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Book Review: Last Girl Gone by J. G. Hetherton

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Starting off this review by saying it’s right around 4.5 stars for this one… Everyone once in a while, a writer truly catches you off guard with either a story arc or a plot twist. It’s especially powerful when it’s a new writer you’ve not experienced before. And that’s what happened when I picked up Last Girl Gone: A Laura Chambers Mystery by J.G. Hetherton after it was provided to me earlier this year by the publisher, Crooked Lane.

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Laura Chambers, a reporter who’s been fired from a big-time Boston paper for doing something bad, is the main character in this suspense thriller series. Eventually we find out what happened, and all I have to say is… yikes, we better revisit that story as it doesn’t feel like it’s quite over yet. She returns home to a North Carolina town where she has been working at a local paper for about a month. She’s being treated poorly by a real jerk of a colleague, has a horrific mother, and now a serial killer is fascinated by her reporting. But it doesn’t start there… we open with a young girl being kidnapped nearly 40 years earlier, then we figure out we’re decades forward in Laura’s story. It’s connected somehow, but it takes 2/3 of the book to get there. And when it does, you’ll definitely enjoy the connection. But trust me, that’s only the beginning!

For some reason, this book really talked to me. I felt Laura’s pain given how everyone treats her (tho she can give back with full force). Writing quality is strong. I’m not sure how much I particularly like Laura yet–or understand why she is still living at home / tolerates her mother (other than money)–but I’m hoping it’ll get fleshed out in the next book in the series. The book has a bit of everything and quickly pulls you into the action. It also ends with a bang and a very twisted story. It’s the perfect genre with an out-there-over-the-cliff-edge plot, yet I totally see it happening in a weird sorta way one day.

I look forward to reading more from the author. He builds creepy characters and creates rousing suspense, especially when Laura goes after the killer basically on her own. And the title is such a play on words — always like seeing that when the book is over and being analyzed. Kudos and thanks to Crooked Lanes for sending me this book. Definite spot-on read for me!

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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AWARD: Sunshine Blogger

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I was tagged several months ago by 6 amazing people for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’m catching up on all the tags now that I have a little bit of time while my second novel is being formatted for print.  I am also combining any similar tags or awards together so that I don’t overwhelm everyone with posts in the next few weeks. Thank you so much for this wonderful award nomination. I follow all these blogs and enjoy reading their posts.  Please take a minute to visit them because you may just find a new friend or two!

WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  •  Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  •  Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Questions Posed to Me:

