In love with the same face that haunts me….
The falling leaves of autumn are like the deceit in my family lineage. Closing the door on the infinite cold—winter blossoms into the spring of new beginnings. In the next season of my life, I’m mending the pieces back together. Opening myself up, I even begin to date, which is a big step for me.
After graduating from high school, a shocking development causes me to be on alert. When nothing comes of it, I move forward, wanting desperately to put the past behind me.
About to start college, I bump into someone from my complicated past, and my heart is torn. The dilemma I struggle with: Do I let other people’s opinion define who I am? I must decide if I’ll push through the ridicule and pave my own path. Could the face that’s scorned me be the key to my resolve? I’ll never know if I take the easy way out.
I’ve unlocked my darkest secret only to have it return to torment me. As the thorns of his obsession encompass me, I discover I’m part of a twisted ploy. If I don’t figure a way out of this predicament, then the life I’ve known may cease to exist.
Don’t miss the riveting sequel to Madison’s story that will have you dangling on the edge of your seat.
Recommended for 16+ due to mature themes including, drugs, sexual content, assault, and mild language. Some scenes are inspired by true events.
If you’re not a fan of forbidden romance, then this might not be the book for you.
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Random Summer Storms follows Ian and Dee as they recount the various experiences of their family members. What were some ideas that were important for you to convey in your story?
We are all the same in one way or another. We all have battles in our lives. Our little world can look picture perfect from those looking in but we all have problems and none of us are better than the other in the end.
What are some things that you find interesting about the human condition that you think makes for great fiction?
Imperfections in character. We all have flaws that we spend our live correcting or hiding.
What experience in your life has had the biggest impact on your writing?
Loss. I get inside my head when I lose someone. There is no telling what will come out on paper when that happens.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
My ideas are forming now. I’m working on a thriller.
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The Thompson Family: Untold Stories From The Past (1830-1960) is the first of several volumes of books written by Dr. Walter B. Curry, Jr. that tell the history and stories of the Thompson family throughout the past. The book is primarily narrative essays and analyses, however, it also contains an introduction, the genesis, pictures and so much more that ensures readers feel like they know the people the author is writing about, and readers feel with them and for them. In this illuminating book, you will read about Milledge Thompson who freed himself and his family from slavery, Otis Thompson who had so many vocations throughout his life and so many more interesting and accomplished people.
The author writes in a very clear and straightforward tone but still manages to provide us with vivid imagery and details that lead the reader on a phenomenal visual journey. As we travel throughout the pages of this family saga it almost feels like we are right there with these people experiencing everything they are experiencing. We visit and get touched by so many lives just by turning from one page to another.
The author writes about people that are deceased, but also about people who are still live and well. In any case, the author is able to describe these people in a beautiful and compelling tone that leaves the reader with a genuine and sincere presentation of who these people were, what they have done, loved, and fought for.
Another thing I loved about this morally and spiritually uplifting book is that it contains so many peoples’ stories written so engagingly in several short essays that it leaves you wanting to find out more about these intriguing people, their ancestors, and their descendants.
The Thompson Family: Untold Stories From The Past (1830-1960) is a well-crafted and and well-researched book that details a stirring and inspirational history of so many impressive people. Readers will learn about a collection of little-known but exceptional people and read of achievements that were hard won but rarely shared.
Pages: 122 | ASIN: B09FS5DS7H
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Finding Grace by Gary Lee Miller is an inspirational story about Judith Lee, a young girl who faces many challenges growing up in poverty and lacking resources. Throughout childhood, she struggles with fitting in and is often bullied, though her intelligence and savvy business skills give her a significant advantage later in life. Judith Lee conquers all odds to become wealthy and successful in business.
The author details Judith Lee’s struggles from the beginning of the book, which begins at a quick pace. You’ll pick up and follow Judith through an intense and emotionally-resonant journey across the country with a sense of adventure and excitement embedded in the story that is effortlessly mixed with a sense of uncertainty. This story carefully details her travel across each state and town by bus, where she encounters new people and experiences, which give her a new way to embrace life and its challenges.
Judith Lee’s tale is a thought-provoking personal story that provides readers with a compassionate, down-to-earth account of one person’s relentless journey to strive for the best in life. This story offers an extraordinary tale of personal transformation with a whirlwind of emotion, excitement, and struggles along the way. I loved the story because things were always moving forward, never feeling stale, but without feeling like we’re being rushed. This speaks to the fantastic writing ability of Gary Lee Miller. When the twists come, they’re exciting, but still feel grounded.
I found this book to be an excellent, inspiring read. It’s the ideal story to enjoy over a relaxing weekend or on your next commute to work. Judith Lee’s tale gives readers a sense that anything is achievable, even in the most challenging situations. It’s a very touching, human story interlaced with a strong determination for success and connection.
This book is a must-read if you are looking for a feel-good boost and emotional experience. Finding Grace by Gary Lee Miller is a well-written, captivating story of human triumph and finding your way in a complex world of challenges and uncertainties.
