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Monday, January 5, 2015

Pre-Pub Party for...Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester

Hi guys and gals!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we are exploring a soon to be released title (IN STORES 01/06/15!) from one of my favorite authors.  No, really!  Every work of his that I've read thus far has been memorable, moving, and touched my heart....and yes, I've read more than one.  Let's see there was Twelve Months, Goodnight Brian, The Rockin' Chair, Pressed Pennies....need I go on?  Every one was a jewel in its own right and now, we're adding another one to the crown.  Ladies and gents, please join me in a pre-pub celebration for today's book of choice....

Steven Manchester

About the book....
They met at the worst possible moment…or maybe it was just in time. David McClain was about to go to war and Lindsey Wood was there at his going-away party, capturing his heart when falling for a woman was the last thing on his mind. While David was serving his country, he stayed in close contact with Lindsey. But war changes a person, and when he came home very little had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty?

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I stick to my previous assessment of this author's work....pure genius.

Here we have another touching story that is sure to move many readers.  The lead characters are beyond relatable, in fact you may even recognize your friends, family, or yourself in THEM.  This time around, we have two star crossed potential lovers who meet at a crossroads in both their lives.  She has pretty much given up the search for love and he is shipping out soon for a year long tour with the Rangers (also jilted by love).  They are both looking for something more than a coupling or a few good nights.  They are looking for forever...and little do they know that it is also looking for them.  The thing about dreams come true though is that often times it's not as imagined; saying this story is a case in point would be an understatement.  They are given just one night before the distance between them would be measured in miles followed by heartbeats.  One night to forge a connection worth sustaining.  Does it work? the sweetest way possible but also the most tragic.  The connection that's made will carry them in each other's hearts for many moons to come but whether or not they actually end up together is something that only the stars know for now....

I can't say enough of this story.  It really hits a nerve with the war time stories and the reality of what goes on can be overwhelming....both during and after.  One issue given suitable coverage is PTSD....or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  It's a condition the many war vets suffer from and can be just as debilitating as a flesh wound.  The fact of the matter is that it's nothing to be ashamed of and asking for help in dealing with it is a sign of courage in my eyes from what I've read.  I'm not the only one either.  Keep reading, there's a special promotion from both the author and publisher in relation to this towards the end of the post....

In conclusion (because if I don't draw one, I'll keep going and going and going), if you like reads with heart, have a sense of something bigger than yourself, and love stories you can step right into for better or worse, THIS is the book for you.  It's a feast for the heart and mind as well as a call to those suffering the effects of PTSD to seek the help they need.  Recommended read for older teens and beyond...


About the author...

After returning home from a difficult tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, I stepped back behind the walls of a Massachusetts penitentiary where I battled each day as a prison investigator. Needless to say, there was great negativity in my life at that time, and very little opportunity to heal from my wartime demons (or pursue my dreams of being published). I finally decided to return to college to finish my degree in Criminal Justice. During one of the classes, my professor, Barry McKee, detailed police work, but barely touched on other topics. I finally raised his hand and asked, “As the criminal justice system is so vast, what about the courts, probation, parole – corrections?” Barry smiled and told me to see him after class. I thought I’d done it! In his office, Barry explained, “Except from the slanted perspectives of inmates, there’s no real written material out there on corrections, or prisons.” Barry smiled again and then dropped the bomb that would change my life forever. “If you’re so smart,” he said, “why don’t you write it?” It was the last push I needed to get writing. Nine months later, I placed the first draft of 6-5; A Different Shade of Blue (under the pen name, Steven Herberts) on Barry’s desk. From then on, I was hooked. I was a writer.

When not spending time with my kids and wife, I’m either writing, teaching, or promoting my published books/films.



Special thanks to author Steven Manchester for the chance to feature his work yet again as well as the review copy.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, or anything else that may have crossed your mind in relation to this post, feel free to click the links included above.  This title is set to release TOMORROW, January 6th, 2015 via The Story Plant, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.  Oh, and one more thing....

The Story Plant is running a special promotion that they are hoping to send VIRAL...and trust me, you'll want to help.  

From now until January 31, 2015, we will donate $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every copy of Gooseberry Island that is pre-ordered and sold. All you have to do is email us a copy of your receipt and we will make the donation. In addition to that, we will also donate a copy of the e-book to returning soldiers, one donation for each copy sold.

Until next time...happy reading!


Tracy Terry said...

So glad that this didn't disappoint, that like the others it had the power to move you.

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