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365 Challenge: Day 350 – Lovesick (Author Alert: Jacqueline Levering Sullivan)

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Lovesick: (a) in love, or missing the person one loves, so much that one is unable to act normally, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Jacqueline Levering Sullivan

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work. 

I am pleased to present the very talented Jacqueline Levering Sullivan. You’ll find out more if you read one of his/her published books and you can check out my review here. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her and the publicity firm helping with her book. It’s been quite fun and I am already excited about what’s coming next for this author!

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About the Author

Jacqueline Levering Sullivan was born in Tacoma, Washington, a city on the beautiful Puget Sound. It is always in the background of most of her writing. She found the Northwest was the perfect place for her to grow up. The long, rainy days never bothered her; they meant she had plenty of time to read, and she seldom had her nose out of a book.

Jacqueline is the author of Annie’s War and A Less Than Perfect PeaceAnnie’s War won the Kentucky Bluegrass Master List award, was granted the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book award, and was chosen as a finalist for the Children’s Crown Award. A Less Than Perfect Peace was awarded a Best Children’s Book by Bank Street College.

Jacqueline is also a retired professor of Writing who founded the Writing Center at Pitzer College and lives in California.

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Overview of Current Book: Lovesick

From award winning author Jacqueline Levering Sullivan comes a tale about true love that will make you giggle, gasp, and weep.

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I’m the best buddy, old best pal, faithful Jeanmarie.  That means I keep my mitts off Chuck, even if he has had my heart since we were in fourth grade and he was the only one who didn’t laugh when I threw up my egg salad on rye during choir.  It takes about all the will power I can muster not to blurt out my undying love. I am destined to be one of those plain Janes whose friends are always prettier and richer and who know practically from birth you never ever wear white after Labor Day.

Lovesick-PBCoverIt is 1953 and Jeanmarie Dowd is crazy about handsome Chuck Neary, captain of Rainier High School’s hockey team and boy wonder musician. But he belongs to Terry Miller, her best friend, the school’s reigning beauty. But Jeanmarie has a few things going for her, too. She is smart, fun loving, and energetic with a wicked sense of humor.   She accepts her role as Chuck’s chief confidant, knowing that it might lead to betraying her best friend. She also must deal with her sister Iris, suspected of being a communist.  Can she be loyal to both her sister and Terry without betraying those she loves most?

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Excerpt from Lovesick

“I really, truly love him,” she says. “Gawd! He’s so absolutely gorgeous.”

Terry proceeds to do a whole inventory of Chuck’s finer qualities. While I was getting my first real look at muscle bound Al Peniche, Terry was cuddling the adorable Chuck Neary.

“We didn’t really do anything, Jeannie, honestly, but we came close.” Terry sighs.

Little jolts of electricity run through me again, but they’re not in my brain.

Pretty much I act like this is our usual routine when it comes to girl talk. I’m trying to listen, but I’m having a bit of trouble because in that section of my mind where I’m trying to rid myself of that image of crazy Al, I’m imagining a more welcome one of Chuck. It’s hard to concentrate.

Then the doorbell starts ringing like crazy like maybe the house is on fire. I can hear Bernie hobble into the hall, swearing a blue streak.

Next there are loud voices, and I realize one of them sounds very much like Earl’s. I know there is no way he’d be here in the middle of the night if there weren’t some world shaking crisis. My heart jumps up into my mouth. My first instinct is to wait. Maybe if I don’t run out there like a ninny, it will turn out to be Bernie’s long lost uncle and we’re all safe. I know better and reluctantly slide out of the nook to go learn my fate.

Bernie looks at me like she’s seen a ghost. Earl, his tux now a mass of wrinkles, is standing just inside the front door wadding his hat up in his hands. “There’s been an accident,” he says. “It’s Iris. She’s had a terrible fall. You’d better come with me.”

Terry has followed me out of the kitchen and hands me my wallet.

“Do you want me to come with you?” she says.

Earl gives her a crooked smile and shakes his head, no, and steers me out the front door. I grab a pair of shoes off the porch and hope they are mine. Just before I get into the car, I turn back and look at the four figures in the doorway, arm in arm, all looped together like a row of sleepy chorus girls. I work hard to push down the sour feeling of fear rising up from my stomach and threatening to lodge in my throat. I can’t really put my finger on it, but something in the universe has shifted off kilter, and I so don’t want to know what that might be.

