G-MOM PICK OF THE MONTH – 5 of 5 Stars – “TO THE TOP” BY DEONTAE HENDERSON
You are one of those people who surf the net and becomes elated when you find a gem? I get excited to the point of wanting to share my big discovery with everyone. Do you want to share in my excitement? Read on!
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Looking for new stories, I came across an interview that a blogger did with a college student from Tennessee State University. His name is Deontae Henderson. Immediately, I re-blogged his story to my page. I went to high school in Louisiana and grew up with tons of children with the last name of Henderson. Naturally, I researched his social media sites to see if I knew him. Even though I did not find him in my family tree, the connection was there. He must be a distant relative of the Henderson’s that I know. Looks just like the bloodline! This is Kevin, his brother, who inspired Deontae to write the story.
And this is the author, Deonate.
I headed over to Amazon.com and downloaded a copy of his book, “TO THE TOP.” The fact that it is a children book with only 18 pages and written by an African American Male heightened my excitement.
The main character is a Turtle named Koa. If you write the name Koa backward, it is A-OK! Koa decides that he wants to go to the top of the mountain to see the rest of the world. On his way, Koa meets a monkey, a snake, and an eagle that discourage him. With each encounter, Koa hears excuses as to why a turtle should stay in his place and not follow his dream. But Koa doesn’t stop! Then, Koa meets a goat.
Now, here comes the good part.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO GO TO A PLACE THAT IS TOO FAR, TOO HIGH, AND TOO GREAT?
READ THE BOOK AND HEAR THE GOAT’S MESSAGE. A whopping $2.99 for an e-book that will change your child’s way of thinking. Buying this book is an investment that you don’t want to miss.
Click here to purchase your copy of “To The Top”: http://amzn.to/2Gz7jsa
If you like “To The Top,” you might want to pick up Deontae’s latest book, “Momma Bear.” I haven’t read this one, but you can expect my review later next month.
Click here to purchase your copy of “Momma Bear.” http://amzn.to/2ool1GX
Follow this author’s writing journey on Twitter @JustDeontae.
Congratulations Deontae. You make this midnight grandmother very proud. Follow your dreams. Don’t let anyone stop you! Go to the top of the mountain and see the world.
At midnight, my eyes are a little heavy. I didn’t have the attention span I had when I was younger to read a 300 plus page book in one sitting. I find myself searching for thin reads.
I took my car in for service at 8 A.M. this morning. As I walked out the door, without my tea and morning exercise, I realized that I might have a wait. I grabbed from the top of my books stacked on my dining table awaiting a read. My week started as one of those weeks that the books stared at me saying, “When are you going to read me?” Glancing at the book as I rammed it into my tote bag, I smiled knowing that it was not too heavy nor too thick. Arriving at the dealership and getting checked in, the specialist told me the car would be ready in two hours.
I sat down and pulled out my book hoping that I had grabbed one that was not boring. Hallelujah, it’s a collection of short stories.
Four hours later, standing in front of me was a young smiling person apologizing for taking so long. Glancing up, I wondered to whom he was talking. I was so mesmerized by the stories in the book until I lost track of time. I had two more of the 20 stories left to read. I was a little annoyed that I had to stop reading, but it was okay because I could finish at midnight very quickly and write my review.
My definition of short stories:
There’s a beginning to introduce and whet the appetite. An author can skip 20 years without losing the essence of the dialogue, bridge the work as not to lose the meaning, then boom, the dramatic ending that brings the story to a conclusion or an end that leaves the reader hanging and wishing for more. Throughout, the reader will discover threads of life lessons weaved throughout the story.
My hot seat author, Beem Weeks (@BeemWeeks) nailed this definition in his book, Slivers of Life – A collection of short stories.
