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Deceived: Soul Keeper Series by L. A. Starkey

 

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L.A. Starkey’s 
SOUL KEEPER SERIES
 
 
They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.
But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?
The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.
But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?
What if your choices had eternal ramification?
Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.
 
Praise for DECEIVED
“This book! Oh my word. To sum it up in one word: amazing! L.A. Starkey absolutely slayed me with Deceived.” – Kristen, Pretty Little Pages Blog
 
“I love how the Greek myths are woven into this story with detail yet its still a modern high school romance. Sam is just an ordinary girl, mostly. The writing is tight and I got lost in the characters.” – Loren Weaver, Author of The Victoria Novak: Paranormal Division Series
 
“I read this book in one day because it kept me so engaged with the story that I didn’t want to put it down. There’s lots going on in the story, but it all flows really well and I like books with the ancient Gods and mythology of any nation.” – Rosie, Roses are Amber
 
“Just found LA Starkey and I am so excited I did! I love her writing style and the Soul Keeper series! I purchased book one and then went straight into book 2!” – W.J. May, Author of the The Chronicles of Kerrigan & The Senseless Series
 
“All I can say is WOW I was not expecting this at all. Deceived, (Soul Keeper Series 1) is a wonderful book and will keep your interest until the very end and leave you wanting more.” – JC Brennan, Author of The Fine Line, The Beginning
 
“The first thing that wow’ed me was the beautiful storytelling by Starkey. Just beautiful. This book had me guessing from the get-go – a sure sign that I’m hooked.” – KK Allen, Author of The Summer Solstice
 
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DECEIVED is FREE for download everywhere
 
BOX SET of entire SOUL KEEPER SERIES
 
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Sam smiled. “I should get going, it’s gonna get dark soon and my car is still in the shop. Bikeville, population one, here I come.”

Julie got up from the bed and moved closer. “Alright, but don’t forget I can’t talk tomorrow night. Brent and I are leaving right after school to go visit his aunt in Massachusetts.”

“Yeah, I remembered. That seriously blows about having to spend the whole evening with Brent.” Sam couldn’t help but laugh at Julie’s plight. “Sneak a call to me tomorrow night when everyone goes to sleep and fill me in on Brent’s latest skank conquest abroad.”

Julie smiled and gave her a quick hug. Sam returned the sign of affection and hurried downstairs, jogging out the front door and almost making it to her bike when someone cleared their throat. She turned around to see none other than the player himself.

“Yes?” Sam asked, trying not to smile at him and failing miserably.

“Leaving so soon?” Brent asked with a little boy pout on his face. “We were just about to order pizza. We don’t have dessert, but maybe you’d be willing to volunteer?”

“Volunteer to get dessert, huh? Never heard of the guest having to provide for the hosts, but coming from you, this isn’t a surprise.” Sam smirked at him as she jumped on her bike.

“Not get dessert, Samantha, be dessert.” Brent smiled devilishly, teasing her like he always did.

“And then you woke up.” Sam laughed and started to pedal away.

“You’re not even going to blow me a kiss? Shame, Sam, shame.”

Sam resisted flipping him the bird over her shoulder as she rode away.

The very thought of the challenging fifteen mile bike ride that lay ahead of her caused her adrenaline to surge. Laughter spilled from her lips as she stood, pumping her legs hard and fast before sitting down into a steady rhythm that offered her peace.

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and even though the breeze had picked up, embracing Sam like a good friend, the warmth of the sun was putting up a mighty fight. Being someone who thrived outdoors, she loved that New Hampshire had four seasons and took profound joy in having the ability to experience all the weather gods could throw her way. After the first few warm up miles, Sam stood back up on her peddles and pumped out the next few miles with a good bit of effort.

Man, it feels good to get my blood pumping.

Sam looked to her left as a quick movement of yellow jotted between the trees.

“No!” A loud masculine voice rang out.

She jerked forward in time to swerve, barely missing the yellow lump lying in the road and instead hitting the curb. She plummeted off the bike, flying through the air and landing in a crouch. Her chest heaved in effort to gain much needed oxygen as all of the blood in her body rushed to its aid.

Her eyes quickly surveyed her surroundings as she cautiously rose. No one was close enough to create the loud protest that was still reverbing in her head. Trying to regain her composure, she worked to make sense of what had happened. I could’ve sworn there was something yellow in the trees. And then it was in the road, right?

