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Stories of Rural America
Flyover County was my first novel. It is also the anchor novel for all my books. Flyover County is an imaginary county in South Dakota. It is the location of Helen, SD. An imaginary small town in middle America.
Helen, South Dakota is a small town even by Midwestern standards. With its population of just under three hundred fifty souls, Helen does not stand out as anything special. Other than the fact that it is a small town of only three hundred fifty residents.
Helen has two churches, two taverns, a café, an auto repair shop, a hair salon, a Post Office and the Quick Stop gas station up on the highway. There are other small businesses in town, the mayor owns and operates a small engine repair shop and his brother has a well service. Like many Midwestern towns, there is a grain elevator nearby.
But it is not the layout of the streets or the number of business that makes up Helen, SD, it's the people. The lives of these three hundred fifty people have intertwined and merged through the course of years. The vast majority went to Helen Elementary School and then Helen High. They attended the Helen United Church or St. James Catholic Church. They have a common history, a history that includes pioneers, Conestoga wagons, sod huts, and railroad whistle stops. These children of rugged settlers have been told stories of severe conditions and major hardships. The past has ingrained a special set of values into the fiber of these descendants. It has fixed in their character a work ethic unmatched by children from other areas of the country.
The Flyover County series tells the tale of small-town America. I hope you will take a few moments to look at the previews. Click the Preview button to see a sample.
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The Flyover County Series
The Flyover County Series revolves around Helen, SD. Helen is a small fictitious town of about 300 people located somewhere in northeast South Dakota. All my Flyover County stories are escape stories. They are clean, Christian based, and wholesome.
Tom & Sarah – The Beginning
First in the series. Tom and Sarah had it all, the jobs, the house in the suburbs, two wonderful children. He was a major player in a world class construction company, she was a purchaser for a large department store chain. VP of purchasing was just around the corner. They were on the social A list and members of the country club.
In a few short months their world collapsed. Tom's company went broke. Sarah was downsized out of her job.
The world around them couldn't look any bleaker when Tom received word about the death of his grandfather. What happened next would turn the family upside down.
Bill and June are in a financial tailspin. Urged on by a business deal with a former acquaintance they decide to look for a better life. The family moves to a tiny town on the high plains in rural South Dakota.
This story is about a city family transplanted into a small town. As you read, you see them learn the culture and the climate of their new home. The story is a light-hearted tale of culture shock and humor.
The Fred Weber Story
It is the last three months of Fred Weber’s Navy career. Because of his training and specialty in the Navy, the only place to find work would be with Navy contractors or the NSA.
He has no wife, no Children and no particular desire to continue working in the spook business. Faced with decisions about what to do with the rest of his life, he descends on the home of his only brother, Bill.
Bill had recently moved with his family from suburban Baltimore to a tiny town in South Dakota called Helen. Fred had never experienced the flavor of small-town America and decided to spend some of his remaining leave time to see what his brother found. What he uncovered in Helen, South Dakota would change his life forever.
The Frank Stanbauer Story
At ninety-seven years young, Frank Stanbauer is the oldest person in Helen South Dakota. Frank has lived a full life, from working with his father during the depression and drought of the dirty thirties, to walking through Europe with General George Patton in World War Two.
Through recollection and flashbacks, Frank tells and relives the major events in his life, from the birth of his three children to the untimely death of his wife, Rose.
Travel with Frank back to the days of the Tin Lizzy and illegal booze. Laugh with him as he recalls the train trips to the big city. Cry with him as he remembers the times when tragedy struck. Frank is an example of growing up and growing old in middle America. I hope you find it as fun to read as it was to write.
River Of Destiny
Justin is itching to get off the farm and on to big city life. He wants to be a lawyer. Natalie grew up in the rural town of Helen. She wants what her mother had. To be a stay-at-home married mom with three or more children. Though they have been together since the eighth grade, their goals cause their breakup.
The story starts with Justin leaving home for Drexel University in Philadelphia. He stops to see Natalie one more time on his way out of town. What they once had crumbles and falls to ashes at Natalie’s feet.
From a country boy dealing with culture shock and a family crisis - to Natalie, now a high school graduate with her life’s goal crushed, River of Destiny is a tale of romance, lost love, new love, and a return of a friendship stronger than any desire.
Ripped from her suburban New Jersey life by witness protection agents, seventeen-year-old Sarina suffers the loss of her mother, her little brother. It’s her father’s fault. Now the two of them have to move across the country to a new home and a new fake life.
Glenn, by pointing out a possible money-laundering scheme to his bosses, not only loses his job. He loses his wife and son to murder. The warning says, “Be careful who you talk to.”
Can Glenn survive? Can he learn to understand his teenage daughter’s feelings?
Can Sarina learn to love (or even like) the dad who had spent most of his time at work? Can she get over how her father ruined her life?
The two change their appearance and receive new names and identities. They are set down near the very small town of Helen, South Dakota where they can be safe (or can they?)