My Rating: 5 Stars
The author’s description of the contents as listed on Amazon.com
These twenty short stories are a peek into individual lives caught up in spectacular moments in time. Children, teens, mothers, and the elderly each have stories to share. Readers witness tragedy and fulfillment, love and hate, loss and renewal. Historical events become backdrops in the lives of ordinary people, those souls forgotten with the passage of time. Beem Weeks tackles diverse issues running the gamut from Alzheimer’s disease to civil rights, abandonment to abuse, from young love to the death of a child. Long-hidden secrets and notions of revenge unfold at the promptings of rich and realistic characters; plot lines often lead readers into strange and dark corners. Within Slivers of Life, Weeks proves that everybody has a story to tell—and no two are ever exactly alike.
Here’s What I think
This book has 118 pages. Nice. It has a collection of 20 short stories some as short as two and a half pages. Don’t that just make you want to pick up this book right now and read it? Two pages – Wow!
By reading most in one session revealed a common theme of broken families with either the father or mother absent. The author covered everything from peeping toms to ligamatrix attacks to bigfoot to homelessness to a high school shooting, to coping during a time of grievance. Each story is compelling holding the reader’s attention with great anticipation. I loved the story of old Charlie and his wife, Elmira. I couldn’t stop laughing. Although I do not condone violence, I like Elmira’s style. The story of Richie losing his baby brother is heart-wrenching.
I wasn’t very impressed with the appearance of the book cover although it indeed represented the dark side of some of the stories. Beem has an intriguing table of contents and equally as exciting chapter headings such as “When Jesus Left Birmingham” or “Peepers Creepers.” I found the stories to be vivid and coherent. I thought the story about the ligamatrix was a tad bit unrealistic but held my attention. I feel that the characters, for the most part, are well-defined forming a connection for the reader.
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FOOTNOTE: In light of the school shooting that occurred this Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida with 17 dead, I send my condolences to the families that lost their children and to the children and teachers who will never forget this horrendous day in history. Their lives will be forever changed. Let’s lift up the city of Parkland, Florida as you read this post.
Read Beem’s short story in his book entitled “Yearbook.” Yesterday’s fiction becomes today’s reality.
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Meet Author Suzanne Kelman.
Suzanne is an Amazon international best-selling author and a multi-award-winning screenwriter and playwright.
Suzanne is such a joy. Just look at her glowing smile. I am honored to introduce you to this dynamic and entertaining writer. She refers to her book as “Your laughing #workout for today.” Her book cover caught my eye because I am a tea-drinker. I added this book to Gracie’s “To Read” Book List several months ago. Read the book to discover what is behind the smile!
The author’s synopsis of her book:
Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Just as the ladies are about to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they receive bad news that could destroy one member’s reputation—and disband the group forever. To save the club, Janet joins her fellow writers on a wild road trip to San Francisco in search of the local publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret. As they race to the finish line, they’ll face their fears—landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children—and have the time of their lives.
Here is what one Amazon’s Reader had to say about Suzanne’s writing. Source: Amazon.com
By Melissa Burovac on May 16, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition |Verified Purchase
“The Rejected Writers’ Book Club is entertaining from start to finish. The characters are quirky and lovable, and they share a dynamic that keeps you wondering what will happen next.
Suzanne’s writing is descriptive and clear and moves the story along without any unnecessary fluff. The story in itself is a unique idea – a group of women authors bonded by the rejection letters they receive, and the quest to change a publisher’s acceptance to another rejection to keep the group together. I can only hope I find a group of friends like them, willing to chain themselves to toilets to help me accomplish my goals.
I already have the second book in this series and can’t wait to read it.”
Here is what I have to say about Suzanne’s Book.
5 of 5 Stars – Absolutely hilarious!
I was more than thrilled to see it on sale and quickly downloaded to my Kindle. When I wake up tomorrow with puffy eyes and sleepy, I am going to blame Suzanne. The book is so crazy funny I couldn’t put it down; stayed up most of the night reading.
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Books are written to #educate, #entertain, #make money, and deliver a #powerful message. Books are written to be #read. Let’s have some midnight fun! When the morning crowd wakes up to this blog, they just might send Grandma a nastygram.
The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity by Amelia Earhart.
Grandma is sassy tonight and stepping out on tenacity.