 

She searched the ground finding nothing to support her internal claim.

Review

A young adult novel that involves Greek mythology = the perfect recipe for a good read in my opinion. There’s nothing quite like the irrational rage of the gods and teenage angst. Although I’ve read many children’s and YA books that incorporate Greek mythology, I have never come across a retelling or reinterpretation of Zeus vs Prometheus (with 3 pregnant Fates on the side). I actually don’t remember the original tale, so I guess I should refer to the ol’ Edith Hamilton when I have some free time.
Interesting plot aside, I must say that Starkey is a great poet. It can be difficult to emulate the style of a prophecy without sounding completely ridiculous while maintaining a decent rhyme. What she could work on though is her teenage voice and interests. “As if?” These kids are not of the 90’s era. I guarantee you will not hear girls saying this. There was some other phrase that made my ear bleed but I can’t remember it at the moment. And as great as Linkin Park is, I doubt kids nowadays have “In the End” on their playlist. A bit dated. Even a Lady Gaga reference is a bit dated because she doesn’t release music that often. Go with Taylor Swift. That girl releases multiple albums every year.
Nitpicks aside, I am curious to see which brother will win this battle. To be honest, I don’t care for either of them, nor for the gods they proxy for. But I wouldn’t mind reading the next two books to see if any of the fellas have redeeming qualities that make Sam’s choice easier for her.
 
L.A. Starkey is the author of the Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series.
 
She is a fulltime writer, and loves spending time with her family and reading a good book. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.
 
She also writes under the following pen name: Kate Thomas – NA/Adult Paranormal (http://amzn.to/1SKV9ey)
 
 
 

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The Hospitalist by Michael Weisberg, M.D.

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THE HOSPITALIST
 
by 
 
Michael Weisberg, M.D.
 
Print Length: 346 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1483419975
Publisher: Rebreca Publishing; First Edition edition (July 11, 2014)
Publication Date: July 11, 2014
Price: $17.99
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What happens when you are admitted to the hospital as a patient, and the physician assigned to be your doctor has never seen you before and knows absolutely nothing about you? 
 

 

Welcome to Medicine in the 21st century, where the results of having a Hospitalist instead of your own doctor can be disastrous. 


 

 

Specialist Dr. Aaron Bernstein enters the world of the Hospitalist firsthand when he confronts a schizophrenic patient who — literally — is a ticking time-bomb.


Review

So based on the book blurb, I thought I was reading a story about a schizo patient with a bomb strapped to his chest or inside his body or something. After reading through half of the book (many, many chapters are used to develop back stories of these different doctors [or hospitalists, as some are sometimes referred to], some of which I didn’t think were significant enough to the main story to include), we find out that Jumpy Johnson has no bomb on him anywhere. And there is certainly no countdown of any sort to give any indication of when he might go off. He’s just pretty much off his rocker during his entire hospital stay.

But those problems aside, it was a very interesting read. I’ve heard about doctors that have made their fortunes by ordering unnecessary tests, but this book opened my eyes to the possibility that it might be a larger problem than I thought. Luckily, I don’t think that I’ve run into so many corrupt people in the medical field. With many family members just starting their careers as doctors, I hope that they aren’t tempted to find the easy way to make money off people who need medical help and only do enough just to avoid lawsuits. It makes me wonder how prevalent it is since Weinberg’s characters all seem to walk the wrong side of that fine line.


I’m not sure what I was supposed to take away from reading this book. Caution? But just like a hospitalist can’t be sure of what their new patient is hiding, you can never be sure that the doctor/hospitalist taking care of you is really doing the right thing for you.

 
 
 
Dr. Michael F. Weisberg
Dr. Michael Weisberg has been a practicing gastroenterologist for over 23 years in Plano, Texas. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
He has been recognized as a ‘Super-Doctor’ by Texas Monthly and named to D Magazine’s list of best doctors eight times. Dr. Weisberg also serves as a board member of Digestive Health Associates of Texas.
Dr. Weisberg graduated in 1981 from Vanderbilt University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1985 and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Dr. Weisberg has written stories throughout his medical career. In 2011 he won first prize in a short-story competition sponsored by Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
The Hospitalist is Dr. Weisberg’s first novel. He is currently working on his second novel.
He lives in Dallas with his wife and three children.
Professional Affiliations
American College of Gastroenterology
Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy
Texas Medical Association
Dallas County Medical Society

 

 

North Texas Chapter – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America 
 
 
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House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke

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HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
a novel
by
James Lee Burke
 
 
 
Title: HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
Author: James Lee Burke
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
# of pages: 448
 
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New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke returns with his latest masterpiece, the story of a father and son separated by war and circumstance—and whose encounter with the legendary Holy Grail will change their lives forever.
 
