I’ve created a page devoted to my father’s literary works. Some are available for free with Kindle Unlimited. The first edition of his award-winning novel is a $.99 Kindle download. The second edition is in print at Austin MaCauley Publishers Ltd.
Here is an excerpt:
I gave one last desperate kick and I was there.
Stretching my arm into the bed of shiny pebbles and stones, I pulled loose the bright golden one. The water blurred my eyes so I couldn’t see the stone all that well, but I could tell from the feel that it was a perfect skipper. It was flat on both sides. Allie would love it.
Clutching the stone, I swam out of the deep hole, up toward the sunlight, breaking the surface with a giant smile.
“Got one, Allie!” I cried, sucking in a big breath and holding my prize above my head.
“Let me see!” she cheered, swimming over to me.
Treading water, I inspected the stone.
But what I held in my hand was not a stone.
“It’s a coin,” I observed softly. It glistened in the Missouri sunshine.
It was unlike any coin I had ever seen.
“A…coin?” Allie asked, wrinkling her nose. She squeezed in for a better look.
“Yeah, I think so.”
On one side of the coin were the words United States of America inscribed around the rim. In the center of the coin was a fancy picture of an eagle. Beneath the eagle were the words Twenty Dollars.
“Wicked,” I muttered.
I turned the coin over. On the opposite side was an engraving of a woman’s face—she was wearing a crown. The word Liberty was written across the front of her crown.
“Yeah, Allie, a coin,” I said.
There were tiny stars around the rim of the coin. I counted thirteen. Probably for the thirteen colonies, I guessed. The date was engraved below the woman’s face: 1879. The letters CC were beside the date.
“What kind of coin?” Allie said, her eyes flickering with curiosity.
“Cool,” I said in a hushed voice. “A twenty-dollar gold piece.”