News Releases

February 2013

Glen Aaron is featured in Midland Reporter-Telegram stories

On February 10th, in their West Texas Living section, the Midland Reporter-Telegram published two stories by Features Editor Megan Lea Buck about Glen. The first is titled “Former Midland attorney writes trilogy of nonfiction books.” The second story, “Author interviews West Texas writers on blog” introduces MRT readers to Glen’s bi-weekly column taken from his blog, here at www.glenaaron.com. The first column is about author Joyce Shaughnessy who writes historical fiction. (This column and all future columns are not archived at MRT’s online site. Read them on this site.)

“Glen Aaron spent the past five years writing a trilogy of nonfiction books because of a promise he made to [a] man with whom he shared a prison cell for 13 months,” begins the first article. Read the rest here http://www.mywesttexas.com/life/article_6da0559e-27e8-5c0d-9fa9-7c016db3d77c.html

“When Glen Aaron began writing his trilogy of nonfiction books he found support for the process but little support for the final product.” So begins the second article. Finish reading the story here http://www.mywesttexas.com/life/article_6aaefd6c-8400-5008-a780-0332c1429e8a.html.

 

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 Retired Lawyer Details His Time Behind Bars, the People He Met, and Reflections on the Prison System

MIDLAND, TX-December 20, 2012 – Their trip from West Texas to North Carolina was emotionally draining for Glen Aaron, his wife Jane, and his son Cuatro who represented all of his siblings. Would they ever see one another again was the silent torment that gripped all three as they said their goodbyes at the gates of Butner federal prison. Soon, the retired attorney determined he would exist in this stark, temporary environment by reaching out and helping fellow prisoners in whatever ways he could.

For the first thirteen months of his two-year sentence, Aaron was housed in the North Carolina  institution. As a policy, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) endeavors to place inmates in facilities as close to their home as possible. Being visited by loved ones and friends is all the more difficult when a great distance separates them. The first step in moving Aaron nearer his Texas home was to transfer him to Oklahoma City, one of two hubs from which inmates are then taken to sites closer to home. For the two months he waited to be transferred, Aaron and other inmates lived in a constantly tense environment, never knowing when it would be their turn to leave.

In Observer: The Prison People; The Prison Experience, book three in the Prison Trilogy, author Aaron wastes no time feeling sorry for himself, though he certainly had reason to. Instead, in  this absorbing true-life experience, he tells unique stories of fellow inmates. What becomes quite clear is that the people Aaron writes about are, first and foremost, “real people, individuals who should not be stereotyped but met, instead, as humans.” Just a few of those he writes about are Pat, the hermaphrodite; Bill, the Lakota Sioux; and the people on suicide watch. He writes briefly about Colonel George Trofimoff, his cellmate for thirteen months and the subject of book two of the Prison Trilogy.

Observer: The Prison People; The Prison Experience is divided into three parts: Part 1 focuses on Aaron’s time at Butner; Part 2 tells of his transfer to a Texas prison and what transpired until his release date; Part 3 is a reflection on the prison system.

In numerous ways, Glen Aaron fulfills his determination to reach out and help other inmates, sometimes with unexpected consequences for himself.

What was the author’s intent in sharing his experience? “The people in prison aren’t who you think they are. They are fathers, mothers, husbands or wives. They hurt, they bleed, just like you do. Did they break the law? Sometimes, sometimes not. Only 10 percent are violent criminals. Come meet who they really are.”

Glen Aaron served his law and business clients with distinction for four decades. Now retired, he writes fiction thrillers. For the past several years, he has penned the Prison Trilogy: Book one details his last client (Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation—even crime); book two tells the behind-the-scenes story of Colonel George Trofimoff, the author’s friendship with this unusual man, and the author’s all-out effort to write an appeal for a new trial (Observer: The Colonel George Trofimoff Story, the tale of American’s highest-ranking military officer convicted of spying). Book three describes the people and the experience: Observer: The Prison People;The Prison Experience. Books one and three are now available on Amazon and Smashwords; book two will be available in early 2013. During his career, Glen Aaron became knowledgeable in asset protection, helping numerous clients preserve their assets. Presently, he’s at work on a book about how to protect assets through offshore banking.

Observer: The Prison People; The Prison Experience ($9.95, ISBN 9781301599516) is available at www.glenaaron.com, at Smashwords, http://tinyurl.com/bn2cx9aand at Amazon, http://tinyurl.com/bpt2tle.

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For the Book Readers on Your Christmas Gift List

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Natalie Miller Rotunda

As you check your Christmas gift list for the umpteenth time, do you recognize book-lovers among the names? If so, let me suggest a few engaging reads by West Texas authors. These books are all gripping in their own way, and will provide hours of reading enjoyment for those on your gift list (and for you, too, if you grab a couple of books for yourself!).

Glen Aaron’s “Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a

tale of people, greed, envy, manipulation—even crime” is the first book in the Prison

Trilogy penned by Mr. Aaron, a retired lawyer and businessman. In the opening scenes

of this true-life page-turner, the author’s client’s wife, an American heiress, lies very ill

on board ship in the middle of the Atlantic. For days, the author and his staff expend

every effort, working round-the-clock, to bring Jackie home to receive proper medical

care. The author then introduces readers to Morgan, his last client and an up-and-

coming interior decorator, how they met and where their lawyer-client relationship

took them. After Jackie passes away, life for client and lawyer takes unexpected turns.