From its opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, House of the Rising Sun is an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance, and retribution that follows Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland on his journey to reunite with his estranged son, Ishmael, a captain in the United States Army.
 
After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Hackberry escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who then places Hack’s son Ishmael squarely in the cross hairs of a plot to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ.
 
Along the way, we meet three extraordinary women: Ruby Dansen, the Danish immigrant who is Ishmael’s mother and Hackberry’s one true love; Beatrice DeMolay, a brothel madam descended from the crusader knight who brought the shroud of Turin back from the Holy Land; and Maggie Bassett, one-time lover of the Sundance Kid, whose wiles rival those of Lady Macbeth. In her own way, each woman will aid Hackberry in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, to vanquish their enemies, and to return the Grail to its rightful place.
 
House of the Rising Sun is James Lee Burke’s finest novel to date, and a thrilling entry into the Holland family saga that continued most recently with Wayfaring Stranger, which The New York Times Book Review described as “saturated with the romance of the past while mournfully attuned to the unholy menace of the present.”
 
Praise for the author
 
“The heavyweight champ, a great American novelist.” Michael Connelly
A classic saga of the American West from James Lee Burke
House of the Rising Sun
 
One of America’s most acclaimed and versatile novelists returns with a harrowing, historical epic featuring Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland. Starting in revolutionary Mexico circa 1918 and winding through seedy, gang-controlled San Antonio, Holland fights his way back to his Army captain son while protecting one of history’s most fabled artifacts.
“A gorgeous prose stylist.” —Stephen King
“The reigning champ of nostalgia noir.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
Review
With my busy schedule, I’m embarrassed to admit that I prefer books that jump right to the meat and potatoes. James Lee Burke serves you a fancy multi-course meal. He is truly an artist that wraps you up in his beautiful descriptions and realistic characters. After dragging my heels through the first few courses, Burke grabbed me by the eyeballs and wouldn’t let go. Even as I tried to rest my eyes for the night, my mind spun with questions that wouldn’t be answered until I finished the book. What did Hack do to his son that was so unforgivable? What does the Cup of Christ have anything to do with all of this?
While the supporting characters are irritated by Hack, I actually loved the guy. I liked his understated sarcasm and wit. I liked even more that Ruby, who you would think would be a simple woman, calls him out on his encyclopedic knowledge used to abuse people. Burke is very Tarentino-esque with his strong and crafty female characters. As interesting as the Hack, Arnold, and Andre characters were, I was more interested in what made Ruby, Maggie, and Beatrice tick. As intelligent and strong as the men were, they were often bested by the women.
I haven’t said this about any other book on tour, but I could see this one as a movie *ahem, Tarantino*.
 

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

 
 
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The Whole Enchilada: Fresh and Nutritious Southwestern Cuisine by Angelina LaRue

 
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THE WHOLE ENCHILADA
Fresh and Nutritious Southwestern Cuisine
by 
Angelina LaRue
Title: THE WHOLE ENCHILADA: 
Fresh and Healthy Southwestern Cuisine
Genre: Cookbook
# of pages: 192

 

 

Bright, full-flavored, subtle-yet-spicy Tex-Mex explosion!

 

Bright spices and clean finishes accent the unique and complex flavor profiles of the Southwest. Food columnist Angelina LaRue knows that cooking delicious and healthy food seems difficult at times, but her cookbook includes simple and easy recipes that will remind you why Tex-Mex is as popular as it is! Sometimes people describe Mexican food as heavy or unhealthy, and, yes, it may well be when it comes from a can. With LaRue’s inspiration and recipes such as “Oven-Fried Tomatillos with Asadero Cheese and Oregano Oil” and “Tex-Mex Cassoulet,” you too can turn normal Mexican dishes into updated specialties—simple to prepare, but with a zing of flavor!

