Carolina Spirit
Fiction , Reviews / September 27, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION The untimely loss of her true love throws a young woman’s mother into a deep depression. Missing her father desperately, and unsettled by the rumors, Gracie sets out to seek the real circumstances in his tragic death. The imbalance awakens a ghostly energy that refuses to let go of Gracie, pushing her to the edge. As this presence grows more insistent, her best friend Gus worries about her state of mind, as the future becomes unclear for them all. Growing up southern on an island off the coast of South Carolina stitches a tapestry of rich characters and endless outdoor adventures. Leading to a surprising conclusion that will leave you shedding a tear or two, laughing out loud and clapping your hands for the brave, unforgettable and resourceful inhabitants of Lady’s island named Gracie, and Gus. A timeless story that anyone with a love of southern culture, ghosts and adventure will enjoy!   REVIEW  A well crafted coming of age story that will haunt and enchant   Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together:…

Being Exposed
Coming of age , Fiction / September 23, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Garrett tried to hide that he was gay—only his best friends knew—but when his secret comes out, so do his biggest fears and threats. Coming out has made Garrett a target, and when he’s attacked on a weekend trip, he must explore how to deal with his latest fate. His best friends Jackie and Tanya watch as Garrett navigates his new reality, and must decide how they would react if the deep secrets they harbor were revealed. Being Exposed tells the stories of three different friends dealing with the decision to reveal themselves and brave the potential consequences of being bullied or being able to find another way.    REVIEW   An Absorbing, Thought-Provoking and Heart-Wrenching Coming-Of-Age Story Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Being Exposed, is such a book. Author…

Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody
Coming of age / May 21, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION Who is the mysterious Rudy Kazoody, and what, if anything, did he have to do with the events that occurred to a group of teenagers during one fateful summer in New York City’s Bronx neighborhood in the early 1960s? Growing up is difficult enough. But when you’re a recent immigrant arriving in a country that is going through its own coming-of-age process, fueled by rock ‘n’ roll, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, free love, the pill, LSD, and the Cold War, it’s downright confusing, and for some—lethal. With the various upheavals shaking America to its core, Joey, whose family emigrated to the Bronx from Italy’s Apennine Mountains, struggles to retain his innocent, optimistic outlook on life as he and the other young teenagers on Arthur Avenue—virtually all of whom also come from immigrant, working-class families—try to find their place in this new order. From the euphoria of first love to the despair of dashed dreams and betrayal, Joey emerges from the summer sadder but wiser in this romantic, mysterious, and nostalgic tale. Behind it all lurks the mysterious Rudy Kazoody, an enigma that Joey feels he must solve or else remain forever just outside the inner…

TJ’s Last Summer in Cape Cod: Don’t Cry for me Cape Cod
Fiction , Reviews / March 12, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION A thrilling tale of YA romance and drama that will appeal to readers across different age ranges because of the unique plot and clever writing style that will draw in both young and mature readers. The book is a charming combination of romance, drama, passion, solid story-line and characters that are both relatable and memorable. Reader’s Favorite Review Reminding us of those fleeting and unscripted moments that so often mark the transition from teenage years to adulthood. An entertaining read that’s sure to raise a smile or two, TJ’s Last Summer in Cape Cod is certainly recommended. Book Viral Review REVIEW A well crafted coming of age story, By Piaras December 19, 2016 When compelled to devour a four hundred plus page novel in my every spare moment, there’s really no option but to pin five stars to my book report. Whatever flaws I might identify or frustrations I might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, hilarious, characters, and language that make me shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; I gratefully set all…

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