Doug Solter has directed rap music videos and short films. He's written screenplays. Drank wine on the streets of Barcelona. Hiked the mountains. Loved a cat. Bought a frankfurter in NYC. Searched through a Roman City. Won money at blackjack. Lost money at blackjack. Yelled into the Grand Canyon. Rang up lattes at Starbucks for a month. Enjoyed a Primanti's sandwich in Pittsburgh. And one summer baked pizza and crazy bread for money.
Doug lives in Oklahoma where he writes young adult novels full of escapism. He's also a proud member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
If you want to know when Doug's next book will come out, please visit his website at dougsolter.com, where you can sign up to receive emails on new releases and special giveaways.
on June 09, 2013 :
I can't recall reading a YA novel since reading Twilight (just to make sure what my teenage daughter was reading), but the author is from Tulsa and I love supporting fellow burgeoning artists. YA novels are a different style than the typical adult romance, mystery, etc, but once you find the rhythm, it's a fun read and kinda nice to break out of the typical novel mode and explore something new. I learned alot about racing and found the characters to be multi faceted and entertaining. I liked the plot and found the ending quite satisfying. I hope others expand outside the typical romance and check this book out. It's worth the time!
(review of free book)
on June 08, 2013 :
This book was a fast-paced wild ride set right in the center of the Formula 1 racing circuit. The characters were believable, and I got caught up in the action quickly. There were times I disconnected a little bit with the main character, because I was aggravated by the difference in her private and public personas without hearing about the frustration that comes with it. It didn't reduce my enjoyment of the story, though.
I appreciated the way the author brought me into the action of Formula 1 by using enough jargon to make the experience authentic, while not drowning me in so much that I couldn't follow it. I enjoyed both the action and backstory of this novel. I often thought the family stuff would have caused more difficulty for the main character, and I think that it could have enriched the story some.
Overall, this was a well-written story that kept me interested all the way through.
(review of free book)