Have you ever been so involved in a book that you feel truly transported into another world? This is what I want to give to you . . .
I live in Montana on, what I call, an accidental farm. You see, my son has a strange superpower, and whatever he wants, the universe will give to him, even if his mommy refuses. When he was in kindergarten, his teacher brought in baby ducks to school. He wanted a duck. That spring, four ducks started living in my front yard. I kid you not. Later, my son's first grade teacher brought chicks to school. He wanted chickens. I refused. The ducks were enough. Just a few months later about twelve chickens came from nowhere and a turkey. Oh, and the turkey wasn't just any kind of turkey, but a mammoth of a bird that scares away the Fedex man. My son wanted a kitten the next year, and I thought the two aging cats we had were enough. The universe had other plans. When we went hiking along the Yellowstone River that spring, we rescued a cold, wet kitten from the swollen waterway.
My son is now content with our animals. I hope.
I write, research the eighteenth century, and hike around my beautiful big sky as much as I can. Usually with my son, praying he doesn't want a coyote or some other animal as we tread along.
Shaun J. McLaughlin
on July 18, 2014 :
The Immortal American by J. B. Joramo is a love story set in the opening days of the American Revolution in Massachucetts. The writing is professional and the characters well-crafted. Violet is engaged to Mathew, someone she has known her entire life. Along comes Jacque, a captivating stranger with a dark secret. Violet suffers the internal thrill, shame and torment of someone in love with two men. Her simple and happy life is further roiled by the deaths of close family. About three-quarters of the way through the novel, Violet becomes immortal. This gift/curse is entirely unncessary to the story's success, other than to serve as fodder for a series built around Violet. For some reason, the Smashwords edition has a fixed column width and does not fill the screen of my Kobo. Because of that, I nearly discarded the novel until I read the first few paragraphs—and was hooked.
(review of free book)