Pages: 282 | ISBN: 1631956590
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We will always carry the people we love most with us throughout our lives. It took a while for Judy Lipson to figure this out and not feel overwhelmed; even seeing people who knew her sisters was a harsh reminder of their passing. Lipson grew up tight-lipped, unable to express her grief for over thirty years. Lipson writes about losing her sisters, one to an accident and the other to a long, hard battle with mental illness. With this book, Lipson hopes to connect with people who feel the same inability to grieve their loss and help them.
The bond between siblings is a powerful thing. In Judy Lipson’s Celebration of Sisters: It’s Never Too Late to Grieve, we learn of Lipson’s greatest tragedies and the grief she has over losing two of the most important people in her life, and the journey she has taken to heal from their loss. The book starts with the harrowing stories of Jane and Margie’s deaths. Lipson’s grief is palpable through her strong writing; her readers will feel the hard, cold reality of her loss. Starting with the loss of her sisters, Lipson helps readers to slowly understand her upheaval and why it took so long for her to find help.
Lipson shares memories from her childhood. These heart-warming stories relieve the depressing atmosphere of the book and encourage readers to continue with Lipson through her journey of healing. This is a very emotional story that will certainly tug at the heart. Readers will be overcome with empathy, but the story is ultimately uplifting.
Lipson’s story of the passing of her sisters creates a strong foundation for the story structure. As we continue on to the beginning of Lipson’s life, working our way through her childhood and slowly into adulthood while revisiting her sisters’ deaths; this creates an almost half biography/diary sort of structure that is a bit chaotic, at times jumping around the timeline of Lipson’s life, but otherwise engaging. While I enjoyed all the memoires that Lipson shares throughout this impassioned memoir, I felt that some of the memoires were repeated, which sometimes helped to reaffirm the scene but other times it felt repetitious.
I found this book to be a heart-aching reminder of my own loss. As a very empathetic person, I could not help but shed a few tears when I read about Margie and Jane. Even though this was an emotionally difficult book to read, I would recommend it to anyone who struggles with the grief of losing loved ones.
Celebration of Sisters is a sentimental view into the life of someone who experienced tragedy and came out the other side to tell her story, and the story of those that are now gone. Readers who are looking for an emotionally honest and engrossing biography will find this book hard to put down.
Pages: 150 | ASIN: B08VZPCK8X
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Annie just wants to be needed. She had this in her old neighborhood, being able to take care of the local kids and play around. No need to stick around home with her jerk of a father, Stanley, or the mom who lets it happen, Vivian. It’s her little place in the world and she likes it that way. That is until her father decides it is time to move after a family of color starts building their house across the street. Spurred on by racist hate, Stanley uproots his family and begins again. The only problem is, Annie has lost her special place in the world. Having lost her friends, her home, her dog, Annie is not happy, and after a traumatizing incident with her father, Annie begins to test how far she can go in this new place of hers. Along the way, she’ll meet some new friends and learn that parents don’t always know what’s best.
When I tell you that Somewhere Different Now had me on the edge of my seat, I mean it. This riveting historical fiction novel contains the prevalent issues we face in our everyday lives. Abusive parents, growing up to soon, racism, and the innocence of childhood. It’s all expertly woven together in this provocative novel.
Author Donna Peizer tells an excellent story of what it means to break the rules for the right reasons. Trying to tell the story of a post World War II era as well as the tentative friendship between a white girl and a black girl is no easy feat. Not everyone can do it with as much mastery as Donna Peizer does.
Somewhere Different Now is an enthralling coming of age story following two strong female protagonists that will inspire readers. This is an excellent novel for readers who loves character driven drama in a compelling story packed with thoughtful social commentary.
Pages: 402 | ASIN: B09L5G928D
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The Cooper Brothers is a YA/NA fiction/suspense series that takes place in the fictional town of Landstream Falls, Ontario, Canada. The peace of this small town is disrupted when the Cooper family moves in and begins to interact with those around them. It’s their family members (and their past) that shake this small northern town while also revealing that not everyone who lives in this picturesque place is what they seem. Jasmine Hilburn, a teenage local, is the first to discover what the Coopers bring in their wake when meeting – and promptly, dating – the Coopers’ middle son, Dylan. This relationship is the beginning of the chaos and where the series begins.
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Solomon’s Porch follows a man who suffers from a tragic accident that leaves him in a coma with nothing but flashbacks to keep him going. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
At my father-in-law’s funeral, we spent hours listening to people describe individual acts of kindness that he did in private for most of his life. He probably never realized what a difference he made. Solomon didn’t know either, so I thought it would be interesting for those he reached out to over the years to be the ones who came back to rescue him.
Solomon Thomas is an intriguing character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
He comes from such tragedy, but at the time, didn’t know how to lean on others. Once he lost it all, he no longer lived in fear and had only himself to give. Turns out, that was more than enough to breathe new life into his beloved town of Ginger Ridge.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Redemption, connection, community. We get so lost in our own brokenness that we forget to let others in. We’re all doing the best we can, but we don’t have to do it alone.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
A series of children’s stories called Character is a Choice. It’s a series of read-aloud, participation books that help children learn to make the best choices. The first one, due in spring ’22, is called Do Your Best, Tess!
After that, there will have to be a sequel to Solomon. The town of Ginger Ridge deserves to know what happens next, and there’s so many places it can go from here. Both in the past as well as the future. There are many stories waiting to be explored.
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