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Friday, August 8, 2014

Flying High
While a good novel can stand on its own merits, sometimes it becomes much better when its reader – and, in this case, its reviewer – knows the author. Such is the case with Waiting in the Wings, the last novel in Jeanette Vaughan's Flying Solo trilogy about intrepid aviatrix Nora Broussard.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Jeanette last year when her first novel, Flying Solo, was released. She relayed a bit of the writing background of the story of a daring woman in New Orleans in the 1960s who, against all odds, learns to fly. In the process, she falls in love with her flight instructor and life, well, life becomes a stormy cloud with a thin silver lining. In the second, Solo Vietnam, Nora braves the worst of the conflict to find MIA Steve. Both were excellent reads. All the more so because I was able to learn first-hand from their author the backstage information that lead to her writing them.

Now, in Waiting in the Wings, Jeanette brings to light yet another twist in Nora's exciting life: the story of the child whom she had out of wedlock and was forced to give up for adoption. Steve, of course, is the father. But what happens to Jena is an eye-opening emotionally charged glimpse into what it is really like to be an adopted child in search of her birthmother.

An adoptee herself, Jeanette's third literary offering is a heartwarming and truly heartfelt story that should be on everyone's reading list. Please wing your way over to www.authorexposure.com to read my review and then fly straight away to your nearest bookstore. This novel will have, as it did mine, your spirits soaring.


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Enough is Enough
My father used to say, "Make what you have do." Meaning that one should be content with what one has. Akin to "If you can't be with the one you love, then love the one you're with."

When I was younger, I did not always subscribe to his philosophy, always seeking a better apartment, the latest "fully loaded” model car, the most stylish – and often the most expensive – outfit to wear. But now that I am getting older and forced to live on a limited retirement income...Well, perhaps my wise and wonderful father was right. The old convertible just needs a good detailing. My old laptop still chugs and whirs along as I blog and write my second novel. No need to move or replace anything. At least, not yet.

See? I am making what I have to be sufficiently enough. And I am perfectly content.

Not, however, like Rita Carmichael in All We Had , the debut novel of visual artist turned author, Anne Weatherwax. Unable to pull herself up out of poverty by the straps of her four-inch high heels Rita, the main protagonist, schleps her thirteen-year-old daughter, Ruthie, across country in search of a better life. Just outside a small town in upstate New York, their old car dies. And it is only a cast of delightfully quirky characters who can save Ruthie from a homeless childhood and Rita from herself.

Due to be on bookshelves tomorrow, All We Had is one of those end-of-summer reads that you must take along on vacation or settle in with on a hot, lazy Sunday afternoon. I had the privileged to read and review for www.authorexposure.com an advanced copy the second week in June. So far, this is one of the better captivating stories that I've read this season.
And if there is only one novel you have time to read this month (besides Forty-Thirty, of course!), then make it this one.
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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill 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

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



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 sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,