Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Great things come in smal packages. And sometimes small, wonderful things comes in large ones. Like Charles Stratton,
also known as Tom Thumb, who, as the smallest guy in the world, was the biggest attraction in P.T. Barnum's American
Museum in New York.
You may already know this, but did you also know that he was an international spy during the
Civil War? Well, maybe not tin real life...but in Nicholas Rinaldl's novel, The Remarkable Courtship of General Tom Thumb, he was. And a whole lot more.
This is a fascinating novel which I had the pleasure of reviewing for www.authorexposure.com. Please read my comments and then pick up a copy. It's one of the bigger reads of the year.
Friday, August 8, 2014
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a good novel can stand on its own merits, sometimes it becomes much better when its reader – and, in this case, its
reviewer – knows the author. Such is the case with Waiting in the Wings, the last novel in Jeanette Vaughan's Flying Solo trilogy about intrepid aviatrix Nora Broussard.
I had the pleasure
of chatting with Jeanette last year when her first novel, Flying Solo, was released. She relayed a bit of the writing background of the story of a daring woman in New Orleans in the 1960s who,
against all odds, learns to fly. In the process, she falls in love with her flight instructor and life, well, life becomes
a stormy cloud with a thin silver lining. In the second, Solo Vietnam, Nora braves the worst of the conflict to find MIA Steve. Both were excellent reads. All the more so because I was able to
learn first-hand from their author the backstage information that lead to her writing them.
Now, in Waiting in the Wings, Jeanette brings to light yet another twist in Nora's exciting life: the story of the child whom she had out of wedlock and
was forced to give up for adoption. Steve, of course, is the father. But what happens to Jena is an eye-opening emotionally
charged glimpse into what it is really like to be an adopted child in search of her birthmother.
An adoptee herself, Jeanette's third literary offering is a heartwarming
and truly heartfelt story that should be on everyone's reading list. Please wing your way over to www.authorexposure.com to
read my review and then fly straight away to your nearest bookstore. This novel will have, as it did mine, your spirits soaring.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Enough is Enough
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My father used to say, "Make what you have do." Meaning that one should be content with what one has. Akin
to "If you can't be with the one you love, then love the one you're with."
When I was younger, I did
not always subscribe to his philosophy, always seeking a better apartment, the latest "fully loaded” model car,
the most stylish – and often the most expensive – outfit to wear. But now that I am getting older and forced to
live on a limited retirement income...Well, perhaps my wise and wonderful father was right. The old convertible just needs
a good detailing. My old laptop still chugs and whirs along as I blog and write my second novel. No need to move or replace
anything. At least, not yet.
See? I am making what I have to be sufficiently enough. And I am perfectly content.
Not, however, like Rita Carmichael in All We Had , the debut novel of visual artist turned author, Anne Weatherwax. Unable to pull herself up out of poverty by the straps
of her four-inch high heels Rita, the main protagonist, schleps her thirteen-year-old daughter, Ruthie, across country in
search of a better life. Just outside a small town in upstate New York, their old car dies. And it is only a cast of delightfully
quirky characters who can save Ruthie from a homeless childhood and Rita from herself.
Due to be on bookshelves
tomorrow, All We Had is one of those end-of-summer reads that you must take along on vacation or settle in with on a hot, lazy Sunday afternoon.
I had the privileged to read and review for www.authorexposure.com an advanced copy the second week in June. So far, this is one of the better captivating stories that I've read this season.And if there is only one novel you have time to read this month
(besides Forty-Thirty, of course!), then make it this one.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A River Runs Through It
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In my friend Betty's words, journalist Wendy Wallace's second novel,
The Sacred River , "is a story of three women seeking redemption: Harriet,
a daughter, from physical death to life; Louisa, her mother, from the lust of life and youth to forgiveness; and Aunt Yael,
from a purely spiritual life to a life of humane goodness".
Set in Egypt during the Victorian era, this is
an elegantly written novel which I had the pleasure to read and review for www.authorexposure.com. Please take the time to follow the link and read my comments, and then add The Sacred River to your summer reading list. It is an historical, pseudo-gothic novel that shouldn't be missed.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
2:14 pm edt
Oh, these lazy, hazy days of summer, when one is tempted to
forego working – in my case the prequel/sequel to my first novel, Forty-Thirty -- and languish in the shade of an old oak tree or by the pool or nestled in the a/c with a good book. For me, there is nothing
like spending these times with my nose in yet another mystery by Charlotte and Aaron Elkins.
Two postings ago
(June 12th), I mentioned their latest Alix London venture, The Art Whisperer , which I inhaled in two greedy gulps. You see, I love their style of writing – adding knowledge and flair to each
and every one of their books – so much that, like a bag of fresh potato chips, I just can’t relax and savor each
chip, er page...I just had to devour them.
Well, I think this Blog entry is appetizer enough. Please saunter on
over to www.AuthorExposure.com and read my review which was just posted today. I have a feeling you'll pick up a copy of the novel and settling in for a
really cool read.
J. McInerney is an author, poet, and librettist.
currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of
children's musicals. Her titles include:
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her first novel.
June's books be purchased at amazon.com or through Barnes and Noble.
For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,