Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happy Father's Day - Alien in the Delta Series

I am Thankful Strother author of the Alien in the Delta Series. Download them from Amazon or ask for them in your local library. The Alien in the Delta Series come in e-books and paperback. Thank you for your support. 

Writing my memoir was one of the most satisfying experiences in my life. It says that I was here and my family and friends will have something from me to remember. I encourage each of you to write about your life experiences. Reading my memoir series will provide you with an example or guide to follow and write your memoir. Good luck and start writing today.

"The Child" is the first book in the three book series. It highlights the life of a boy from the age of six until he graduates from high school at age seventeen. During that time he discovers music, girls, sex, learns to dance, and becomes self-aware. This book will put you in a nostalgic mood.

This book demonstrates well the concept that everyone has a story to be told. Drama/humor, love/hate, success/failure, happiness/sadness -- you want it? You have got it in this entertaining beginning of a life's memoirs. See how "The Child" compares to your own childhood. I feel today's adolescents would benefit from reading it.

"The Soldier" is the second book in the series. Thankful Strother spent four years in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Germany during the cold war, where he learned to the German language, met his future wife and traveled throughout Europe. The book is filled with history from  that time and many humorist situations.

"The Soldier" is a well-narrated and inspiring story. I like the non-pretenses style of this author. It is easy to grasp the inherent life concepts while experiencing along with the story-teller all the emotions that he must have encountered during this phase of his life. Young adults who are contemplating what kind of future they want for themselves might benefit from this reading this book.

"The Adult" is the third book in the series. Thankful returns home from Germany. He settles in Detroit, gets married, starts a family and buys their first house. He goes to work in the automotive industry, learns to program computers, enters the corporate world and becomes a successful manager and real estate investor. 

What I like about this book is the opportunity to travel with the imagery throughout the geographical areas as well as the thought patterns and decisions of the characters and see how they lead to an economically successful life. "The Adult" is an interesting and easy read that can be done in one sitting by the average reader.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Thankful Strother - Author

Thankful Strother born 1943 in Grand Lake, AR., grew up in Eudora AR. Graduated from high school in 1961 and joined the US Air Force. Stationed in Germany for four years, there he learned to speak German and met his wife Barbara. Married forty-nine years, they live in California and have two adult children. He retired in 2003. Thankful Strother had a thirty-five-year career in computers and telecommunications with NCR and AT&T. In his retirement, he has accomplished his goal to write a book about his early life. Alien in the Delta is that book. It is a memoir about growing up poor in a hostile environment in the 1950's to experience unimaginable success later in life.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

FREE VALENTINE DAY GIFT - The Child – Alien in the Delta


One night, the basketball teams played out-of-town at a high school, which was thirty miles from where we lived. After the girls basketball teams finished their game, a very tall girl with light gray-blue eyes from the rival girls basketball team came over to me and said.

 Hey, boy, what’s your name”?
 “Thankful.” I said
 “What do your friends call you? She asked.
 “My friends call me Thee,” I said.
 “I don’t like that name.” “From now on, I’ll call you my boyfriend.”  She said.

 She was one of the most popular girls in her school and played on the girls’ basketball team. When she said that she wanted to be my girlfriend, and I said okay. This was a great confidence builder for me because she chose me, was two years older than me and a senior in high school. She had been dating seniors, and now she chose me, and I was just a sophomore. We only saw each other at basketball games or other school activities.

Our high school basketball teams played the district championship games in her home town. We stayed in that town as long as our team won. This gave me a chance to visit my girlfriend at her home. She asked me to come over to her house at about 5:00 p.m. because her parents would not be home. When I arrived, she invited me in, and we sat on the sofa and began kissing. We French kissed for a long time. By now I was very proficient at French kissing. When we kissed, I tasted liquor on her lips. Stopping to catch my breath, I noticed that her tongue was green. I wondered if my tongue had turned green also. Was this some new kissing technique I hadn’t heard about, one that turns your tongue green? After making a quick assessment of the situation, I remembered how surprised and displeased I was, seeing her green tongue and smelling the alcohol on her breath. She asked me to have a drink of crème de menthe (a mint-flavored alcoholic beverage) with her, and when I refused, she told me to leave her house. I got up to leave, but she wouldn’t let me go and held on to my shirt. Finally letting go of my shirt, she asked me not to leave. I realized that she was tipsy. So I left the house anyway, and I never saw her again. However, she sent me her picture and an invitation to her graduation ceremony. She had planned to attend college in the fall. Thinking back on that situation, I would enjoy having some crème de menthe on the rocks now.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

THE CHILD - Alien in the Delta - FREE TODAY

"The Child" is the first book in the series. It highlights the life of a boy from the age of six until he graduates from high school at age seventeen.  It’s all about growing up and experiencing the facts of life. During that time he discovers music, girls, learns to dance, and becomes self-aware.

