Building the Summit: The Story of the Summit Bechtel Reserve and The 2013 National Jamboree Yearbook (Picaboo Yearbooks). This two-book project for the Boy Scouts of America began with one book telling the story behind the building of the 10,600-acre Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, which combined a commitment to sustainability with cutting-edge technology. The second book in the project covered the events of the 2013 National Scouting Jamboree, which was the first event to be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
Pedophiles Don’t Discriminate: How to Protect Your Child from Sexual Abuse. This 32-page booklet, written in 2012, is designed to educate parents about sexual predators and help them open the conversation with their child. With a foreword written by Texas Sen. Jane Nelson, this booklet is distributed through schools as well as being available for purchase in digital format.
Lone Stars and Legends: The Story of Texas Music is for all you music buffs out there! This book traces the roots of Texas music back to the days before Texas was even a state, and looks at the sounds that laid the foundation for the blues, jazz, country music and rock ‘n’ roll that we enjoy today. It traces the music up to the 1960s, and along the way it looks at Texas legends Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sippie Wallace, Bob Wills, Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin and many more.
Published in 2001 by Republic of Texas Press, today this book is used to help teach history in the San Antonio school district.
“Lone Stars And Legends is a unique and welcome contribution to the study of Texas cultural history in general, and the history of American music in particular.” – Midwest Book Review
Unshakable remains one of the most fascinating stories that I’ve ever been asked to tell. This book grew out a magazine article that I wrote for Private Clubs magazine. The short story I was assigned was about a Florida man named Rick Silanskas who’d experienced a vivid dream about a little girl who needed his help. The dream was so powerful that Rick became convinced it was far more than just a dream, but that this little girl existed and was waiting for him.
The story of how he found this little girl – in a tiny orphanage in Russia – is a truly inspiring tale of faith, love and determination. Fittingly, the little girl that he first saw in his dreams was named Nadia – which means “hope” in Russian. The book was published in 2005 by Advantage Books.
“This is truly one of the most amazing stories I have ever read.” – Chris Johnson, publisher, “Crossroads” magazine
Mastercraft: Setting a Higher Standard for 40 Years – Mastercraft built its name as the premium manufacturer of inboard wakeboarding, water skiing and luxury performance boats. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, MasterCraft wanted a coffeetable book that celebrated its rich history of building quality boats, as well as showcasing the company’s pivotal role in watersports. I co-wrote this book with Laurie Dent, and it was published by D Custom Publishing in 2008.
Mercy! The Art and Artifacts of Roy Orbison – This book was created in conjunction with an exhibition of Roy Orbison memorabilia that was held at Arizona State University. It takes a close look at the world’s largest private collection of Roy Orbison memorabilia, and tells the story behind many of these pieces.
Getting to Yes With Your Banker: A practical guide for small business owners by Ron Sturgeon & Greg Morse. I was the ghostwriter for this book by an unlikely duo: an entrepreneur and a banker. Each of them offers tips on what small business owners can do to build a winning relationship with their banker, and gives numerous traps to avoid. It was published in 2011 by Mike French Publishing.
Books I’ve Worked On
Green Weenies and Due Diligence: Insider Business Jargon – Raw,Serious and Sometimes Funny by Ron Sturgeon. I served as editor for this unique project, which was published in 2005 by Mike French Publishing. This book of business terms is unlike any other you’ll read … and you just might be surprised by what you learn!
How to Salvage (More!) Millions From Your Small Business by Ron Sturgeon. Entrepreneur Ron Sturgeon wanted to update his guide for small business owners, originally titled simply, “How to Salvage Millions From Your Small Business.” I served as editor to provide an expanded, updated edition of this invaluable guide, which was published by Mike French Publishing in 2009.
Your To-Be List: Turn Those Dreaded To-Do’s into Meaningful Moments Every Day by James McMahon and Lauren Rosenfeld. This uplifting book takes a new approach to the daily “to-do” list; it looks at how to transform life’s most difficult challenges into meaningful moments and lasting lessons. I served as editor for this fascinating book, which was published in 2010 by Wisdomology Publishing.
Civil War Reflections: Honoring the Battles, Soldiers and Spirits by Vernon Dutton. I served as editor of this 2012 coffee table book, which looks at the Civil War through the eyes of a soldier, and uses vivid photography by Cindy Baldhoff to help tell its stories.
Love, Like Dim Sum by Lea Tesoro. This 2012 non-fiction book takes a fascinating look inside the world of virtual reality and how the relationships created within that space apply to both the virtual and real world.
How to Survive a Hurt Attack by Dr. M. Hunter. Using spiritual principles, this book, published in 2012, looks at how readers can move beyond difficult times and places in their lives to transform themselves from the inside out.