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Back to Bataan Book Tour

Excerpt from back to Bataan:

Mauricette told Harriet Godwin I was the pig of the class. I had treated her like garbage. Mauricette wouldn’t answer my phone calls. She wouldn’t read the notes I dropped inside her desk. But Arturo Fink kept reminding her who she was. “Fiancée,” he said. “Jack’s fiancée.”

I promised myself I wouldn’t write anymore compositions, but how could I graduate from Dr. Franklin’s class and join General MacArthur?

It felt lonely without a fiancée.

Mauricette began seeing Barnaby Rosenstock after school. They were holding hands and having chocolate malteds at the Sugar Bowl on Seventy-ninth Street. Fat Arturo was eating two ice-cream sodas. The Sugar Bowl is our hangout. It’s the official candy store of Dutch Masters Day School. I didn’t have money for ice-cream sodas. I didn’t have money for malteds. I’d buy a Hershey bar or some Chuckles once a week. I’d peek at the comic book rack and wonder what was happening to Captain Marvel or the Sub-Mariner. Marvel and the Sub-Mariner were already at war, fighting Japs. And when Mauricette was still my fiancée, I’d sit with her over a glass of water and treat her to some candy whenever I could. But now she was sucking malteds with Barnaby Rosenstock. I could hear her from my corner, next to the comic book rack.

“Oh, Jack Dalton,” she said. “He has a wild imagination. He likes to fling words around. He thinks half the school is going to marry him.”

She didn’t have to shame me in front of her friends. Arturo was laughing into his fat cheeks. Barnaby had a chocolate rainbow on his lips. I didn’t even bother with the comic books. Marvel would have to fight the Japs without me. I walked home.

Mama was at the factory. She makes parachutes. Sometimes she’d bring home a little piece of silk left over from one of the chutes. That’s how I get my handkerchiefs. Not even Arturo with all his father’s money has a handkerchief of genuine silk. But handkerchiefs couldn’t make me feel good. Silk is only silk. I wondered about the American fliers who had their planes shot down and had to fall into the dark wearing some of that silk.

I couldn’t concentrate on my homework. It didn’t seem important when you considered all the Japs and Germans out there. I hope General MacArthur takes me with him to Bataan. I’m not asking for a Purple Heart. I’m only asking to kill Japs. And if I have to die, I want to die near my dad…

Mama came home at seven. The streets from my window looked so dark, I thought the world had gone gray. I didn’t care. I wouldn’t mind going to school after midnight.

“Darling,” Mama said, “what’s wrong?”

I couldn’t tell her how I lost a fiancée, because she would have figured I was insane.

“Mama, I’m blue…that’s all.” “You’re still dreaming of the Army, aren’t you?  We’ll have dinner and listen to the radio, my little blue boy.”

We had soup and bread and boiled potatoes and peas out of a can. It’s not Mama’s fault if meat is rationed and sugar is rationed. No one can inherit ration stamps, not even the President or Arturo’s dad.

We listened to Jack Benny. He played the violin and talked about the Japs. Mama laughed, because Jack Benny is the biggest miser in the world. He would never spend a nickel. But he told everybody to buy war bonds.

“What about you, Mr. Benny?”

Mama told me it was time for bed.

I put on my pajamas. But I didn’t feel like sleeping. I dialed Mauricette’s number and let the telephone ring. Somebody picked up the phone.

“It’s me,” I said. “Jack Dalton. Your former fiancé. Coco, are you there? I wanted to—” Mauricette hung up. And I wondered who was lonelier. The dead cowboys on Bataan, or young Jack Dalton.

Interview with Jerome Charyn

What are your thoughts on the explosion of popularity concerning the YA genre?

I think it might very well be that it started with Harry Potter, that young adult writers are trying to tell good stories and adults have moved into that kind of dream.

You are the master of writing across a realm of different genres, what excites you about connecting with different audiences?