Excerpt from Lovesick, by Jacqueline Levering Sullivan
Copyright © Glass Apple Press 2017.

 

Key Author & Book Information

★Amazon Buy Link: Lovesick

★ Author’s contact info: contact@bamliterature.com

★ Author’s website: http://www.jleveringsullivan.com/

 

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Publicity Contact

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Other Books by Jacqueline Levering Sullivan

Annie’s War

A Less Than Perfect Peace

 

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What people are saying

 

Q.L. Pearce, Redbird Sings

“Lovesick is an extraordinary story. Through the eyes and heart of Jeanmarie Dowd, the author explores the meaning of love, loyalty, and grief. With a skillful balance of tenderness and wry humor, Sullivan has created a time capsule of the fifties in America. The book is rich with family, friends, and romance against a backdrop of rising political tension in the nation. An excellent read!”

Nancy S.

What a great book for teens and boomers alike! Set in the early 1950s, the author brings to life both the innocence and the damaging underside of the era. One one level, it is a teenage love story. But on a deeper level, we learn how society and politics affect ordinary, middle class lives in profound ways. The craziness of the McCarthy era, the painful sadness of childhood leukemia in the 1950s, and the secretive nature of sexuality are all played out in this story with funny and engaging characters. Lovesick is a story of the exuberance of youth, loving families, and decent parents trying to do their best both for their kids and the country. Jacqueline Sullivan brings it all to life in a very entertaining young adult novel. Let’s hope she writes more!

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“Based on events in Sullivan’s childhood, this debut novel [Annie’s War] tells this story of lost innocence through the eyes of a child who is trying to make sense of what’s going on around her…. Sadness and strength come through, as does a realistic view of bigotry and courage, grief and kindness.”

Publishers Weekly

“[Annie’s War] Set in Washington State in 1946, Sullivan’s thoughtful first novel is narrated by a feisty 10 year-old . . . Credible characterization and dialogue help readers absorb the lessons Annie learns from wise Grandma and caring Gloria, that most folks are basically good people.”

 

To see more about Jacqueline Levering Sullivan on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out his/her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 336 – Shadow (Author Alert: Misty Mount)

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Shadow: (a) a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Misty Mount

If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work. I am pleased to present the very talented Misty Mount. You’ll find out more if you read one of her published books, which I just completed last week. You can check out my review here

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The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

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Publication Date: December 28, 2017

Synopsis:

Blackness. Nothingness. It was in the shape of a giant, hazy shadow, enveloping me, swallowing me, and digesting me into the unknown. It was my biggest fear and my ultimate fate.

Shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia has always known she was different. Most teenagers feel unnoticed and unseen, but for Zylia, it’s something much worse. She’s disappearing from this world and doesn’t know how to stop it. At times, she’s not sure she wants to. Until she stumbles across a family mystery surrounding the disappearance of her great-aunt Angelica years earlier. During her quest to unravel the mystery, Zylia discovers she’s able to cross the boundary and enter the “in between” world. Now, it’s up to Zylia to save herself before she’s trapped “in between” forever.

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I did my best to fight and claw my way back to the life I once knew, but panic had taken over and colors were swirling and fading all around me. It was all turning into a great cloud of blackness, just like the one I had seen in my dream. The looming cloud of nothingness I had feared for so long was finally grabbing me, wiping my world dark and blank.

The darkness was thick and intense, an inky void that stretched to eternity in every direction. Eventually my panic burnt itself out and I simply stayed there in the dark, feeling as if someone had drained my adrenal glands. I was no longer responding to the dark with fear, but acceptance. In fact, curiosity was beginning to take over.

The longer I let myself stare into it, the less dark it appeared. After some time, I realized that it was all different shades of murky black and foggy gray overlapping and undulating, just out of focus. I blinked mentally and suddenly she was there, standing above me with concern etched in sooty-colored lines on her monochromatic face.”

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Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist. She resides in Wichita, Kansas.

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A Special Share from Author Misty Mount About Zylia

“If you’ve ever felt like you don’t belong, or suffered internal isolation in the company of others . . . you don’t have to be alone. You might be a little like me. 

Even if you feel out of place and overlooked, or if your existence feels like one great anachronism . . . then you might have compassion for my misery.

