Ted’s Books

cover(5)Another whodunit from Author Ted Atoka. This one taking place in Boston. Plenty of mystery and a very brief view of a love affair as well. What does a Private Detective do when his girlfriend, another P.I., is threatened? Why, they investigate of course! Toss these two and add a couple of retiree’s into the mix, and it’s a setup for a great team and a hilarious time as well. Pick it up, read it, and laugh all the way through it! I love this authors personality. He knows how to make a reader laugh. Great job Ted! I highly recommend this! [Sue Van, Customer Review.]

Come Sundown

Come Sundown

“As usual, Ted Atoka makes us smile with the first couple of sentences and keeps us smiling throughout COME SUNDOWN. A contemporary Western set in Stopgap, Oklahoma, his story must begin with a shooting, although in this case the victim is the rearview mirror on Junior Peavey’s Mustang convertible and the perp is Dan Meeks, who ends up introducing Junior to Stopgap’s collection of characters. Peavey, a writer who’s held the usual various jobs, has just bought fifteen acres and a rundown house, hoping that the fixup will help him get over the loss of his wife. His shattered rearview mirror and the consequences drag him into the Stopgap culture and get him entangled in a contest of wills over the fate of the Horse Trough Saloon. City folks want to buy it and build a hotel resort. Instead of a classic western shootout, we have a fight over history, tradition, and values, in essence, a contest between people (the locals) and money (from Vegas!). COME SUNDOWN is a morality tale, as so many Westerns are, but for anyone who’s watched urban sprawl obliterate a way of life, the book is a reminder that our real wealth lies in the human experience, the appreciation for our individual differences, the diversity of characters we meet, and the ideas these folks bring to the table….” [Customer review, J. Janovy. Jr., 8/25/14.]

coverTed Atoka should write more horror tales; or maybe I should put that word “horror” in quotes. In fact, JITTERS reads like the first one in a delightful collection of semi-paranormal stories, so I hope there’s more where that one came from. If the author continues with a genre that he professes to dislike, as he should be encouraged to do, then we’ll go along with his character Sylvia Taylor as she works her way through a dozen more psychiatrists, layers of the legal system, and a growing menagerie of snakes and spiders. Her recurring nightmare is the narrative vehicle, but it’s an interesting one by itself and Sylvia’s nightly predicament is one you might want to wish on your least favorite elected official. The symbolism is pretty obvious, but only in retrospect, so I won’t give it away. In his author’s note, Mr. Atoka wants us have wet palms and vertigo; instead, I found myself laughing and saying “this is crazy! When is he going to write a sequel?” [Customer review, John Janovy Jr., 9/30/14]

cover(4)Many of us treasure memories of pumpkin season. Crisp autumn air, big fat orange pumpkins sitting on our front stoop, and the aroma of fresh-baked pies and cookies are locked in our minds forever. The folks of Pumpkin Hollow discover that, every fall, more than just pumpkins make an appearance. Whether they believe in ghosts or not, the curious are enthralled by the sounds of chanting and distant beating drums. It all begins with the purchase of a few pumpkins. Add to that keystone event, a business deal built on a handshake, a series of odd incidents, and an elixir known an “pump juice,” and the yarn is off and running toward an eerie event. Ghosts of Pumpkin Hollow is a story about how two people’s lives come together. Over the passage of time, the two develop something even greater than a lifelong friendship. Learn what life in the back country of America’s heartland is like and experience some of the joys and magic that come with a simple existence. Eventually, you’ll discover the common denominator that ties Smoky, Sam, and Willy together forever. … Oh, and once you find out, please keep it secret.

moonshadows_kindleTed Atoka has a way of bringing a smile to your face with how he writes his stories. I enjoyed each of these short stories thoroughly. A few belly laughs escaped along with some nostalgic memories.

I highly recommend Ted Atoka and Moonshadows to everyone. Characters are as real as you and I, and the way Ted writes is catchy and pure perfection. [Patti Geesey, customer review.]

 

A Kawasaki Morning

A Kawasaki Morning

“A Kawasaki Morning, by Ted Atoka, is subtitled “A fable for the young at heart.” Atoka is, if anything, young at heart, with an unbridled writing history that explores human experience from Alzheimer’s patients to the launching of anvils to conversations with farm gates. Kawasaki Morning begins with a haunting conversation between a boy and his grandfather, although both are actually spirits, or angels, or just plain folks who are now in Heaven but are having this conversation out along a Texas highway, or maybe somewhere else. In this opening fable, Atoka has captured perfectly the sense and feeling of our memories of loved ones young and old, now gone. But soon we’re talking with a gentleman from Mongolia, a woman from Tehran, and a Dallas cleaning lady. But these are not ordinary conversations. Instead, they are compelling interactions with people who are, or more properly were, first and foremost humans, just like we all are, and although they retain their cultural heritage, they are, in essence, speaking from beyond Earthly life to remind us of our commonality. I found Kawasaki Morning to be the most powerful, and deepest, of Atoka’s writings to date….” [Customer review, J. Janovy Jr., 10/10/14]

New Fiammetta's TriumphFour college grads take charge of the daily operations of a life-care retirement center called Villa Paradiso. Working under the guidance of the two founders of the facility, they discover the large investment of time and effort that’s involved in order to keep pace with the activities of their residents. The graduates must learn to cope with concepts they never studied in college.

Just when they think they have a handle on everything, a threat looms on their financial horizon. If left unchecked, it can spell complete disaster for the entire retirement community. Villa Paradiso, the brainchild of founders Fiammetta Shaidy and Betty Greenfield, is in jeopardy. And the two retired businesswomen and college grads join forces. They hatch a plan to protect and preserve their state-of-the-art life-care retirement facility.

Warning: The content of this book is very addictive and may result in frequent bouts of laughter.

New Villa ParadisoTwo retired businesswomen from Austin, Texas, share a dream. They’d like to build a life-care retirement facility that caters to world-traveled individuals, who are extremely active even when at home, like themselves.

They team up with four recent college graduates to bring their dream to life. As soon as the plan is in motion, the little group discovers that turning a concept into a reality is not a task for the faint of heart. Obstacles loom at every turn, but the journey is filled with hilarious incidents. Caution: Reading this book may cause sudden spasms of laughter.

Book 3, Fiammetta’s Triumph

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Four college grads take charge of the daily operations of a life-care retirement center called Villa Paradiso. Working under the guidance of the two founders of the facility, they discover the large investment of time and effort that’s involved in order to keep pace with the activities of their residents. The graduates must learn to cope with concepts they never studied in college.

 Just when they think they have a handle on everything, a threat looms on their financial horizon. If left unchecked, it can spell complete disaster for the entire retirement community. Villa Paradiso, the brainchild of founders Fiammetta Shaidy and Betty Greenfield, is in jeopardy. And the two retired businesswomen and college grads join forces. They hatch a plan to protect and preserve their state-of-the-art life-care retirement facility.

 Warning: The content of this book is very addictive and may result in frequent bouts of laughter.

 

 

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