Book Review: ‘On Dragonfly Wings’ by Daniela Norris

ondragonflywings300ppiReading Daniela Norris’ book, On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic’s Journey to Mediumship left me in a state of shock. I am a believer in Jesus Christ and God, and do not believe in communicating with the dead. I believe when a person dies, his or her spirit returns to God. I also trust what the Bible teaches that there are good and bad spirits. I also believe that some people allow themselves to get possessed by bad spirits. Even though I do not agree with all the information presented in On Dragonfly Wings, I have to give the book a five star because Ms. Norris is an excellent writer. The story is in my opinion, well written. Normally I would not have read a book of this nature, but her writing style drew me in right from the start.

Earth-bound energies are rarely attached to healthy, happy people, because their energy field is less open than people who are addicted or generally vulnerable. Another reason to get yourself in good shape emotionally, physically and spiritually! The best way to be rid of spirit attachments is not to get them in the first place. This means a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude.

Ms. Norris hits the nail right smack on head with the above passage from her book. Yes, indeed, evil or bad spirits will only possess those who are weak and leave an open door for the ultimate deceiver, Satan to take over and control them. The true God, our heavenly father do not control us, he affords his children free will at all times.
Another section in the book made me stop to ponder quite a bit:

Once in bed, my mind was buzzing. I was too thrilled to fall asleep. I clutched my bent spoon and fork and could not let go of a thought that accompanied me through most of that night: If metal can really be bent with the power of energy, by pure thought, imagine what else the power of the mind can achieve.

In the above section, Ms. Norris sat through a session where she learned how to bend spoon and fork. My first reaction is what is the profit of this? The only logical conclusion is just another tool, God’s arch enemy, Satan uses to fool people into thinking they are more powerful than God almighty. The one redeeming lesson I gained from reading On Dragonfly Wings: A Skeptic’s Journey to Mediumship, is it has made me more resolute in my faith in God almighty, and that the dead are dead until Jesus Christ returns. I believe, the dead should left alone to rest in peace until Christ returns to gather all believers.

Book Review: ‘Luthier’s Apprentice’ by Mayra Calvani

 

Mayra Calvani’s newest novel, The Luthier’s Apprentice drew me in right away. The suspense and anticipation in the story kept me turning the pages. The main character, 16-year-old Emma, finds herself immersed in  the mystery of her her beloved violin teacher’s sudden disappearance. Emma joins forces with her best friend, Annika, and Corey Fletcher, another of Monsieur Dupriez’s students, to investigate his disappearance.

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I really enjoyed the way the author used a mixture of paranormal fantasy and science fiction elements to pen this story. The Luthier’s Apprentice provides the reader with a slew of excitement without being too scary.

Mayra Calvani is an expert when it comes to storytelling. The characters are well developed, and it is easy for the reader to get a real sense of who they are. She is a master with her descriptions of each character.  I especially like the following description:

The woman’s ash blonde hair rose high above her head, entwined with tiny sparkling amethysts. Black liner and shadow deepened her sultry, heavy-lidded gaze, turning her violet eyes into murky swamps. Her beautifully drawn lips glistened with purple lipstick. Her tall, statuesque figure was wrapped in a purple velvet cloak lined with fur. Like on her hair, amethysts glittered on her neck, ears, wrists and fingers. “Like what you see, Monsieur?” the woman drawled.

The words “murky swamps”  and “drawled” paint a vivid picture in my mind of just how evil Mr. Dupriez’s captor is. The author uses these types of description throughout the novel, and this is what drew me in and captivated my attention.     I am fluent in French and enjoyed immensely the French the author used throughout the story. The usage of French and Italian phrases added a special appeal to the story.

Mayra Calvani’s short novel is  must read for anyone looking to read a well penned, fast paced, paranormal novel.

Lastly, Ms. Calvani cunningly leaves the door open for a sequel. I can’t wait, I hope it is published soon.

Interview: Tony Gaines, Author of ‘Diary of the Lost Teen Age’

I am elated to interview a local Colorado author. Tony Gaines wrote his first short story in the second grade after the teacher assigned the class to read The tale of Peter Rabbit and by the age of twelve he was firmly hooked on writing in a diary regularly. He has written and published several poems and songs and his first novel called, Diary of the Lost Teen Age is showing lots of promise by the reviews it’s receiving on Amazon. He was a military soldier in his early twenties and has lived all over the world including three continents and now resides in Colorado. Tony Gaines is presently working for the U.S Postal Service.

