When Ralph Morgan, a retired plumber discovers his rural water well contains cyanide he finds himself aided by a gorgeous redhead, Denise McLaughlin and a stunning graduate student from Kenya, Lala Ngigi, in determining the source of pollution. Their investigation leads them to a criminal network involved in industrial pollution, illegal immigration, and tobacco smuggling.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
For me it was a middle age male fantasy.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The hero, Ralph is based on my personal experience. Denise is my concept of the ideal woman. Ruth is based on a girl I dated but later rejected me. E.L Grayson is based on a character I once knew who was something of a rogue. Doris was a figment of my imagination.
Ralph went off to prepare their water. He would be so glad when the time came that he wouldn’t have to mix the well water with the distilled. When he finished he went into the house. He didn’t see Doris at first; but he heard the rattling of pots and pans that indicated she was in the kitchen. Ralph went to ask how things were progressing. Just before he reached open doorway, he saw Doris walk over to the sink. She was wearing an apron. Underneath the apron, she wore a white shirt. The shirttails reached to the midpoint of her thighs. She was no longer wearing her jeans. The sight of Doris’ bare legs from her while stocking feet to the tails of the shirt, aroused Ralph. Doris sensed his presence and turned around. She playfully flipped up her apron to show the front of the shirt and asked.
“Yes, very much so,” Ralph responded. “Is that the shirt E.L. gave you?” Ralph asked.
“Yes, I thought I’d get some use out of it. It’s very comfortable, and I like to be comfortable while I’m doing housework.” Doris responded.
Ralph moved toward her; but Doris responded by holding a pot in front of her. The she said.
“No messing with the cook. You be a good boy, relax and watch TV or something. I’ll let you know when dinner is ready.”
Ralph turned, went back to the living room and plopped down on the couch. He started channel surfing with the remote. He didn’t think he could find a show that could take his mind off the distraction in the kitchen; but eventually he got interested in a baseball game.
When Doris called him to dinner, she was already seated. Ralph got a glimpse of her luscious legs under the table just before he sat down. Then he observed the dinner she’d provided. There was a bowl of cooked shrimp, and a large salad in a bowl at his place. Doris had prepared a similar bowl of salad for herself.
“Dig in,” she invited.
‘To Ralph’s surprise, the salad tasted delicious. He wasn’t sure what all the vegetables in it were, but it also had several varieties of cheese. The shrimp, which Ralph dipped generously in catsup, tasted great also.
“How do you like it?” Doris asked midway through the meal.
“It’s very good. I didn’t think a meal without meat could taste so good.”
“See, you can eat healthy and still enjoy yourself,” Doris commented.
When they had finished, Doris suggested Ralph retire to the living room while she cleaned up. A little later, Ralph saw Doris disappear into his bedroom. When she came out she was wearing the blue denim outfit she’d worn during the ride, with the exception of her boots.
“Are you ready to leave already?” Ralph asked.
“No, I finished my work so I changed out of my working attire,” Doris giggled.
“Well you could always vacuum the place,” Ralph said with an air of disappointment.
Doris walked to the couch where Ralph was sitting. She sat down on the end opposite of him. Then she spoke again.
“Too much cheesecake is not good for you either,” she giggled. Then she went on. “I thought it better to get properly dressed; but I’ll compensate.”
“How?” Ralph asked.
“Lay down and put your head in my lap, I’ll show you.”
So Ralph stretched out, head in Doris’ lap, looking up at her. She began to massage his head which Ralph found both relaxing and pleasurable.
“How do you feel about me,” Doris asked.
“I think you’re wonderful, sexy, considerate, and I love the feel of your hands.” Ralph answered her.
“How do I compare with Denise?” Doris asked.
“Do we need to talk about Denise?” Ralph asked. “I haven’t thought of her all day.”
“That’s good,” Doris responded; but she pressed further. “But you didn’t answer my question.”
“What can I say?” Ralph began. “When I’m with Denise, my mind is on Denise. When I’m with you my mind is on you.”
“So you’re fickle,” Doris proclaimed.
Then Doris bent over and kissed Ralph hard on the lips. It was a slow, lingering kiss that sent electric impulses shooting through Ralph’s body. When Doris broke free she asked.
“Does Denise kiss like that?”
“I’ve never kissed Denise,” Ralph confessed.
“Hmmm,” Doris pondered out loud. Then she continued. “Then you must kiss her.”
Ralph sat upright.
“What? Are you ordering me to kiss Denise? How could I do that? I mean you don’t just grab a lady like that and kiss her. She has to be in the mood. I’d have to sense she was receptive.” Ralph protested.
Doris leaned over and drew Ralph to her again. She kissed him once more. Then she spoke.
“If you and I are to have a future together, you must decide which of us it is that you want.”
Resume of Michael J. Schneider
I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. At the age of 18, I was eligible to be drafted as the Vietnam War was at its peak. I chose instead to enlist in the U.S. Marines. I spent 14 and 1/2 months in Vietnam with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division. Most of that time my duties were that of a clerk-typist; but I had a short period where I participated in long-range reconnaissance patrols.
In 1971 I enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and received a degree in Civil Engineering in May 1976. I worked for the Federal Government as an engineer from June 1976 until January 2008.
I got interested in writing and took two courses in writing for children and teenagers. My instructor assisted me in preparing Swift, Silent and Deadly: Recon Marines in Vietnam. This book is nonfiction targeted at the young adult audience.
My first book was The Secret of Sangre de Cristo, followed by Brendan of Kilrush. Both of these books were fictional stories intended for the young adult market. Both were self-published. I recently published The Secret of Sangre de Cristo as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. Ink Smith Publishing offered me a standard contract for Brendan of Kilrush. In July 2014 Ink Smith published the book in both paperback and ebook form. The ISBN for this book is 9781939156501.
After taking a short course entitled: Writing the Romance Novel at the University of Iowa, I decided to try writing a historical romance. The result was Rebecca and the Renegade.
I followed that with The Mystery of Skunk Hollow. This is a romance/mystery intended for an adult audience. It is available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle.
My next book was From Omaha to Da Nang. This is a nonfiction memoir of my two years in the U.S. Marine Corps. It is also available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle. I wrote it with the idea that high school seniors might like to know what to expect if they enlist in the Marine Corps.
Following From Omaha to Da Nang, I wrote When a Contractor Goofs or Why You Need a Construction Inspector. This is a nonfiction book targeted at the third to fifth grade audience.
My latest work is No Place like Halavo. This is a nonfiction story of an incident that occurred in the Solomon Islands in February 1943. This short book is also targeted at the third to fifth grade audience.
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