Thoughtful Words About My Books

My books are all about journeys, dreams and adventures, and of wishing for something more out of life and then living and fulfilling those dreams.  Everything I’ve written stems from my youthful dreams of adventure, and in publishing my books I’m completing those dreams and taking them full circle.  I include everything I’ve learned along the way in my autobiographical books, children’s stories, adventure novels and self-help motivational books, so that you, too, can live your own hopes and dreams one day.  All-in-all, my books amount to the course I was never able to take in school, entitled: Adventure 101

I wanted to share a few thoughtful words written to me about my books by a dear family friend, who has known me since I was a young child.  She’s sent me two different notes about my books and I’ve included a few excerpts below:

“…I have enjoyed them immensely.  I have read books one through five.  I still have the novel and poetry books to read.  Please hurry and print more…!”

“…So many times in reading your books, I felt as though I was right there with you.  What a fantastic experience!  What a life experience!  Thank you for bringing it to the world.”

My hope is in sharing my journeys, dreams and adventures with you through my books, that you will also be able to live your own hopes and dreams one day!

Amazon Author Page: Mark D. Jones:

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B078RRS631?_encoding=UTF8&node=283155&offset=0&pageSize=12&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1&langFilter=default#formatSelectorHeader

Cheers!

Mark

Book One (Second Edition) – The Early Years (The Start of a Dream)

I’ve just published the Second Edition of the first book of my serialized autobiography entitled ‘In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book One – The Early Years (The Start of a Dream),’ beginning the story of how I first decided to leave the road well-traveled for the one less-traveled by and never looked back…

Kindle Version (Free with Kindle Unlimited) – open post to see link:

Paperback Version:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/179653840X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i30

Cheers!

Mark

My Latest Book: Book Eleven – A Puerto Rican Adventure

I’ve just published my 19th book overall: In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book Eleven – A Puerto Rican Adventure.  This is the story of my many almost accidental travels and adventures while not knowing what to do with my life, from driving cross-country, to SCUBA diving in the Atlantic, and to my failures along the way as well.  Here’s the book cover details:

“I had just finished the adventure of a lifetime bicycling through England, Scotland, Wales and France in the summer of 1979, but had no inkling of what my future held.  I returned to Seattle with no job and little money to my name, didn’t own a car and was living with Jim on Queen Anne Hill.  My future was looking bleak.  I’d rolled the dice and gambled everything on completing my long held dream of traveling across the Atlantic to bicycle in the U.K. and France, all the while knowing I’d have nothing waiting for me on my return to the Pacific Northwest – yet I was willing to risk everything for a dream.

I’d once again enrolled in The School of Hard Knocks during a series of mini-adventures that would give me the adrenaline rush of adventure and take me to the top of the world again, yet set me up to fail due to my overconfidence in my own abilities and loyalty to others.  It was the story of my life all over again, from the highest highs to the lowest lows and everything in-between while pursuing adventure at all cost.

Sometimes in life when you’ve lost your way and have no clue about the future, the best thing to do is simply nothing at all.  That’s exactly where I was following my solo-bicycle adventure to England, Scotland, Wales and France in the summer of 1979, with no idea of the direction to my future or any concept of what I should do with my life.  My entire focus at the time was to procrastinate and delay making any decisions about a future I knew nothing about, thinking the longer I put it off the better.  This is the story of how I crisscrossed the U.S. on transcontinental trips, traveled to Puerto Rico to meet a friend I’d only just met to go SCUBA diving in the Atlantic and discovered new ways to fail miserably despite having the best intentions in the world to succeed…  Cheers!  Mark”

Here’s a link to the Kindle version (view this post online to see the link):

Here’s a link to the Paperback version (6″x9″ format, 143 pages):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1729133444/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i24

Here’s a link to my Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B078RRS631?_encoding=UTF8&node=283155&offset=0&pageSize=12&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1#formatSelectorHeader

Cheers!

Mark

My Latest Book: Book Ten – England, Scotland, Wales & France (Part Two)

I’ve just published In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book Ten – England, Scotland, Wales & France (Part Two) about my solo-bicycle adventure to the British Isles and France in 1979.  Each book of my serialized autobiography is a standalone book and doesn’t require first reading earlier volumes.  They are all free to read with Kindle Unlimited as well.

