Jelly Beans in Life is a well-crafted slice of Americana that takes place in
1987 during a California housing boom. Larry is an ambitious, Ronald
Reagan loving, salesman in the plumbing industry who adeptly
engineers clever solutions for the challenges that unfold. Susan is a
John Lennon loving, left leaning democrat. She cherishes her vintage
Corvette, teaching high school and acting as the lightening rod of a
small town city council that is wrestling with a housing moratorium.
Charlie is the beloved, aging chocolate lab who is the master of the ranch that serves as Larry and Susan Schafer’s home. By staying neutral during the couple’s verbal ping pong matches Charlie is rewarded with left-overs and jelly bean snacks. The captivating story told in an engaging, humorous manner, will inspire the reader to find the jelly beans in their life.
In Jelly Beans in Life 2, ‘Trails’, the author paints a tapestry of emotions;
hardy laughs in one scene followed by emotional firestorms in the next.
Character interaction is freewheeling, witty and honest. The tale weaves together personal struggles and business challenges; rewarding
the reader with clever resolutions; offering conflicts and resolutions
that motivate the reader to turn pages. Larry and Susan are again
featured in leading rolls much like Spencer Tracy and Katheryn
Hepburn. The humor is ‘Seinfeld-esque’. Characters like ‘The Pencil
Breaker’ and ‘Socrates’ enrich the story. Frank and Red are again Larry’s
hard-nosed mentors. Charlie, the ever loyal companion and Sergeant
Pepper, the perceptive stallion, are Larry’s sounding boards. Jelly Beans
in Life 2, ‘Trails’ is emotionally charged, evoking compassionate tears, hardy laughs and ear to ear smiles.
Jelly Beans in Life
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The Reputable Rep
The Reputable Rep is a nonfiction business book that takes the reader
into the world of manufacturer’s representatives. It is a book that all
outside sales people calling on contractors, distributors or specifiers will
want to read.
In a format that can be used as a sales reference book, The Reputable
Rep integrates best practices, pertinent real life success stories and
notable comments from respected industry executives.
The book is written from the perspective of a successful rep in the
plumbing industry but is relative to any industry.
It is a must read for both career seekers and individuals driven to make
Never Really Normal is a memoir set between 1993 and 1998 about an immigrant named Sig, who balances his reoccurring childhood nightmares of flying off a cliff, and into oblivion -- with his dream of turning a truckload of nothing into a business well worth having.
Sig grows up in a family of survivors. At an early age he, literally and figuratively, learns how to keep a roof wet so the house won't burn down.
Flash backs to Sig's 50s/60s immersion into the culture The Beach Boys sang about, add depth to the lives and motivations of the characters in the story's 1993-1998 present.
Sig's high school sweetheart, Bev, works tirelessly to cleanup the never-ending-fine-messes he gets himself into.
When Sig is diagnosed with the life-changing debilitating disease fr which there is no cure he tackles the challenge by exploring unconventional remedies, which are far from the norm. Sig-Being-Sig, he does it with relentless determination and a smile the size of an apple fritter.
Never Really Normal is the American Dream personified by relatable characters.
Never Really Normal is an inspirational memoir packed with life lessons, sweetened with humor, worthy of a Norman Rockwell painting.