I’m not so sure that these are different audiences, I think we all love stories, whether we’re children or great-grandfathers and when you move from genre to genre you are still telling a story like Scheherazade and the king is always waiting for the next tale.

Your writing is so precise, yet evocative – how do you work at crafting your unique style of prose?

Everything begins and ends with the word, with the music of the sentence and as Tolstoy once said, “I’m always composing.”

Being a published author for nearly 50 years, what do you think of eBooks?

I think that this is a kind of logical step as we move from the Internet into eBooks. Publishing is changing even as we speak. I think there now will be a more complicated dance between the eBook and the printed book, and as we’ve seen recently, successes in eBooks allow the author to move into print.

What would be your advice to young people who aspire to a literary career?

It’s not worth the money – only write if you’re absolutely in love with it.

How much of your life is in Back to Bataan? How did you personally experience New York during World War II?

I think so much of the source of my writing comes from my childhood, I grew up during the War – so many of the terrors and the magic of certain films have remained with me. And all of this appears in the character of Jack.

Your older brother was a detective. Did your experiences with him influence the plot?

Not really, I think all writing is crime writing. And Back to Bataan is a crime novel with a very original twist.

Why did you decide to include the fascination with the famous as a theme – Gary Cooper, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc.?

These people were heroes to me as a child, particularly Eleanor Roosevelt, who was one of the most extraordinary women who ever lived, and of course as a child I fell in love with Gary Cooper’s face and with his very slow drawl, that seemed so exotic to me. Jack finds acclaim through his writing, yet feels guilty for exploiting other people (Mrs. Fink).

How does a writer starting out work to bridge this gap?

You’re always cannibalizing other people and writers when you start to write, so it’s natural that Jack should be a young cannibal.

How important is the New York Times in your own life? Why did you decide to make it a form of connection between Jack and the Leader?

As a child, I didn’t even know that the Times existed – I grew up in a neighborhood without newspapers and books, so that when I first fell upon the New York Times, I was very very greedy, and wanted to include it in Jack’s middle-class life.


The Color of Snow by: Brenda Stanley

Title: The Color of Snow
Author: Brenda Stanley
Publisher: Tribute Books
Format: ebook
Source: Tribute Books Book Tour


When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora–a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

My Thoughts:

What a gripping story.  This one grabs you from the first page.  When Sophie is found living with her father in a cage of a bedroom it’s up to the police to rescue her from her father.  Everything Sophie has known has been turned upside down.  She has been taught to not get close with anyone due to a curse, what she doesn’t know is that tragedy strikes everyone.  You also learn about a relationship between Luke and Vee who ultimately are Sophie’s parents you also learn about mistakes everyone made in life.  Sophie finds solace with her cousin Stephanie.  Stephanie shows Sophie that the world is hers and she needs to make herself free of her crazy upbringing.

Sophie learns alot about the people around her who have left the world at different times.  She learns that simple explanations were not given would have made Sophie feel not so freakish.  She also ends up falling in love with the boy her father shot Damien whom she had been friends with for a long time.  About how he never gave up on her even when she pushes him aside.

This was a great journey for Sophie and I felt like I was right next to her.  It was a great book full of mystery and parts left made you wonder how crazy some people can be.  Definitely a book for those ya junkies!  Loved it!

Spectral by: Shannon Duffy

Title: Spectral
Author: Shannon Duffy
Publisher: Tribute Books
Pages: 242
Source: Tribute Books
Format: ebook
Purchase: Barnes&Noble / Amazon


Convinced she’s a part of the witness protection program, sixteen-year-old Jewel Rose is shuffled around the globe with her family like a pack of traveling gypsies. After arriving at lucky home twenty-seven, she stumbles upon a mysterious boy with magical powers claiming to be her guardian . . . and warning of imminent danger. Despite the obvious sparks between them, Jewel discovers a relationship is forbidden, and the more she learns about dark, brooding Roman, she begins to question who she can even believe—the family who raised her, or the supposed sworn protector who claims they’ve been lying to her all along.

