In The Ghost of Atlanta, Andy Michael Pilgrim faces demons from his youth that haunted his life. These are the ghosts in the crawl spaces of his life; some are real and some supernatural.

Blank white book w/path After landing a job with The Atlanta Defender, Andy returns home and visits the place where he finally faces remembrances of his deceased abusive father. While walking around the grounds, he meets his mysterious cousin, Joe Boy, and finds out that the property is going to be sold by unscrupulous cousins.

While Andy fights this battle, he must confront the personal demon of a possible drug addiction, breaking the color barrier at the south’s largest newspaper, The Atlanta Defender, meeting his old girl friend and fighting the lingering effects of segregation in small-town Georgia life.

As the story unwinds, all these forces push Andy toward the breaking point, where he almost quits on life. Malevolent mortal deeds are committed and Andy could be next in line.

“The Ghost of Atlanta” is, overall, a superbly written book. 5 stars!~Readers Favorite

Please read more about The Ghost of Atlanta and click on the link to purchase!


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The Ghost of Atlanta new book cover!

The Ghost of Atlanta new book cover!

Enjoy my new book cover for my award winning novel The Ghost of Atlanta!
J. E. Thompson’s fourth novel, Ghost of Atlanta, is provocative and mysterious. Mr. Thompson, for the last thirty years, has been a huge William Shakespeare fanatic. Stormy Winds, is Mr. Thompson’s Macbeth. It’s dark and moody like the Shakespearian play Macbeth, but charts a different direction in that it relates a vital message about overcoming life’s problems that threatens to destroy a person’s future. “Stormy Winds explores former Philadelphia sports writer Justin Fleming’s perseverance over destructive themes and events in his life.
Mr. Thompson’s five novels allows the reader to experience places that are filled with hopes, dreams, challenges and fears that make us human. The novels that make up the trilogy, the first three books written by Mr. Thompson, are A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile and Ghost of Atlanta.

Mr. Thompson won the 2011 Readers Favorite National Gold Medal Award in General Fiction for Ghost of Atlanta. Mr. Thompson also received the Georgia Author of the Year nomination for Philly Style and Philly Profile, Ghost of Atlanta and Phantoms of Rockwood from the Georgia Writers Association. Mr. Thompson’s fourth novel, Phantoms of Rockwood, was published in 2013. This was the first book outside the trilogy with Stormy Winds the second. Mr. Thompson is a former Creative Writing/Publishing Instructor at Atlanta’s prestigious Evening at Emory’s Writers Studio.


J. E. Thompson Speaking at Decatur Book Festival!

J. E. Thompson Speaking at Decatur Book Festival!

Please listen to my interview with Denise Turney from today’s “Off The Shelf” show. The questions were insightful and the conversation stimulating. Please click the “News&Events” tab on the website: http://www.jethompsonnovels.com/#!news-and-events/c1pz”>http://www.jethompsonnovels.com/#!news-and-events/c1pz


Julius Thompson (Stage Captain) assisting legendary Pat Conroy at Decatur Book Festival

Julius Thompson (Stage Captain) assisting legendary Pat Conroy at Decatur Book Festival

I’m one of the Stage Captains assisting legendary author Pat Conroy during his book signing at this past weekend’s AJC-Decatur Book Festival at the First Baptist Venue! Mr. Conroy wrote the novel Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and many, many others. He is an incredible human being as well as a fantastic author. He gave all writer’s a great tip: “Go Deeper” in in your writing. What an honor to assist one of America’s great Writers!


Sunset in GraysonI want to share a special moment from last evening in Grayson, Georgia. I was riding with my sister,Rochelle, in our car with our dogs CoCo (Yorkie) and Cooper (Cocker Spanier) and I had to stop to take this Sunset. Please take a moment from your pursuits and schedule to enjoy this moment in time. Enjoy the colors as they swirl in the August Sky over Georgia.


phillydraftebookPhilly Style and Philly Profile!

This is the second novel in the J. E. Thompson Trillogy which includes A Brownstone in Brooklyn and the National Award Winning Ghost of Atlanta.

Short Synopsis:Philadelphia streets were never silent. Gangs wars on corners, screeching cars on avenues, and squealing steel trolley tires on tracks kept you alert for the next confrontation. Philadelphia playgrounds were sometimes silent.

These were sanctuaries where you confronted your deepest memories. These were places packed with people, but on a summer’s midday, they were virtually empty. Streets made habitable again by the actions of a few good men.

Philly Style and Philly Profile Amazon.Com Book Review: BOOK 2 OF THE ANDY PILGRIM TRILOGY…THINGS ARE DONE PHILLY STYLE!
By DENNIS DE ROSE on April 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the second of the Andy Pilgrim trilogy.While the title does not try to explain the book,that was the author`s intent.The title refers to something special specific to the city of Philadelphia only. You have to read the book very carefully to understand what Julius is trying to say. He is being pervasive on purpose. This second book leads into the final of the trilogy, “Ghost of Atlanta”

“Philly Style, Philly Profile” takes place in the 70’s.Andy, a black man, works for the Philly Bulletin.He is immediately confronted by one of the many problems that black men had to deal with then and now…RACISM.That`s just one central issue. Added, we find out that he is slated to cover high school sports and we are immediately introduced to 2 more very dangerous threats…DRUGS and GANGS.