  • Which Disney Princess do you relate yourself with?
    • Jasmine, just ’cause I like that smell!
  • What would the world be like if you are the leader? (Be as detailed as you like)
    • Ummm… a much nicer place!
  • Top 5 Pairings?
    • Books & Wine
    • Books & Food
    • Wine & Food
    • Wine & Walking
    • Food & Dessert (yikes, I’ve got a theme today)
  • What animal is your patronus?
    • Shiba Inu
  • OH NO! Eric Cartman from South Park came and stole your favourite desert. What’s your favourite desert and how would you deal with it?
    • Chocolate. I’d kill him.
  • What would you do if you won a huge jackpot from the lottery?
    • Buy a few houses in different parts of the world so I could live wherever I wanted and write all the time. Throw a huge blogger party. Share with charities.
  • What book do you think should be a videogame?
    • I don’t play video games anymore, but if I did… a cozy murder mystery where you can be the killer or the sleuth!
  • (On the behalf of my friend who would ask everyone this) Vampires or Zombies?
    • Vampires. I don’t like zombies.
  • You have the power of re-animation to bring back anyone from the dead. Who would you bring back?
    • Agatha Christie
  • Would you be a Superhero or a Supervillian and what would your name be?
    • Mr. Analytic (villain, of course)
  • And lastly the most important question: Cats, Dogs, both or neither?
    • Love both, prefer dogs
  • What is your dream vacation location?
    • African safari
  • When would you say you became a reader?
    • as soon as I could hold a book myself
  • What was the last book series you completed?
    • completed???? um… Harry Potter, years ago…
  • What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
    • Plot lines that are not wrapped up and there are no sequels
  • Do you have any unique talents? If so what are they?
    • Nope. I’m just me.
  • What character do you wish was a real person in your life?
    • Hercule Poirot
  • Aside from reading what are some of your other passions?
    • Genealogy, Gardening, Cooking
  • What is your favorite genre?
    • Mystery
  • Who is your favorite author?
    • Agatha Christie
  • Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
    • Theme here!!!  Vampire. I like blood.
  • What fictional world do you wish you could be a part of?
    • Right now, Follett’s Pillars of the Earth
  • What was the date of your very first blog post?
    • sometime in Fall, 2016. I’m too lazy to look it up.
  • Have you ever thought about writing a book?
    • Never. Oh wait, I have two published. Ouch, I forgot.
  • Is there a quote or saying that you simply don’t like?
    • “Never give up.” I don’t agree with that statement. Knowing when to give up is essential. It’s not a bad thing. It means you’re re-aligning resources with needs.
  • Name a book that you would NEVER recommend.
    • The White Bone (elephant confusion!)
  • What are the best and worst books you’ve ever bought?
    • See above for worst. For best… The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • Name a book that you wish had a sequel.
    • Stacey Ballis ‘How to Change a Life’
  • What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
    • This Post! such a range of questions…
  • What are some favorite childhood books?
    • Charlotte’s Web by EB White
  • Do you read newspapers and magazines?
    • Nope!
  • What influenced your love for reading?
    • Being an only child, I needed to keep busy
  • What book have you reread the most and how many times?
    • I’m not a re-reader…
  • What are 5 words of phrases that make you laugh?
    • ninkinpoop (sp?)
    • wino
    • underwear (I’m like a teenage boy sometimes)
    • fabulous (I hate and love the word, but I’ll never use it)
    • baudy
  • What are 5 ways to win your heart?
    • cook for me
    • good reviews (ha!)
    • buy me champagne
    • send me books
    • kindness
  • What is something you’ve always thought “…. What if?” about?
    • I were president
  • What are 5 of you pet peeves?
    • rudeness
    • loud noises
    • selfishness
    • lying
    • hurting someone or something
  • If you could trade lives with anyone for one day, who would it be, and why?
    • No one. Never. I like my own life.
  • What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
    • frog’s legs
  • What is your favourite joke?
    • Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear…
  • Where would you go if you were invisible?
    • Yikes, I’ll get back to you. That’s tough.
  • What is one thing you own that you wish you didn’t?
    • Nothing. I don’t keep things I don’t want.
  • What is a weird habit that you have?
    • Curling my toes
  • What is the longest word you know?
    • supercal… but I can’t spell it. I guess that doesn’t count since I don’t really know it. Epic Fail!
  • What is your all-time favorite book?
    • Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  • Are you currently binge watching anything? If so, what?
    • Nope. I watch one at a time to savor it.
  • If you had to pick a book boyfriend, who would it be?
    • Umm…. I’m currently writing him in my third novel. I am not at liberty to reveal this info.
  • What’s your favorite TV show and why?
    • I’m currently really loving ‘Schitt’s Creek’
  • When did you start blogging?
    • 1.5 years ago
  • What’s your favorite type of blog to read?
    • all about books
  • What did you first expect from starting a blog and is it any different at the present time?
    • Yes… I am much more free-form and open-minded.

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*Since I had 6 different tags, I combined all the questions. Wow, you’ve really gotten to know me. For the 11 people I tag below, you can choose any of these 11 questions to respond to… 

I tag:

Reading Minds

By Hook or By Book

Touch My Spine Book Reviews

Jessica Rachow

The Project by Judy

sjhigbee

bewareofthereader.com

phantompaper

onceuponaspineblog

britwitblog

culturevultureexpress

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

365 Challenge: Day 363 – WWtR

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WWtR: Writer’s Way to Review, a new segment on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog

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Many tried to guess what the WWtR stood for in last week’s hints… one person came very close! I debated whether I wanted it to be the Write or Writer ‘Way to Review,’ but ultimately settled on this interesting play on words: Writer’s. So… what’s this new segment going to be about on the This Is My Truth Now blog when it starts in a few weeks:  Explaining how people choose to review books (or other things) from all different perspectives. I find it’s quite an eye-opening experience now that I’m a published author. Everyone’s styles are different, and people get quite angry over words and ratings. I want to share my approach to reviewing, as well as the pros and cons that go with it. I plan to have a weekly segment (tho that might change) covering as many angles as I can come up with, but I want it to be interactive where everyone can share their thoughts. I’ll cover questions or topics like:

  • Ratings
    • Amazon and Goodreads have 1 to 5 stars. Does that provide enough of a scale?
    • Should it be grades, like A+, A, and A- (along with other letters)
    • What about % out of 100?
  • Taking a Chance
    • If you’ve never read a genre before, or you read in one you don’t like as a test, is it fair to rate the book?
    • If an author corrects issues in a published book, should they have another chance to get ratings or is it only the first one.
    • Do you read books with lower ratings like a 1 or a 2… or even a 3 which to some is good, to some is bad.
  • Impact / Perspective
    • Low ratings can hurt someone’s ability to make a sale, which hurts their income — do reviewers realize that impact? Is that even a consideration? How does it compare to movies or theatre shows?
    • Should Indies be judged differently than established authors?
    • Are there differences in self-published versus traditional published approaches to rating a book?
    • Can you rate a book without reading the whole thing or never reading at all?
  • Grammar
    • Are you rating the book or the author/editor/publisher/marketer?
    • Do reviewers know the difference between editors and writers?
    • How forgiving are you as a reader when you see a few spelling or proofreading mistakes?
  • What things should you cover in a review?
    • Style & Approach
    • Characters
    • Plot / Story
    • Grammar and Language
    • Point of View (POV) and Perspective
    • Tones, Themes and Messages
    • Comprisons to other authors or books

My list could go on and on… but I intend to provide my thoughts from both a reader’s and a writer’s perspective. I will cover as many sides as I can think of, not just my own, although it will focus on how I personally choose to review. My hope is to offer ideas to others struggling to write something different or get started writing reviews.

