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.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Color My Days in Dobbs
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I took some time off from doing research for the sequel/prequel to my first novel, Forty-Thirty. I was lounging around the terrace, soaking in some rays, watching my cat tease the hound...when suddenly the phone rings.
A childhood friend called to wish me a happy belated birthday (It was Sunday.) and to chat a bit about old times in Dobbs
Ferry, our home town. In passing, she mentioned a murder mystery set in the village, written by James Roth who is also a former
Dobbs Ferry-ite and, as it turns out, a very talented author.
Today's a Yellow Day , published by Xlibris in 2012, is not only a thrilling page turner, but is chock full of thoughtful reminiscences about
living in Dobbs Ferry "back in the day" of the early 1960s. James – Jimmy, as I remember him from my childhood
– faithfully describes various places in Dobbs, bringing back vivid memories of growing up in the small, close-knit
village where everyone knew and cared about everybody else. A small town where one felt totally safe anywhere, any time of
day or night; where the unthinkable hardly ever happened. At least not anything that anyone would date to mention in real
In Roth's imagination, however, unthinkably horrible things do happen, including a rape and two murders.
Gruesome events in themselves, but Roth deftly writes about them with a easy-flowing writing style and a talented flair for
unexpected plot twists and turns that are the hallmark of a great mystery novel. The reader is carefully led through the events
preceding the crimes, the crimes themselves, and then through the ensuing investigations, posing the question of who is culpable.
Is it Tim Ferrari, our undaunting hero on the brink of adulthood, whom Detective O'Neill adamantly suspects and harasses?
Or popular Rosanne in revenge for being attacked by one of the victims? The answers lie in a totally unexpected surprise ending
– one of the best thriller endings that I've read in a long time. No wonder I inhaled Today's a Yellow Day in just one sitting. It is so gripping, I just couldn't put it down.
I thoroughly enjoyed Jimmy's portrayal of
his characters. Some, if not most, are based upon real-life natives of Dobbs Ferry; a few I actually recognized and smiled
at his spot-on descriptions. I also enjoyed how he interweaves the history of the river town into his narrative; how it affects
the lives of his characters as well as the lives of those of us in real life who had the great fortune to be born and raised
there. Most importantly, through his words and images Jimmy lovingly encapsulates what it really meant – means –
to have grown up in Dobbs Ferry.
Since one good page turner deserves another, might I suggest that when you do
purchase a copy of my first novel, Forty-Thirty – please also buy a copy of Today's a Yellow Day? Then find your favorite quiet niche, nestled yourself within the pages of our novels, and transport yourself back to the
middle of the last century, to a small town on the Hudson River that, regardless of where you grew up, will bring back everlasting
and cherished memories.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
2:32 pm edt
Well, as luck would have it, just as soon as I published my first novel, I came down with a wicked cold. Stuffed and
runny nose, aches, fever, and watering eyes. The whole shtick. So, I've been out of commission for a week or more, only rising
from the couch or bed to find a new book to read and to take care of the Frankster. Okay, maybe I did binge-watch the second
season of Orange is the New Black, but only the first nine episodes. And,
oh, I did start a new mystery novel.
The husband and wife authoring team of Charlotte and Aaron Elkins are/is my
favorite purveyors of mystery. Especially the intellectual kind, where you learn bunches lots about milieu and subject. In
this case, the Elkins' Alix London series is about art: Alix is the daughter of a reformed forger and an art conservationist/restorer
in her own right. I am privileged to have been sent an advanced galley of the third novel, The
Art Whisperer, due out in August, which is better than the first two. A really great read which I will fully review
for both this blog and www.authorexposure.com in a week or so.
For now, I must tell you that Aaron, busy author that he is, spent some of his precious time
to read my novel, Forty-Thirty. He just sent me a few choice comments, which I just have to share with you:
“Does life imitate tennis? If you believe June McInerney,
it does. And what's more, in Forty-Thirty, she turns you into
a believer. I suppose you could call it a coming-of-age novel, but this is a bigger book than that, with parallel story lines
and an intricate plot spread across many characters and many decades. McInerney does a fine job of tying everything together...and
somehow managing to do it around the game of tennis (no easy task, if you ask me). As a bonus to the reader, the author's
descriptions of settings, foreign and domestic, are informative, cleverly drawn and lively.”
These are choice words, indeed! And go a long well to dispelling
the last vestiges of my cold. Actually, they have warmed my heart. I hope they do yours, too. Hopefully, enough to inspire
you to, if you've not already done so, wend on over to https://www.createspace.com/4786258 and purchase a copy of Forty-Thirty for yourself.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
1:01 pm edt
of My First Novel!
I am so excited, that I just have to share this with you!
As many of you
know, for the past two years or so I've been writing a novel. It's been a long haul and a bit of struggle to get it finished
and ready for publication. But Forty-Thirty was finally released yesterday. Yet another banner
day in the life of this fledging author and Literary Blogger!
Forty-Thirty is a coming-of-age historical novel set in both
a small New York suburban village in the 1960s and Italy at the turn of the last century. Here's the description that appears
on the back cover:
Angelina McIvers is a teenager in the mid-1960s, the tumultuous era of a class-conscious America in the throes of the Vietnam
War. Under the shadow of an overly protective mother, she matures into adulthood, coping with true love found and then lost.
Immersing herself in playing tennis, she ventures forth into the world to find personal as well as professional fulfillment.
On her coming-of-age journey, Josey learns that scoring points both in the sport of tennis and the game of life is not as
easy as she thought it would be. Set in a small suburban village just outside of New York City, this is an enjoyable, yet
poignant novel about growing up and discovering one’s true self and one’s place on and off the courts of the world."
Okay, I'm not going to bore you with how good I think
it is. I am not going to regale you with the salient details of its multi-faceted, complex plot line that took me months to
figure out. And I'm not even going to beg you on both knees to "please, please, please" hike over to amazon.com
and buy a copy or two. (It's available in both paperback and Kindle format.) But I do ask that you take a look at the
wondrous review of my novel on www.authorexposure.com.
I really hope that after you read the review you will be intrigued and inclined to please buy a copy and enjoy
reading Forty-Thirty as much as I've enjoyed writing it.
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,