A great alternate history novel. Book 4: In the Movies is an adventure filled series of a young man’s coming of age in the late 1950’s.

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.

The fourth book, ‘In the Movies’ has Rick firmly in the movies. Our young man grows in his capabilities both in and out of the movies.

Rick finds that fame may not be all it is cracked up to be. Finding girls is not hard, between the Bosses Daughter, an Old Flame, and a Bad Girl from Hollywood he has his hands full. Joined by his family in California they buy a mansion with hidden secrets. The adventure continues ranging from a stampede to a group of bank robbers running into the Square of Death.

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

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 4: In the Movies

Chapter 1 (partial)

We were back at school on Monday, the fifth of January. Before the Christmas vacation started, it seemed like it would be long. Now that it was finished, it seemed to have gone too fast or too short. The only good thing about being back in school was that we could see each other’s new clothes. We were all about the same age and growing, so ninety percent of our presents were clothes.

It wasn’t so critical for the guys. Girls needed to stay in the mainstream of fashion, or they were whatever girls were when their clothes weren’t the current styles … frumpy, odd, or weird. I don’t know. Having heard enough giggling over the years, I knew that having the wrong clothes could be a social disaster. No matter how new the clothes were.

Guy’s clothes didn’t change that much, so it wasn’t the same problem. Jeans were jeans; khakis were khakis. The brand name didn’t matter.

With guys, what mattered was your haircut. The jocks wore a flattop. A college cut was required for those who thought of advanced education or were trying to look preppy. Rebel types wore their hair the same as Elvis, heavy on the grease, with long sideburns and ducktails until the Army drafted him.

The last haircut you wanted was a pineapple. This was a lock of hair left in front, and the rest cut down with a number two guard on the clippers. At the start of summer, this is the haircut parents would get their small kids to last the season. Melvins, dorks, and nerds kept their hair this way.

Then, of course, it needed to be kept trimmed, so there was the Saturday ritual of a trip to the barbershop. We didn’t think or talk about it. We just did it. You had to keep it above your ears in what was called a white wall. If you wore glasses, the last thing you wanted was the hair to go over the sidebars. They had raised the cost of a haircut to fifty cents last year, so this was serious upkeep.

I kept my college cut trimmed every Saturday if I could. If I let it go for two weeks, Mum would tell me I needed a dog license. If I missed a Saturday, I almost always went on Monday and never past Tuesday.

The most interesting girls were those who switched to a new bra style. The ones that stuck out a lot were called ‘Nose Cones.’ That or ‘Headlights.’ Of course, any bra was also called an over-the-shoulder boulder holder. Yes, we freshmen had a lot of class.

Boy’s heavy sweaters with reindeer were the in thing this year. I didn’t have one, but I thought they were okay.

Restarting classes was the usual commotion. It was like we had never been to school before. Two weeks off, and we had forgotten everything we had learned this year. We were into the fourth week of this six weeks grading period. The first semester exams would start in two weeks, so teachers would start reviewing for the tests next week.

I have been carrying straight A’s, so it wasn’t a dreadful prospect, but I was still going to be prepared. I had already gone over the material that would be presented this week, so I started my review a week early. This should give me a firm foundation for taking the tests.

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 4: In the Movies

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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Well worth it's rating I'm become addicted to this series. Can't sleep, getting nothing done have to go strait to next book. Love it

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Just Read It . . . It's an Absolute Treat I have been reading everything this writer produces. This latest entry in the series is the best yet as every offering gets better, smarter, wittier as Nelson continues to refine his craft. Look, it's a coming of age story set on the cusp of the 1960s, a gold mine for plot devices and drama...

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Another fine effort from this author! This is the fourth in this series, an ongoing tale of coming of age. They have all been truly creative, imaginative and a delight to read. I will wait anxiously for book five.

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A highly entertaining and fun read I've read the first 7 books of this series and found them to be a highly entertaining and fun read. Can't wait for the next one.

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Great story I enjoy this story every time I read it and this time was probably number 30. I hope to read it and enjoy.

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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

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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

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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.