On the Winds of Change (The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 1)
Published 3/01/2012. Also on Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/137576
The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 1, offers two short stories that blur the lines between reality and fantasy, but they are real in the Kid’s mind.
They include: “To Where the Fair Winds Blow” and “Jacob: In the Presence of an Angel”.
These short stories typify a man’s longing to experience again what he knew in his heart was real. "To Where the Fair Winds Blow" is a story about Billy; a man that the author knew as a boy, who eventually stole millions from the American public, only to meet his destiny on a country road in Texas. "Jacob: In the Presence of an Angel" is a story about a man that stuttered until he made his angelic presence known to the author.
The "F" Bomb and Cussing in America (The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 2)
Published 3/12/2012. Also on Smashwords at http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/143703.
The “F” Bomb and Cussing in America (The Kid in the Hat Collection, Volume 2), offers a humorous insight into the use of profanity in America. It takes a sneak peek at what then were some idiosyncrasies in our lives during the late fifties and early sixties, an increasingly popular substitute expression for the F-Bomb word, and the creation of a new cuss word by someone the author knows very well.
This short story--actually three stories in one--is a companion to the author’s memoir, Of Shadows and Footprints, published in April, 2012.
Of Shadows And Footprints: The Memoir of a Man Who Spent Fifty Years Battling His Inner Demons
Published 4/19/2012. Also on Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/153280
It has been referred to as “the elephant in the room” or “the 800-pound gorilla,” and in some circles it’s called “a man’s taboo.” When all's said and done, it is depression -- a destroyer of lives -- and it is propagated within the traditions that those who bear it should be able to dismiss it. Accordingly, many people choose not to speak of it, and most men choose to macho-up, tough-it-out, suck-it-up and more often than not, try to drink-it away. That describes the author.
Joe Bell’s affliction began at the age of nine after he experienced the dawning of what would eventually become a lifelong conflict. As he explains in this unusual autobiography and memoir, he had no idea that his life would traverse such a well-camouflaged and crooked path, and that he would feel most of his life as though he were two entirely different people, one a shadowy figure that seemed to always be walking alongside him.
In the end, Joe learned that hope can take the shape of a sweet bond, a gleeful romance, or an emotional healing realized through a tough truth, all leading to a triumph in the face of appalling tragedies. His story is heartwarming, agonizing, and bittersweet, and it’s about much more than just Joe’s story. It’s also the story of his family and friends--a behind-the-scenes look at how they lived, laughed, loved, cried together, and died, leaving only Joe behind to tell their story.
This book may stay with you long after the last page has been read, especially if you apply in your life what Joe Bell says has been redeeming in his.
Joe Bell Publishing