The Boots My Mother Gave Me

An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Q-Finalist. Determined to be more than her abusive father and enabler mother, Harley LeBeau refuses to play the victim. In this atypical Dysfiction, the strong-willed, quirky, coming of age heroine is a mass of contradictions. Armed with formidable pride and a deep desire to believe in something or someone, the nonconformist Harley incites readers to turn the page. More

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About Brooklyn James

Brooklyn James is an author/singer/songwriter inspired by life in the Live Music Capital of Austin, Texas. Her first novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, has an original music soundtrack and was chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. This book has ranked in Kindle's Top 100 Coming of Age and Women's Fiction.

When she is not writing books, she can be found playing live music around Austin as part of an acoustic duo. Like most everyone, she treasures her time spent with family and friends. Brooklyn has been in a Weezer video, met Harry Connick Jr. as an extra on the set of When Angels Sing, and she was Mira Sorvino's stand-in on Jerry Bruckheimer's Trooper pilot for TNT. She enjoys reading, dancing, working out, fishing with her hubby, and a good glass of kombucha.

Brooklyn holds an M.A. in Communication, and a B.S. in both Nursing and Animal Science. Her nursing career has seen specialties in the areas of Intensive Care and Postpartum. She serves as a Guest Speaker with a focus on awareness and prevention of Domestic Violence and Suicide.

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Reading from The Boots My Mother Gave Me
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Q-Finalist, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, excerpt, Introduction: My Almond...Harley LeBeau's armor in managing growing up in an abusive household. "Brooklyn James' soundtrack to her novel does more than give a clever feminist twist to the title. Her songs serve as chapters themselves, underlining James' deft ability as a storyteller and songwriter." -Austin Chronicle

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Excerpt from Amazon Breakthrough Novel Quarter Finalist, The Boots My Mother Gave Me. Reading from Chapter: Live & Let Love...Harley LeBeau reads her father's suicide letter. Song featured at end from Original Music Soundtrack to novel, sharing the same title as the chapter, Live & Let Love. Video from Televised Public Forum in Austin, Texas, "Creativity Is Therapy."

Can't Get It Right - Official Music Video
Featuring title track to the Original music soundtrack to novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me (Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award QFinalist) -- Available on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon &

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