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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James R. Helm  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1949 in Berwyn, Illinois

Died: July 14, 2009 in Springfield, Illinois

-- James R. Helm on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Helm was born in Berwyn, graduated from Greenville College and lived in Springfield, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mr. Helm was a photographer for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and was still actively working. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1971. Mr. Helm was past commander of the American Legion Post #32 in Springfield. Helm graduated with honors from Greenville College where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Bittersweet Cycle of Loves Past
ISBN: 1419630563

BookSurge Publishing. 2006

Three women loved him, but one by one, they each broke his heart. The Bittersweet Cycle of Loves Past, by author, James R. Helm, is a trilogy of love stories for romantics everywhere. A common theme painfully unites Helm's three stories, namely that outside forces can either make or break a relationship. Helm shares his intimate loves with warmth, tenderness, and a note of sadness. Helm takes readers on a journey that begins with a romantic young, black man's search for love, which he finds first in high school and then unexpectedly in a foreign country, while serving in the military. This intimate journey continues as James matures into his forties. The Bittersweet Cycle of Loves Past offers readers a glimpse into the heart of a romantic man's bittersweet encounters as he searches for true love.