Randy Ford Author- INTRUSION Chapter Six Installment Fourteen

Chapter Six Installment Fourteen

“Albert!” God said one day when Albert was sitting in the balcony of his church. “God! Can you believe it? “God spoke directly to me,” Albert said to his church friends.

Alice sighed wistfully because she had never heard God’s voice. She didn’t say anything to Albert about it. She never said anything to him about it. She simply accepted on faith that Albert heard God’s voice just as she accepted on faith the existence of God.. She believed in God just as much as Albert believed in God, but her belief in the existence of God was based on faith rather than having heard God’s voice like Albert had.

“Out of the blue, Albert tells me, God spoke to him. Sunday in the balcony where he always sits!” Alice explained to her friends, who laughed and who only listened because she was their friend. This was during her teen years when she was already dating Albert, the handsomest boy she had ever seen. And “what you say we go steady?” he asked her. And watched her melt. And since they met in the church, they attended all church socials, and since church functions were frequent they saw each other frequently, Yes, they danced, played horseshoes and volleyball and occasionally sneaked off for a kiss. But they never went further, further than a kiss, and neither one of them saw anything wrong with kissing.

Well, Albert, after hearing God’s voice, assumed he would go into the ministry, leaving Alice with the assumption that she would eventually become a minister’s wife, and assuming she would always be happy She cherished their first kiss. After their first kiss it seemed like nothing could upset her. She had a winning personality and was always happy as long as she was winning Albert’s heart. But could she compete with God? She wasn’t sure.

And then one day when they were still in high school, Albert asked her to go steady with him, and after that, she walked around with a smile because God was no longer competition. Now this worried her parents because they felt she was too young to get serious with one boy. They felt she should go out with a variety boys to discover more about herself than she would if stuck to one boy. They thought Albert was too serious.

Albert was always quoting the Bible, or so it seemed. Well, he did quote it a lot and said he read the Bible cover to cover, though it was hard to believe. Alice always felt intimidated.

Albert quoted the Bible chapter and verse. He never finished a passage without giving chapter and verse, and he always did this great pride because he had taken time to learn his Bible and wanted people to know it. (Later he changed and wasn’t so arrogant.)

And what did God say to him?

When Alice left him, took their two daughters and moved to San Antonio Albert was glad he still had his church and Alice hadn’t exposed him. He was deserted, but he still had has church. Now he spoke to God, pleaded to God, and he thought God was with him, though he didn’t hear God’s voice. What honorable minister would ever admit that he no long believed in God! Not to mention the fact that he didn’t want to lose his church, that he committed himself to the Methodist church, but hadn’t he committed himself to his marriage? Worst of all, Albert felt conflicted because he knew how most people in his church felt about homosexuality. At least, Alice had sense enough not to expose him. She didn’t want to expose him. She still loved him.

It was after Alice left with the girls and before he met Buddy that Albert felt lost. His family was gone. He was alone, alone in a big house where he couldn’t have his gay friends over, alone in a house filled with memories, and he had to spend a great deal of time there. He was representing a church because he, being a minister, had been ordained to look after a congregation. He had to be assessable. He was appointed by a bishop.

It wasn’t until he was alone in this house that he felt lost, but because he had to stay in this house and not bring his gay friends home, Albert reluctantly accepted his fate. So he carried on (carried on as best he could), or at least on the surface he did.

He … who on the surface carried on duties of a devoted Methodist minister … was struggling with his own identity, as he stood in the pulpit and preached about the teachings of Christ. Although he denied it thereafter, Albert was never convinced that all doctrines of the church were correct, but since he heard the voice of God at an early age he still performed his duties. Without confiding with anyone, he continued with sadness because he missed his family. At the same time he felt like a charlatan.

“Please God!” Albert pleaded, while on his knees. “Say something. Please help.” Albert, in the meantime, was drawn more into a secret life with hot strangers, men he didn’t known and wasn’t able to establish a lasting relationship. Even sex with these men wasn’t very satisfying. It was exhausting, but not very satisfying. For one thing it was too risky, and just then he didn’t know how risky it was. So convinced that it was risky because he thought he could run into someone who knew him even in a city as big as Dallas. Meanwhile, Albert, each Sunday after church, drove to San Antonio. He drove to San Antonio to see his two girls. This suited him because it didn’t leave him much time for risky behavior.

