Damn the Valley by William Yeske was a tough read because it detailed the tour of 2 Fury into Afghanistan. Half of the team was wounded or killed. Those who survived now live with the consequences of what they did and saw while protecting our country.
Yeske was one of the members of the team and, though not an author, believed that the story, one the media barely mentioned, needed to be told. Why? So others would know of the sacrifices made and that these sacrifices would not be in vain.
I learned a lot about the military and the war in Afghanistan. If you are looking for clarity about what it was like for soldiers, then this is a must-read.
I first learned of Tomasina Decrescenzo, author of Two Left Feet, when she reached out to me about being on The Writer's Lounge. Her book, though fiction, is filled to the brim with stories of her childhood and what it was like to grow up in an Italian immigrant family in New York.
The main character, Mikey, short for Michelina, regales readers with childhood stories from magic wine, to witch's curses, to only being able to find two left sneakers when buying shoes for the summer.
Decrescenzo is a wonderful storyteller and will have you laughing out loud. Definitely a fun read.
Haunted by You by Louise Davis is a delightful YA Fiction that is a perfect mixture of suspense and clean romance. And I learned when interviewing Davis that this, too, is part of a trilogy!
Genevieve is a teenage girl who falls for Steve, a student at a private school in Charleston and a ghost tour guide. However, their budding romance has to take a back seat to what Genevieve learns about her father - he's being blackmailed!
Davis does a good job introducing us to the characters and providing enough details to make us look in all the wrong directions for the blackmailer. And although the ending wraps up nicely, there is plenty of room for more!
Teri M Brown, author of An Enemy Like Me and Sunflowers Beneath the Snow connects readers with characters they'd love to invite to lunch.
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