As she struggles to uncover who her family has really been running from, she is forced to hide her birthmark that reveals who she is. With new realities surfacing, unexplained powers appearing, and two tempting boys vying for her heart, Jewel battles to learn who she can trust in an ever growing sea of lies, hoping she’ll make it through her seventeenth birthday alive.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book.  This book follows Jewel who’s spent most of her life traveling from one small town to the next and having her named changed so many times.  In this latest move she is now True.  Deep down Jewel/True just wants to be a normal teenager, but as her birthday approaches she finds out everything is not as it should be.  Her aunt, grandmother and uncle have moved in with her family, giving Jewel/True no privacy.  All eyes seem to be on her to see if she is feeling any differently.  Determined to find out what is going on she goes to the library to research it and stumbles upon being a witch that she never knew.  She also spends time with Roman who is a guide to Jewel/True.  She also develops a friendship with Chase which puts him in sticky situations.  The cover of this book is so beautiful and captivating.  Definitely a great book people will soak up.  I know I did in one sitting!  Shannon Duffy is a great powerful writer who’s book Spectral could be up there with Cate Tiernan’s Wicca series.

Shore Excursion by: Marie Moore

Title: Shore Excursion
Author: Marie Moore
Publisher: Camel Press
Pages: 219
Format: Paperback
Source: Tribute Books Book Tour
Author Website: http://www.mariemooremysteries.com/

Shore Excursion Book Summary

Travel agents are a vanishing breed, but Sidney Marsh, a New York transplant from Mississippi, is holding her ground–at least on land. She is the tour leader on a cruise through Scandinavia for a group of eccentric senior citizens who call themselves the High Steppers. Sidney expects her days to be filled with long meals, shopping expeditions and visits to museums, churches and fjords. But this cruise is anything but routine. There is a killer on board, targeting the High Steppers and quite possibly herself.

After the first suspicious death, the captain and his crew are grimly determined to carry on as usual. Disgusted with their inaction, Sidney decides to take matters into her own hands and launch her own investigation. She enlists the halfhearted help of her friend and business partner, the flamboyant and fun-loving Jay Wilson. Suspects abound. What about those two handsome young men who stay mysteriously aloof? One of them has his eye on Sidney. So does another passenger, far too charming and again too young to fit the “High Stepper” mold. Then there’s Captain Vargos, the arrogant ladies’ man whose plans to thwart Sidney’s investigation might include seduction.

Who is that crew member shadowing Sidney? Is the theater really haunted? Even the High Steppers themselves are not as predictable or harmless as they seem. The closer Sydney gets to the truth, the less she understands. Shore Excursion is the first book in a new mystery series featuring amateur sleuth Sidney Marsh.

Marie Moore Bio:

Shore Excursion is Marie Moore’s first novel, but not her first writing experience, and like Sidney Marsh, she is a native Mississippian. She graduated from Ole Miss, married a lawyer in her hometown, taught junior high science, raised a family, and worked for a small weekly newspaper, first as a writer and later as Managing Editor. She wrote hard news, features and a weekly column, sold ads, did interviews, took photos, and won a couple of MS Press Association awards for some of her stories.

In 1985, Marie left the newspaper to open a retail travel agency. She completed agency and computer training with Airlines Reporting Corporation, Delta Airlines and TWA, earned her CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) designation, and joined the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). For the next 15 years, she managed her agency, sold travel, escorted group tours, sailed on 19 cruises, and visited over 60 countries. Much of the background of Shore Excursion comes from that experience.

Marie also did location scouting and worked as the local contact for several feature films, including Heart of Dixie, The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, and Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune.

In mid-1999, because of her husband’s work, Marie sold the travel agency and moved to Jackson, MS, then New York City, Anna Maria Island, FL, and Arlington, VA. She and her husband now live in Memphis, TN and Holly Springs, MS.

