John I. Jones
John Isaac Jones is a retired journalist currently living at Merritt Island, Florida.
For more than thirty years, “John I.,” as he prefers to be called, was a reporter for media outlets throughout the world.
These included local newspapers in his native Alabama, The National Enquirer, News of the World in London, the Sydney Morning Herald, and NBC television.
He is the author of six novels, a short story collection and four novellas.
The Hand of God
In the early summer of 1955, Palm Beach County judge Curtis Chillingworth and his socialite wife Marjorie mysteriously disappeared from their beach home at Manalapan, Florida and were never seen again. No bodies were ever found and the only evidence was a trail of blood which led from the home’s back porch to the ocean’s edge. Over the years, in the public’s imagination, the story took on mythic proportions. Who would want to kill the foremost jurist in Palm Beach County and his charming, devoted wife? What could be the motivation behind such savagery? Would the perpetrators ever be caught? This novel is based on those brutal murders.
Thanks, PG!:Memoirs of a Tabloid Reporter recounts the life and adventures of reporter Billy Don Johnson during his twenty years (1975-1995) working for the fictional tabloid The National Insider. After his dreams of becoming a crusading journalist with daily newspapers are dashed, Billy throws himself into the wild world of diets, household tips, ghosts, UFOs, weird history, and celebrity scandal, all of which is designed to please Padrone Gallione (PG), the wonderful madman who was editor of the magazine. Like the tabloid industry itself, this book is a combination of fact and fiction. Within these pages, you will find untold stories from the lives of many famous people, get an inside look at how tabloid stories are created and examine the origins of celebrity scandal in American journalism. Ultimately, this book is a tribute to the genius of Generoso Pope Jr., founder and publisher of the National Enquirer.
The Duck Springs Affair
Devoted mother Cassie Carter is hard working and dedicated to running her small farm in Georgia. She tends to her home and sickly son daily while her truck driver husband is away on long hauls across the country. Her life and values take a sharp turn when a handsome and intelligent construction worker disrupts her daily routine. Her priorities shift and everything she keeps in her comfort zone is threatened. Damaged romantic Paul Hamilton has a void in his life that leaves him wandering from affair to affair, empty and unfulfilled. He identifies with the haunting poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, yearning to capture an elusive love. One day, in an unexpected place, he discovers the love he is seeking, but she is out of his reach and he runs the risk of irreparably damaging the delicate balance he tries to maintain in his life. In the Duck Springs Affair, Paul and Cassie’s worlds collide and explode. Will what they offer each other sustain and give them what they need out of life and love? Or, are they doomed to suffer the tragic consequences of their decisions as each searches for the perfect love?
Alabama Stories is a collection of short works lifted from the life of native son William Vernon “Billy” Johnson. Haunting, harrowing and gloriously-moving, these stories represent an intense examination of Billy’s childhood and young adult years in the Cotton State. Meet the colorful characters Billy knew during his Alabama years. There was Boone, the tight-lipped, physically and emotionally crippled farmer who had a psychotic love for his invalid wife. You will never forget Annie, the lonely, tragic former actress who desperately wanted a child. Meet Bobby Worthington, the high school football star who dreamed of playing for Paul “Bear” Bryant. There was Virgil, the wildly successful Baptist evangelist who could never quite quench his thirst for black girls. Meet Charley, Billy’s angel unaware…. These are only a few of the strangely-wonderful characters who will step into your life when you read this book. Each and every one of these stories brings its own special flavor of Alabama to life and places it in direct context with the universal human experience.
The Last Cowboy
When the Lazy B Ranch is sold as a victim of the computer age, it seems that J.L. Crockett’s way of life as a cowboy in the United States is finished. So he decides to pack up and move to Argentina, where ranches are still run by human beings. As J.L. begins a cross-country journey to Miami so he can board the ship to South America, he meets Karina, another soul chasing after an elusive dream. The two join together in a wild and crazy trip where they encounter evangelists, con artists, thieves, ghosts and drug lords as they bond together over hardship along the way. Will J.L., with Karina, make it to his next destination or will he really be The Last Cowboy?