Author Timothy S. Lane has written a brilliant and highly readable story of teenage Jimmy Kirkus as he travels a “rough road” in coming to terms with his inherited gift of playing winning basketball.Lane’s writing of this novel is unique as the twenty-six chapters of this novel spell out Jimmy Kirkus’ times as a basketball ball player from the very young age of five when his incredible ability to play the game is apparent. Jimmy’s father, Todd “Freight Train” Kirkus, his quirky grandfather,”Flying Finn” Kirkus, his mother Genny, his younger brother Dex, Coach Kelly, School Superintendent Berg, and all the major and minor characters are important and add so very much to this story which goes way, way beyond just being another story of high school basketball.
Beneath Hallowed Ground by author Steven Locklin is one novel that Civil War enthusiasts dare not miss. It is well-written with first rate characters, great dialogue and incredible suspense to say the least! In present times, Special Agent Jason Sparks is to meet historian Frank Drury in southwest Florida. Drury claims to know of millions of dollars that were lost during the Civil War. But Drury has been murdered,his notes and computer missing. The story then flashes back to 1862 as Union Army Lieutenant Jackson Prescott is summoned to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and Secretary of State Seward. He is to infiltrate a gold smuggling ring operated by Southern sympathizers but Prescott disappears without a trace in 1863. Could his work be tied to Drury’s findings?
In the nine stories and one novella that comprise April Wilder’s brilliant This is not an Accident, her characters are not quite normal and are headed for self-destruction, often taking others with them. Kat, the main character in the title story “This is not an Accident”, is taking a traffic school course but thinks nothing of driving erracticaly for hours at a time. In “Me Me Me”, main character Gilda’s younger sister Fawn is adopting a child from a group home but the child seems older than her stated years. Wilder’s writing takes on modern life as readers know it with its lack of a perfect world and its often avoidable disasters .
The Bosnia List by Kenan Trebincevic is so well-written, so engrossing that the reader will be fascinated by its every word. But much more than just another well-written book, The Bosnia List is Trebincevic’s bone-chlling account of how horridly he, his older brother Eldlin, his mother and father were treated as Bosnian Muslims during the war that swept the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990’s. Trebincevic writes on page 139 of “watching friends and relatives killed or rounded up into concentration camps, the horrors of ethnic cleansing” and tells of how he learned to understand what people had done to him and his family and friends and why they’d acted as they did. His final Bosia List is one of acceptance. WIth both a superior index and glossary, this is a book that everyone everywhere should read and share.
Turkish author Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar passed away decades ago but his brilliant work, The Time Regulation Institute,has been carefully and diligently translated so that readers worldwide will now be able to read of its main character, Hayri Irdal, and his highly amusing misadventures. And speaking of misadventures, not the least of which is Hayri’s linking with Halit Ayarci who wishes to change all the clocks and watches in Turkey to coincide with Western time and actually develops the Time Regulation Institute. A cast of characters includes both of Hayri’s wives, his counsellor Dr. Ramiz, and a myriad of delightful people who bring alive Turkey’s way of speaking and style of life. For people who want to know of the world around them and the variety of people therein, The Time Regulation Institute is a must read.
Extraordinarily well-drawn characters and a highly readable plot that spans centuries will draw all readers into City of Lost Dreams, the sequel to City of Dark Magic. Authors Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch have created a series that will entrance even readers who swear they never, ever read fantasy. Star rating for all things Magnus Flyte!
The New Jersey Pinelands are mysterious with acres of forests, cranberry bogs, and old, old towns! Everyone who doesn’t know New Jersey assumes that the entire state is an extension of the New Jersey Turnpike with shore amusement boardwalks thrown in for good measure! Wrong, totally wrong! I fell in love with two old brick houses on either side of a Pinelands town and used them in my story, “Comings and Goings”. How could I not? They were from Revolutionary War era. Yes, George Washington or one of his staff may have marched men by these homes on their way to battle.
Bay House is my one story that really is a romance. Main characters Lou and Andrew live through some really awful times before they marry back in the 1920’s,1930’s. And, of course, Bay House is set on Barnegat Bay in the Bay Shore, Island Heights section of Ocean County, New Jersey. Andrew’s grandmother, Annabelle, sails her little boat on the waters of that lovely bay that took such a hit during Superstorm Sandy.
My kindle Folksinger and His Songs features two Somerville, New Jersey boys, Jim and Ted, who are both musical geniuses.They rise to fame in the 1960’s with their folksinging group, The Green Street Regulars. Jim, the lead singer, has had a normal home life but Ted, the gifted flutist, has suffered through a horrific childhood. Jim deals well with being a celebrity but Ted falls into a life of drugs and bad relationships. Jim retires from the music world and devotes his life to reaching out to troubled teens and attempting to save them. Like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir? Troubled to this day by John Lennon’s death?Folksinger and his Songs is the story for you.