The Legacy of Maggie Dixon
Maggie Dixon, a 28-year old women’s basketball coach at the United States Military Academy, led the West Point team to its first appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament. Four weeks later, Maggie died suddenly, leaving behind a devastated family and a group of heartbroken players. Despite their tragic loss, friends, family, and team members took comfort in knowing that the values Maggie instilled in themselves and others would live on.
In The Legacy of Maggie Dixon: A Leader on the Court and in Life, Jack Grubbs looks at the remarkable accomplishments of this young woman. Drawing on interviews with Maggie’s brother, friends, colleagues, and student players, Grubbs provides an engaging portrait of a woman who achieved the pinnacle in her sport through hard work, determination, and enthusiasm, attributes that continue to inspire those who knew her.
Leadership: Taking the High Road
‘Leadership: Taking the High Road’ looks at positive leadership and toxic leadership, emphasizing those principles and actions needed for success at any level of leadership. The reader quickly realizes he or she has a personal stake in being an affirming, standards-based leader. The book challenges (to include providing exercises at the end of most chapters) the reader to look inside his or her soul in terms of personal leadership – and to take appropriate action to lead with distinction. Whether you are CEO of a multibillion dollar corporation, working in a company mailroom, running a small business, or chairing a community project, read this book. It should end up with penciled notes in the margins and smudged, often used pages.
Shiny Side Down
In ‘Shiny Side Down’, last book of the trilogy, antagonist Liz Harker seeks full revenge for Tom Seiler’s destruction of her life. An unstable psychopath, her actions wreak havoc on the Seiler family and anyone with the title “friend of Tom Seiler.” Woven into the story is the sad case of a woman charged with vehicular homicide-and Texas does not take driving “under the influence” lightly. A thrilling end, catching everyone off guard, is lightning fast, vicious, and unexpected. Finishing the trilogy will be the harbinger of a new series, in a new location, but with some of the same characters.
The second book of the trilogy, 'The Dryline' starts as a simple matter of forensic expert Tom Seiler assisting his younger brother in the design of an oil-slug extraction system. Quickly, all hell breaks loose. The potential profits of increasing the oil output for ten million stripper wells world-wide leads to a trail of murder, deception, and intrigue. Eventually Tom Seiler has no option other than taking on the Wellington Oil Exploration Corporation, a company whose leaders will stop at nothing to dominate the global stripper well market. They want full ownership of the extraction system and murder is but one set of means to reach their ends. Overwhelmed at the turn of events and unprepared for the ruthless nature of Wellington Oil, Tom teams with his physically disabled brother, Don, and a Houston police officer. With ground zero in the small Texas town of Luling, what follows is unpredictable and lethal. Strikingly, the entire chain of events was set into motion by the key adversary from the Houston murder case highlighting the first book of the trilogy, BAD INTENTIONS.
In this first book from the Trilogy, Tom Seiler has vices and virtues. He drinks, swears, and often struggles with his perception of ‘justice vs revenge’; but the former NASA design engineer also sees life in simple terms – right is right and wrong is wrong. An expert at all things mechanical, he and his family are drawn into a conspiracy involving a tractor-trailer collision killing four siblings in the small town of Alvin, Texas. A powerful Houston attorney, in a pre-tort reform strike at the trucking industry, planned and orchestrated the murders. The stakes in BAD INTENTIONS are immense – an up side of a quarter of a billion dollars and a down side of lethal injection in the Walls prison in downtown Huntsville, Texas. Geographically stretching from Houston to the beaches of Indianola, Seadrift and Port Aransas, Texas, BAD INTENTIONS weaves a tale of terror along the Texas coast. Caught in a maelstrom of complicity, his major adversary makes a final, fatal, decision. The gripping story ends with an opening to future confrontations.