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Are the events you wrote about based on your life or are they all fiction?

All the events in my novel happened in the lives to at least one of the characters in the novel. I rearranged circumstance so no one character could ever be prosecuted for past events.
What lessons do you want your readers to learn from reading Diary of the Lost Teen Age?

I would like the readers to learn as they read forward and the novel unfolds how I crafted each main character in the novel to have learned a lesson about themselves and life as they mature throughout the novel. I also would like the challenge the readers to witness how the current events of the day dramatically changed the lives and behaviors of the main characters.
How long did it take you to write such a novel? What paths did you take to reach this artistic point?

I begin unconsciously taken notes for the novel when I bought my first diary at the age of thirteen when a friend suggested I journal what was going on these days in our lives in the ever-changing 1970s. I kept an ongoing diary throughout my teenage years and had grandiose plans to one day write a novel about those teenage years after I was retired living on some island and collecting a pension.

My inspiration came in 2005. At that time we had the typical American two teenager, two career frantic fast pace family lifestyle that ended in divorce. When I was moving out of the suburban home I had shared with my family I discovered my old teenage diaries I had kept from the 1970s in a briefcase in the downstairs closet right next to my old bowling ball which hadn’t been seen in decades either. 2008 arrives, and I am now discovering the diminishing returns of hanging out with my teenagers and their friends, dropping them off at parties and listening to latest teenage craze, leaving me with spare time I had never imagined.

I gathered those old diaries from my briefcase, bought my first computer, went to the library and checked out a book on how to finish your novel. There were mornings I would be late for work because I had gotten up early to work on the novel. I just couldn’t stop working on it. There would be times when I’d get a Starbucks coffee on a Friday evening and watch the sun come up on Saturday morning, not knowing the hours had pass. Eight months later I had written Diary of the Lost Teen Age.

I really like your writing style. The novel is fast-paced and very funny at the same time. How did you develop such a unique style?

Once I started reading back over my old diaries the writing part was the most satisfying part of the journey. There is a writer in all of us just waiting for the right opportunity to express itself. I had unconsciously learned so much from my teenagers, which in turned made my novel more enlightening, having had the experience if knowing how best teenagers think and react. My style came from the voices I kept in my head from my old friends who eventually became characters in my novel most of which I still be in contact with to this day.

Where will your next book take you — and your readers?

If all goes according to plan I would love to take time and write two more novels.  One about what it’s like to lived through your midlife, another about living through those golden years.

How can readers learn more about you and your accomplishments?

I have a website called, Diaryofthelostteenage.com.  I would welcome readers to post on my website reviews of my novel Diary of the Lost Teen Age and their thoughts about midlife and their golden years.  I could one day incorporate some of their ideas in my next novel.

Thank you so much, Tony for doing this interview. I enjoyed reading your book. Your book is very informative  and I learned many lessons.

My Thoughts on the book:

I have read and reviewed more books than I can count.  Reading Tony Gaines’ newly published novel, Diary of the Lost Teen Age, was by far the best reading experience I have had in a long time.

The novel chronicles the life of Tom and all the hurdles he had to endure living with a religious fanatic mother and an alcoholic father.

The author does a great job portraying the life of a devoted Jehovah Witness.  I heard many negative things about the Jehovah Witness religion, but never in my wildest dream did I ever imagine how bizarre they are.

The following passages from the book shed light on how controlling the Jehovah Witness religion is.

Howard’s stepfather has been disfellowshipped  for conduct unbecoming a Christian. During his disfellowship, Leonard is not allowed to sit in Christian fellowship with the other members of this congregation. Although he is expected to attend services and fulfill all of his Christian duties, no one, including his family is allowed to speak to him or otherwise acknowledge his presence in any way for one year.

 Even with a 148 I.Q. I’m not clever   enough to understand how a religious organization can prevent a man from associating with his own family.

It is truly mind boggling to think on how men use religion as a way to control other people.  I applaud Mr. Gaines for not holding back and for displaying all of the dark side of  the Jehovah Witness religion.  I believe Diary of the Lost Teen Age is definitely a novel that should be made into a movie.

If you are looking for a fast-paced and funny book to read, I recommend you pick up a copy of Diary of the Lost Teen Age.

Interview: Maisha I, Author of ‘Journey to I’

It is always a pleasure meeting local authors.  Last month I had an opportunity to  meet Maisha I.  I read her newly published book Journey to I, and decided to interview her.  Her book chronicles what happens when a child is set in his or her ways.  Being too obstinate is never a good thing.