But if people begin to stare right through you and one day your reflection has faded or blinked out . . . then you should be afraid. If you share my burden you’re in danger.
My name is Zylia and I’m disappearing.” 

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February 12thReads & Reels (Feature Promo) http://www.readsandreels.com

Fantastico Sui Libri (Interview)  https://fantasticandosuilibri.blogspot.it

Book Reviews by Shalini (Excerpt) www.bookreviewsbyshalini.wordpress.com

IMAGEEKINGGINGER (Review) https://geekingginger.wordpress.com

Didi Oviatt (Review) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

February 13thReading Minds Blog (Review & Interview) http://readingminds.blog/

The Starving Bookworm (Review) http://thestarvingbookworm.wordpress.com

Sinfully Wicked Reviews (Review) https://sinfullywickedbookreviews.wordpress.com

The Repeat Mom (Review)  http://Thethreepeatmom.blogspot.com

February 14thTouch My Spine Book Reviews (Review) http://www.touchmyspinebookreviews.com

Darque Dreamer Reads (Review) darquedreamerreads@gmail.com

February 15thBook Dragon Girl (Review) http://www.bookdragongirl.com

J Bronder Book Reviews (Review) http://jbronderbookreviews.wordpress.com/

Tranquil Dreams (Review) https://klling.wordpress.com

February 16thPort Jericho (Review) http://www.aislynndmerricksson.com

This is My Truth Now (Review) https://thisismytruthnow.com

Midwestern Ladies Who Lit (Review) http://mwladieswholit.wordpress.com/

Girl Masked (Review) http://girlmasked.wordpress.com

Love Books Group (Review) http://lovebooksgroup.blog/

Where Dragons Reside (Review) https://kernerangelina.live

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To see more about Misty Mount on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as (s)he publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 329 – Truth (Author Alert: K. L. Loveley)

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Truth: (a) being in accord with fact or reality, candor and honesty, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — K. L. Loveley

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who (s)he is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work. I am pleased to present the very talented K. L. Loveley. You’ll find out more if you read one of his/her published books, which I completed a last year and absolutely loved. You can check out my review here

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Hi, Jay and everyone who is following, This Is My Truth Now. Thank you Jay for inviting me to feature on your amazing website, I feel both privileged and honoured. Allow me to introduce myself, before I get carried away with my relentless passion for writing. See what I did there? Thank you Didi Oviatt for drawing my attention to this powerful adjective. Relentless. My name is Katie and I write under the pen name of K.L.Loveley.

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My daily challenge word is, TRUTH. Sorry Jay for taking your blog’s noun and making it my own. Actually, it is a credit to you, that I now choose this word for my challenge. Truth: Being in accord with fact or reality. Candour and honesty. When I think of this word it puts me in mind of something pure. If I may quote Geoffrey Chaucer
from, The Canterbury Tales:

‘Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.’

You will be justified in thinking, why has Katie chosen the word truth, when she has already, quite clearly stated, that there is no truth in her name. A pen name is a façade, there can be no truth in such a falseness. So, how about, I start my introduction by allowing you to understand why I chose this pen name. When my first novel, Alice, was accepted for publication, I was still employed by the British NHS (National Health Service), as a Practice Nurse in a local general practice. Prior to this, I had worked for over twenty-years in a large hospital on the outskirts of my town. Although I write fiction, much of my work is based on my observations and experiences throughout my life and this includes my working life.

In order to prevent any conflict of interest in terms of my work, I decided that a pen name would be more appropriate. Around the time that I completed my first draft of Alice, I was researching my ancestors on the Ancestry.com website and came across the first names of some of my female ancestors. Oddly enough, I felt a strange connection with the name Katie and also an old family surname of Loveley. I was so drawn to these two names that I convinced myself that they would bring me good luck. Which indeed, they have. Both of these names were from my maternal side of the family, so just to balance things out and to pay respect to my paternal grandmother Lily, I introduced Lily as my middle name. For me, it is a way of keeping their memory alive. However, despite the fact that I have now retired from the NHS, based on my retirement age I might add. The truth of my real name is not important, for I will continue to write under my pen name. It is the name that I have established, an ancestral name that I am proud of.

What inspired me to become a writer?

