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The Promise Road

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the Promise Road
"If it takes forever, I will wait for you."

"The Promise Road," spanning lives separated by life, death, time, and space but connected by circumstance, is a love story, the way love stories were once told.  
 
On a day Rachel Marin would forever remember, in September of 2000, she sat alone in her small, now empty white-fenced home in South Pasadena, California. While the stinging words of her recently divorced producer/director husband: “I married a whole wife; I deserve a whole wife,” still rang in her ears, she would, within minutes, close the door to her small home for the last time, and begin an improbable journey. 

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A AFamily Gathering


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A Family Gathering | Pulitzer Prize Fiction Nominee 2007
“Where Was God On May 15, 1974?”
Novel & Screenplay | A Family Gathering Book site:

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It was 1974—the South. She was 12; he was 16. She was black, the daughter of a poor Baptist minister;
He was white, the son of privilege. What happened on a hot day in May changed her life forever. His was unaffected, until the passing of 14 years of exile, a vicious murder, a callous display of arrogance and power, an unexpected visitor, and ‘A Family Gathering.’

May 15, 1974 was the last day of her first life. In 1974, in rural Reedville, Arkansas, Deborah Yvonne Davis was a precocious 12 year old, black schoolgirl in love with life. Loving memories of Gram d ‘lena, her late, paternal grandmother, guided her.
Then, during a walk home, on a sweltering Arkansas day, her world changed forever.

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I Never Played Catch With My Father


I Never Played Catch With My Father
“When Fame, Power, and Money Are Not Enough”
Novel

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A Texas-born, billionaire baby-boomer’s life-long love of baseball shapes his adulthood. However, his enormous success fails to erase memories of a childhood missing a ‘heart and soul’ relationship with a father now near death. In an effort to finally close the “broken circle,” he leaves New York and catches “the last train home.”

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Dallas, KLIF Radio Interview - 1997 During National Book Tour.

Gene's tour for I Never Played Catch With My Father, took him coast-to-coast, where he appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including Oprah.

All these years later,
this interview, at Dallas's KLIF, remain one of his favorites.
This novel, which continues to be a big seller, is as relevant today as then—maybe more.

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Half Moon, Full Heart


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Half Moon, Full Heart
A love story as they were once told.
Novel

September, 2000

“I married a whole wife.
 I deserve a whole wife.”

Following a misdiagnosis of breast cancer, and before it proved to be a traumatic error, Rachel Marin’s producer/director husband, David abandons her. Rachel’s world collapses. A beautiful, successful, professional woman she attempts suicide.

At thirty-eight, she was just divorced and clawing her way up from the basement of her life. Her heart was broken; her dreams shattered. On a cool September morning, she packs her life away into every corner of her vintage ’65 Mustang and leaves California.

Along the way to an uncertain destination, a detour through Rosedale, a small, north-central Texas town; a 50 year-old wedding dress in a quaint dress shop, and a chance telling of a five decades-old love story, opens a magical door.

The legendary love story of David Joe Fallon, Jr. and Jessie Marie Taylor inspires another real-life story—one Rachel could never have dreamed. She finds herself solving a mystery, helping to write a final chapter no one could have imagined, and discovering a reason to live again.


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The Widowmaker


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The Widowmaker
John Roméo has an eye for beauty and a nose for murder.
Softcover Novel, & Screenplay -WGA

Screenplay Title change: HEAT OF THE NIGHT- "The Widowmaker"

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John Roméo, a former LAPD homicide whiz, aids a baffled LAPD struggling with unsolved deaths of wealthy men, and their mistresses.

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A baffled LAPD struggles with unsolved murders of super-rich, super famous married men, including a renowned mega-evangelist, and a world-famous golfer. Each, and their lovers, are found murdered, victims of blasts from a .44 magnum.

Solution: Call John Roméo, a cocky former LAPD homicide whiz, turned multi-millionaire author. Roméo has an "eye for beauty and a nose for murder. But the hunter becomes the hunted. Roméo may not survive but he won't go down easy. And he won't go down alone.


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Quietkill

Quietkill
ONE HUNDRED MILLION AMERICANS, DEAD!
“For over twenty years, they knew...and did nothing to stop it.”
Novel

September 11, 2001 was but a precursor to the real “American Holocaust,” an insidious attack set to begin on December 20, 2012, eleven (11) years after 9/11. The numbers in the date are intriguing, and prove significant. Only one man—a former CIA agent, long believed deceased—taken down by his own “Agency,”— has a chance to stop it. To do so, John Shannon, a.k.a. Sean Ryan, will have to risk his life, maybe even die...again.

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Fire Night

Fire Night
"ZOMBIES RULE"

Novel & Screenplay
- WGA
“David” vs “Goliath,”

"Into the dead of night rode the twelve hooded horsemen, wielding Satan's savage sword. Now, may their wretched souls burn in hell's fire, 'til hell itself be self-consumed."

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The "Supernatural" meets the "Super Evil" in this coming-of-age story thanks to two, young, adventuresome brothers in 2007 New England. Ignoring their parents' warnings, Joshua and younger brother, Caleb Wellesley venture deep into Devil's Woods. They soon regret doing so, when they confront ghoulish zombies, and awaken a frightening, supernatural history never fully told.

Their family is confronted by citizens of an angry, economically depressed town, eager to force sale of their property to an Electronics Conglomerate. Their father’s life and death struggle is joined by horrid spirits of victims of an 1707 mob lynching and burning who have been trapped for three centuries in nearby Devil’s Woods.