Here’s the link to Book Ten in Kindle format:

Here’s the link to Book Ten in Paperback:

https://www.amazon.com/Search-Meaning-Life-Autobiography-Scotland/dp/1722430893/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

About this Book:

This is the story of the second half of my solo-bicycle adventure to England, Scotland, Wales & France during the late spring and early summer of 1979.  I was living a dream of mine to travel overseas and see the British Isles and the Continent, and was now setting out to explore Scotland, Northern and Central England and Wales before returning to Seattle, WA, on a Pan Am 747.

The theme of my adventure so far had been the wonderful hospitality and graciousness of the British people in how they’d taken care of me and welcomed me into their homes.  I was now setting off on a journey of discovery through ancient and idyllic lands I’d never seen before and couldn’t wait to experience all they had to offer me…

About the Author:

In some small way, my hope in writing my autobiography and sharing my thoughts with you is to help you realize your own hopes, dreams, passions and desires in life as I have.  I hope this process of providing you with the lessons I’ve learned and the insights I’ve acquired along the many pathways in life I’ve traveled, will allow you to both gain from my mistakes and profit from the lessons I’ve learned.

Hopes and dreams flee the status quo for the dreamers, the ponderers, the thinkers, the doers, the adventurers, the risk-takers and the ones who understand the lives they’ve been gifted as being too short and precious to waste a single day of going through the motions.  Adventure now called me to somehow find a way to accomplish what had always been a childhood dream of mine, a dream to see and explore the Old World for myself!  Cheers!  Mark

Here’s the link to my Author Page – Mark D. Jones:

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B078RRS631?_encoding=UTF8&node=283155&offset=0&pageSize=12&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1#formatSelectorHeader

Cheers!

Mark

My Latest Book: Book Nine – England, Scotland, Wales & France (Part One)

I’ve just published In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book Nine – England, Scotland, Wales & France (Part One) about my solo-bicycle adventure to the British Isles and France in 1979.  Each book of my serialized autobiography is a standalone book and doesn’t require first reading earlier volumes.  They are all free to read with Kindle Unlimited as well.

Here’s the link to Book Nine:

About this Book:

This is the story of the first part of my solo-bicycle adventure to England, Scotland, Wales and France, where I gave up all that I was in Seattle at the time in May 1979 to follow my heart for the uncertain promise of becoming all I could be.  All I knew at the time was when I returned to Seattle I’d be homeless, jobless, carless and pretty close to penniless, but it was that important to me to remain true to my spirit of adventure and honor my commitment to myself to live a life of adventure, and somehow make all my hopes, dreams, passions and desires in life come true.  I didn’t want to live a life of regret having given up on my dreams of travel, so I stripped away all I was at the time for the chance of becoming so much more…

About the Author: Mark D. Jones

My heart told me this was what it wanted me to do and if I’d learned anything in life, I was sure that one of the most important truisms concerning meaning and purpose in life was to remain true to who we know ourselves to be – it’s originally finding out for ourselves what our calling in life really is and who we are as a person, that can be the most difficult part.

I’d learned over time, and through trial and error, that I was filled with a spirit of adventure and needed to remain true to who I knew myself to be.  It was this truth that allowed me to pursue my hopes and dreams of seeing the world, and let the chips fall where they might in dealing with the aftereffects of my decision.  I was committed to follow this spirit of adventure and once I made my decision to leave Electricraft Stereo and bicycle overseas, I never looked back!  Cheers!  Mark

Here’s the link to my Author Page – Mark D. Jones:

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B078RRS631?_encoding=UTF8&node=283155&offset=0&pageSize=12&sort=author-pages-popularity-rank&page=1#formatSelectorHeader

Cheers!

Mark

My Latest Book is Now Available: Book Five – The Great Adventure (Part Three)

I’ve published my latest book, In Search of the Meaning of Life (An Autobiography): Book Five – The Great Adventure (Part Three), which completes the story of my bicycle adventure of over 8,000 miles around the United States with my friend Bruce in 1976-1977.  Book Five tells the story of our crossing the Western United States from the Texas Gulf Coast to Seattle, WA, in the spring and early summer of 1977.  Book Five is available in the Kindle Store today and will be available as a paperback in a couple of days as well:

https://www.amazon.com/Mark-D.-Jones/e/B078RRS631/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

I’ve now turned my attention to writing Book Six which tells the story of my life in Seattle and my adventures around the Western U.S. in 1977-1978.  Book Six should be available sometime later this month ~ enjoy!

Cheers!

Mark