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The Sinner Series:
The Inhabitants of Magnolia Park
- A Short Collection of Stories -
2012 – (15,000 Words)
Tracy James Jones
In the 21st century the undeniable enigma of being human has nothing left to be really taken by surprise. In a time of ongoing terroristic threats, economical shortages, holy wars and out of touch politics, and not to forget, mental disorders, internet predators, teen sex, drugs and Reality TV, the words shock value no longer have a hold over anyone past the age of three. We have all been conditioned, if not prepared, for just about anything that life has to put us through. But then again there may be something, and that something could simply be what we as humans attempt to keep to ourselves, which is better known by what we call secrets…
There are thousands of interesting stories that could be written about people in general as well as in any quaint little town, and here are a few enlightening tales from the Inhabitants of Magnolia Park. For some, the details of how their basic human conditionings could unexpectedly collide with their deepest darkest secrets and hidden desires, could be more than just a little unsettling for the strongest of analytical mind. The outcome from these personal and sometimes controversial situations could lead to just about anything…
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“Peyton’s Playmate” is the story of a mysterious young woman’s adoration and mutual attraction with the devilishly wild and handsome boy next door. Though they come from different worlds, from the moment they met, their lives seemed destined to combine from the fervent desires that ignite within every time they cross each other’s path. In the end, fate and the cold hard truth of their past and present human conditions hold the key to the final outcome for the life & future they both dare to live…
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“Paper Images” is the story about a young man with a few major issues. In the midst of pursuing his studies in psychology and his childhood dreams of becoming an accomplished sketch artist, his most challenging situations stem from the sad and disheartened people who unintentionally encumber his present day life. It is for them that he patiently works as a volunteer clinic assistant at the local crisis center, but it is the truth of his own disturbing tale of survival and for the sanity of his long time best friend that continues to torment his every waking moment…
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According to a close relative, I was raised in a perpetual glass box, over protected from the woes of the real world around me. To a degree I accept this description because my early years were spent with my maternal grandmother who indeed sheltered and taught me only the good things about life. Through her, I learned to treat people the way I wanted to be treated, and to respect all others despite any differences. I lost my grandmother at the age of nine, but the things she taught me would last throughout my life. Once she was gone, the blinders were lifted. I was to never be a stranger to the hardships of life again. The hardest of all has been love, death, & prejudice. The joys have been a loving family and life-long friends. Most special are my parents, who have been my champions throughout everything I have envisioned to achieve in my life. I am so blessed in more ways than I could have ever imagined.
About My Writing:
Growing up shy, as far back as I can remember I have always been observant of people around me. I’ve always had a fascination regarding how they reacted in all sorts of situations. I love human emotions. It’s like if someone smiled, I always felt compelled to smile back, or if someone were sad, I felt sad with them. This compassion I have for others is often reflected in my work because it breathes life into my characters. I like that. It’s an important factor to my creativity. I’m inspired by the totality of life, people in general, and everything that makes up human individuality. It also speaks to the kind of person I believe I am.
- Letter of Appreciation – Waxahachie Chamber Of Commerce
(Featured Performer with The Miss Waxahachie Pageant – (4 years)
- 1st Local Book Signing Event – “No tears For A Hero” – 1995
- 1st National Book Signing Tour – “Searching For Eden” – 2003
- Local Author Achievement Acknowledgement Event -2003
- Guest Speaker – Italy High School Creative Writing Class – 2004
- “Secrets & Lies” – Novel -2011
- “The Inhabitants of Magnolia Park” (E-book) – 2012
- “Torn: Sixty Days of Calaboose” – Novel – 2012
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Secrets & Lies by Tracy James Jones is an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end. From the beginning of their relationship and long before she has actual knowledge of the facts, Camilla Vargas senses that the object of her desire, Kennedy Jordan, is guarding a deep secret. However, she wants to hold on to the relationship in a desperate effort to find out if he is “the one.”
Camilla’s best friend, the fiery Ulanda Jefferson is there for Camilla through thick and thin but her negative reaction to Camilla’s liaison with Kennedy seems over the top, even for her. Of course, Ulanda harbors deep secrets of her own—secrets so explosive that she can’t even share them with her best friend. They are secrets that prove to not only distort her attitudes toward love, but nearly derail the relationships that she enjoys with those closes to her.
Secrets & Lies is absorbing as it explores relationships and the entwined psychological profiles of its characters. The reward is an interesting read that leaves you barely able to wait until the end.
Review by Evans & Rhodes
A very emotional page turner, Secrets & Lies will have you wondering which secret will be uncovered next, all the way until the end of the book. With twists and turns the reader won’t see coming until it smacks you in the face and leaves you questioning the integrity of the character. There is four central characters and with plenty of drama and line pushing you won’t want to put the book down until there is a conclusion to the drama!
The cast of characters is multi-racial and multi-cultural. The cast consists of Kennedy, or Kenny for short, Camilla, Ulanda and Bren. Kennedy is hiding many painful secrets and lies from both his past and his present. Camilla is the young, unsuspecting woman, who falls in love with Kenny. Ulanda is Camilla’s best friend, who’s secrets and lies are not revealed until the end. She might just have more to do with this thick plot then being just a friend. Bren is Kenny’s true love, since high school, who besides being lost in a gender transition is also lost in a painful past.
Will all the lies and secrets be revealed before more people get hurt? Can someone who hides so many hurt’s from the past, and has multiple skeletons in the closet, truly be happy? To find all the answers to these questions, and unravel the web of lies, Secrets & Lies by author Tracy James Jones is a must read. An emotional roller-coaster that will take you up, and down, on the ride of your life.
Zack Hamby was a sorry S.O.B. when I met him. I had an occasion to tell him that once. And he was mean. In his favor was the fact that he was super handsome. Being tall and muscular was in his favor too because I liked my men that way. His hair was a short reddish brown and it suited his look. Such a strong, chiseled face with just a hint of red on his chin. His smile alone would nearly cause my heart to melt whenever he found the time or inclination to show it. I was always a sucker for a good handsome smile. His greatest attribute of all was that he was excellent in bed. Most men tend to believe they were good by ego or lies, but it wasn’t always true. Zack, by my definition, was the kind of man who made love to you with every ounce of passion and emotion that he could never allow himself to show otherwise. His sex was his ultimate strength and his desire for it was almost insatiable. Giving credit where credit is due, I believe that is how he initially won me. Like I said, he was a sorry s.o.b. and he was mean. But at the time I had been without a lover for a very long time. At the time I thought I was losing my mind. I suppose, at that particular time as well, I had forgotten that my mind was already gone….
~ Adrian Bailey ~
“Torn: Sixty days of Calaboose”