From Ed Nelson author, an alternate history novel, the third book, ‘Hollywood’ debuts Rick in the movies.

From being a supporting actor to a leading role the young man finds that being a star is real work.

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.

His invention of the adjustable faucet and electric hairdryer bring him money. The movies bring him fame. Finding him a girl that is not a gold digger or hanger-on proves difficult. That takes effort like being nice to them and actually listening while getting to know the young lady.

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

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 3: Hollywood

Chapter 1 (partial)

I was getting used to rising at four-thirty to exercise and run before going to the studio. At the studio, they first announced on Monday that we would be taking a one-week hiatus next week. We had been working long and hard, and it was time for a break.

When we came back, we would be doing our location shots. These would be out in Colorado at Mr. Easterly's ranch. This gave me a lot to look forward to. I would have to arrange a trip home and a side trip to Detroit to meet Mark Downing and tour Detroit Faucets.

The Lead asked me where he could get more of the hairdryers in makeup. They were working wonders for them. I told him they were doing the production tooling now and that the units would be available later. "How much later," he inquired.

"I would guess six months."

"Who should I make out the purchase order to? I need these now. The dryers will help with our shooting schedules tremendously."

After reflecting on getting thrown into a horse trough many times, I agreed with him and told him to make the order out to Jackson Engineering.

While small for the studio, his purchase order was a lot to me. Ten thousand dollars would almost pay the startup costs.

The morning's shoot went well. I think everyone was energized by the idea of having a week off. While I was waiting for my next scene, the key grip from another set approached me.

"Rick, I'm John Dawson. We are having a problem setting up a shot over on sound Stage B. I've been told that you are good at mechanical things and maybe could help us."

We shook hands, and I told him, "No guarantees, but what is the problem."

"We have to do a fight scene on top of a moving train. The Director wants the fight to bounce around because of the track joints. This is before welded rail, so the joints really can bounce the car around."

I thought back to the clickity-clack I loved and remembered at times how we got tossed around inside the cars, so it must be a problem on top.

"I'm aware of that. What have you tried so far?"

"We tried bouncing the cameras, but that is what it looks like, the cameras moving, not the people. Our next step is to have stuntmen do the fight on top of a moving car with a camera suspended from the side of the boxcar."

"Even then, you would have to be moving at speed to get the effect the Director is looking for. That is a recipe for disaster," I mused.

"You got it in one."

"So, modifying the cameras to bounce doesn't work. Using a real-life setup is too dangerous. That leaves a modified boxcar. How about cutting the top off a car and mounting it on something like walking beams or camshafts? That way, you could get the amplitude and frequency that you need."

"Yeah, we could put airbags all around to reduce the falling danger. It would also allow us to set up several different camera angles," added an excited Key Grip.

The Richard Jackson Saga: Book 3: Hollywood

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

Hollywood! Now we're at book 3, and the writing is getting better. Because of the contacts he made with John Wayne, Rick is off to Hollywood which takes us away from Ohio (for the most part). He starts getting parts in movies, and learns how the movie business works. His inventions are growing and making money now, which gives him the freedom to do things other wouldn't be able to...

5 star book review

Jon Svenson

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Very Good Nostalgia, I was a teenager in the time the story portrays. Enjoyed very much.

5 star book review

Henry A. Workman III

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Impatiently waiting Written in the first person. This tongue in cheek series is fun. Waiting impatiently😀 for the next set of three books in the series.

5 star book review

Art

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Watch out world Richard is stepping out More fun adventures with Richard. Lots of great books mentioned. You should read all of them. After this series of course. Richard poking fun at characters in book that do too much is a nice touch. This time he only saves the tech industry and helps a fascinating young actor

5 star book review

Mogrith

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Improbably Probable Teenager This is a great series. As the main teen age character comments individually all the adventures are probable but all together they are improbable. You keep reading to see what trouble/heroic adventure Rick (main character) will get into. I cannot wait to read further.

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Count

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Cast in Time

Earl

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The Richard Jackson Saga

The Beginning

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School Days

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Hollywood

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The Richard Jackson Saga

In the Movies

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Star to Deckhand

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Surfing Dude

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Third Time is a Charm

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Oxford University

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Cold War

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Taking Care of Business

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Interesting Times

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Escape from Siberia

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The Richard Jackson Saga

Regicide

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The Richard Jackson Saga

What’s Under? Down Under.

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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.