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Ralph E. Jarrells


Ralph Jarrells entered the field of writing novels late in his life after retiring from a career in corporate America that included senior management positions in marketing, advertising and publishing. 

Although writing the “Great American Novel” was never in his plans, with the encouragement of his wife, he completed his first novel, Ill Gotten Gain, after entering his 70s.

“This is a good example that you are never to old to start a new chapter in your life,” Jarrells said. “At an age when I should perhaps think about fishing or rocking in a chair overlooking the ocean, finishing my first novel was an accomplishment and having it selected by a publishing company was an honor.”

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Fiery Red Hair, Emerald Green Eyes, and a Vicious Irish Temper

The anne bonny story

Historical Fiction

Charles Town, South Carolina. The Year of our Lord 1755
It was rare for a woman, any woman, much less a silver-haired, 56-year-old woman, to own and manage a large plantation.
But then, Anne Cormac was a rare woman.
In addition to her other business and philanthropic enterprises, Anne Cormac owned and operated the highly successful Goose Creek Plantation—400 acres of prime farmland which produced fine, long-strand cotton, a substantial indigo crop, rice, fodder for the animals and vegetables for her household. Miss Anne, as she was known, was a fixture of Charles Town society. She was the money behind the local banks and factors who managed the trade through the Charles Town port. And she was the driving force in the development of Charles Town’s Cormac Theater, renowned for rivaling the finest theaters in England and staging the best Shakespearean productions in the New World.
While Anne Cormac began and ended her life with that particular name, it was the name she used in the in-between time for which she was, and is, most widely known. For in her impetuous youth, Anne Cormac was known as:
Anne Bonny, the world’s first female pirate.
This is her story. In her own words.


It’s one part romance, one part exposé on antique-ing, and one part travel guide to all things Charleston including some of the best restaurants and other haunts. And no tale that glimpses into the dark side of the Low Country would be complete without a witchdoctor and a dash of voodoo.

– 5-Star Customer Review of Ill Gotten Gain

Also by Ralph E. Jarrells

Ill Gotten Gain

Avarice Madness Death

Woe to the man who betrays.
It would be better for him if he had never been born.

Thomas Edward Garrett’s life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers a treasure of unimaginable value. Among the artifacts in this incredible “find” is an unusual box that contains some very dangerous coins. Suddenly, everything he desires – wealth, power, notoriety, celebrity, women – are his for the taking. And a very different power is clawing at Garrett’s mind.