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My Book Story: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
Shannon A. Thompson
Picking one story that has affected my life is nearly impossible. Although I love the idea of sharing impactful stories, I found myself so riddled with options that I was afraid to pick one in fear that it wouldn’t be the “right” one to share. That being said, I could talk about this subject forever, but I knew I had to talk about one story, and I wanted to pick one story that I feel – personally – doesn’t get enough attention from various communities of readers despite the wide amount of attention it has received from nonfiction readers.
I found A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah in a Hastings in Lawrence, KS. I thought I was having a rough day, so I skipped class to disappear into the bookshelves of a store off-campus. I said “I thought I was having a rough day” because A Long Way Gone is a memoir about a child solider in Africa, and the issues explored in Ishmael’s story shattered any notion that my problems mattered at all. For instance, right when I was following the rhythm of the horrors scattered throughout this story, Ishmael would remind me of his age, by stating, “That was my fifteenth birthday”, and all of my “rhythm” was disrupted. All my worries were disrupted, and I was filled with so many emotions about Ishmael’s life and all the lives like his.
As a writer of YA fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, I often find myself reading all kinds of fiction and nonfiction, but memoirs often go untouched by the masses, and memoirs have so much to teach us about the world and about the people who affect this world. Ishmael Beah stayed with me because he went beyond this world with one of my favorite literary quotes to this day: “We must strive to be like the moon.”
But – perhaps – the most important quote that summed up my emotions for this striking and memorable life story was this: “…children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance.”
Shannon A. Thompson is an author, poet, blogger, and coffee enthusiast. She is also an editor and social media marketer. Her Timely Death Trilogy will be released by Clean Teen Publishing this summer.
Happy Memorial Day. Today we celebrate the soldiers who gave their lives while serving our country. The holiday was once called Decoration Day because soldiers graves were decorated with flowers. Today volunteers place flags on graves in national cemeteries. The history of Memorial Day goes back to the Civil War. That’s the only thing that anyone agrees on. Where it actually originated remains a mystery.
We don’t have a traditional post for you today. Instead we would like to remind you that some of our favorite authors contributed to our Book Stories series so if you are looking for something fun to read you can get caught up. We would also like to suggest a few Civil War related gems.
According to The Civil War PBS site the film is being remastered and will be available on PBS in September. The original is free on Amazon for Prime members. What I enjoy about Ken Burns films is that they are even handed. He shows people as people and isn’t afraid to show us that historical figures were human.
The Aftermath of Battle: The Burial of the Civil War Dead by Meg Thompson. This book isn’t out yet at the time I’m writing this post but I’ve added it to my ‘to read’ list. It comes out May 19th just in time for Memorial Day and it looks amazing. I’m really looking forward to reading it.
Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War by Tim Rowland is fantastic. I really enjoyed this. I listened to the audio book read by Fred Sanders. I can tell you that it lives up to its name.
If you’re looking for traditional Civil War era music I suggest 2nd South Carolina String Band. Their rendition of Amazing Grace is beautiful and soul stirring. When you listen to one of their songs you feel as though you’ve been transported back in time and are listening to the real thing. It’s powerful stuff.
Finally, if you would like more of a mix of modern and traditional Civil War songs I suggest Divided and United: The Songs of the Civil War. This album is full of big names and beautiful songs. My favorite song is Richmond Is A Hard Road To Travel by Chris Thile and Michael Daves. I also loved Take Your Gun And Go, John by Loretta Lynn. Two Brothers by Chris Stapleton sounds like it belongs in a movie. These are new interpretations of old songs and, while most of them lack that campfire quality, I think they are more accessible.
Enjoy your day!
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Letter from author, Shannon A. Thompson
It’s here! It’s here! The final cover of The Timely Death Trilogy has finally been released. A special thank you goes out to Clean Teen Publishing and this lovely Member of the Dark who is helping share this message today. Minutes Before Sunset, book 1 of The Timely Death Trilogy, re-releases on July 28 – with an all new interior and exterior – and both are beautiful. Seconds Before Sunrise follows on August 25, and Death Before Daylight (the only novel of the trilogy to never see the shelves before) is finally getting it’s day . . . hehehe . . . Well, it’s releasing September 15. Even more exciting? You can win prizes throughout all of these events and more by becoming a Member of the Dark . . . or a Member of the Light. Check out the details below! I look forward to speaking with you!
Shannon A. Thompson (a.k.a. SAT)
Two eternities. One ending.
“Harmony would only come with destruction.”
The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.
While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.
In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.
