As I Like It!







(Book two in the three-part series)


Alan Brooks has thrown caution to the West Texas wind to launch a business that could make him a ton of money and have a significant impact on the world. His money-making scheme, however, has multiple hitches. One: Will it even work? Two: If it does work, is it legal? Three: Are the security risks too overwhelming? Four: Are the advancements he wants to make in the world even remotely possible?

Alan Brooks has a lot of high-stakes balls in the air, and he knows he’s in over his head. When he enlists the aid of his old friend retired army intelligence officer, Mary Jo Thibodaux, things start moving at incredible speed and in intriguing directions. Not only is the captivating Major Thibodaux, whom we first met in Tom Lawrence’s first novel, Jake’s Revenge, beautiful and smart, but she brings an unusual set of skills to the party. She’s deadly and unremorseful.

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A Mary Jo Thibodaux Novel

(Book three in the three-part series)


Mary Jo Thibodaux — the gorgeous, intelligent, wealthy, sexy, decisive, tough, aggressive, and often deadly protagonist — has fallen in love. The ex-counterintelligence officer, engineer, security specialist, and sometimes-sleuth has finally let her emotional guard down.

To say the least, this leading lady maintains a charmed, if not exciting, life. When Mary Jo and her fiancé, Maurice Lebeaux, travel to Europe to visit his family, readers vicariously experience France and Italy in high style. While dwelling in a luxurious Parisian apartment, Mary Jo and Maurice explore the beautiful City of Lights, eat in fine restaurants, and enjoy the opera. In Rome, their magical holiday continues — only in Italian.

When the couple finally arrives in Corsica, Maurice’s home, a business rival inflicts tragedy on the family, and the uncompromising, determined, extreme side of Mary Jo Thibodaux emerges. No strangers to violent responses, even Maurice’s occasionally merciless clan are taken aback by the lethal actions that the fierce, female warrior sets into motion.

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The engaging, exciting, generally upbeat Mary Jo Thibodaux novels are best read in succession. So, if you haven’t already read Jake’s Revenge, order it along with Wu’s Byte (2) and The Don’s Tale (3) and have a little excitement, romance, treachery, deceit, action, and just plain fun following the adventures of the beguiling Mary Jo Thibodaux.



A captivating period piece that combines sweet romance,

adventure, and strong historical overtones.


The charming Will Ransom figured prominently in Tom Lawrence’s first fictional novel, Jake’s Revenge, and will reappear in a forthcoming novel in the Mary Jo Thibodaux mystery series. In a literary style quite unlike that series, however, this historically set piece gives the reader a glimpse into the character of the Ransom family ancestors.

An officer in the Royal Navy since early manhood, Captain Miles Ransom will go wherever and fight whomever his queen commands. In the commission of that service, he finds himself in Colonial America, where he experiences love, friendship, joy, despair, and, in due course, adventure and possibility.

Love and war; life and death; friendship and jealousy. Queen Anne’s War in 1710 provides the backdrop for many captivating dynamics to unfold in order to introduce Captain Miles Stuart Ransom—The Queen’s Captain.

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Mystery Thriller: A Mary Jo Thibodaux Novel

(Book one in the three-part series)


Set in and around Mobile, Alabama, Jake’s Revenge is the first in a series of mystery/suspense novels by Tom Lawrence, which follows the “extracurricular” pursuits of retired army counterintelligence officer, Major Mary Jo Thibodaux. Jake’s Revenge finds the protagonist successfully operating her own civil engineering firm in the beautiful southern city of Mobile, but missing the exhilaration that her colorful military career provided.

Her intensity itch is effectively scratched when she’s offered the task of unraveling a 50 year old mystery that may or may not be connected to the Kennedy family, the 1960s civil rights movement, the KKK and/or the New Orleans mob. As the book develops, the reader begins to fully understand why Mary Jo Thibodaux is worthy of her army nickname, “Shiva the Destroyer.”

Because of the recent release of books two and three in the three-part series, FOR A LIMITED TIME: Jake’s Revenge can be ordered for $10.95 plus $3 for shipping by mailing a check and your shipping address to Front Porch Press, LLC, 4881 Canada RD., Lakeland, TN 38002.

(Otherwise available at at the regular price.)


My Magic Year for Tom's Blog


Mississippi State 2014 Football


In 2014, Mississippi State’s Bulldogs were voted the #1 team for several weeks in mid-season, and My Magic Year chronicles—through the eyes of a life-long fan—the season as it unfolded. The Dawg’s ended the season with losses to Alabama and Ole Miss and were crushed in a bowl game, but as excruciating as it was, it was still our best season since 1941.


Tales of Mississippi State College in the 1950s




When I arrived on the Mississippi State campus in the fall of 1957, I immediately fell in love. Mississippi State and I were made for each other, and I loved every minute of my four years there. Cow College is my attempt to capture the flavor and character of my alma mater.


WillDFrontCoverfinal version Aug 11

will d…a life in science

Biography of Dr. Will D. Carpenter


A passion for science and a lifelong dedication to it placed Dr. Will D. Carpenter in the very thick of some of the most important science related events of the twentieth century. His wide-ranging work during his distinctive career as an American scientist played a vital role in increasing world food production and in developing the Chemical Weapons Treaty, which resulted in the formation of the Nobel prize-winning Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

It was my great honor to be chosen to write the story of Dr. Will D. Carpenter and to bring to light his many achievements as a scientist, statesman, and philanthropist. I am proud to call Will my friend and mentor.


Tales of the Mississippi Delta



I grew up in a great place, at a great time. The Mississippi Delta in 1950 was a haunting and beautiful place. We hunted, fished, played sports, and did a lot of just plain fooling around. Delta Days is my attempt to pay tribute to my long gone youth, experienced in a long gone place.






4 replies »

  1. Tom, I would like to get two of your books: Jake’s Revenge and Delta Days. Am sending a check per your instructions. Thanks.

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