Why did author Aaron write this unforgettable account of this period in his career? He

answers, “There comes a time for every lawyer that they experience the most unique

representation of their career. This was my time and the story needed to be told.” The

book is available on Smashwords at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/252095

and on Amazon, http://tinyurl.com/d6zr8t8

Joyce Shaughnessy’s “A Healing Place” is a book of historical fiction based in the West

Texas dust bowl and Great Depression era. It’s part of a three-book trilogy. It details life

in Texas oil camps, a place Joyce’s family actually lived in. The 122-page book is available

on Kindle, in hard cover and paperback. Visit http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xe2s4q_a-healing-place-by-joyce-shaughness_shortfilms#.UM-HEHdarrR for a sense of the journey you’ll take with the Miller family, and links to where to buy.

Steven L. Berk’s “Anatomy of a Kidnapping” is a compelling, true-story drama of Dr.

Berk’s experience being the captive of a person with a criminal mind. Had the doctor

not been cool under pressure, the book would have never been written. The 288-

page book was given high praise by one reviewer who believes pre-med and practicing

physicians should regard this book as a must-read. Dr. Berk is dean of the Texas Tech

School of Medicine and provost of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Visit http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Kidnapping-Steven-L-Berk/dp/0896726932 to buy the book.

James C. Kearney translated and annotated “Friedrichsburg: Colony of the German

Furstenverein, an autobiographical novel by Friedrich Strubberg, originally published in

Germany in 1867. Author Strubberg was the Texas colony’s first director of the area that

became Fredericksburg, Texas. He creates a realistic picture of a hard existence as lived

by Germans who immigrated to Texas Hill Country. Dr. Kearney, a long-time student of

the history of German settlements in Texas, taught German at Katy (TX) High School.

Lovers of history, of early life in Texas, of Germans who settled there will find this a

fascinating read. The 320-page book is available on Kindle and in hard cover. Find it at

http://www.amazon.com/Friedrichsburg-Furstenverein-Smothers-History-Culture/dp/0292737696/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354914808&sr=1-1

Picture this: Your book-lover giftees want time to relax, refresh after the holidays, so they announce a staycation they’re dubbing a “reader’s vacation.” Bill Gates regularly steals away to a beach somewhere for his reader’s vacation. Your giftees may not be able to devote 14 days to their getaway as Gates does, but when they “return,” they’ll have you to thank for one delightful time because of the one, two, or all four books you gave them for Christmas 2012.

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Retired Lawyer Details His Experiences with His Last Client and the Client’s American

Heiress Wife

MIDLAND, TX-November 16, 2012 – From a lavish cruise ship in the middle of the Atlantic, Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan, an American heiress, becomes very ill. The ship has no doctor. Her husband, some 20 years her junior, calls his lawyer back in Midland, Texas, asking him what to do. The lawyer mobilizes his staff, and, together, the team and a pilot-friend work round-the-clock to bring her back to the US to a hospital near her New Mexico home. Days later, she passes away.

So begins Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story—a tale of

people, greed, envy, manipulation—even crime. Author Glen Aaron, retired attorney and

businessman, then turns to the genesis of his association with Ron Morgan, how they had met while undergoing physical therapy for injuries each had sustained. He becomes Morgan’s lawyer. When Morgan, an up-and-coming interior decorator of considerable talent, meets heiress Spencer, she hires him to decorate her new performing arts center located in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Morgan introduces Aaron to Spencer. Aaron becomes her confidante, sometimes-counsel, consigliere, golf partner—and friend.

One year after Spencer’s second husband passes away, she and Morgan marry, though she is well-aware of his significant other. Spencer seeks an end-of-life spree, traveling the world but not alone; she wants to be married to her traveling companion. Aaron, his wife, Jane, and a few family members attend the wedding and reception. The heiress bride looks ahead. She wants to leave her husband well-provided for after her death. Aaron is asked to set up a blind trust to which she contributes huge sums of money, titles to real estate, and art treasures, at a sum total of forty million dollars.

But something goes awry after the heiress’s passing. Thereafter, Aaron takes readers of this gripping, deeply personal story to unexpected places.

What prompted Aaron to write about his last client? “There comes a time for every lawyer that they experience the most unique representation of their career. This was my time and the story needed to be told,” he says.

Glen Aaron served his law and business clients with distinction for four decades. He became knowledgeable in asset protection, helping numerous clients preserve their assets. The retired Aaron writes fiction thrillers; and nonfiction books, notably The Prison Trilogy. He is at work on a book on how to protect assets through offshore banking. Books two and three of the Trilogy will be available in late 2012-early 2013. Aaron and his wife live in Midland.

Observer: The Ronnie Lee and Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan Story, a tale of people,

greed, envy, manipulation—even crime ($9.95, ISBN 9781301356775) is available at

www.glenaaron.com and at online booksellers. Also see ad in January, February, March 2013 issues of Harper’s Magazine, print and online.

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CONTACT: Natalie M. Rotunda, (320) 203-7433, rotunda56303@hotmail.com