Marie is a member of Sisters in Crime.


Price: $13.95

ISBN: 9781603818742

Pages: 230

Release: April 1, 2012

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My Thoughts:

This book rocks, it’s full of mystery when High Steppers begin to die mysteriously and the ships Captain keeps trying to cover it up.  It’s up Sidney to find out what is going on.  It involves a mysterious red bag, people who aren’t who they claim to be and High Steppers getting in the way.  This book was fabulous I loved how every time Sidney tried to figure it out another clue was thrown out there.  Like the mysterious homeless man in NY who winds up on one of the Shore Excursions. How the Doctor on the ship knows one family way to well.  And then there is Sidney getting threatened to back off.  Sidney is not one to take a back seat to funny business going on and she cares too much for the High Steppers to sit back and do nothing!

Night Sky by: Jolene B. Perry

Title: Night Sky
Author: Jolene B. Perry
Publisher: Tribute Books
Source: Tribute Books Book Tour
Format: E-book
Purchase: Barnes&Noble / Amazon

My Thoughts:

This book follows high school Senior Jameson after he lost the only girl he ever loved Sarah, who in turn wanted to date Eric and Jameson helped her achieve her goal no matter how much he felt like his heart was breaking.  On the way from the school dance he meets Sky, who shows him brutal honesty and how they get to know each other, and she won’t be his rebound from Sarah.  Meanwhile Jameson’s parents marriage is falling apart Jameson (also known as Jay) finds out his father is having an affair and is in love with another woman and Jay’s mom.  Jameson does a huge turn around in this book, accepting that what he loved about Sarah in the end wasn’t enough to replace Sky, that sometimes love means forgiving the bad things that happen.  And how love is about second chances which is what he does with Sky when she reveals a big secret to him.  Also what Jay’s mom does with her husband.  I really enjoyed the relationship between Jay and Sky and Jay and his mom.  Was great seeing a book that touched deeply on a love between mother and son.  What a great book, I really enjoyed it!

Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 by: Amy Lignor

Title: Until Next Time
Author: Amy Lignor
Publisher: Tribute Books
Series: The Angel Chronicles #1


How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the ‘life’ they’ve been assigned. What they don’t realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz’s establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel’s path and a warrior’s plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that’s ripping them apart.

My Review:

This book was great for anyone looking for a book that is looking for religion, humor, angels on earth, warriors, historical romance.  The story follows the Angels Emily and Warrior Matt as they descend to earth to learn about humans and their behaviors.  Emily ends up living on earth as Elizabeth (Liz) and Matt ends up being Daniel.  They meet in a pub that Liz owns, and during the night a murder is committed and two new characters are introduced Charles and Jason.  Liz quickly falls in love with Jason even though she doesn’t easily admit it, due to the fact that her partner is Matt and he’s in love with her.  She finds herself falling for Jason and not sure if that is right or not questions everything she believes and feels.  After her pub is burned down she flees with her friend Faith and Jason and Charles.  Charles and Faith wed quickly and Jason wants that commitment with Liz who is unsure.

They end up travelling back to Jason and Charles’s home in Dublin, Ireland.  Where we meet Charles’s parents and learn about how horrible they are.  Jason’s parents work for Charles’s. In the night Liz and Daniel, Faith and Jason and Charles help Charles’s sister Angela and Jason’s parents flee for their safety.  Jason and Liz stay behind for a night of love, then in the morning Jason wakes up to find Liz gone a note left behind.

In-between all this Matt and Emily make frequent trips up to heaven for guidance and support.  They get the best advice they can get from Michael, Gabriel, and the Saints and do their best in the situation and free their friends from Charle’s parents.

I felt gripped once this book picked up and was very interested to see how it ended and look forward to reading the second book in this series.  I have a feeling Jason will return as well.  I like the idea of Emily and Jason together.

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