I also want to encourage people to be critical of themselves when they write a review. Words can hurt people; it’s not fair to claim ‘freedom of speech’ so you can say whatever you want, including mean things about it. I believe there is a way to find a way to be constructive / nice. On the flip side, if you are a bit forward or mean, it might help drive the author to improve or build a thicker skin. I want to explore this one deeply… for example, why cross that line to be a truly nasty individual just because you can or you want to make a name for yourself? Or why be super sweet and always give a 5 because you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings? Skip the extremes, find the middle ground, perhaps?

So… I promise to be fair. I can’t wait to get started. What do you all think?

 

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 361 – Tips

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Tips: (a) monetary gratuity for doing a good job, or (b) new segment sharing advice for writers on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog

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Today is the 5-day countdown until the 365 Daily Challenge is complete. I’ve chosen tips as the word to discuss in my post because it will be one of the bigger segments on my blog in the coming weeks. I have a few other reveals in the next few days, but this is the first of the vision unfolding before our eyes… I’m not entirely certain how it’s going to come together, but I plan to spend the next two weeks mulling over the approach, style, and content I’d like to share. Along with last Sunday’s flashback word mentor, I want my website and blog to represent a big piece of who I am… someone who likes to help other people by sharing all that I’ve learned on my own journey. Through the 365 Daily Challenge, I often suggested tips or provided advice on a few topics. In the enhanced blog, I want it to be a more formal approach where I have a few different segments or arcs throughout the month.

A few of the areas I’m considering:

  • Tips for writers. While I’m a fairly new author, I have been writing for years either professionally in my business career or creatively in my personal time. Providing tips doesn’t imply I’m an expert… I’m certain my editor will concur with that statement! I have loads of mistakes in different drafts of my books as they’re being written. In the first published version of Watching Glass Shatter, it contained a bunch of grammatical and proofreading issues (all later corrected) because it’s hard to find your own mistakes after re-reading the same thing repeatedly. Once I brought in an outside editor, it was life-changing. And so… I look at tips as a way to share things I’ve learned, explanations on how I write, or thoughts on options for others to try. These tips could include things like: (1) how to build characters your readers can connect with, (2) what are filter words and how do you remove them from your novel, (3) what ways/tools can you use to find duplicate/repeated words in your drafts, (4) how do you use Twitter to find new readers, or (5) how do you build a timeline and outline before you begin writing without going crazy.
  • Tips for life. The world is a big place. Our education can be formal or informal. I’m often surprised at the types of things people don’t learn along the way, but probably should have. Things that help you build a stronger, happier, and more efficient life. Many of these things I was lucky enough to be taught throughout the path. Some I learned only after failing miserably along the way. And in a few small cases, it just came naturally to me. But that’s now how it happens for everyone else, nor do people truly get the ‘life education’ they should get early enough to make an impact. These tips could include things like: (1) how to manage your money when you’re first starting out after school, (2) how do you handle constructive criticism, (3) how to think for yourself and not just go with what others want, (4) what do you need to do to achieve a balanced day, or (5) why is it important to trace your ancestry?

Both of these items are only partially fleshed out, but I’m passionate about the necessity of these lessons and experiences at an early age / period in life. I spend a lot of time thinking inside my head about how much we all face the same issues, yet we fail to truly enact the change to make the future better. It usually comes down to not having built your life with these principles at an early enough stage. I’m far from perfect. I make mistakes all the time. But I have a strong foundation and easily find my way back to peace. I would love to share my approach with others in the hope it helps even just a few. I’m thinking through how to make this work on a blog — also always open to suggestions. I thought I’d share just a little in today’s post about how I see tips playing a bigger role on my blog in the future. Looking forward to everyone’s ideas and feedback.

 

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 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/

 

Key Links

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads

Facebook

Barnes and Noble

Publicity Contact

Berlin Malcom, Publicity Manager

BAM Literature

berlin@bamliterature.com

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!

Booklist

“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 343 – Grateful (Author Alert: Russ Towne)

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Grateful: (a) feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Russ Towne

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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 he is, what he’s writing, and how to buy his future work. I am pleased to present the very talented Russ Towne. You’ll find out more if you read one of his published books, but as two teasers, read the reviews I’ve already written on his children’s books Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down and Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon.