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You were raped at thirteen, have you forgiven the boy that raped you?

It has been a real roller coaster ride of a journey, because I truly was not able to put into context what he had done to me was a rape until I was in my 40s. I had re-framed the incident as to something that was my fault; there was something that I had done, a non-verbal message I had given to him, that provoked his actions. I had somehow brought this on myself as girl/woman and he as a boy/man wasn’t responsible for his inability to control his animal nature. I had to go through a lot of processing and forgiveness for myself, I can now say I have forgiven the boy and have moved on.

Your relationship with your Mom was not the best — have you been able to restore your relationship with her? What are her thoughts about you publishing your tell-all memoir on how badly she treated you as a child?

I discovered so much more about Mom as I wrote my book Journey to I. She actually read through many of the chapters and helped me with some of the early editing. Much of her story that I had no clue about begin to take shape in the book as she helped me filled in some of the blanks. All of a sudden, I began to see her as a woman who had also endured many traumas and she was getting through life the best way she knew how.

Mom had a difficult time when the book was first published and realized that some people may see her in an unforgiving light; however, she always encouraged me to write my book because it was my story, my interpretation of the events as seen through child eyes.

Recently she shared with me. “Maisha, I knew that you were going to have some hard knocks in life; I thought you might get pregnant, maybe have to drop out of school. I thought you would go through something traumatic that would make you come running back to me so that I could protect you. I could never imagine that you were going through what you went through and keep going back out there for more.”

My Mom lives with me now, and I am excited about traveling on the road of healing our mother/daughter relationship that we have embarked on. I can only hope that we can be an example that it is never too late to let the healing begin.

You were a strong-willed child, and your Mom did not know how to handle you. Do you think your life would have been different if your Mom had given you the attention you craved?

 For sure I was an exceptionally strong-willed child; I would not have wished the raising of me on anyone. Mom is a very gentle spirit, and I came out of her womb with a spear in my hand, daring anyone to tell me “No”. You know, this is a difficult question, because I really like myself now; I like to think that I am in the place that I am now because of how I was raised. Maybe if she had given me more attention, I would have felt smothered and had nothing to live for, this way I was always pulling, striving, clinging to the pieces I could get from her. It gave my life purpose.

Do you believe in destiny?  

 I believe that each of us came to the planet earth at this time for a specific reason and no one else can tell us what that is; only each one of us knows our own specific mission for being here. I believe that there are ways in discovering/remembering your mission: ie, speaking with your higher self, guidance through spiritual practices. I believe that there are many wonderful ways placed on this great big planet and in the universe to help us glean our own individual paths. I believe that the destination is already predetermined and we will all eventually get there (or we’ve actually never left). We only get to decide the road we want to travel to the destination.

You spoke about getting involved with Wicca, and having out of body experiences while in prison, do you still practice these rituals today?

 I have practiced many things, I am clear that that I came here to play and experience as much as I can in the realm of co-creating. Out-of-Body experiences are common events that happen to most of us as we sleep; many times we leave our bodies and experience things from a different perspective than our everyday 3rd dimensional can grant us. I am always open for seeing a bigger picture and will not allow anyone to tell me that their interpretation of experiencing life on this planet is any more valid than my own. I love learning and experiencing new things, tasting new foods, participating in various cultural practices. Seeing how for all of our differences, we’re all the same.

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What do you hope your readers will learn from reading your book? 

Mess happens. Sometimes we can find ourselves in the biggest mess that we or anyone around us could have thought of. Sometimes it’s way bigger that anyone could have thought of. No one around me saw that I would one day be facing the Death Penalty.6 years in prison for murder. Serving time for armed robbery. And have cancer. My life was a huge mess, and I had to face that I co-created that. I made that mess, no one else. I had done all of that to myself. When I realized and faced that I had totally co-created my worst life, the worst experiences, my worst self. I was able then to begin replacing the worst with my best. I realized I was sitting at a smorgasbord of experiences, and I was choosing the foul and rotten when fabulous and yummy chocolate cake was on the menu.

You were born in Alaska, and lived in Japan. What led you to relocate to Colorado?

That’s a long story in itself and will be part of my next book entitled Giving Birth to the Goddess of Love: a mother/daughter…daughter/mother saga in which I talk more about me and my mother’s relationship and I bring in my own experiences with raising my own daughter.

In short I ended up in Colorado after I had lived in Trinidad and Tobago WI for about 6 months. I just couldn’t go back to the extreme cold after that.

