Each of my novels/novellas is now 99 cents or less!

Each of my novels/novellas is now 99 cents or less! FREE on Kindle Unlimited until 2/21 or 2/25 (https://t.co/2WjVfcU03u). Temporary Insanity is FREE on Lulu (https://t.co/BJyGrrhit6).  Or, checkout my Patreon page and become a patron.

Last Train Out (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GNA3LI8, free on Kindle Unlimited until 2/25/18).  Other formats available at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/568339, also for 99 cents.

Clay and his fiercely independent, adopted teenage daughter Jenna look forward to their upcoming “homeland tour” to Russia. Jenna’s motives, however, are beyond anything Clay ever could have imagined. When she goes missing in Russia, his worst fears come true. And that’s when he learns she is not the little girl he thought she was. Their only hope now is to catch the Last Train Out.

Lottery President (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9VCP1O, free on Kindle Unlimited until 2/21/18)

For most people, winning $300 million in the lottery would be enough. They would buy a big house, travel the world and retire. Not Benny. He decided to take the money and run … for President. The house he had in mind was the White House. He didn’t want to travel the world so much as save it … from politicians. Retire? “I’ll retire when I’m dead!” he would say, not realizing so many people had a retirement plan in mind that would make him very dead. Welcome to the world of politics, Benny.

Operation Detour (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D9YCZPC, free on Kindle Unlimited until 2/21/18).

Riva, a beautiful young “black ops” agent on her first assignment, tries to turn Alex into her own “asset” just to prove she can. When he loses both his job and his girlfriend, she thinks he’s putty in her hands. When he decides to go out with a bang, she’s afraid she’s overplayed her hand.

Temporary Insanity (http://www.lulu.com/shop/william-arthur-holmes/temporary-insanity/ebook/product-22542620.html) FREE on Lulu.

Long before winning the lottery and running for president, Benny was living in L.A. working as a temporary word processor (glorified typist). For his latest assignment, he thought he was taking just another temp job. He didn’t anticipate Venelia and the Dynamos. The what?

Last Train Out

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Blurb

Clay and his adopted daughter, Jenna, look forward to their upcoming “homeland tour”” to Russia. His intentions are pure. Hers, not so much. When she goes missing, his worst fears are realized. She is not the innocent little girl he thought she was. Not even close. Their only hope now, with or without her approval, is to catch the Last Train Out.

From the Author

This book is very loosely based on our own adoption experience. It’s a “what if” look at a possible “homeland tour.” This is just me facing my greatest fears, worrying about everything that could possibly go wrong. Let’s hope it’s not a self-fulfilling prophecy!

Top [Amazon] customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
I like to read stories set in places I haven’t been …
By Greg Holmes on February 3, 2016
Format: Paperback

I like to read stories set in places I haven’t been before, and since this one was set in Russia, it fit the bill in that regard. The story is fast paced and well written, with a credible plot. The author injects a fair amount of humor into the story, even when the protagonist is in a terrible fix. I found it best to read in a few days, in order to keep all the characters straight.

4.0 out of 5 stars
Hold on tight!
By Lucy Ang on January 4, 2016
Format: Paperback

Last Train Out is very fast-paced, with lots of twists and turns. The protagonist, Clay, uses a lot of self-depracating humor. A fun read overall.

4.0 out of 5 stars
Good read
By Amazon Don on January 1, 2016
Format: Paperback

Learned a lot about Russia!

About the Author

Originally from Sacramento, California, I have been calling Nashville, Tennessee home for the past 20+ years. I am married, with a young daughter, two one pugs and one cat. I’ve been a writer as long as I can remember, though I haven’t published much yet. My stories are often inspired by my greatest fears and/or frustrations. Writing things down in a safely fictionalized way helps me to understand myself and the world around me. My other titles are Lottery President, Operation Detour, and Temporary Insanity.

Trump candidacy

Donald Trump’s candidacy reminds me of my novel Lottery President (Kindle/paperback).  Hopefully for his sake, it won’t end the same.

Here’s one of my brothers reading it.  He seems to be enjoying himself.  I swear I didn’t pay him to do this. :)



My Novels

Last Train Out, eBook (iBooks, KoboNook) and paperback

Clay and his adopted daughter, Jenna, look forward to their upcoming “homeland tour”” to Russia. His intentions are pure. Hers, not so much. When she goes missing, his worst fears are realized. She is not the innocent little girl he thought she was. Not even close. Their only hope now, with or without her approval, is to catch the Last Train Out.


Operation Detour, paperback and Kindle
Lottery President, paperback and Kindle
Temporary Insanity


Russian Adoption
(From Nashville to Astrakhan and Back)

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Lunch at Jack-in-the-Box

An oldie but a goodie. At least it still makes me laugh …

by William Arthur “Bill” Holmes. © Copyright 1990

Driving around town the other day, I somehow ended up in Hollywood. I don’t get to Hollywood much anymore and don’t usually find myself missing it. But it was a beautiful day. And seeing all the quaint shops — each striving for uniqueness — and the many people on the street — each striving for a unique sameness — I wondered why I ever left. On this day, Hollywood truly seemed like the place to be.

Getting hungry, I started looking for a hip, cool place to have lunch. I passed by several places with tables on the sidewalk and young, hip, sunglass-wearing people sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes. But I couldn’t have lunch at one of these places. I was alone. And, in Hollywood, alone people just don’t sit at sidewalk cafe tables for lunch.

As I stopped at a traffic light I saw a Jack-In-The-Box restaurant on my left — not exactly a cool, hip place to have lunch. But I was tired of driving around, and my stomach was telling me to stop here for lunch.



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A man on the other end

I asked Elizabeth to “call mom” on my phone.  I had her do it because she was using it to watch My Little Pony on Netflix.

Next thing I know, there’s a man on the other end saying, “Hi Bill! How ya doin’?!”  Who the hell is answering my wife’s phone?

Why is he being so friendly?  Has she been kidnapped and this is her smart-ass kidnapper playing games?  Yeah, I have a good imagination.

No.  It turns out my stupid phone (Galaxy Note II) somehow inserted Alan’s (former coworker) # into one of the entries for my wife.

I had to tell Alan that, while I always liked him, he and I would never have the sort of relationship my wife and I have.

Not surprisingly, he seemed genuinely happy to hear that!

<the end>

Collapse!

I was rearranging the pantry shelves to slide a spare shelf in under one that was sagging from the weight of too many cans.  In the process, the shelf below that collapsed.  One of the pins/supports fell out, sending a large turkey-sized pot (with more pots inside that) and various bottles clattering to the ground.  It made a lot of noise. 🙂

My wife came out of the bedroom with a look of concern.  Our daughter declared, “It wasn’t me!”

Very calmly I turned to my wife and said, “Oh, you heard that?”

She didn’t say it aloud, but the look on her face said, “Smart ass.”

Luckily, everything that fell to the ground was either metal or plastic, so nothing broke, “Other than my shattered pride,” I said.