About the book
The vibrant colors, earthy ingredients, and glorious aromas of Southwestern cuisine will sizzle right off the pages of this book and straight onto your table. The natural flavors are both savory and sweet, with simple ingredients that lend themselves to sauces, beverages, main dishes, meatless options, side dishes, snacks, and desserts.
Praise for the book
“Angelina’s spicy dishes just tickle me pink—fun and easy to cook, with fresh ingredients and a healthy heaping of chili peppers. Pass some more of those corn tortillas, please!”
Paula Deen, best-selling author of Paula Deen Cuts the Fat: 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up
“An exciting and nutritious approach to Southwestern cuisine.”
Tom Perini, owner of Perini Ranch Steakhouse and author of Texas Cowboy Cooking
“This book is a must for your cookbook library. It’s obvious that Angelina has a passion for Southwestern cuisine. Her recipes are authentic, fresh, and party-friendly—perfect for your next casual get-together.”
Annette Joseph, Today show guest and author of Picture Perfect Parties
“The recipes Angelina has created are simple, fresh, stunningly beautiful and nutritious. She has poured her heart and soul into her first cookbook. Her love for food shines through in each page. I look forward to many nights around the table, enjoying dinner prepared out of The Whole Enchilada.”
Tara Royer Steele, The Pie Queen, owner of Royers Round Top Café and Royers Pie Haven
 
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Angela writes two weekly food columns, one for the Lubbock Avalanche Journal and the other is featured in the Idalou Beacon. She is a regular contributor for the Lubbock Magazine and formerly a Skirt! Setter / Blogger for Morris Publications. Angela also performs various cooking workshops and has been invited to judge cooking competitions. In addition, Angela is an aspiring food stylist and photographer.
 
 
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Dear Diary: My Brother Died Today by Suzanne Gene Courtney

 
 
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DEAR DIARY: 
MY BROTHER DIED TODAY
 
by Suzanne Gene Courtney






Title: DEAR DIARY: MY BROTHER DIED TODAY
Author: Suzanne Gene Courtney
Genre: Children’s Book>Death & Dying>Grief
# of pages: 32 pages
 
 


A seven-year-old girl records the sudden death of her beloved older brother by writing her personal feelings in her diary. In her own innocent way, she tells about being able to see him when no one else can. She embraces this ability and is not afraid.


Throughout this tender book, the little girl relates her experiences in feeling her brother’s nearness, even when she cannot see him anymore. In her own trusting way, she knows that everything will be all right, and through her honest feelings, she is able to help her parents cope with their loss. She also learns about angels and knows that her brother is safe.


Dear Diary: My Brother Died Today is the third in a trilogy about the circle of life. The story enables children to perceive the life in heaven that awaits them. Although fictional, the story’s events could actually happen.
Review
It’s been a while since I’ve read a children’s book about grief or dying, and I forgot how writing so simple can affect you so deeply. Courtney does a great job of emulating the writing and drawings of a young girl grieving the loss of her big brother. You can tell that she has been around children because the story feels genuine and is certainly heartfelt. I think that this book would be great for young children who might have trouble expressing their feelings at the loss of a loved one. However, I think the spiritual element might be off putting if the family does not believe in an afterlife and angels.
 
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Suzanne Gene (Davis) Courtney comes from a family of teachers. She has taught several subjects and grade levels over a span of thirty years. Retiring in 2011, she moved to Austin, TX, in 2015 to be closer to her children and

grandchildren and continue her writing aspirations.

Suzanne has three children, Laura, Gregg, and Daniel. Daniel passed away unexpectedly in 1997 in Hawaii, where he was born. Devastated, she began to write. At first, she wrote poems of angst and darkness, then while healing, poems of understanding and hope surfaced.
To date, she has authored five books, with another due later this year. Four of the six books deal with death and grief with words of support to help the bereaved. Being a former elementary teacher, she has worked with many children experiencing loss. Two of her books, incorporate her experiences while traveling and are meant for pure reading enjoyment. Book awards to date are: Indie Excellence Award (Finalist), Character Building Counts Award (Silver), Great Southwest Book Festival (Honorable Mention), and Pacific Rim Book Festival (Honorable Mention).
Book signings at various sites around Texas so far include: the Author Extravaganza in Llano, and the Texas Book Festival in Austin. She will be presenting her books for the classroom in several schools in the area soon.

 

Suzanne is a member of the following organizations: SCBWI Austin, The Writers League of TX, Texas Authors Association, Alpha Xi Delta Alumni, and Reiki Master Teacher.
 