What advice can you give to teens to help them avoid the many mistakes you made, that ended with you serving six years in prison?

Take responsibility for who you are right now, the person you are being. Circumstances may seem out of your control, but you mind is your own, how you choose to deal with it is up to you. Your thoughts create what is around you. You have much more power than you can ever know. Listen to that part of you that guides you to your greatest joy, no matter what anyone else tells you. Only you know your true mission for coming to this planet at this time. You are the one you have been waiting for.

Can you talk about the woman who you thought was your friend and betrayed you, by reporting you to the police?

 Aww…Kim. I was very hurt by her deceitfulness initially. It didn’t take me long to realize that she had done for me what I could not do. Remember I always try to see how I have co-created the circumstances in my life. I was the one that told Kim, there were a number of people in my life that I could have told and perhaps it would still be a secret today. I chose Kim because on some level, I knew what she would do. On some level I knew what needed to be done. I only wish her a good life and health.

Tell the reader about your former partner Tony who committed the murder, is he still serving a life sentence?

 Tony is still in prison; he did escape once about 18 years ago and was caught after 3 months. Tony is still professing his innocence to this day and after all these years he probably believes his lie. I actually saw him about eight years ago, Please, don’t ask how and why just know that occasionally I still make stupid decisions and choices. I’m really done now. That encounter will be in a future writing.

Now that you have been released from prison, how are you different from the former defiant teen person you wrote about in your memoir?

Ohh… that defiant teen Deidra Gaddy is always with me. I love to say my job is to bust it up, change the conversation, shift the paradigm and give a different perspective. To see possibilities where others may see none. One of my favorite quotes is  “Let no theory contradict your own experiences”—Seth

I would not be who I am without having gone through the experiences I have had. I would not be able to be the voice for magnificently defiant teens like myself. I understand them, I am them. I hope that I can help them realize their voice and focus it in the way of powerfully creating what they want instead of using their voice to cause havoc in their lives and the lives of others. I am still very much a member of the defiant tribe, I’ve just learned to sprinkle it with a little bit of wisdom and grace.

Thanks Maisha I for doing this interview.  I hope you will continue to excel in every endeavor.  I am wishing that when troubled teens read your book, they too, will climb their way back to being  productive citizens.

 My Thoughts on the Book:

I thought the book is well written.  I give it a rating of five out of five stars. This is a book that a parent can read together with a teen that is defiant and who is determined to go down the wrong road.  It can teach what happens when one do not follow certain boundaries.  Troubled teens can learn the lesson of why they should be very careful who they associate with or befriend.

Even in the most dire situations, the book chronicles that one should never give up, and that with a willing spirit one can  find ways to overcome obstacles.  This is the number one reason why I think this book should be read in all detention centers for troubled teens.

I do not hold any judgement against the author for her out of body experiences or getting involved with Wicca, but being a christian  I was a bit shocked when I read about these things. This is the part of the book I liked the least.

Interview with Susan B. James: Author of ‘Time and Forever’

I understand you are an actress, can you tell us about your acting career?

I fell in love with acting at age eleven. I did my first Equity apprenticeship at fifteen. I majored in theater at the University of Georgia and got a scholarship to teach acting and take a Master’s degree at the University of Hawaii. I didn’t plan on that much higher education, but I’d always wanted to go to Hawaii, so how could I say no?

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After that I went to London and then New York to search for acting jobs. I got to do the First National Tour of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. I did a lot of rep theater. I met my husband to be, Barry Corbin, at a rep theater in Mobile Alabama in 1970.My crowning theater moment was being in the cast of the musical The Robber Bridegroom on Broadway.

We moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to pursue film and TV acting. When our first son was born, Barry got a major role in Urban Cowboy. After that, his career never stopped. Our second son, Chris, was born on the second day of the War Games shoot.

I gave up theater until the boys were in their teens. (Made a few TV and film appearances including M*A*S*H.) I thought it was more important to raise my sons. Acting could wait. I did pay both my children to write. My older son Jim, who is one of the funniest people I know, is a wonderful writer. I wish he’d take it up as a profession.

How did you make the transition from actress to writer?

I’ve never given up acting. My first TV series was at age sixty six, Warren the Ape on MTV. It didn’t last past the first season, but it was such a thrill to do it. I also guested on some series includingHannah Montana.

Right now I am studying long form musical improvisation. My son Chris wants us to be a musical Improv team and perform at the Del Close Marathon in New York. Chris says in ten years we’ll be good. I like his long range planning. I have an agent and a manager and audition for TV and film and voice over work whenever an audition comes along.

