Three Steps To Heaven - Pam Howes Rock'n'Roll Romance Series

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It's 1961 and Eddie Mellor and Jane Wilson are in love. Eddie's group, The Raiders, is about to make it big. They have the world at their feet and an exciting future to look forward to. Then in walks Angie Turner... The first novel in a series of rock'n'roll romances spanning 40 years. More

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Published: June 26, 2011
Words: 117,400
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466148017
About Pam Howes

Pam Howes is an ex Interior Designer who loves creating stories, but only started writing seriously about twelve years ago. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, came from her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging round with the musicians who frequented the business.That first novel evolved into a series. The first, Three Steps to Heaven, is the tale of rock'n'roll band, The Raiders, and their lives and loves. Now also available on Smashwords with the others to follow soon. The sequel, 'Til I Kissed You, featuring the same characters, is set in the eighties. This book sees the reformation of The Raiders after a spell of retirement. The third novel, Always On My Mind, is set in 2001, and the fourth novel - Not Fade Away - is currently a WIP, to be published late 2012. A stand alone love story, Fast Movin' Train will be available on Smashwords from August 2012. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it's this love and the support and encouragement of her musician partner that compelled her to write the series. Pam has three adult daughters and seven grandchildren. She lives in Cheshire and as well as writing novels, writes short stories, which have appeared in charity anthologies and online e-zines, and poems, many of which are published.

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Review by: Jan Ruth on Jan. 24, 2013 : star star star star star
Pam Howes takes us back to exciting times in the early sixties, when the growth of sex, drugs and rock n roll burst onto the music scene. They were heady times for young people, with new freedoms and opportunities. This era gave birth to a lot of big names, leaving a legacy of music which is very much alive and kicking today.
The author captures the mood of those times with ease, and I took a trip down memory lane with the references to landmarks such as Ringway- now Manchester International Airport- the fish n chip suppers, the films and cars of that time, all the crazy fashions and Jackie magazine! It is proudly working class, and rich with the expectations, hopes and dreams of that time. It is more than a love story and it has more than one complicated thread wrapped around the central plot; that of the rise to fame of The Raiders. And it has plenty to offer anyone too young to remember the real mods and rockers with it's romantic, teenage angst and all the relationship problems with parents, friends and lovers.
It is a very special skill to write in any one particular year, because the plot and the characters need to exist solely in those times. No birth pill, no mobile phone, no internet, no major roads. The list is endless but the author has a firm handle on all the `props.'
A small negative now; the balance of dialogue to narrative. I would have loved more of a reflective, thoughtful kind of backstory from the main characters in place of some of the dialogue. In fact Pam's style has a distinct screenplay type quality to it, given her penchant for dialogue...hint hint programme makers out there! Now who could we have to play Eddie? Yes, in places this novel reminds me of those wonderful programmes Heartbeat and Happy Days. Nostalgia done well is so appealing, even for those outside of the era looking in.
A complete story in itself, Three Steps draws to a climax but the door has been left sufficiently ajar for the next book in the series. Who can resist?
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Review by: C H Edwards on Jan. 22, 2013 : star star star star star
A lovely pacey read that captures the innocence and excitement of England in the 60's, a time of huge social and technological change. Romance, heartbreak, sex , drugs and rock 'N' roll - It's got the lot! A light hearted and easy yet gripping read. If you want something to simply enjoy by the pool or at bed time to set you in the mood for nostalgic dreams, this is for you!
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Review by: C H Edwards on Jan. 22, 2013 : (no rating)
A lovely pacey read that captures the innocence and excitement of England in the 60's, a time of huge social and technological change. Romance, heartbreak, sex , drugs and rock 'N' roll - It's got the lot! A light hearted and easy yet gripping read. If you want something to simply enjoy by the pool or at bed time to set you in the mood for nostalgic dreams, this is for you!
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Review by: Carolyn Chambers Clark on Sep. 30, 2011 : star star star star star
If you like the 60s, the music, the entertainers, you'll love this book. It's fast-paced with lots of action. You can almost smell the sweat, hear the crowds, feel the desperation and exhilaration in this story of The Raiders on and off-stage.

Great character descriptions and dialogue that sounds real and gritty. Love reading the song titles and hearing about my favs, especially Roy Orbison. Sets off a lot of memories...
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