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Never Cry Again

 A story of a young man who beats all the odds. Conceived in abuse, born into neglect and raised with hatred, it’s remarkable that Drew survives at all. But, miraculously, he does survive, and much more. Year by year, chapter by chapter, Drew makes a gritty determined climb out of poverty and hell, each rung on the ladder a hard-earned achievement.

Read the first 5 chapters of Never Cry Again on the “Previews” page, or, you can buy it now. (FREE Shipping!)

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 “Never Cry Again is sure to break your heart and make you believe that you can overcome any odds”—www.outrageouslywonderful.com

“…excellent character development, perfect editing…nicely incorporated backdrop…a flawless book…perfect 4 out of 4 stars”–onlinebookclub.org

“An engaging coming of age tale…part Huckleberry Finn and part Stand by Me”–Kirkus Reviews

Also available on Amazon.com/books

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Upcoming meetings with friends to talk about Drew’s story, Never Cry Again:

  December 2, Christmas in Goliad, TX.

We’ll be at Miss Ruby’s Author Corral

Whoo-Hoo!

Come to the Goliad festival and see Santa arrive on a Longhorn steer. (Only in Texas)

December 9, (Last signing of the year!) Kroger Store #146, 1712 Spring Creek Blvd, Katy, Tx

Merry Christmas to all, and Happy New Year!

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The Kroger Store signings are good fun. Folks have brought us cookies from the Starbucks, and even brought their cute puppies in to see us. Whoo-Hoo!!

                                                                     

 To all those who stopped by to visit and talk about Never Cry Again, THANKS!

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Already have a copy, but it’s not signed? Bring it to Kroger’s or Goliad for an autograph and a personal endorsement!

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 NOTICE: If you live within 200 miles of Victoria, Texas, and would like to schedule me to come and visit with your high school, book club or library, contact me via email, jim@colemines.com 

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 SYNOPSIS of the Sequel to Never Cry Again:

(Estimated Publication: Late 2018)

NEVER GIVE UP (Current Working Title)

(Synopsis updated  September 19, 2017)

By Jim Cole

Presenting 12 years in the life of a multi-racial family, set against the backdrop of 1960s racial unrest, the murder of a president, and national turbulence as the United States cascades toward, and becomes involved in, an unwanted and unnecessary war in Southeast Asia.

White House Civil Rights Attorney Drew Neilan and his wife, Kowanda, a descendent of Hawaiian Japanese-Americans, after 7 years of childless marriage, decide that their destiny is to adopt. They take the opportunity to adopt a mixed-race orphan boy, whose black father and white mother were murdered by racists. A month later, they  become pregnant.  Ultimately, two boys and a girl are added to their family of four children.

Drew and Kowanda, living in Washington, D. C. at the time of Elton’s, Charly’s and Thomas’ births are hardly noticed by their neighbors. People of color and multi-racial families, in the late 1950s in Washington, are generally accepted.  But when Drew resigns his position as a ranking civil rights attorney working in the West Wing, accepts a partnership with a prominent Dallas law firm, and moves his family to Dallas’ Oak Cliff area, he and Kowanda discover that racial prejudice in the South is far from dead.  and that they are indeed considered “mixed race”.

When the Neilan’s first arrive in Dallas in 1959, they discover that even though Brown vs. Board of Education outlawed school segregation in 1954, Dallas’ schools are still segregated. A private-citizen lawsuit, with Thurgood Marshall as lead attorney and Drew, working in the background, leads the following year to the Dallas Independent School District being ordered by Federal Court to institute “stair-step” racial integration of schools (i.e., one grade each year until all 12 grades are desegregated). Drew’s sons go to separate schools–Elton, now in the second grade, attends a black public school while Charly, 10 months younger, attends a white school in a desegregated first grade.

White supremacists in Dallas are infuriated by the presence of a well-to-do “mixed-race” family, especially one led by an attorney and friend of both Thurgood Marshall and President Lyndon Johnson. They conspire to eliminate the Neilan family from their midst. Protecting his family becomes Drew’s primary focus as Kowanda moves into a political career at the urging of President Lyndon Johnson and First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson.

The story contains scenes from Drew’s earlier life, as he finally learns his mother had committed two murders in addition to her other misdeeds. Along the way Drew learns the identity of his father and discovers a brother he never knew. Martin, only six months younger than Drew, and uncle to Drew’s four children, becomes more important to the family than they would have believed as the 60s cascade into a war no one wants, and into political divides that separate us even today.

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31 Comments

  1. I could see the picture as you were painting it with your words as if it were a movie in front of me. Well done.

  2. Each sentence, no each word, left me hungering for the next. Great read.

  3. Don’t know where you found the photo at the beginning of Chapter 1, but it eerily portrays the ramshackle house where young Drew existed with his mother . Can almost hear the creaking of the front porch as Uncle Eugene shuffles in the front door for another visit with Edith

  4. Your writing simply mesmerizes me. The words you chose paints such a vivid picture of this skinny, little forlorn kid named Drew I felt I could reach out and hug him. He reminds me of many of the students I taught and what went on behind closed doors. Can’t wait for the next installment!!

  5. Each sentence keeps me wanting more. Such a amazing read that makes me feel like I’m there in the book!. Bravo 👏
    Can’t wait to read more

  6. Maude is Drew’s life vest during these early years of his turbulence and uncertainty. She keeps him afloat and does so in a loving way for she is his protective angel on earth. And her sweet spirit glows as she instills her love of GOD in Drew as they gather to worship and sing great gospel songs.
    GOD’s Word tells us “Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

  7. A realistic portrayal of mother-son relationship. The mother is not much of a mother, it is amazing how the young lad accepts it. Masterfully done. I feel for both, the boy and his mother, and would love to know what happens to him in the next installment.

  8. What a tough life for the ten-year-old, and you have portrayed it well enough for us readers to love him, and hate Edith and Eugene. Can’t wait for the next installment.

  9. Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow
    you if that would be okay. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward
    to new posts.

    • JimCole

      May 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Sorry, I don’t use Twitter. Glad you’re enjoying the blog. I post something new every weekend.

  10. Hi, Jim. Just started reading, now on Chapter 5, and I am enjoying it so much. Knew you wrote historical facts well, but your talent to tell a story is phenomenal. Even though we grew up in the 40s and 50s with relatively little, at least by today’s standards, of material things, we were blessed to grow up in Victoria with parents and friends who protected and cared for us. Unfortunately, many do not, in earlier days or today. Thank you for allowing us to share your talents, and I look forward to being able to buy the published work, and have the author sign it. It is good to be able to really get to know you and Marian as we share our interest in preserving our past.

  11. Astonishingly well written and insightful for a freely available online editorial!
    Kudos for this share!

  12. Appreciate you sharing, great forum post.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  13. Great read. I really love the main character . I look forward to read more of your work.

    • JimCole

      August 17, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Cindy. The completed novel is available on Amazon.com, as e-book, soft cover, and hard cover.

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  15. Anticipation!

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  23. Met you Saturday at Kroger in Pearland, I didn’t know of you and hadn’t read a book in years. Bought the book went home, started reading the book and could not stop. The book was so entertaining, I will definitely be on the look out for any other work from you. Thank you so much for getting my attention yesterday. And yes; I did need those tissues you gave me. thanks.

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