Did you always want to be a writer?

No. I always wrote as a child, but I gave it up as a teenager. I didn’t come back to it until 1992 when my son Chris and I wrote Jamie’s Dream together. However since the age of eight, I’ve always been a bookaholic. I adore reading.

Tell us about your recent release. What was your inspiration for it?

Time and Forever was published by Soul Mate Publishing on January 29, 2014.

Time and Forever2 fiona web largeWhat would you give for a chance at true love? For a chance to go back and find it? Two women in their sixties travel back to 1969. It was supposed to be a Virtual Reality adventure. But something happened.

My inspiration for it? Well . . . My first post on the Pen and Ink Blog was about the joys of NaNoWriMo. To write the post, I signed up for NaNoWriMo without any intention of participating. On November 3, 2009, my Jewish/Catholic guilt genes surged to the forefront of my brain and forced me to sit down at the computer and begin typing. I had not a single idea in my head. In one month I had a book called sSecond Chances. The premise was two women in their sixties time traveling back to 1969. Where did it come from? I’m not sure. I kept telling myself. “It’s your world. Write the story you want to read” and it made me very happy.

Some writers go on long walks; others keep a journal, write at a café, or listen to music. What do you do for inspiration and unleashing your creativity?

Walk. I tend to dream things up when I walk. I solve a lot of problems that way. I try to walk daily.

Some books require a lot of research. How long did it take you to do the research for Time and Forever?

I have no idea. Countless hours. I would always stop writing to Google things in 1969 London and Los Angeles. Anything from fashion to the make and model of TVs available in those days. I have huge files of things I Googled.

I also spent time in second hand shops acquiring magazines from the period. I made a few visits to the library reading newspapers on Microfiche.

The hardest thing was the price of tickets to Disneyland in 1969. I know I went that summer, but I couldn’t remember the price of the tickets. I did online research and then called Disneyland and spoke to the curator and he couldn’t tell me for sure.

I really enjoyed reading Time and Forever, I would love to see a sequel. Is there a possibility you will write one?

I’m willing, but not sure how to do it. I’ve got a rough draft of Kate’s Hero. In it the protagonist is Sherry’s son Michael. So Sherry and Jeremy and Lorena and Dave appear in one chapter.

Where is your book available?

Time and Forever is currently available as an eBook on Amazon. You can preview the first four chapters on Amazon so you can decide if it’s the kind of book you’d like to read.

It will be available as an Audible book in late summer. I’m not sure when Soul Mate will put out the print copy. It may depend on how many eBook copies I sell.

Thank you, Susan, for allowing me to interview you.  I gave your book a five out of five stars. Below are my thoughts on your wonderful book:

Susan B. James’ book, Time and Forever made me a believer in the popular adage, that true love can stand the test of time.

The story is magical and it chronicles the lives of two best friends who time traveled to 1969. One friend gets a second chance to re-connect with a love she never pursued. The second is awarded with an opportunity to change the future.

The two love stories whisked me back to when I first met and fell in love with my husband. As we get older and busy raising a family we tend to forget about that special time in our lives.

The story reminds me that it is never too late for second chances.  Sometimes life throws us a few curve balls, but it is always better to have hope and to keep a positive attitude.

I recommend this book to all who are looking for a fascinating trip through time to find true love.

Book Review/ Author Interview with Melissa Kline

Author Melissa Kline has done it again.  She has written a breathtaking coming-of-age story that addresses issues affecting teens from all backgrounds. As a high school teacher, I understand fully some of the social issues most teens encounter on a daily basis. It is not easy being a teen, and Miss Kline has written a well-penned story that chronicles the life of Storm, the main character.

melissaStorm is a story that most teens will be able to relate to, because the characters are believable.  The emotional difficulties Storm has to endure are what most teens in real life may experience, and this is why I enjoyed readingStorm. Navigating through emotional ups and downs is never easy, but the author does an outstanding job showing that with determination one can overcome any and all obstacles.

securedownloadI highly recommend this book for all high school classrooms.

After reading Storm, I wanted to find out how Ms. Kline came up with such a riveting story line.  Below is an interview she agreed to do.   

What inspired you to write Storm?

Storm came to me right after I finished writing a novel where one of the main characters died. That story ended in a funeral home and the essence of Storm seemed to arise from the feeling of mourning. Storm “spoke” to me and I knew that his story needed to be written.