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by Zachary Paul Chopchinski
A young Gabrielle is driven by her will to explore and see new things. She cannot stop or rest until all within her reach has been experienced and explored. Driven by an astounding will and lack of common fear, she finds herself able to face things most adults might fall before. Yet has there been a journey that has been meant specifically for her all along? Is there a path that has been created just for her to travel?
Follow Gabrielle as she ventures through the lives of many with the experience of only her own. What will happen as she discovers the lives—and tragedies—of the souls who choose her to see their story? It’s a journey through history, life, and love unlike anything that could be imagined—except perhaps by a young girl.
*I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Let’s start with Gabrielle herself. She is a curiosity ridden 13 year old who is intelligent and when she should be scared shows how bold she can be. Since her mother works late nights and her father has passed she is pretty much taking care of herself and for any thirteen year old that can be hard. When she wanders into Alexandria’s shop on her birthday her whole world changes. Gabrielle is given a bracelet that will transporter her through the lives of the previous owners.
This is a well developed story that draws you in and the characters compliment each other well and it’s perfect for the targeted age range. Which is middle grade, young adult.
I will admit that at first I had a little trouble with the writing and some of the sentences felt like they were run-ons, but once you get into the flow it’s a really good story. This is the first in the series so be prepared for a cliffhanger at the end. Remember I did say we were going thru the lives of the previous owners of the bracelets, so there are definitely more tales to tell.
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We first posted Finding Cinderella in November of 2013. It’s a great Novella Thursday and I hope you enjoy reading this again.
A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.
When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.
One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. But Daniel soon realizes that fairytales don’t exist, and unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.
This is not your typical fairy tale. Boy meets girls in janitor closet at school. Girl doesn’t have a great reputation and is tired of boys treating her badly, so what does she do. She has sex with a boy that she can’t even see his face and pretends with him that it is love. He calls her his Cinderella in his attempt to be romantic. She tells him she doesn’t want to know how he is because she is moving away and this is there one special moment.
Fast forward to the future and it’s a year later. Six is back in her home town after a year of study in Italy, but things over there were not all they should have been. She left behind the most important boy in her life, but how does she let anyone know, especially when she meets Daniel. He is a boy just like her and who she feels an instant connection with. They seem perfect for each other in every way. But her secret could tare them apart (sorry I won’t give that little secret away).
This book was well written and I did enjoy the characters. Six is not your typical prissy girl. She has four brothers and isn’t afraid to get dirty. Daniel is quirky and says what he is thinking. He has been trying to find his Cinderella ever since there encounter in the closet. While I feel the very beginning (Janitors closet, need I say more) is not how you picture meeting the love of your life, the rest of the book makes up for it. It was funny and sad and enjoyable. I for one would definitely read more books about these two characters.
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Nancy Warren is a USA Today bestselling Harlequin and Kensington author who got her big break when she won Harlequin’s 2000 Blaze Contest. Her sensuous, humorous romances have won numerous awards and appeared on the Waldenbooks bestseller list.
Awards and lists are great, but nothing beats the thrill of hearing from readers. Most have commented on how much they enjoy the mixture of humor and sexuality in Nancy’s books—which is good, because she works darned hard to put them in there.
Nancy holds an honors degree in English literature and lives in the Pacific Northwest. She spends her days sensibly employed inventing men who combine amazing sexual prowess with sensitivity to a woman’s needs, and women who aren’t afraid to fight for their dreams.
The Girl Who Went Missing
When June Warner arrives in India to visit her sister Thalia, a trip to take her mind off her jilted engagement, she is greeted by the bright hot chaos of Mumbai but not her sister. She goes to the YMCA where Thalia is staying, only to find that she is not there.
Convinced that Thalia’s no-show is a sign that she is in danger, June begins a desperate search for her younger sister.
Police Commissioner Oscar D’Costa, scarred by the tragedies of his past, swears he will never again ignore his gut instinct when it comes to a missing girl. And with more and more dead foreign women being found in his precinct, he becomes convinced a conspiracy is at play.
Through the two worlds of American naiveté and Indian chaos, they must find the girl who went missing.
*I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review*
Set in the world of Mumbai, India this is a fast paced story. June has been left by her fiance and has traveled to India per her sisters insistence. Thalia is there doing her dissertation on the temples of India. So when June gets there and Thalia is no where around she isn’t sure if she should panic or if Thalia has just gone off to do some work. It quickly becomes clear that something more is wrong and with the help of Commissioner D’Costa they set out to find Thalia.
The world of Mambai is portrayed in a very real way. From the crazy traffic, to the people, to the very real world of sex trafficking. You feel like you are there with June going thru everything. We are introduced to a variety of different characters but this doesn’t make it confusing. The writing is very well done and for a debut novel it’s really good.
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