Deckhand,’ has Rick working and living in California. Starring in a new movie has its challenges whilst going on Holidays is a world of its own. From Ed Nelson author, writer of alternate history short novels.

Coming of age stories don’t have to be all teenage angst, they can be fun-filled adventures. With humor, we follow a young man’s coming of age in the late 1950s. Starting in the summer before his freshman year it follows him through high school and beyond. He finds wealth as an inventor and fame in Hollywood as he searches for a girlfriend. Wealth and fame prove far easier than girls.

As Rick gains skills in his new role as an actor he finds that he can sing, to a point. A dark and dangerous side of the family comes forth when Soviet Agents kidnap his sister. The move into Jackson House has its surprises. While the family flies to England for their Holiday, Rick works his way there as a deckhand on a freighter. Cuba, Argentina, Africa, and England each have their own adventures for our maturing young man.

This tongue in cheek saga is all true, give or take a lie or two.

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 5 Star to Deckhand

Chapter 1 (partial)

The week started normally; Dad rousted me out of bed as he had been doing. Now that was strange. When I was on my own, I woke up without an alarm and got right up and at it. With Dad here, I sleep as long as I can. Now that was plain strange. I must be the only teenager in the world like that.

Once up, I got right to it. Exercise and go out to run. Dick was there. He wanted to talk.

“Rick, something weird is going on. I was approached by the FBI, who told me I was going to be considered for a special project. They wanted Janice and me to answer a long questionnaire about our lives and permit them to check our story out. It is like we are being given a top-secret clearance or something. I called the LA FBI office and found the agent is real, so we went ahead.”

“One thing Janice and I agree upon is if anything strange is going on in our lives, you are probably involved.”

Ouch!

“If it is what I think it is, Dick, you have no worries. You and Janice will like it. In the meantime, I can’t talk about it. You should know in a couple of weeks. Nothing will happen if things don’t work out, as I hope. You can’t lose on this deal.”

“Is your Mum involved?”

“Yes, she is.”

“I have my suspicions about her, so we will see what we see.”

Now it was my turn to worry. What were his suspicions? I couldn’t ask as I would give away too much. Instead, I just bore down and ran as hard as I could. The high school coach was there and waved as we blasted by him.

As I finished dressing after my shower, the phone was ringing. After a brief conversation, Dad grabbed it and handed me the phone. It was from Mark Downing. The DF flyers were ready to go out to the distributors today. He had one in hand, and it looked really good. In the meantime, the actual hard copy catalog was going to the printers, so we were in business. Mark was as excited as I was.

Dad dropped me off at the studio with a “break a leg.”

I think that was for a stage play, but I would take it how it was given. The set was a beehive of activity by the time I was out of makeup and costume. They were doing a scene with Maid Marian and the village children. All the girls were playing with dolls while the boys were shooting small bows.

I had read the script, and it had said nothing about dolls, so I asked more out of curiosity than anything else. A set dresser was standing there, so I asked him where the dolls had come from. “They are not dolls.”

I had to look again; they sure looked like dolls to me.

“What are they?”

“Poppets or puppets,” he replied.

“Oh,” I answered.

I still thought they were dolls.

He laughed, “Poppets is what they called dolls in medieval times. The term Dolls didn’t come into use until much later.”

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 5 Star to Deckhand

Cast in Time Book 5 available March 1st!


Earl of Marches

An Engineer finds himself in an Alternate reality, Cornwall, in the year 715 A.D. He awakens in the body of a young Baron. James Fletcher, now the Count of Cornwall, is facing new adversaries in the Franks.

They try to assassinate him and his family, precipitating a full-out war. In the meantime, advancements were made in steam engines, cannons, ships, and electricity. Continue you on with this wild ride through the eighth century.

Earl E. (Ed) Nelson

I have always wanted to be an author. I had my first rejection slip in about 1965. Wish I had saved it. For many years the only writing I did was technical as pesky things like three children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren came along.

My technical writing was in the field of quality in several different journals. I worked in the field of quality for over fifty years, starting as a line inspector and ending up as a Vice-President of Quality and elected a Fellow of the American Society for Quality.

Then a wonderful thing happened. I lost my job and was out of work for almost eight months. To keep from going crazy I wrote. I posted my stories on an online site, and lo and behold people read them and said nice things. Fast forward about eight years and I am retired and writing for the fun of it.