 
 
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Lucky Shot by B. J. Daniels

 

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LUCKY SHOT
 
by
 
B.J. Daniels
 
He’s determined to uncover the truth behind a decades-old disappearance—even if it kills him.
When hotshot reporter Max Malone gets a rare shot of Buckmaster Hamilton with a blonde woman near Beartooth, Montana, he chases down one of the senator’s daughters to verify that the woman is his supposedly long-dead first wife. But Kat Hamilton won’t give him the time of day, let alone any information about her mother.
With his tousled blond hair, sexy stubble and an old straw cowboy hat topping off his long, lean frame, Kat can just tell Max isn’t used to female sources denying him anything. But when her own life is put in jeopardy, it’s Max who comes to her rescue. Seems someone is prepared to kill to keep the past in the past. Kat can’t deny she needs Max to find out what happened to her mother, but will getting closer and closer to each other lead them to the truth…or to danger?
Praise for B.J. Daniels
 
“Daniels has succeeded in joining the ranks of mystery masters.” —Fresh Fiction
“Daniels is truly an expert at Western romantic suspense.”
RT Book Reviews on Atonement
 
“Fans of Western romantic suspense will relish Daniels’s tale of clandestine love played out in a small town on the Great Plains.” —Booklist on Unforgiven
“Romantic suspense that will keep readers guessing. If you like Longmire, this is the book for you.” —RT Book Reviews on Forsaken

 

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Review
While Max Malone’s appeal is evident right away, Kat Hamilton’s is not. But I can buy his attraction to her since every other woman is easily taken in by his charms. Thankfully, these two are the meat and potatoes of this novel because the rest of the characters annoy me: the thick-headed senator, the petty current wife, the shady former wife, the former wife’s clueless lover, even the sisters. I can’t put my finger on what makes them less realistic and interesting to me than Max and Kat, but don’t let me sway you. And while the premise is a bit fantastical for me (sort of like a wimpier “Long Kiss Good Night”), it really got my wheels turning in trying to figure out exactly who Sarah Johnson is and who is responsible for all the murders and threats. Daniels weaves an exciting tale and I stayed up all night to finish it. Proceed with caution though. As one of the characters from my favorite TV shows says, “Loose ends make my ass itch.”
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author B.J. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, and three springer spaniels, Spot, Jem and Ace. When she isn’t writing, she quilts, snowboards, camps, boats and plays tennis. 
 
 
You can write to B.J. Daniels at PO Box 1173, Malta, MT 59538, or email her at bjdaniels@mtintouch.net
 
 

 

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Review: The Door of the Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar

DoorToTheHeart

I had to read this with my mind set 6 months ago, when gay marriage was not yet legal in Texas. But I had to remind myself that the views of some people now are still what they were back then. I grew up in a home where gay jokes (and racist ones, too) weren’t a big deal. I think it might be a culture thing; Filipino films and media are notorious for casting a token gay man and making fun of dark skinned people. I don’t think my family has changed even though the world has. And while many of my beliefs are directly opposite of what I was brought up with, it didn’t stop me from marrying someone who disagrees with me on the issue of gay marriage. We didn’t talk about it before we were married, but knowing he was a devout Christian with traditional values, I had an inkling.

Farrar’s characters resonated with me because of this. The circumstances were different, Tammy wasn’t particularly a supporter of gay rights and Ed goes as far as trying to bully her into submission, but I could relate all the same. I know what it is to question the practices of traditional Christians who act cruelly or think callously about the oppressed in the name of Jesus. The dialogue in this book is very real to me and I will probably research more about the idea that “homosexual” is used in the Bible but it was a word that did not exist at the time of writing. Some may cry, “Semantics!” but my curiosity has been awakened.

I love that this book brings up PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and gives a behind the scenes look of how they help the community. The chat sessions with 15 year old Seth are particularly heart wrenching.

My only criticism is that I think the author overreaches on how many scenarios Ed faces at one time: his son bullies a gay boy in school, he’s fighting against gay rights in his political position, his trustworthy assistant comes out that she’s in a gay marriage, someone close to him passes away and the organs go to a gay recipient, his other close friend recently finds out his son is gay… It was a little overkill for plot’s sake. It made it a little less believable. But otherwise, a wonderful and eye opening read.

Check out my previous post for the excerpt and author information.

 

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