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Thursday, June 12, 2014
2:32 pm edt
Well, as luck would have it, just as soon as I published my first novel, I came down with a wicked cold. Stuffed and
runny nose, aches, fever, and watering eyes. The whole shtick. So, I've been out of commission for a week or more, only rising
from the couch or bed to find a new book to read and to take care of the Frankster. Okay, maybe I did binge-watch the second
season of Orange is the New Black, but only the first nine episodes. And,
oh, I did start a new mystery novel.
The husband and wife authoring team of Charlotte and Aaron Elkins are/is my
favorite purveyors of mystery. Especially the intellectual kind, where you learn bunches lots about milieu and subject. In
this case, the Elkins' Alix London series is about art: Alix is the daughter of a reformed forger and an art conservationist/restorer
in her own right. I am privileged to have been sent an advanced galley of the third novel, The
Art Whisperer, due out in August, which is better than the first two. A really great read which I will fully review
for both this blog and www.authorexposure.com in a week or so.
For now, I must tell you that Aaron, busy author that he is, spent some of his precious time
to read my novel, Forty-Thirty. He just sent me a few choice comments, which I just have to share with you:
“Does life imitate tennis? If you believe June McInerney,
it does. And what's more, in Forty-Thirty, she turns you into
a believer. I suppose you could call it a coming-of-age novel, but this is a bigger book than that, with parallel story lines
and an intricate plot spread across many characters and many decades. McInerney does a fine job of tying everything together...and
somehow managing to do it around the game of tennis (no easy task, if you ask me). As a bonus to the reader, the author's
descriptions of settings, foreign and domestic, are informative, cleverly drawn and lively.”
These are choice words, indeed! And go a long well to dispelling
the last vestiges of my cold. Actually, they have warmed my heart. I hope they do yours, too. Hopefully, enough to inspire
you to, if you've not already done so, wend on over to https://www.createspace.com/4786258 and purchase a copy of Forty-Thirty for yourself.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville
during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fourth novel.