A lot of what is in my stories is based on my life experiences, gasp! Give or take a lie or two that is. The one fortunate thing in my career is that I got to travel worldwide and have been to most of the locations I write about.

In my younger days, I tried hot air ballooning, sky diving, white water rafting, spelunking, and target shooting. I have collected stamps, drove in road rallies, lowly rated by the US Chess federation. I built a Kentucky long rifle and a dueling pistol. I am a licensed HAM radio operator. My hobby is having hobbies.

My true passion is reading. Trapped in a hotel room I would read the telephone book. The TV would not be turned on. I have averaged 200 books a year for the last sixty years. I knew those long flights were good for something.

BTW I was born in the middle of an air raid in England during World War II, the house next door was destroyed and our windows were blown out. That is probably the most interesting thing I have been involved with. Mum never forgave me. Happily married for 56 years I hope my wife doesn’t catch on to what a goof I am.

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A riot to read After the first two books, I bought the rest of the series written so far. A lot of historical stuff whizzing by as the main protagonists lives his daily life that is anything but normal...

5 star book review

Kindle Customer

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Just keeps getting better!! Gotta tell you that I love this series! Kinda like Forrest Gump where he meets famous people and accidentally invents well known things in present time. Like the handheld hair dryer. It also reminds me of an old time newspaper serial where the hero has new adventures in every chapter...

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Linda Brown

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Deck hand and more Wow, and the adventures continue. The thought of sailing the Atlantic, and working your way to Europe. Does this young man ever stop? Well and that is the way, give a lie or two .

5 star book review

Mikefrmgarner

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Wonderful series! Wonderful series with well drawn characters that you want to know more about. So glad that the author has chosen to publish his works and I am looking forward to the coming books and the continuation of the story. Keep up the good work.

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Joseph E. Ingraham

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Very entertaining and fun read. It's a great read. It was very entertaining. A young man always in the right place at the right time.

5 star book review

Gary Berry

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Books

Other Books by Ed Nelson

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Cast in Time

The Baron

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Cast in Time

Baron of Middle Counties

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Cast in Time

Count

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Cast in Time

Earl

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - The Beginning

The Richard Jackson Saga

The Beginning

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - School Days

The Richard Jackson Saga

School Days

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Hollywood

The Richard Jackson Saga

Hollywood

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - In the Movies

The Richard Jackson Saga

In the Movies

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Star to Deckhand

The Richard Jackson Saga

Star to Deckhand

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Surfing Dude

The Richard Jackson Saga

Surfing Dude

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Third Time is a Charm

The Richard Jackson Saga

Third Time is a Charm

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Oxford University

The Richard Jackson Saga

Oxford University

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Cold War

The Richard Jackson Saga

Cold War

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Taking Care of Business

The Richard Jackson Saga

Taking Care of Business

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Interesting Times

The Richard Jackson Saga

Interesting Times

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Escape from Siberia

The Richard Jackson Saga

Escape from Siberia

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Regicide

The Richard Jackson Saga

Regicide

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - What’s Under? Down Under.

The Richard Jackson Saga

What’s Under? Down Under.

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - The Lunar Kingdom

The Richard Jackson Saga

The Lunar Kingdom

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - First Steps

The Richard Jackson Saga

First Steps

Book cover for Ever and Always

Ever and Always

Immortality and the Apocalypse

F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions for Ed Nelson

  • I had a contracted project finished and had time before the next one started. I had been thinking about a story for several years so decided to give it a try. It worked. I'm retired now so it is a nice hobby and the extra income is nice.

  • I started out as a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants, no plot, no ending just writing. That works on a single novel but not a series. So now I try to plot, only gross outlines. When I get hung up on where to go next the pantser takes over.

  • Plotting! Don't have telephones before you have electricity under control. Well maybe two tin cans and a string.

  • I'm the hero of course. Eveyone else is an archetype. As a hero I'm also a archetype. That makes me a pretty shallow person! Maybe I'm not a hero after all.

  • Involving the reader deeper and deeper into the story until the most outrageous acts are believable.

  • Walk away until the guilt piles up and start writing again.

  • My voice is exactly that. When I type out the words I'm speaking them in my head as though I was telling the story our loud around a campfire. It is how I speak.

  • I'm a voracious reader so many books have influenced me. I can't point to any specific one, but I know that I have picked up elements of storytelling.