His eyes had to adjust before he could see across the dance floor. They had to adjust before Albert could see a potential heart breaker dancing with another man. He swore he saw him making goo-goo eyes at a other man as they danced and two-stepped in front of him. He felt jealous because the other man could dance better than he could.. He later got his chance and proved adequate. He learned to two-step.

The following week Albert couldn’t keep his mind on his business, business of the church, without thinking about his hot cowboy in tight jeans and blue shirt. He felt disappointed when the guy wasn’t there, and it turned out to be a one-night stand. This guy must’ve been passing through town. Oh, well. Too bad. Served him right.

He wore tight, tight jeans befitting a hunk, and the dance floor was full of other men dancing with men (one of the few places open then where gay men could go and be themselves) … in jeans tailored to snugly fit each man. Well, it was a place to go and be seen, and where Albert didn’t want to be seen going into. Yet he was drawn there. Yet he couldn’t help himself. Almost every Saturday night … if nothing came up … he went there to dance and to get close to other men. Occasionally he had sex with one of them.

Randy Ford

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The Society of Southwestern Authors


The Society of Southwestern Authors
September Forum will be held on the 3rd Sunday, 
September 21, 2014
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Abingdon Theatre Company- Presents IT HAS TO BE YOU and other productions


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All Mystery enewsletter- Mystery Reads 9/13/2014


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 Mystery in “Murder with Sarcastic Intent” by Dani Amore

 Humorous Mystery in “Just Needs Killin’” by Jinx Schwart

Suspense in “The Silent Reporter” by Mobashar Quresh

“THE RUNNING BOY” by Dan Pollock

Cozy Paranormal in “Sugar And Spice And Not So Nice” by Janet McNulty

New Mystery in “A Dead Red Alibi” by RP Dahlke

Mystery in “Murder with Sarcastic Intent” by Dani Amore

By RP Dahlke on Sep 13, 2014 05:50 am
Murder with Sarcastic IntentMurder with Sarcastic Intent by Dani Amore

In the follow-up to the international bestselling novel DEATH BY SARCASM, Los Angeles based private investigator Mary Cooper is hired to track down a missing child.

The case quickly leads her into the seedy underworld of Los Angeles’ pornography industry where Mary’s on again off again boyfriend Jake Cornell has been working undercover for the LAPD. As Mary investigates, she soon uncovers a world in which no one is who they claim to be.

Armed with her .45 and a heavily sarcastic wit, Mary vows to rescue her client’s daughter and bring her captors to justice.

See what reviewers are saying:

“Dani Amore is a sensation among Kindle owners who love fast-paced thrillers.” –Mystery Tribune “A smart new detective story stuffed with sharp prose and snappy one liners.” –Indie Reader

“Mary Cooper is tougher than Stephanie Plum (by Janet Evanovich), smarter, and would reduce her to tears in under 30 seconds.” –St. Augustine Record

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Humorous Mystery in “Just Needs Killin’” by Jinx Schwartz

By RP Dahlke on Sep 13, 2014 05:45 am
Just Needs KillinJust Needs Killin’ by Jinx Schwartz 

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Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht and she’s not afraid to use it!

After several months of cruising Mexico’s hauntingly beautiful Sea of Cortez, Hetta’s in Puerto Escondido, a place once described by author John Steinbeck as “a magic harbor.” Anchored out, swaying on the hook at the whim of breeze and tide, surrounded by magnificent views and turquoise water can be magical. Stuck at anchor alone? Not so much.

So when her best friend, Jan, gets them an invite to a party at a nearby luxury resort hosted by a Japanese businessman—all expenses paid—Hetta figures, why not? Why turn down an evening of free food and booze? And besides, what could possibly go wrong? With Hetta involved? Plenty.

See what reviewers are saying:

5.0 out of 5 stars Some things never get old – Fabulous July 29, 2014
By Linda – I’ve finished all six of the Hetta Coffey series and I’m so sorry that there aren’t more. The characters are well defined and Hetta and Jan are in trouble most of the time. One of the things that draws me in is the humor. This author has a gift.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Laugh Out Loud Read! July 17, 2014
By Debbie Grace – As a huge fan of series books, this series ranks up with the best of them! Funny, and full of suspense, it leaves you wanting more, more, more! The chemistry between Hetta and her best pal Jan makes me want to be the Third Amigo. The technicalities of sailing a ship sound spot on, so it’s obvious that Ms. Schwartz knows of what she speaks. The author is one I’ll be on the lookout for!! Oh yeah,,,,,read this book,,,read the entire series!!

