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Follow the Sun by E. V. Pete Hester Follow the Sun By E. V. Pete Hester Copyright Pending 2015     Foreword Butch Madison told this story to me several years ago and swore that everything he told was true and...

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J. I. Hall, Jr.....A Western Novel by E. V. Pete Hester This is my latest novel and it is not in a good format for reading, however, it is readable. I enjoyed writing this book and I had problems finding a publisher....so, what the heck, I wrote it just for...

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Confederates move to Brazil...John W. and Lisanna Brownlow... Otis Vaughn is interested in locating members of the Brownlow (Vaughn descendants) family who relocated to Brazil after the Civil War. In the past, I have had several readers from Brazil and if any of...

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The Saga of Zachary Williams, The Sabine Kid My book publisher gave me the rights back to my book, The Saga of Zachary Williams, well, kind of saying it was just "sorry and no good"....nah, he didn't say it that way but that is how it kind of came...

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Watermelon thumping!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 02-08-2009

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How can one tell when a watermelon is ripe? As the melon ripens, the meat of the melon becomes softer and sugary, slowing down the sound, giving you a longer duration on the “thump”. So, a short “thump” and its not quite sweet enough. If it sings to you with the long “thump” it is going to be a good’un, you can count on it. Now if this does not work out for you, let me know….I think it helps to have a musical ear, and listen for the note, probably an A flat, if you ask me……I was asked at the store today and I told the young man I would post this, just for him…..so here it is and it kind of depends on your musical ear….and a little luck…

Possum Trot & Coal Fire, AL

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-08-2009

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One of my favorite writers is Rick Bragg. He’s from Possum Trot, AL. He loved his Momma. I loved my Momma. We both had rough childhoods. That’s about as close as I can get to parallels in our lives other than the odd named towns we are from. I think Possum Trot may win the size war, however, I have never been through Possum Trot so I cannot say with absolute certainity. I can say, “it’s cool to be from Possum Trot and Coal Fire, AL.”  Not many folks can say that about either…But we can say there are some fine folks from each place…By the way, Rick, you can make a guess post to my site any time you like….Thanks……

Calendars

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 01-08-2009

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Calendars at one time helped me keep up with what day of the week it is. Now it is my pill holder or the newspaper. If I skip a day of pills, it really screws me up. Then I have to hunt down the paper (and make sure it is today’s paper) to tell me what day it is….You think I am kidding, right?….It does not happen often but when it does it really screws a person up..The one day I need to keep up with is Tuesday, that’s when they pick up the trash. They missed me this week and failed to pick mine up and that really screwed me up….did they miss me or did I pick the wrong day….I checked my neighbors and they had their trash out so I figured they missed me….Folks, you’re going to love retirement, it brings a whole new set of problems…..You know, you get out in the shop, stratch your head and try to rememeber what you came out to the shop for..so you do a couple of other jobs, go back to the house and then remember why you went to the shop in the first place…Gosh…Now what was this post about?….oh, yeah, goodnight folks….

The Wild Bunch!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 31-07-2009

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These boys are the motley crew that helped produce memories for the 1950’s incidents recorded in some of the pages of Cousins, along with input from the Dad’s involved.

Atlanta Braves Fans

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 31-07-2009

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Three generations of Hester’s….

Old Cousins, New Picture

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 30-07-2009

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This is us…Really…same cousins…little different shapes, but not much….Lots of fun..We wanted to get together when we were not having a funeral…It was nice to see them all…alive…

Sports writers hang ups!!!!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-07-2009

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I listened  to a sports show today singing the praises of the SEC.  And they are a very good conference, I cannot take anything away from them. On and on went the praise, better than the Big 10 and Big 12, etc, etc…… He mentioned Wyoming as in the WAC or Mountain West or somewhere way out there..Gag, Gag…Did he sleep during the Sugar Bowl?… Sometimes when people cannot see the mountains for the trees its like the mountain do not exist…I know the other conferences have to be more consistent, but come on, there are other people who play football and play it well….And I have been singing the praises of the Mountain West, so come on boys and don’t let me down this year…..OK?….

Sons: No 1, No 2 and No 3

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 27-07-2009

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No. 1 son got back from the Bahamas and did not have as much fun as originally antipicated. He got an eye infection and spent about 3 hours on a boat with very limited vision. But he finally got well and did better the next few days. He said he was sweating under the air conditioner..He said it was extremely hot and seems glad to be back in Carlsbad America. No. 3 son got back from the Cayman Islands and echoed what no. 1 said, hotter than blazes. Plus, he and his darling got out about 500 yards from the shore and the tide was against them. While trying to get back he grabbed a sea urchin while pushing toward shore…..wrong thing to grab as their spines are on ball joints and swivel toward whatever touches them….it hurts me even to write about it, but he says the barbs are protein and the body will soon absorb them….boy, I hope so…I didn’t ask, but do your barbs stick folks now when you shake hands?…..I just wondered….No. 2 son came by from work today, all rested and ready for another Alabama trip. And ready for work now…We need some of that Alabama/Georgia weather around here. The weather map has gone crazy. The southeast is having southwest weather…..no fair…I prayed for good weather, but I did not intend for God to leave it down there….I’m back now, Lord…Thank you for listening….

Cousins Reunion of 2009

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-07-2009

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You know what I did? I did not take a camera to Alabama with me. Some of them promised to send me some pictures and I hope they remember….I am not going to call any names,  I am sure I will see them shortly. When I get them I will try to post a copy on the this site so you can see for yourself what a beautifu…..what a gorg……what we look like….no, I’m kidding, a beauiful family and a loving family…Pictures made right there in downtown Coal Fire…The cousins are just a few years older than the picture posted earlier on this site. At the bottom of each page you see the word “older” and that takes you to additional posts.View the cousins there…. Any of the cousins that can e-mail the pictures, that would be great. Send to pete@hesterbooks.com   …..thanks a bunch, Pete

Publishamerica.com

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 19-07-2009

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Hey folks, I just wanted to let you know that the price of my books through publishamerica.com has been lowered to 6.99 per copy. I hope you will go there and buy a copy of Lost in the Black Range and The Saga of Zachary Williams. I do not know how long they will hold that price. Thanks for considering a purchase and thank you for viewing my web site.

Ok, it is now Aug 3, 2009 and the prices have gone back up. It was a good deal while it lasted. Walmart probably will not talk to me now….oh, well…what would I do with a bunch of money?….I sure don’t need anymore food…Did you see my pictures?…I look pregnant..