I guess that you will be wondering about this question. The simple answer, is that I believe that writing is in my blood. It is coded in my DNA. I have always felt driven to write. While my friends were busy playing make-believe, I was playing my own make- believe games of being a librarian or a teacher. I wrote in my diary every day. I wrote to my penfriends and most important of all, I wrote short stories and poems. As a child, I spent most of my pocket money on books, pencils and stationary. I loved reading and couldn’t get enough of Enid Blyton and her famous five. My choice of books grew with me and so did my style of writing. Life for most of us, dictates the necessity to work and earn a wage. I realised that despite my love of writing, it was most unlikely that I could earn a living from this and it would have been foolish to even consider it.

Fortunately, I did have another passion and that was my interest in Human Biology and Physiology. This interest was the reason that I began my nursing career. I still am fascinated with all aspects of medicine. I studied for a degree in Biology which enhanced my nursing career, enabling me to understand the disease process in greater detail. It was my understanding of medicine that enabled me to write about some of the subjects that I have covered in both of my novels. There is a truth in medicine in terms of it being fact, it is the science of treating illness. It is about finding the truth about the origin of a given illness.

My second novel, Love, Secrets, and Absolution focuses on what can happen if a truth is held back. This coming of age story raises awareness of children’s mental health issues. It is a bittersweet story that covers topical references and current issues. Deceit, betrayal, teenage angst, love and addiction are all weaved into the emotional lives of the characters within the story. The protagonist, Alfie, struggles with the truth and as a consequence he faces many challenges in his young life. This is a story about life and the relationship of a son and a mother. Set in Nottinghamshire, England throughout the eighties and nineties the story incorporates aspects of social history, including the miners’ strike when Margaret Thatcher was the Prime- minister.

Jay wrote a brilliant review of Love, Secrets, and Absolution for which I am most grateful. I hope that his review encourages you to purchase a copy of my family drama novel too, if so, I look forward to reading your feedback. Thank you.

K.L.Loveley

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Katie is a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. She was born in the early 1950’s, in a small village in Nottinghamshire, England where she still lives. Having worked as a nurse for forty-six years, she recently retired and is now a full-time author. She currently has two books published and is currently writing her third novel, titled Union Blues. In addition to writing fiction, she also writes poetry, her collection of poetry Chameleon Days is due to be published later this year. She posts regular blogs to her website and speaks locally at book clubs and other events. Katie enjoys a variety of pastimes, including reading, cycling, swimming, sewing, gardening, and going to the theatre and cinema. Along with her husband she is a member of the National Trust and enjoys visiting places of interests, which she regularly writes about in her blog posts. They also own a narrowboat and enjoy sailing around the inland British Waterways.

 

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To see more about K. L. Loveley on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as (s)he publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 322 – Compassion (Author Alert: Mary Deal)

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Compassion: (a) sympathy and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Mary Deal

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work.

I am pleased to present the very talented Mary Deal. Mary and I met about 3 months through our publisher. I had wanted to read a few of her books, but couldn’t decide where to start. Down to the Needle, a mystery and thriller novel, seemed like the best intro to her work, so I took it on last week. You can check out my review here and read all about her in this week’s spotlight.

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Hello everyone! I’m Mary Deal, dropping an Author Alert here on Jay’s blog, This is My Truth Now, and am grateful for the opportunity. This is a lot coming from a person whose nickname used to be Greta because I can easily be a writing recluse. Yet, I must get out and experience things in order to write my stories, and I do love to clandestinely people watch!

How many times have you seen an event or an occurrence that touched your heart and left you wanting to help, but you couldn’t? That feeling you had is called compassion. We don’t always have ways to express those feelings, can’t always help others in certain situations. Mostly, we just recognize our feelings and then go on with our lives. In those instances, when we can help another person or do something to set a situation right, we have acted out of compassion. Admittedly, most of the time we feel this emotion, we can do nothing but silently wish the other person or persons well, or that the situation right itself.

Writers in particular have the ability to address nearly every situation of unexpressed compassion simply by attributing their feelings and emotions to their characters in different stories.

In a mystery, the hero or heroine will do something to right a wrong. They do this out of compassion for a situation or to help others.

In a romance novel, what brings two would-be lovers together is compassion, albeit it with a serving of compromise, but even that is compassion.

In a SciFi or fantasy story, there is always someone to save the planet and its people or save the day.

