Itís not really about a story, itís about a place: small but special beyond compare.  Thereís 18 miles of snow white sand, bordered by warm gulf water and protected by a ban on high rise development.  Thereís restaurants and retail, boogie boards and bikinis, but most important thereís people.  Those people are of a most unique nature.  Jake Burns is one of those people.  Heís a man without a mission. 

Since moving to the snow white beaches of South Walton County twenty years ago, life has been easy.  Heís inherited a market on a little beach road and has kept it going despite the lure of easy money from big developers.   But when Eden Brockwell, a young woman to whom he is a reluctant father figure, dies by crashing her car into his market, emotions that were dead in him for so long soon drive him to the point of loosing everything he has.

Jake works to keep those around him distant.  Past flames like Edenís mother Shelia haunt him.  Those who have made a success of themselves with the growing popularity of the area like the wealthy developer Walter White and his son-in-law Andrew Troy barely deserve a condescending acknowledgement in Jakeís eyes.  But it is a woman named Debbie Baylor who he meets right after Edenís death that starts him to feel again.  Disillusioned by the path her life has taken, Debbie has come to the beach for renewal.  There is a spark from the start between them that drives Jake to discover the truth behind what happened the night Eden died.  His search for the truth nearly drowns Jake in troubles.  Debbie tries to pull him out, tries to reach his heart.  But he canít stop. Emotions that were so long dead now become his master and he heads for his great confrontation.


About Me

Me, I have a day job just like 99% of the writers out there.  Itís a great job in every way: good bosses, nice hours and fair pay.  At home I have a lovely and kind wife and an intelligent and well adjusted son.  By all practical measures I shouldnít mess with a thing.  But I have to write.  And I plan to keep writing as long as I can.  So thereíll be more to follow and itíll show up hereÖ on beach time. 


And if any other aspiring, serially rejected authors happen to come across this Iíd give you one piece of advice: get yourself a webpage and post your work online (after having it copywrited).  This is, all things being what they are, the best way to reach your audience with your voice.  But it still doesnít pay the bills.


County Road

a novel by

Parker Pruett


1-Pretty Well Matched

2-The Price of The Deal

3-A Girl Dies

4-A Long Overdue Dinner

5-The High Tide

6-Debbie Looks Around

7-Trojan Artifacts

8-Why They Go To Eden

9-Lunch Above The Market

10-Word Is

11-Mrs. Stanley's Story

12-Around The Market

13-Why People Come

14-We're All Hobos

15-What Happened

16-On His Own

17-A Ride And A Talk

18-A Grand Evening

19-A Bad Night

20-More Trouble

21-Jake Gets Some Visitors

22-Great Big Things