The series is a non-fiction account of Thankful Strother’s personal growth and approach to changing life situations as they occur. Everyone will relate to something in the series, it is very entertaining and easy to read, you are kept in suspense, anticipating what is going to happen next with the family   relationships, the military, interracial romance, unimaginable obstacles and successes. You will feel like you are there with Thankful as he tells what happens with humor.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Soldier - Alien in the Delta - FREE - November 7,8,9,10,11

(excerpt from The Soldier)
           My German friends took me to a village called Roden, close to the city of Saarlouis. We would often go to this guesthouse named after the owner, Agnes. At first appearance it looked like any other guesthouse that we were used to visiting, except the young women waiting the tables were in their late twenties and early thirties. They were older than the other young women that worked in other guesthouses.
       Normally, guesthouse seating had tables with four chairs and nothing else. Agnes’s guesthouse also had that type of seating in the daytime. The place was rearranged differently at night and especially on weekends. Two sliding walls were opened up to reveal what looked like living rooms. They had nice, soft couches and chairs with low tables in front. Candlelit lamps sat on end tables, and beautiful maroon drapes hung in front of the windows.

          We went to Agnes’s place during the day most of the time, when beer cost less. At night the beer and other drinks would double in price.
Agnes, the owner, looked to be in her middle fifties, was about five feet six inches tall with dark, short hair, and was a little on the heavy side but not fat. When she spoke with you, her voice sounded confident and clear; even though she displayed a motherly type personality toward everyone, you knew that she was the boss.
Her husband Nickolaus was a small man about the same height as Agnes, and his hair was beginning to turn a little gray on the sides, which made him look older than his wife.
            Their daughter, young Agnes, was five feet seven inches tall and in her late twenties. Her skin looked as if it was naturally tan all the time. She had a beautiful face with shoulder-length black hair, which complemented her slender figure. You would never guess that she had two children. Her husband Josef was a handsome man who looked about thirty. He was six feet tall with brown hair and a muscular build. He was very friendly and very jealous. When we went to Agnes’s guesthouse, I would speak German with her, and she would help me by correcting my German. Everyone working in the guesthouse helped me. They treated me like a family member.

           Their home was in the same building as the guesthouse, with a kitchen on the first floor and their bedrooms on the second floor. I was invited to their home one Sunday morning to have breakfast with the whole family. I noticed that the young women who were waitresses also lived with Agnes. They joined us for breakfast. As we sat and had breakfast, Agnes asked me if I could bring them some liquor from the base. Nickolaus said that they would pay me ten times more than it cost me to purchase on base. I happily agreed to their terms.
             I brought them liquor every time we visited their guesthouse. Liquor was rationed to servicemen monthly. My allocation was four bottles per month. This turned out to be quite a little profit-making enterprise for me.

           On Friday nights, Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons, the guesthouse was always packed. The living room sections would be opened up to provide additional space for the mostly male customers. The waitresses would remain in the living room with their customers. The men bought expensive bottles of champagne, wine, and shots of liquor for the tables in the rooms. About every hour a male customer would leave the living room with his waitress and go upstairs. She would give him a tour of the bedrooms, and she wasn’t even a real-estate agent.

            Agnes and family were the owners of a guesthouse that turned into a brothel at night and on weekends. At the same time, the young women waitresses would turn into prostitutes. You could make arrangements to have sex with them for a price. Prostitution was a legal business activity in Germany.

        On Saturday and Sunday, it was very difficult to find a parking spot close to Agnes. Their backyard was used for VIP parking. The yard would be filled with expensive German vehicles. Several waitresses would be sitting in the living rooms next to their customers. Young Agnes would also be sitting with the executives. Her section was filled with the wealthiest executives; they bought the most expensive drinks.
            On Sundays when we visited the guesthouse, young Agnes would ask me to take Josef (her husband) away for a while to Luxembourg because he was extremely jealous. He could not watch his wife sitting on the coach drinking with other men without saying something to the men. So Agnes paid me in US dollars many times to take him anyplace for several hours.

         I almost never had to buy drinks in Agnes’s place, because usually the young waitresses and the owners would just bring drinks and leave them on my table. Drinks that had been purchased by the customer seated in their section
       About every six months a new group of young women would come from other parts of Europe to work at Agnes’s place. Each one of them had a unique appearance or distinctive personality. While in Germany, I never though very much about Agnes’s guesthouse being a brothel. Now when I reflect back on the situation, it was an incredible experience I had as a nineteen year old, selling liquor to the owners of a whorehouse.
          Are you wondering if I was ever paid in trade? I will never tell.