Larry & Barbara Payton
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Little Elm, Texas
About Me:
The Ballad of Lacey Jay is a first effort at mainstream fiction for Larry Payton, but a continuation of a long history of Texas fiction for his wife, Barbara.
Living in Dallas, Larry met seasoned romance writer Barbara Jennison on line. Born and raised in West Texas, she had hit a snag with a current project, a departure from her standard fare of romance novels. He hadn’t written any fiction up to that point. nevertheless, they began to collaborate to bring Lacey Jay Autrey to life. Although she lived hundreds of miles away, the two became friends and during the year it took to write the saga, the two fell in love and were married just before the book was published.
Larry cut his teeth on journalism with posts like police reporter, news bureau chief and editor in print and radio news. His credentials also include publishing a number of high-tech manuals ranging from aviation electronics to financial network security.He also developed and wrote training materials for war veterans who needed to learn civilian occupations. Working with veterans sharpened his knowledge of disabilities and particularly Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Barbara’s history includes both journalism and advertising, beginning in newspapers and graduating to radio and television. She wrote for the San Angelo Standard Times, including a recurring column titled My Turn.
The couple now lives in Little Elm, Texas, with an ever-changing mix of dogs and cats.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, Stephen Coonts , Patricia Cornwell, John Sandford, Harlan Coben, Kathy Reichs, Jonathan Kellerman, Iris Johansen, Jeanne DuPrau, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler, and whoever I'm currently reading.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Movies: Sin City, All the Terminators, Batman Begins and most of the other comic book heroes, all the animated kid stuff, Pretty Woman, Nottingham, Star Wars IV-VI, Open Range, Second-Hand Lions.

TV: Dexter, CSI, Bones, Saving Grace, The Closer, Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, Moonlight,

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At 9:48am on July 4, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Larry & Barbara, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a paranormal, murder, mystery thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 3:15pm on August 26, 2008, Tom Cooke said…
Welcome aboard. It's good to see someone from Little Elm in our rowdy crew. If I recall, that's somewhere over there next to the thriving metropolis of Frisco isn't it?

As far as ordering etc. goes, there's a place in the forum where we can blow our own horn, but the majority of the site is pretty social. It's a good place to leave your web page address though, because if you hint hard enough, people will order your work off of your website.
Larry, isn't fiction more fun than tech writing? I got so tired of the minutia of avionics, data transmission, analogue vs. digital that I'll never go back to it again. I don't even care how this computer works and I sure as heck don't want anyone to tell me.

Tom Cooke
San Antonio, Texas
At 8:50am on August 20, 2008, carole gill said…
Thank you!
yes, worry isn't good at all so non-productive.
I prefer to write downstairs during the day, feel too cut off otherwise.
My doggies are pretty good, except when they freak out when the postman comes!
But that passes and they settle down.
one of them begs to sit on my lap too!
and he keeps it up so that I take pity on him!
Generally when I have him on my lap, I re-read what I've written so as not to waste time.
pets are great, aren't they? you have cats too!
lovely to hear from you!
At 8:14am on July 31, 2008, Larry & Barbara Payton said…
I don't see a lot of titles and ordering info on this site. Is that a nono (we're new here)?
At 6:43am on July 31, 2008, carole gill said…
Just read about your own romance!
Bless you both!
That is the loveliest, most romantic thing I've ever read!

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