One exception is that in a thriller or crime story, the killer or perpetrator may kill believing that they are saving their victim for one reason or another. It is a form of compassion through a perverted mentality.

All good things are done out of compassion. It doesn’t matter in which genre we create our stories. Compassion is what will endear readers to our characters and bring the readers to our next book.

In my suspense novel, Down to the Needle, compassion is shown throughout the story. There was no other way the characters could carry on. Compassion was the motivating factor. This is the logline that tells what the story is about:

Abi’s heart condition could claim her life before she finds her abducted daughter who just may be the innocent young woman facing lethal injection.

Now tell me, did you feel an emotion for Abi’s plight? For the innocent inmate’s plight? Did you wish to see that everything would come out right? What you felt was compassion.

The seed for this story came about when I read a newspaper article about a man who was put to death by lethal injection though he was not proven guilty beyond a shadow of a doubt, as normally required by law. I read about Sister Prejean, a nun who counseled inmates on Death Row, and who saw a few of them to their end. I experienced a whole load of feelings for these people. Specifically, I wondered how the family of the not-totally-proven-guilty man was affected? I felt their heartache. What I felt was compassion.

From this information, I was able to create my story about a woman who has searched for more than two decades for her abducted child. She finds a young woman who would be her grown daughter’s age, languishing on death row mere months from lethal injection. Vague connections between Abi and the young woman cause Abi to investigate. Abi’s compassion for her daughter forces her to investigate even the skimpiest of clues.

Abi also feels great compassion for the young woman who just may be innocent of the crime she’s accused of committing. The inmate might be her daughter. Even if not, Abi believes she is innocent and feels the need to help get her cleared. Abi’s character is full of compassion. Her love interest, Joe, feels great compassion for Abi’s plight and sticks by her side, through he happens upon a former love interest, gets side tracked in his own feelings of compassion, needing to help her get off the street.

Do you see where I’m going with this? The feelings writers give their characters comes mostly out of compassion. It’s an emotion readers must feel from the story, differently from each character, but it must be there in each character, depending on their importance in the story. Goodness abounds, and we writers have a way of sharing it with the world. We do not have to keep it inside ourselves. We cannot help everyone, but our stories will shed light into others’ lives.

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This is a 100 word flash fiction story I wrote that is a perfect example of compassion.

Homeless, Not Heartless

A homeless man, acting like a wounded lion expelled from the pride, foraged in a dumpster behind a restaurant. He looked like he hadn’t eaten in a year.

“Gotta eat, gotta eat,” he kept muttering.

He piled up remnants of discarded burgers on a piece of cardboard. He sampled one patty then laid it down.

“Good, that’s fresh,” he said.

He found some chicken bones and other leavings.

The man seemed excited and sat down and neatly arranged all the food, as if preparing to feast. Instead, he whistled, short and shrill, and his dog came running for its meal.

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AUTHOR BIO

Mary Deal is an Amazon best-selling and award-winning author of suspense/thrillers, a short story collection, a writers’ reference manual, and psychological self-help. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, Artist and Photographer, and former newspaper columnist and magazine editor. She is currently writing the third story in her Sara Mason Mystery Series, as well as a long romance novel, which is a new genre for her. Other books coming soon will include her first poetry book and a second collection of more of her short stories.

She has traveled a great deal and has a lifetime of diverse experiences, all of which remain in memory as fodder for her fiction. A native of California’s Sacramento River Delta, where some of her stories are set, she has also lived in England, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also an oil painter and photographer. Her art is used to create gorgeous personal and household products from her online galleries.

Find Her Online

Her Website

Amazon Author Page

Barnes & Noble

FaceBook

Twitter

Linked In

Google+

Goodreads

Cold Coffee Cafe

BookTown

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{Author Alert: Not only is she an author, but she’s an artist; visit all the links!}

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Mary Deal Fine Art & Photography (Facebook)

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My short stories show people dealing with emotion and compassion in diverse situations. Humor, nonsense, fright, disgust, disappointment, silliness, wonderment, reality, heartache. It’s all here in 30 stories that may leave you a little Off Center in the Attic from a mind that may be a little Off Center in the Attic.

{Author Alert: You must take a chance on this FREE offer below!}

Off Center in the Attic will be free on Amazon from February 3, 2018 through February 7, 2018. http://mybook.to/OffCenter

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To see more about Mary Deal on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.