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Suspense in “The Silent Reporter” by Mobashar Qureshi

By RP Dahlke on Sep 13, 2014 05:30 am
Silent ReporterThe Silent Reporter  by Mobashar Qureshi 

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Hyder Ali, a Muslim-American, is working as a reporter for the Daily Times. Eric Freeland, his old professor and mentor, is found hanging inside his home. Freeland’s daughter, Jessica, shows up asking for Hyder’s help. She believes her father was murdered.

Detective Tom Nolan is assigned the Freeland case. He is an alcoholic who would rather sit in a bar and get drunk than work on the case.

What looks like an apparent suicide soon turns into something more sinister when Hyder, Jessica, and Nolan begin searching for the truth.

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Fast paced mystery – BARBARA L. FURLICH (Amazon)
Must read book, you want regret it. – Randall S. Mardis (Amazon)
Wow … what a read! – Linda M Carlson (Amazon)
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“THE RUNNING BOY” by Dan Pollock

By RP Dahlke on Sep 13, 2014 05:03 am
running-boyTHE RUNNING BOY  by Dan Pollock 
A hideaway lake in the mountains above Los Angeles. A woman journalist on the run with a mystery boy, a step ahead of hired Red Mafia killers. A reclusive bachelor in a chalet high above the lake, staring down through binoculars. These are the initial ingredients of a full-throttle, nonstop chase thriller that accelerates from its opening pages to a breathtaking finale.

Eight-year-old Andrei “Andy” Morozov possesses a secret that could bring down the new Russian president, a media darling who conceals imperial ambitions. With geopolitical stakes this high, a secret directive is given–the boy must be hunted down and silenced forever. Thus, from the heart-pounding opening sequence, the thrilling helter-skelter race is on. Yet, as we see in vivid flashback, this is only the deadly home stretch of a six-months’ pursuit that began explosively in Moscow and has careened across Europe and America to reach its lethal climax amid the neon dazzle of the Russian neighborhoods of West Hollywood.

A story of revenge and relentless pursuit, The Running Boy will surprise and delight readers who enjoy thrillers, including action adventure and chase thrillers. Dan Pollock, a member of the International Thriller Writers, is also author of Lair of the Fox, Duel of Assassins and Orinoco.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Running with him June 23, 2014 / By Alice Recker – I couldn’t put the book down though at times I had to since it was so action-packed and left me gasping for air. I felt like I was right there with Andy and always by his side through harrowing escape routes. I recommend this as a good read if you are up to suspense and lots of action.

5.0 out of 5 stars A VIVID READ June 9, 2014 / By Joan Elaine Hitchie – Introducing a little boy as the main character in danger causes the reader to be drawn in emotionally, and gripped by fear for his safety. Add vivid, continual action, which makes the story play out like scenes in a movie. If Hollywood does not make a movie based on this book they will be passing up on a blockbuster.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great edge of your seat thriller October 9, 2013 / By The Book Lady- This book was a great edge of your seat thriller. I read it in one sitting… couldn’t put it down. Non stop action from one scene to another. What was surprising was the humorous moments along the way. Made me laugh out loud numerous times. I’m going to look at the author’s other books now that I have discovered him. Well worth it if your looking for a great book.
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Cozy Paranormal in “Sugar And Spice And Not So Nice” by Janet McNulty

By RP Dahlke on Sep 13, 2014 04:45 am
Sugar and SpiceSugar And Spice And Not So Nice by Janet McNulty 

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My name is Mellow Summers and I am twenty-six years old. I was never one to believe in ghosts, but all that changed the day I decided to attend a university up in Vermont. I don’t know why I wanted to go to Vermont, considering that I hate the cold. I guess I just wanted to get away from my parents for a while, who had made it their mission in life to tell me how to live. Anyway, like I said, I never believed in ghosts. That is, not until I met Rachel.

And my life has never been the same since.