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Still Dreaming - Front

Still Dreaming
"After All These Years"

A book of "Visual Poetry" in Full Color.
Pulitzer Nominated fiction author, and former Oprah guest Gene Cartwright is such a poet at heart, he places a poem at beginning of all his novels. This collection of stimulating, thought-provoking poetry stirs the imagination, heart, and soul.

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Dying For Love
"Night Heat"

What you won't do, do for love...
What risks would you take, including death, to satisfy an unquenchable romantic desire? Would risking loss of fame, power, social stature deter you? For many wealthy, powerful, famous men, the answer is no. They risk their lives and those of their lovers, and pay the ultimate price. Is a serial killer or killers on the loose?

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Shadows In The Mist

Shadows In The Mist
Screenplay and First Film For iFOGO Films.

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Michael West, husband and successful young attorney with a bright future, struggles with then is blamed for the mysterious death of his former college lover - daughter of the principal of his former law firm.

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Michael West, a husband and successful young attorney with a bright future, struggles when he is blamed for the mysterious death of his former college lover, and daughter of the principal of his former law firm. He battles with a family who sees him as a traitor to his old South L.A. neighborhood. Michael’s wife is unaware of the nature of the past romantic relationship, and at a lost to understand her husband’s change in personality; the threat on his life, and their imploding marriage.

Road To My Forever
Road To My Forever

Road To My Forever
Screenplay Treatment WGA

Starbucks, 125th and Lenox Avenue

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A feisty eighty year-old grandmother and nursing home resident, (Betty White) shrewdly convinces her USC Film School student granddaughter (Lindsay Lohan), to forego a South Beach summer break, and join her in a cross-country road trip from Los Angeles to Manhattan, in a 1955 Buick Roadmaster convertible.

Nowhere, Texas

Nowhere, Texas
"You Don't Really Want To Go There"
Novel


“San Antone? Now, how the hell you end up out here, this close to Nowhere, tryin’ to get to San Antone? You come off I-10 just after the 10-20 split outta Van Horn?”

Cyrus Lazarus Bender had no idea why the stranger in the red Mercedes sports car ended up at his 1950s era service station, on the day he was closing the place forever. What he was sure the stranger did not know, that unless he turned around, he was headed plum straight to Nowhere, Texas.

The God Wars

The God Wars
Novel & Screenplay - WGA
“Highway to Heaven or Road to Perdition?”

A rural, Archer City, Texas preacher (Robert Duvall) risks his life, when he and his rag-tag group of young believers begin exposing the truth about two, warring Super Mega-Star evangelists: The Reverend Jonathan Paul Crystal, 33, and The Reverend Billy Ray Rose, 63. The two, Dallas-based evangelists are on dueling, rock star-style road tours, determined to secure dominance and the other’s destruction.

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Harold

Harold

Harold
“Psycho, Genius or Both?”

Novel & Screenplay - WGA

Harold Van Brocklin, a 39 year-old New York homeless man, and son of a wealthy New York widow, is released from a mental institution following the overturning of his conviction in a triple-killing. He is freed, awarded hundreds of thousands in compensation for wrongful prosecution, and quietly placed in a Brooklyn neighborhood. But will residents of the Big Apple, and especially defense attorney, Sandra Bluestein, live to regret it?

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Westchester Hospital for the Criminally Insane
9:40 p.m., Sharp.

Last medication of the day.
Six giant horse pills, big enough to choke a whore, and only half a glass of tepid water. Shit! Nine forty-five, lights out. No talking, no singing, no whistling, no beating off, and no pounding fists or slamming head into the wall. Paint is fresh. Blood would just cause more cleanup expense. Thinking is okay, as long as it’s not done out loud.

The Baby Clause

The Baby Clause
Screenplay Treatment -WGA

When Grinch-like Ohio CEO, Barton Grimmacher, fires a pregnant Nicole Greenwood—the wife of an Afghanistan War serviceman—from her from her Mall Santa Christmas job, he lives to regret it.

A Quest For Angels
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A Quest For Angels
Screenplay - WGA

(E.T. with four legs and a bark)

There are wonders and miraculous events which surpass man's ability to accept or comprehend. They occur not as a result of cosmic accidents, but are glorious works produced by the never-ending Quest For Angels.

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Melanie, a bright-eyed 6 year-old, battles illness but triumphs, inspires her parents, and experiences a healing miracle, with the "active" help of 'Shasta,' her beloved pet terrier.

The CatNapper
The CatNapper
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The CatNapper
Comedy Screenplay - WGA


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Jeffrey Zachary, a laid-off teacher, and divorced father of a 3 year old daughter, is unable to find work. Behind in child support, facing eviction, determined to provide for his daughter, he desperately turns to a life of crime. Bad idea!

108 pgs.

Where Angels Walk
Where Angels Walk

Where Angels Walk
Treatment

Sidney Poitier Denzel & HalleRuby Dee Robert Duvall

Malcolm James Porter is a shy, retiring, 80 year-old Chicago homeless man, and WWII hero of regal bearing. With his life shattered, following the death of his last and "bestest friend," fellow WWII hero, Henry Chester Morris III, he discovers the power to heal lies in the touch of his weathered hands. In a world hungry for miracles, he becomes a reluctant miracle worker. But who will heal Malcom James Porter?

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