To see more about Mary Deal on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and books will added as she publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 315 – Uplift (Author Alert: N. N. Light)

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Uplift: (a) as a verb — 1. lift (something) up; raise. 2. elevate or stimulate (someone) morally or spiritually, (b) as a noun — 1. an act of raising something. 2. a morally or spiritually elevating influence, or (c) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert —  N. N. Light

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who they are, what they’re writing and how to buy any of their future work. I am pleased to present the very talented writing team, N. N. Light. You may remember this superstar duo from a review I wrote on one of their inspirational books last year. They were gracious enough to participate on an Author Alert and I am super excited to share more about these amazing and wonderful people with you. Let’s hear directly from them:

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When Jay asked us to come up with one word to describe who we are and what we want readers to know, we cringed. One word? C’mon, we’re writers. We thrive on using many words to tell a story or write inspirational thoughts.

{Alert Interruption: They think they’re so funny… I have to choose one 365 word every day, so it’s fair game to make them do it, too!}

Mrs. N closed her eyes for a few minutes before exclaiming, “We uplift, darling!”

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Whether a verb or noun, it’s the act of inspiring someone to * fill in the blank* and that’s what N. N. Light is all about. We want to inspire people to make a difference in their corner of the world, help others, go after their dreams, spread kindness and squash negativity.

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Our mission statement for our books, our family-run PR firm, the POTL blog and our life is: Spread the Light.  These three simple words are easy to remember and yet can change the world!  It doesn’t matter what spiritual belief you hold dear, you have the Light inside you.  Kindness, compassion, empathy, encouragement are all attributes of the Light.

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In our latest release, N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration, we compiled 365 uplifting thoughts to help readers get through their day. It’s like having a motivational coach in your pocket (or device), available 24/7, to uplift your spirits and get you focused on your day.

{Alert Interruption: If you didn’t read my review, you should check it out right now. I adored this book and plan to re-read it again, one month at a time to keep inspiring me.}

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Title: N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Inspirational, Motivational, Self-Improvement, Personal Growth

Book Blurb:  “Spread the Light and inspire others to do the same.” — N. N. Light

In 2013, we wrote a mission statement and started the Princess of the Light (POTL) blog. We wanted to test a theory. Could one person (or in our case, one couple) use uplifting words to create change?

The answer is a resounding yes! People from all over the world responded to our short inspirational thoughts of the day, and our following grew. What started out as a few people promoting kindness and goodwill turned into a movement. In every city, there are Light-Bearers making a difference and we want you to join us.

Everyone needs inspiration. It doesn’t matter what spiritual belief you hold dear, you have the Light inside you. Kindness, compassion, empathy, encouragement are all attributes of the Light. In this book, you’ll find a ninety second inspirational thought for each day of the year. You’ll be inspiring people to spread the Light daily with our collection of inspirational thoughts. From giving of yourself to simply smiling, these are easy concepts for anyone to apply!

 Acclaimed Reviews:

“Each daily quote is written along with an experience or story from the authors’ life journeys and I was astonished with how many of the stories applied to myself as if this was my own personal guide.” — Mischenko, Goodreads

 “Books like these can be tough. Everyone can say ‘RahRah’ to help motivate you (is that the proper way to spell ‘RahRah’ — eh, sounds good!), but it can get old quickly if the messages aren’t lyrically written or vast in their range of advice and inspiration. The husband and wife writing team of N.N. Light definitely found a perfect balance in how they wrote this book… from quotes across all walks of life (sports heroes, artists, motivational speakers, profits, philosophers, et al) to finding an interactive approach to applying the message to our every day lives.” — James, Goodreads and Author of Watching Glass Shatter

 “As is usually the case with such works, I found some parts particularly relevant, as if she was addressing some of my own thoughts and fears (synchronicity at work, I guess).” — Nicholas Rossis, Award Winning Author

 “It’s filled with quotations, short stories, and reflections. It’s a wonderful way to start your day or end your evening. I received the eBook version but I think I would prefer this type of book in print.” — Lisa Reigel, Goodreads

 “If you’re looking for a devotional to uplift your spirits or simply want to jump-start your day with practical, down-to-earth advice, pick up this collection.” — Joanne Guidoccio, Goodreads

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 Buy Links:

Available in Kindle Unlimited until mid-February!

