Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tom's Top Five Kindle Books In 2013

As we close out the year, I tallied up my Kindle sales for 2013, and wanted to share the top five sales of the year with my readers. Actually, two books tied for 4th and two books tied for 5th, so my top five sales actually cover seven books this year.

The Soul Stealers remains in the #1 slot for the third year in a row. It’s not surprising, as I’ve had many private comments about this book.

Bad Moon Rising also comes in second again this year. It has been a favorite among the Vietnam veterans. I’m just not so sure about that fellow on the front cover in Tiger Stripes, though.

The Black Bat’s War slides in at #3 this year, which isn’t surprising either. The Black Bat is a favorite among the pulp readers.

Guns of The Black Ghost continues to be one of my best sellers. Possibly one of the best new pulp heroes ever created, it pulls in readers from around the world.

City of Phantoms ties with Guns of The Black Ghost in 4th place. This one features both the Phantom Detective and The Black Bat in a new pulp tale.

Lost Land of Jur and Drums of Jur tie for 5th place. The Jur series has been a big seller for years, and remains popular among the lost land and Jurassic fans.

Why not check out some of these Kindle books and see what is bringing the readers back for more every year? All of Tom’s books can be found on his Amazon Page at

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