Elevator Speeches for both books


 Yocona Puff Adder is a coming-and-going-of-age novel that's like three books rolled into one.  Starting out like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, as the boys grow a little older it gets more like Forrest Gump, and then as they get a lot older it becomes more like Tuesdays with Morrie.

In the early 50's, two seven-year olds in Oxford, Mississippi, grow up under the tutelage of a world famous author called Mr. Jefferson.  Because one of the boys' grandfather owns property adjacent to him, they are forever encountering him as he teaches them things little boys need to learn about... everything from puberty to mankind and humanity.  Although this is before racial integration and one of the boys is black and the other white, they remain best friends right through those struggles. 

In 1962, when Mr. Faulkn...Mr. Jefferson that is...dies off, they are teen-agers by then and he has already planted the seed in them for his influence.  They grow through working in the logging woods, Vietnam, college, and careers in the natural resources, where they both work for the Forest Service but see things from different perspectives during the environmental movement of the 70s-90s.

As they grow old and retire, they remain the best of friends, but then have to deal with each other in old age...and dementia...and an old folks' home.

Written in the unique genre of "faction", this tale of twisted truths is of embellished events and purified people. It is mostly true and only tweaked a little to be more humorous, more horrible, more dramatic, more entertaining and interesting, more sexy, etc.. 

The author gives the guarantee that if you don't love this book, he will eat it. 

Camp Re-Form is a character driven book about seven fifteen-year old boys sentenced to a judge ordered Boy Scout camp in lieu of reform school.  Characters you'll learn to love struggle with everything from their mere survival to their efforts at honor and duty.

Not since the prankish mischief-makers of M.A.S.H. have we heard from such a corps of individualized psychologies as these. Taking dialect to a whole new level, the patrol called Sarge's Snappers draws from seven different cultural backgrounds and the generational differences between them and their Scout Master.

An unlikely delinquent named Jed is the impassioned young protagonist. Reluctant to take over as patrol leader, he croons for Goose's girlfriend. Goose, being the Yankee atheist who lost last year's patrol leadership, now just wants to kick everybody's butt but Fanny Pearl's, whose he claims he'll soon soil instead.

Junebug, also called Junie, is just slow enough to be selected to single-handedly try out the retardation center's first effort at mainstreaming. He stutters his way from ob..ob..obstacles to stepping stones.

Coonie, articulately in the finest of Cajun dialect, doesn't miss an opportunity to impose his wrapped perspective on anyone who tries not to listen.

Overdrive, a slightly crippled genius who grew up in an auto shop, proves his worth with traits like the ability to hot-wire the camp jeep for sex-education favors from Stretch, power forward from the Dixie Carrot tops.

Chick is like these cohorts' American Indian contingent. He hardly talks, but campaigns for an Eagle project concerning his heritage along the Natchez Trace, despite the National Park Service bureaucracy.

A falsely accused and quickly convicted youngster nick-named Moses is secretively dying of leukemia...but more worried about spreading and shedding some spiritual sunlight to the not-so-righteous remnant of Snappers than any problems he may face.

Under suspicion for liking little boys a little too much, Sarge seems to these sorta-scouts to be about the last adult influence they think they need as their role model...and feel they can learn as much in spite of him as they can because of him.

Cookie, as camp cook, is the token adult of the fairer sex who is legally present and has eyes for Sarge. However, she does have a teen-aged daughter maned Fanny Pearl who is fodder for a most compelling near-love story and feud between Jed and Goose over her.

Acronymed BAD, Braxton Allen Dillion is the more-than-shady antagonist attempting to be-devil the patrol and sabotage their efforts to go straight..er.


Order now  either book for $25.00 or both books for $40.00 and author will pay shipping, handling and tax

 Yocona Puff Adder    ISBN-13:978-0-9774864-3-4

 Camp Re-Form           ISBN-13:978-0-9774864-7-2

Both books are also available electronically at the Kindle Store for $9.99 each.

Mail Check to:       

Taylor House Publishing   141 CR 369    Oxford, MS 38655

           or Telephone:    662-816-4180 

    It will be mailed immediately at media mail rate, so expect it in about a week

If you would like to contact Gerald Inmon personally for any reason, including ordering a personalized copy the e-Mail is gpinmon@olemiss.edu   

   Thank you very much.            Gerald