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Author Biography:

N.N. Light is the award-winning husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N.

Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

Sign up for their author newsletter to get exclusive content, sales and be entered to win a $5 Amazon US Gift Card every month: https://t.co/6B7trIIph6

They’re blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

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Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: http://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/

Newsletter: http://ow.ly/jWec308TabL 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/nnlight

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NNP_W_Light

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/n-n-light

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/n_n_light/

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/n-n-light/90/1a7/902

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118060034268079734144/posts

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight

Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/n-n-light.html

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To see more about N. N. Light on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out their dedicated author page where future content and books will added as they publish them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 306 – Crime (Author Alert: Agatha Christie)

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Crime: (a) an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Agatha Christie

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. I usually feature a new author who is currently writing: I share an interview with him or her, as well as fresh content about their upcoming work and fun facts. This week, as I wasn’t able to secure a new author in time, I’ve gone retro to cover an ole favorite! Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who (s)he is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work. I am pleased to present a few tidbits about the very talented Agatha Christie. 

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First, I apologize for not bringing you a new author this week. I had a few possibilities falling into place, but given their schedule and my reading schedule, we opted for posting about them later this month or in early February. So… rather than rush to read someone else’s book at the last minute (to prepare me for a new author alert), I went with one of my go-to authors for when I want to have an amazing read!

I can’t imagine there is anyone out there who doesn’t know who Agatha Christie is… perhaps they’ve not read one of her books, or seen a TV/Film adaption, but the name must ring a bell. Just in case… huge fiction writer in the early/mid 20th century known as England’s Grand Dame of mysteries. She’s produced ~70 books in her lifetime, many focused on popular characters such as Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy & Tuppence; however, there are also non-series books that are as equally compelling.

Miss Christie herself also had a bit of a mystery when she disappeared for months. To this day, many people still wonder whether it was staged or real. It’s an interesting story because she was considered quite famous at the time — no one would believe she’d stage such a thing, but then again… think about all her characters! I’ll leave it at that… let you have a bit of a puzzle to go in search of what really happened.

Mystery fiction is my favorite genre, and it’s because of Agatha Christie. The ingenuity built into the plots is often so clever, you will never be able to guess it; yet when you finally get to the reveal, it makes 100% perfect sense. In “And Then There Were None,” my all-time favorite of her books, ten people are invited to an island where one-by-one, they are murdered according to a poem they found in the remote house. It’s a bit of a controversial book in that the title was changed a few times; it had previously been called ‘Ten Little Indians,’ but far worse, it once held a name using the nasty ‘n’ word. Although it was ~100 years ago, and didn’t necessarily have as bad/awful/shameful a connotation as it’s grown to have, it was still a shock when I learned about it years ago. As it’s clearly WRONG, I won’t go into it anymore, but it did give me some concern when reading the books. Ignoring that for a moment (as the plot is purely about murder and revenge), the story is absolutely top notch.

When I need something brilliant and curious, I will always turn to a Christie. I love the inherent English tradition within them. When they visit the Middle East or India, it’s quite eye-opening to see how people (both the English and the native inhabitants) behaved in foreign lands at that time. Some of the dialogue and words are peculiar, which makes me want to look up more about the culture to get a better sense of reality. It’s engaging and analytical. I can usually push through one of her novels over 3 hours in one sitting, as you don’t want to put them down.

If you’ve never read a Christie, but want to… ask for a recommendation! If you want to buddy-read one with me this year, let me know. I’d love to share this author with others and have a great discussion about their beauty. And we can use our ‘little grey cells’ together.

 

Links To Learn More About Miss Christie

Goodreads

Amazon

Author Site

 

I’ve read about 20 of her books, but you’ll see below that I only have 7 listed with reviews, as I read them too long ago to be sure I could write a proper review. Instead, I challenge myself to read another 7 in 2018 as part of my Goodreads Challenge to read 104 books this year. I wonder which ones I will select…

Books I’ve Read

  1. And Then There Were None (1939) — My favorite Christie & in my top 5 of all books

Book Series – Hercule Poirot Mysteries

  1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920)
  2. Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
  3. Death on the Nile (1937)
  4. Evil Under the Sun (1941)

Book Series – Miss Marple Mysteries

  1. The Body in the Library (1942)
  2. A Murder is Announced (1950)

Note: If there is an active link, I’ve completed a review.