Russ is an incredibly gifted writer and a true gentleman. He and I connected about 4 months ago through a fellow blogger who thought we might want to chat given we both worked in the business world and turned to writing at some point in our careers. We followed one another’s blogs, chatted a bit, then he sent me two of his books (hardcover)! I was so excited when they arrived in the mail. After I read the first one, I brought it with me to visit family in Louisiana and shared it with younger nephews and nieces who will in turn share it with others. I have his second book on my shelf and will show it to friends with kids when they visit me in NYC. His books are beyond creative… they have lessons children can learn in a fun way.

He’s quite prolific as you’ll see below… and I am excited to check out some of his other fiction. Let’s turn today’s blog over to him and see what he has to say…


I began writing my first book when our first grandchild was announced, and released the book about 5 years ago. I now have five grandchildren and have written over six times as many books. I had no idea my first experience as an author would lead to a passion that grabbed me and never let go.

I know this may sound hokey to many, but I creatively go where the whispers of my heart send me, and passion is the fuel that inspires me to fly. If my passion for a project wanes, I set it aside and work on something else for as long as the new one continues to flow freely beneath my creative wings.

I often have several projects at various stages of development. I now have five: Two children’s picture books and three fiction genres for grownups including suspenseful crime drama, a magic/fantasy stories anthology, and comedy crime suspense stories.

I’m a romantic. All of my children’s stories have happy endings and nearly all of my stories for adults do as well. The latter often feature a touch of romance (though they are by no means romance novels as I understand the term.)

I love writing so much that many nights in my sleep I find myself dream-writing, and the dream progresses replaying sequences over and over again until I’m satisfied. Pieces of many of my dreams have ended up in some of my books.

I co-wrote songs for a few years before I began to write books. You can hear several them by typing my name “Russ Towne” into the YouTube search field. My songs are nearly as eclectic as my books.

{Alert Interruption from Jay: I listened to one at a time I needed a lift — it is wonderful}

My current projects include:

  • Mysti Z’s Magical Day children’s picture book scheduled for release February 21, 2018.

 

  • Sunny Saves the Day a children’s picture book scheduled for release February 28, 2018.

 

  • Blood Oaths a fiction anthology of suspenseful crime drama stories scheduled for release March 31, 2018.

 

  • Other projects I’m developing but which aren’t as far along include:

 

  • (Title TBD) an anthology of Magic/Fantasy stories.

 

  • Elm Street Ladies Club stories about a group of little old ladies that get into all kinds of predicaments, part comedy and part crime solvers/suspense.

 

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Author Bio

Russ lives with his wife in Campbell, California, USA. They’ve been married since 1979, have three adult children and five grandchildren. His passions include family, friends, writing and investing. Russ wrote his first book in 2013 when he was fifty-six and has written and published dozens of books that can be found on Amazon.com and elsewhere.

 

Russ delights in seeing the expressions on the faces of young children and their loved ones as they experience his children’s picture, early reader, and chapter books. He enjoys reading his stories in classrooms, schools, libraries, and anywhere young children gather. Russ revels in interacting with youngsters, answering their questions, and inspiring a love within them for the magic of reading and writing.

 

Russ savors experiencing nature, especially near rivers and streams that run through giant redwood groves, and near beautiful beaches. He enjoys watching classic movies, reading, and visiting his tiny fern garden and redwood grove. Russ greatly enjoys managing the investments of Clients of the wealth management firm he founded in 2003.

 

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Key Links

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Bibliography

The titles of the books he has written, compiled, and published include:

Books for Young Children:

  •  Sunny Saves the Grumpadinkles
  •  Mysti Z’s Magical Day
  •  Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down
  •  Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon
  •  Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon
  •  The Beach that Love Built
  •  A Day in the Shade of a Tickletoe Tree
  •  Zach and the Toad Who Rode a Bull
  •  V. G. and Dexter Dufflebee
  •  Ki-Gra’s REALLY, REALLY BIG Day!
  •  Clyde and Friends
  •  Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle
  •  Clyde and I Help a Hippo to Fly
  •  Rusty Bear and Thomas, Too
  •  Clyde and I

Non-Fiction:

  • Honest, Honey, That’s How It Happened
  • Stop Peeing in the Kitty Litter!
  • Slices of Life An anthology of the selected non-fiction stories of several writers.
  • Reflections from the Heart of a Grateful Man

Fiction:

  • It Was Her Eyes A novella
  • Touched Short stories and flash fiction
  • Palpable Imaginings An anthology of stories by several writers in various genres.

 Poetry:

  • Kaleidoscope

 

To see more about Russ Towne on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out his dedicated author page where future content and books will added as 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 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

SG Digital CoverGenre: YA/ Fantasy/ Coming of Age

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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Schedule

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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