Welcome to Tales Press

Publishing books about the military, history, cultural journalism and other social issues


About Publisher/Writer Ray Elliott

Ray Elliott grew up in a small Southern Illinois town and longed to see the world. Throughout his travels, he's been a novelist, a Marine, an English and journalism teacher, an oilfield roughneck and a newspaper columnist. He's been many things and visited many places, but his passion has been constant: to tell stories that touch people's lives and truthfully explore the effects of war, the power of family and the resiliency of the human spirit. Read Ray's Bio.

Featured Books

The Family

Book cover: The Familyby Michael J. Woods

The story about Florence and Tommy Woods and their eight kids is the story of America's family. The story connects political, social, cultural and historic events to the lives of family members along with the country’s development through the 20th century. Gary Herrity, a writer for The Clinton (Iowa) Herald, said, “No one ever had more fun growing up than the Woods boys and many of their friends. ... The Woods family lived it, loved it and used the lessons to enrich their lives.”

The Ashes of War

Book cover: Ashes of Warby MH Murphy

This story begins on April 28, 1975, just as the great city of Sai Gon and the Republic of Viet Nam were taking their last breaths of freedom during the last two days before surrender, and then on through the next seven years of hardship and changes endured by the South Vietnamese people. "The Ashes of War" describes the plight of the Vietnamese boat people, those who escaped overland, and those who stayed behind and attempted to create a new life in the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

Iwo Blasted Again

Book cover: Iwo Blasted Againby Ray Elliott

Iwo Jima Marine veteran Jack Britton has carried the horror of combat and the loss of his young wife and his buddies with him for the past 60 years. Now, in the last 36 hours of his life in a hospital intensive care unit, he revisits those aspects of his life and grapples with his long-suffering questions about fate and self-doubt through a psychological phenomenon known as sundown syndrome.

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