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By Sherry Fundinon June 7, 2012 – Mellow was going to film school in Vermont and her friend Jackie, needing a change of pace, went with her. When they found a cheap place to rent, they questioned why it was so cheap. The former tenant had been murdered and some believed her ghost was haunting the place.I fell in love with Mellow and all her friends. I found this book laugh-out-loud fun to read. It is light-hearted and a make-you-feel-good read. It’s perfect for sitting around the pool or at the beach. Easy to read in one sitting, which I did.

By Dobermanon June 15, 2014 – This story about female sleuths solving murder mysteries gives a new take. I have read her first two books and the last one, which I read first. I always seem to do that, Solving crimes of people who were murdered and talking to the ghosts. I have enjoyed these books. The author has given humor,action,murder, and romance in her books. The books are great, the stories hold your attention and they are fun. The books are easy reading as the stories move right along. Keep it up Janet McNulty.

By schirmeron April 24, 2014 – I went looking for a good read and so happened I found a great new paranormal mystery. This is the first in the Mellow Summers series so I thought why not. Only to find it a great read. Once I started it I never put it down till I finished it. If you love paranormal read this book. The trouble Miss Summers finds herself in with a ghost and her problems will make you mad for what happened to her, laugh because she will not leave Mellow alone. I don’t want to give too much away but it is a must read. You will buy the series it is that good, I have. I do love mysteries with the paranormal.

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$2.99/FREE New Mystery in “A Dead Red Alibi” by RP Dahlke

By RP Dahlke on Sep 13, 2014 04:00 am
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A Dead Red Alibi by RP Dahlke

New Release and #4 in the Dead Red Mystery Series

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A successful, but reclusive young artist with a secret life.

A wannabe lawman and his dotty gun-toting granddad

An abandoned mine pit

A curious dad and a very dead police chief

When Lalla Bains and her dad take a trip to Arizona to inspect her new property, Dad disappears. Thankfully, Lalla is able to enlist the help of a local tracker and finds him at the bottom of an abandoned mine pit. He’s unharmed, but he’s got company–a local police chief, and it looks like the man has been murdered. Then too, a young woman artist living nearby has also been murdered. What’re the chances that these two murders are going to be related? Well, if you’re Lalla Bains, you don’t guess, you start looking for the killer!

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“From the first sentence of this fourth installment of the Dead Red series, author R.P. Dahlke had me hooked. “Except for a lank rope and ancient boards loosely sheltering a dark hole, my dad’s brand new four-wheel-drive Jeep sat coolly detached and totally unconcerned that its driver was nowhere around.” Of course I wanted to know just what might be in that hole and how this unfortunate soul came to be there. As with all R.P. Dahlke mysteries, she begins by throwing out an enticing rope. Not once have I been able to refuse grabbing onto it, and I’ve been rewarded with a fantastic ride each and every time …  A Dead Red Alibi is my favorite of the series so far. The mystery is a solid one. There were a few times I thought I had it figured out, but Dahlke’s a pro. She’s gifted when it comes to weaving an exciting tale and knows well how to leave crumbs for her readers to follow. She’s clever with her clues and even better with her ability to surprise. This was a fun read with an enormously satisfying ending that will have you shaking your head, laughing out loud and wondering why all books don’t wrap up so creatively. I hope this author is busy right now at her computer. I can’t wait for book number five.” J.C. Wing, Author of Alabama Skye, Amazon


” …  Dahlke is a polished storyteller, having that innate sense of the need for humor inserted into her mysteries that helps not only propel them along, but also keeps our attention during the rest stops. And while producing suspense about a very complicated crime she lets her story breathe with relationships – family, friends, loves – that allows us to build faith in the somewhat quirky character of Lalla Bains, a trait that practically guarantees that readers will follow the other books in this Dead Red Mysteries series. This is a very strong, immensely satisfying, idiosyncratic and entertaining mystery novel. Highly recommended. ” Grady Harp, Amazon

Dead Red Alibi presents proof that Lalla and her family do not cause murder and mayhem, it follows them around … I look forward to more adventures of Lalla’s gang in the southwest.” by Terry in CA, Amazon
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Writers Studio September 9, 2014- precisely like a kiss Writing Classes

Writers Studio September 9, 2014- precisely like a kiss  Writing Classes

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Barbara McNichol Author/Editorial- WORD TRIPPERS Book Signing

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