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To see more about Agatha Christie on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out her dedicated author page where future content and reviews will added as I read her books.

Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 299 – Alphabet (Author Alert: Sue Grafton)

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Alphabet: (a) standard set of letters that is used to write one or more languages based upon the general principle that the letters represent phonemes (basic significant sounds) of the spoken language, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Sue Grafton

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who (s)he is, what she’s writing and how to buy her work. 

I am pleased to present the very talented Sue Grafton chosen because she is one of my top 10 favorite authors, and the unfortunate news of her death last week. Let’s do her justice in today’s special edition author spotlight!

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Sue Grafton (1940 – 2017) wrote suspense, thriller and mystery fiction.

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Writing this post was difficult, as this wonderful author passed away last week — it felt eerie to change the date on her dedicated page on my blog from “Present” to “2017.” Rather than focus on the loss, I choose to celebrate the great talent and human being she was. I’d just graduated from college when I began reading cozy mystery novels, stumbling upon this series shortly after picking up Sara Paretsky’s VI Warshawski series. I was enamored with the idea of an author committing to writing 26 books in the Alphabet Series, but astounded when I learned she’d been writing already for over a decade… and that the first book took place in 1982. I was a tad concerned whether or not I could last in a series that would stay firmly put in the 1980s, as the character couldn’t possibly age 40 years as the author finished writing the series. But I almost never felt that way once I dived in to the books… it was a world I loved to be part of.

Santa Teresa, the small California town where it takes place reminded me of so many of the villages I visited when I lived in San Francisco. Grafton’s words and imagery bring you to the setting more than most other authors — it felt entirely too real, as did the heroine, Kinsey Millhone. Kinsey was an older sister to me, someone I could call up when I needed a few hours away from my life. She always delivered. She always made my day brighter. She always left me happier. I finished reading 22 of her books, and by 2005, I’d caught up where I was one of the first people at the bookstore to buy the new release. In time, I picked up too many other series and fell a bit behind, but I’ve purchased W, X and Y, the only 3 left I haven’t read. Unfortunately, I don’t believe Z will be published, but time will tell.

Grafton was at the head of the curve when it came to the development of the mystery series novels. Sure, there was the Golden Age in the early 20th century with Christie and the rest of the gang, but when it was re-invigorated in the 1980s with authors like Lilian Jackson Braun, Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton, the world of literature took a great leap forward again. Thousands of authors have used her style, pattern and themes over the years to find a cohesive book series, but few have found the truly intimate yet traditional approach that Grafton found. I will always appreciate her voice, not only in her books, but in the way she carried herself and interacted with the public. I admire her and would love to have met this fine writer.

If you’ve never read one of her books, and you’re willing to commit to read the whole series, start with A is for Alibi. If not, message me and we’ll figure out the best one for you to take on, if you just want a sample. In her honor, Fri 1/5’s Author Alert is dedicated to Sue Grafton.

To read any book reviews I’ve written on her work, click the link below. To learn more about this author, you can visit her website @ http://www.suegrafton.com/

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Book Series – Kinsey Millhone Mysteries

  1. A is for Alibi (1982)
  2. B is for Burglar (1985)
  3. C is for Corpse (1986)
  4. D is for Deadbeat (1987)
  5. E is for Evidence (1988)
  6. F is for Fugitive (1988)
  7. G is for Gumshoe (1990)
  8. H is for Homicide (1991)
  9. I is for Innocent (1992)
  10. J is for Judgment (1993)
  11. K is for Killer (1994)
  12. L is for Lawless (1994)
  13. M is for Malice (1996)
  14. N is for Noose (1998)
  15. O is for Outlaw (1999)
  16. P is for Peril (2000)
  17. Q is for Quarry (2002)
  18. R is for Ricochet (2004)
  19. S is for Silence (2005)
  20. T is for Trespass (2007)
  21. U is for Undertow (2009)
  22. V is for Vengeance (2011) — last one I read
  23. W is for Wasted (2013)
  24. X (2015)
  25. Y is for Yesterday (2017)
  26. Z is for Zero (May not be published posthumously)

Note: If there is an active link, I’ve completed a review.

 

To see more about Sue Grafton on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out his/her dedicated author page where future content and book reviews will added.

Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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