The seventh book, ‘Third Time is a Charm,’ has Rick making a movie he didn’t want to do, singing a song against his will and trying to complete the tenth grade.

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.

Danger and adventure keep coming his way, from a pedophile to the KGB the world seems out to get him. Life is strange when the Hell’s Angeles consider you one of them. The State of California can’t comprehend that self-study can be more efficient than a classroom. Flying multi-engine aircraft proves to be easy compared to getting and keeping a girlfriend.

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

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 7: Third Time is a Charm

Chapter 1 (partial)

I had to hit the ground running Monday, well, not hit the ground, but I had a busy day ahead and had to get moving. Up at five, I still did not beat Ben Carpenter to the stables. Bob had been told of Ben’s coming on board, so there was no surprise.

Bob acted relieved to be going back to the ranch. I think all the socializing he had to do was getting to him. Though I must say, his nods were more at ease than they had been. I don’t think he was quite the introvert he thought he was. Why he had a three-second nod last night, and it had a little side-ways bob to it. Neat, Bob was bobbing his head.

I hate Mondays!

Anyway, before I even started my run, I oversaw the handover from Bob to Ben. Bob explained the daily routine to Ben. I found out Bob had been holding out. He could speak full sentences. Last night Dad had tipped Bob one hundred dollars for his efforts, which might have helped his mood.

Ben and Bob had a good conversation about each of the horses. I understood about half of that and learned a few things along the way. The horses had been vaccinated for strangles last month, so they should be good for a year with the usual precautions. They had been dewormed before leaving the ranch so that they would be due next month, and none of them had the laminitis stance.

I pretended to know what they were talking about, but I don’t think I fooled anyone. I finally broke down and asked questions. Turned out strangles is distemper. All horses need deworming regularly depending on the climate and laminitis, which results in sore feet and hunching of the back was from too much grain. Good to know.

The last instruction was to watch out that Mary didn’t overfeed Misty. Misty would let Mary get her so fat her belly would drag on the ground.

After that short education, Bob and I helped Ben move his things into the apartment above the stable. Bob had his truck all packed and ready to go. With a sharp nod, he headed out. It was a nice nod, saying, “Hey, I enjoyed this, you aren’t too bad for a bunch of city slickers. Let’s do this again sometime, and if you’re out my way, look me up.”

Well, at least that is what I thought it meant. At long last, I was able to go on my morning run. I saw the sprained ankle couple and waved. I couldn’t remember their names.

Breakfast was busy. First, Dad reminded me that we had a full business review at the office on Thursday. Then Mum informed us that Sybil and Popeye would be arriving tomorrow and staying through Saturday. They will be going to Boeing with them on Wednesday.

Next was Susan Wallace, who had joined us in response to the beach party news, but I had to talk to her about Dennis anyway.

Our first discussion was about the tabloids and Alice. Pictures were everywhere. I loved the one that identified her as a Hungarian Princess that was incognito. I wondered if Hungary had Princesses anymore.

Susan told me that I would pay for that. The tabloids were a vengeful bunch. I wasn’t too worried. It wasn’t as though I were courting public opinion as though I were running for office.

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 7: Third Time is a Charm

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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What readers are saying about this book

Very fun series! I highly recommend this series if you want a good ‘ol fun read. I’m 70+ years old and enjoy the heck out of this series. It’s like Forrest Gump on steroids!

5 star book review

Mark

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A Great Coming Of Age Series This author really engaged my interest from the first book. It began in an area with which I am familiar, set during the time when I lived there. The overall results are obviously more than a bit unlikely, but the individual activities are very reasonable. Further, Mr. Nelson’s style is easy to read and very engaging.

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Ralph S. Seibert III

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Lots of “old” references If you’re older these books will take you back in time to “ better” days when as a kid mom and dad didn’t worry about you so much when one went out to spend times with friends. You’ll be reminded of old commercials and people in entertainment.

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Kindle Customer

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Another great installment from Ed Nelson Book 7 continues the tale of Richard Jackson. Follow along as Rick tackles life as a most unusual teens. You have to read it yourself as I can't do it justice.

5 star book review

Olddave61

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I really enjoy this author!!!! Great plot! I love following. Rick go from Ricky to Sir Richard. All the sub-plots and actual people in history. I just enjoy it so much.

5 star book review

KMc

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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

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The Richard Jackson Saga

The Beginning

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The Richard Jackson Saga

School Days

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Hollywood

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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

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The Richard Jackson Saga

First Steps

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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.