Andy gets caught up deeply in this mix when he befriends Carl, an up and coming basketball player whose getting ready to go off to college in just a few days. I won`t spoil the story for you but I will say that it`s extremely fast paced and relevant for the times. Of course all cities big and small sadly still face these same issues.

You will read this and, once you do, you`ll want to continue the saga in “Ghost of Atlanta”.I would be remiss if I did not take a moment and mention the fantastic editing in this super story. I read this, looking for mistakes and I found very few. My hat`s off to Julius’ editor, Moneysaver Editing. Keep writing Julius, great job!

Please click to listen to Chapter 23 from Philly Style and Philly Profile!


J. E. Thompson Speaking at Decatur Book Festival!

J. E. Thompson Speaking at Decatur Book Festival!

J. E. Thompson will be talking about his novels on “Off The Shelf” a national Blog Talk Radio Program Saturday, 11:00 AM, Eastern Time on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Please call(347)994-3490 to listen and ask questions of National award winning author J. E. Thompson.

Mr. Thompson will discuss his fifth novel, Stormy Winds, that will be published March 2015.

Radio Personality Denise Turney will interview J. E. Thompson about his published novels: A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile, the national Award winning Ghost of Atlanta. Mr. Thompson received the award at the Miami Book Fair in 2012. The novel beat out 200 plus general fiction novels forthe prestigous book award.


pound cakeI drove into Winder, Georgia and visited the Old Lions Club on East Broad Street and the grassy area in front where the annual county fair was established in the late fifties and early sixties. Oh…the memories exploded in my mind as I looked up at the old white Lions Club building. I smiled as the flashbacks created past visual images in rapid succession. Oh…the memories exploded in my mind as I looked up at the old white Lions Club building. I smiled as the flashbacks created past visual images in rapid succession. I remember that October day was little overcast and a slight chill was in the air at the start of the early nineteen-sixties Barrow County Fair. Grandmother Mary Lee had always entered the backing contest, but this year she didn’t and I decided to uphold the family tradition and cook a pound cake. The baking contest was a big deal at the time. I wanted to use Mama Katie’s Lemon Pound Cake recipe, but decided to use a plain pound cake. I wanted to win the blue ribbon. This was important! I decided to make the this trek to Winder, in late 2009,as part of my research for my third novel, the 2011 National Gold Medal Winner Ghost of Atlanta. I’m glad I did as the visit created visual images of key scenes that I used in the beginning of the novel. I got out of the car and walked around old-fair ground area. i re-lived visions of events long gone into the deep recesses of my mind. I remembered coming to the Barrow County Fair in my uncle’s old Ford. I remembered carrying the pound cake and walking through the front glass doors of the Lions Club. I talked to the lady in charge and a gave her the pound cake. My grandmother and I drove back to the her old family home in Statham,Georgia. I talked with my grandmother about my chances of winning the blue ribbon. A couple of days later, my Uncle Charles drove me back to the Lions Club building. I opened the and walked to the area where the baking was judged. I looked for a second…smiled. My uncle carried me back to Statham, and I hugged my grandmother and we talked all night about me winning the blue ribbon. It was a joyous moment. A couple of days later my Grandmother Mary Lee put me in a car with a family friend who carried me and my sister to the train station in Athens to ride the “Silver Comet” to a new life up north. We were on our way to Brooklyn, New York and a new life as part of the great migration of southern blacks to the big cities in the north. The days of old southern living with my Grandmother Mary Lee were over, but I still remember the time in the kitchen in Statham,Georgia cooking the pound cake on the old iron stove. It was a winner then, and it’s now a winner again as a key part of my novel, Ghost of Atlanta! ********************************* If you would like the receipt please email jethompson at jethompsonnovels.com


J. E. Thompson Speaking at Decatur Book Festival!

J. E. Thompson Speaking at Decatur Book Festival!

J.E. Thompson will be talking about his novels on “Off The Shelf”. a national Blog Talk Radio Program.
Radio Personality Denise Turney will interview J.E. Thompson about his four published novels, A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile, the national award winning Ghost of Atlanta and Georgia Author of the Year nominated Phantoms of Rockwood. Ghost of Atlanta won 2011 Readers Favorite national gold medal and received he received the award at the Miami Book Fair in 2012. The novel beat out 200 plus for the prestigous book award.
Mr. Thompson will discuss his fifth novel, Stormy Winds, that will be published in March 2015 at 11:00 am, eastern time, on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Please call (347) 994-3490 to listen and ask questions of national award winning author J. E. Thompson.

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