A Ton of Gold

A Crystal Moore Suspense, Book #1

A 178 year-old folktale about gold hidden in a lake causes murder, kidnapping, and arson in modern-day Texas.

Crystal Moore is dragged into danger when thugs set out to kill her only living relative, the grandmother who raised her. Thugs believe the gold may be in the lake on the grandmother's property. When attempts escalate, Crystal realizes the police can't provide protection. She must discover who is attacking her nana, and why. But this makes Crystal a target.

She needs all the help she can get from a former bull rider, her street-wise housemate, and her feisty, straight-talking grandmother.

And in the midst of murder, arson, and kidnapping, the man who nearly destroyed Crystal emotionally is coming back. This time, he intends to ruin her career.



" It is on my read it again list and not many books make it to that list.": Nickoliina, on Amazon

"Callan draws genuine, sympathetic characters that pull you in." Bestselling author Jory Sherman

"Altogether, this book is both exciting and fun with a very satisfactory ending...", Big Al's Books & Pals

"Loved the characters, and the ending is unique and unexpected." G. Powell, on Amazon

"I had read "Cleansed By Fire" and thought Mr. Callan couldn't write a better book. I was wrong! "A Ton of Gold" is one of those books that keep your attention from Prologue to Epilogue. " Sunnyreader on Amazon.

"Great book and hard to put down. Love the authors style. He brings the characters to life and keeps you holding your breath. Will definitely look for more of his books!!!" Annie on Amazon.

"A Ton of Gold" by James R. Callan hooked me on the first page of the Prologue and kept me eagerly turning the pages through the last word of the Epilogue. The plot was beyond intriguing and the characters were so well developed that I felt as if I knew them by the time I finished reading the book." Patricia Gligor on Amazon.

"What a fun and gritty plot. The characters are realistic and interwoven into a wild and wicked story. Loved Eula and Chrystal. I will definitely have to read more of this writer." Amazon review

"Fun, busy, clean, fast paced, good read!" Joyce Dodge on Amazon review.

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About James R Callan

James R. Callan took a degree in English, intent on writing.  But when that did not support a family, he entered a Ph.D. program in the field of mathematics.  Upon graduation, he worked as a research mathematician, and later as vice-president of a database company.

He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Data Processing Management Association.  He has been listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science, and Two Thousand Notable Americans.

When his children were grown and self-supporting, he returned to his original love—writing.  For two years, Callan wrote a monthly column for a national magazine. For six months, he wrote a weekly column that appeared in newspapers in four states. Callan has published four non-fiction books, two on the craft of writing (at the request of a publisher) and two on computers.  But his primary interest is in mystery, suspense and thriller novels.  He now has twelve books published.  These include two in the popular Father Frank cozy mystery series, and three in the successful Crystal Moore Suspense Series.  Another Father Frank Mystery  is due out in 2019.  All of his books have been published in print and  e-books. Six have been published in audio.

One of his mystery/suspense books ranked as high as number seven in its category on Amazon. The second Crystal Moore suspense, A Silver Medallion, was named a winner in the Readers' Favorite Contest. The audio version of another book  rose as high as number six on the entire Books in Motion list. His books have won a number of novel contests. In addition, Callan has had shorter works published in five anthologies.

Callan gives workshops on various writing and publishing topics in Texas and Mexico. H has four children and six grandchildren. He and his wife split their time between homes in Texas and mexico.l

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