In For a Dime
Bill Kelly’s  
In For a Dime  
Passport to Danger  
Dangerous Passage  
Buck's War  


Welcome to my website!

I'm Bill Kelly, American Author of three historical novels set in World War II and writing under my formal name of William F. Kelly. My fourth novel, "In for a Dime," is a contemporary story of a teen runaway and an eighty year old man. The story is set in my neighborhood of Homewood, Alabama, more specifically, Patriot Park. The expression, "In for a dime, in for a dollar," expresses the desire to complete what we set out to do, even if it is more difficult than we expected. The novel has many twists and turns and is a sensitive love story.

Here is a very short synopsis of each of the books.

In for a Dime  (2015)

John O’Neal is not handling the death of his wife very well, wallowing in self pity and guilt for not recognizing the symptoms of this wife’s heart attack. Lauren, a runaway, seeks his help to cash a check. John reluctantly becomes involved in her problem.

Passport to Danger  (2013)

Billy Schmidt’s visit to his cousin in 1938 Germany turns terribly wrong when he uses his cousin’s passport to get medical help. He is inducted into the German army and searches for a way to help the Allied cause. This fast paced historical fiction story will keep you turning the pages.

Dangerous Passage  (2010)

Paul Fortier, a French Canadian is shot down over France in the early days of World War II. With an injured leg he attempts to escape into Switzerland but gets involved with the Resistance  smuggling Jewish children and airmen across the border, because of a hidden passageway through the mountains. This story has suspense, danger and love.

Buck’s War  (2005)

Buck Jones is shot down in the Pacific in World War II and eventually drifts up on an island. When the Japanese occupy the island to use it to refuel their submarine fleet, Buck must remain hidden until he can figure out how to destroy their operation. His mother never gave up hope that he would be alive.