Ron Cook-Author
Ron Cook-Author
©2021 Ron Cook
Eight short stories of drama, comedy, adventure, and reminiscence, and two mystery novelettes: “The Great Pearl Alley Caper”, and “The Girl Next Door”. The short stories include a wannabe beatnik/hippie/ punk, a frustrated writer, a lovesick coworker, a remembrance of childhood, and a peace-seeking individual in a not-too-peaceful situation. In the two novelettes, wine bars and bistros are meeting places for heroes and villains, for the working man and bum, for loves won and lost, and for rising body counts. Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu.com In 1977 I entered a period of my life where self doubt and depression were nearly everyday occurrences. Not liking these attitudes, I began self analysis using the Gestalt therapy teachings of Fritz Perls. From 1977 to 1980 I hung out at the Upstart Crow Bookstore and Coffeehouse at the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell, California. It was in this wonderfully social environment that I began sketching hundreds of contour drawings of patrons and writing poetry and stream of consciousness meanderings. This book is a compilation of many of those works. Available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu.com This book is a guide for beginning dulcimer players in the joy of playing their instruments. After a short historical section, I explain the modes and how to tune your dulcimer to play in the different major and minor keys. Included are several classic folk songs. These are shown with musical notation showing the melody as well as tablature notation showing the dulcimer notes and/or rhythm. Available through Lulu.com Korea, 1967 and 1968. The Vietnam conflict was escalating. The cold war was raging. Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King had been assassinated. In Korea, the Navy ship USS Pueblo was captured, and over a dozen North Koreans tried to blow up the South Korean president. And at Recreation Compound #1, barely two miles from the DMZ, forty touring Army musicians and singers attempted to keep sane through it all. Boo was a dollar a lid. Available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble The year is 1989. Aging hippies are being bumped off in San Francisco and in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Charles Blue, who grew up "normal" until his parents died in a suspicious fire, was then brought up by his fortune-telling Grandmother, who tried to teach Charles about his "abilities". She was one of the owners of "The Mystic Eye", a San Francisco store selling witch and warlock supplies and items for tourists. Charles tries to piece his new life together and reluctantly tries to find out why his old friends are dying and disappearing. The first "Blue" novel coming in 2021!