How long did it take you to write Storm?

It took me about a month to complete the rough draft. I tinkered with the first chapter after receiving a few suggestions from publishers, then decided to revise the entire manuscript a couple of years before it was published. Storm and I have had a very long relationship — it took years to fully develop this work. I’ve learned that it is important to honor the writing process and each book’s timing.

I noticed there were quite a few sex scenes in Storm. Why did you decide to include the sex scenes being that the novel is for teens?

This is a great question. Sex is a touchy subject and this has definitely been controversial for my readers. However, I don’t believe that this book would have been as powerful if I had left out the intimate stuff. I feel that this part of Storm’s experience was important to include because sexuality is one of the challenges that teens contend with in our society today. I chose not to glaze over the issue or completely omit Storm’s sexuality because this would not have seemed genuine or realistic. I am telling the story of a teenage boy who lost his mother and whose father is emotionally preoccupied. So, I think that Storm’s intimate encounters are authentic to the circumstances that that the character faces. And please notice that there are repercussions in the story for Storm’s promiscuity. I am by no means advocating teen sex or promiscuity, but I think that every teen is faced with making decisions in this area. I hope that my readers will take away a valuable lesson by reading about Storm’s mistakes.

What lessons do you hope teen readers will learn from reading Storm?

A sense that they are not alone and that there is hope for the future. That you can make mistakes and overcome. To keep moving forward. To have compassion for yourself and others. To know that it’s okay to reach out and ask for help. To realize that nobody is perfect; we all have secrets, wounds and scars. Embrace who you are, quirks and all, and be proud!

I understand Storm was a finalist in some prestigious awards. Can you tell readers about those?

Storm received recognition as a finalist in the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards and 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. I attended the NGIB awards ceremony in New York City where I received a medal and celebrity treatment. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had as a published author. Being honored and recognized as a finalist in both of these awards programs is incredibly significant. It is so important to celebrate and to be celebrated.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a book similar to Storm called, Accepting Hannah. I’m also working on a sequel/series to My Beginning. I have many projects in the works, including a fun, non-fiction book project for teens. Lots of books to come!

What advice can you give for those wishing to get published?

Enjoy the process — being published is wonderful but there is nothing like having the freedom to write for the pure love of it. Be patient and know that your time will come. Don’t ever give up on your dreams.

Thank you Ms. Kline for doing this interview.  I am wishing you great success with all of your future projects.  To learn more about Melissa and her continuing journey, please visit her  website

Book Review: ‘If You Don’t Believe Me… Lessons Learned From Listening to the Greats’ by Sam Adams

I love supporting my local sports teams in Colorado.  I watch every Broncos, Denver Nuggets, and of course, the Colorado Avalanche games that are on television.  An opportunity became available to read and review former sports writer Sam Adams’ book, and naturally I happily accepted.

If you are an avid sports fan like I am you will definitely get a kick out of reading Sam Adams’ book, If You Don’t Believe Me.. Lessons Learned from Listening to the Greats.  What a great idea for a book!  Sam worked as a sports writer for the Rocky Mountain News  During his tenure, he interviewed many great sports celebrities.  The book is an account on his encounter with these individuals.

969815_10200782953630853_317243820_nReading Sam’s book gave me an opportunity to gain some insights about famous athletes like John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Magic Johnson, and many more famous sports figures. His writing style makes the book an enjoyable read.  I like Sam’s use of humor to captivate his readers. My favorite passage in the book is his encounter with John Elway.  Sam, a hardcore Cleveland Brown, fan had this to say to Elway on November 5, 1993:

“My mother hates you, my sister hates you, my cousins hate you, my friends hate you…”

A puzzled look settled on his face as I finished the rant. “Yea, I’m from Cleveland.” Elway went back to tending to his cleats, looked up again, and said,” You’re from Cleveland?  I am sorry.”  He cackled as I left the locker room burning mad.  The Broncos won 29-14, with Elway throwing three touchdown passes.  Afterwards I approached him in the visitors’ locker room and sarcastically asked why he continued the pattern of walking out on Municipal Stadium with wins. Elway laughed and said,” I guess it was because I knew you were a native… I did it for your mom.”

Sam’s penchant for humor helped him transitioned from journalism to standup comedy gigs. So, if you are looking for a fun read while getting insights on some famous athletes and show business people, you may want to get a copy of, If you Don’t Believe Me… Lessons Learned from Listening to the Greats.

For more information on Sam Adams check his Facebook page.

 

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