by Tim Lyons



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/2/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 478
ISBN : 9781663235213
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 478
ISBN : 9781663235220

About the Book

Tim Lyons has a friendly style of writing. His works to date have been non fiction with a focus on real estate and volunteerism. THE BIG ROCK is a fictional account of five generations of a family that dream of heading West and actually do it. H/W Foster and Sarah with Horse Poli train from Buffalo to St. Louis where they meet up with Sarah’s cousin and her husband. This relationship gains importance as Brad convinces Forrest of the advantages of going entrepreneurial as compared to farming or ranching. Brad has numerous relationship that allow Forrest to become stage station, post office, telegraph office, train station and retailer of numerous new products like farm equipment, insulation, indoor plumbing, propane, ice and many more. There was a range war with a murder. There was a robbery attempt by six lowlifes with all six dying at the hands of the family protecting their home. Prosperity continued to the point that they survived the “dustbowl” that ended so many other pioneers. In WW1 they lost their first son. The second and third generations mastered the industrial revolution. Their continual supply of the latest products and ideas kept them profitable through the years. They made a sweet deal to provide as much meat as they could grow to the Government for the second World War. Post WW11 they began to develop their property for GI Bill returning soldiers who needed a new home. The fourth generation man thought he was a hot shot developer. He was also a gambler . He was making a significant salary, commissions, fees and profits but left most of it on the tables. Then came the deal of deals that he cheated on a little bit and got caught. He lost it all and killed himself. His oldest son was a successful High end restaurateur and his youngest son Ed was thought to be a little slow. Dad pushed him into the deal to further hide his intentions. When it all settled he was the new owner of an old man’s bar with attached diner. Gene the previous owner was open to partnering up with Ed but had an unusual request. Conversationally, Gene heard the stories of the history of his family and wanted Ed to convert his Senior thesis into a book that they would co-own. Because Gene liked hearing stories more than reading, Ed agreed to tell the entire family history while working on the new menu and physical changes for the restaurant while developing a delivery business for their pizzas and pastas. The book became the compilation of historical stories woven with the contemporary stories of a makeover.

About the Author

Tim’s early writings were two books on real estate and one on the seismic retrofit of older building to bring them up to the standards of a new law. IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT BUT FIX IT ANYWAY, like the others, were written like executive bathroom reading, explaining complicated issues with some humor and cartoons. Tim then became heavily involved in volunteer work on many levels with many organizations. He noticed that many people wanted to get involved in something but didn’t know what or how. THE GOOD GUY HANDBOOK looks at an array of causes that might interest the reader. It suggests different organizations that might be helpful in focusing their efforts. Finally, the book teaches how to improve your not-for-profit skills in management and fund raising. His next adventure was writing a series of books, stories, songs, games and lesson plans for an early education system. That is as difficult as it sounds. It is almost done with the need for a few more illustrations being the latest hold up. During his frustration a new fun idea came his way that quickly pushed him to THE BIG ROCK. Tim has also written and performed in 11 different murder mystery theatre plays as fund raisers for various organizations or ministries. One such play, JESUS KNOWS THE BLUES, was a musical with 17 original songs, that was performed outside and inside prison in support of various prison ministry and aftercare organizations. Tim’s primary career was selling commercial real estate in Buffalo New York. He and Linda followed their first grand child to Southern California 30 years ago. They started a Catering company that had three regular weekly events that created leftovers. Using that as a basis Tim created a Friday free lunch for the homeless that he served out of his church for 15 years.