Who recommended you to Book Town? What do you hope to get out of Book Town?
Cold Coffee Press/Cold Coffee Café/Theodocia McLean
What is your trade? Author? Publicist? Book Blogger?
Author, Book Reviewer, Book Blogger
What genre of books have you written?
Historical fiction, non-fiction, text books
Title of your novels
Finding Billy Battles The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles The Lost Years of Billy Battles
Do you have a website?
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Short Description of Your Novel
Billy Battles is definitely not in Kansas anymore. As Book 2 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy opens, Billy is far from his Kansas roots and his improbable journeys are just beginning. The year is 1894 and Billy is aboard the S S China sailing to the Inscrutable Far East. Trouble is not far behind. He has met a mysterious, dazzling, and possibly dangerous German Baroness. He has locked horns with malevolent agents of the German government and battled ferocious Chinese and Malay pirates in the South China Sea. Later, he is embroiled in the bloody anti-French insurgency in Indochina–which quite possibly makes him the first American combatant in a country that eventually will become Vietnam. Then, in the Philippines, he is thrust into the Spanish-American War and the brutal anti-American insurgency that follows. But Billy’s troubles are just beginning. As the 19th century ends and the 20th century begins, he finds himself entangled with political opportunists, spies, revolutionaries and an assortment of malevolent and dubious characters of both sexes. How will Billy handle those people and the challenges they present? Read on. . .
Please give a short Author's Bio (please limit to 250 words)
Ronald E. Yates is a former award-winning foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Dean Emeritus of the College of Media at the University of Illinois where he was also a Professor of Journalism. He is the author of Finding Billy Battles, the first in a trilogy of novels published June 2014. The second book, The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles, will be published in early May 2016. He is also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard The Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent's Journey Through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist's Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a Global Economy. Yates lived and worked as a foreign correspondent in Japan, China, Southeast Asia and Latin America where he covered several major stories including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia in 1975, the 1989 Tiananmen Square tragedy in Beijing, and revolutions in Nicaragua, El Salvador an Guatemala. His work as a foreign correspondent resulted in four Pulitzer Prize nominations and several other awards, including the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; The Inter-American Press Association Award for coverage of South America; and three Edward Scott Beck Awards for international reporting. He is an honors graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He lives in Murrieta, California.
Type of Books you like to read
Mystery, Sci fi, Biographies, Non fiction, Western, Drama