Today I would like to celebrate the work of Laurie Boris. Not just because her book Drawing Breath is on sale for 99¢ but because she is an author that is not only talented but is a giving person. I know that first hand.
If you haven't had a chance to read her books, then lucky you. There are several to choose from. All highly recommended.
Art teacher Daniel Benedetto has cystic fibrosis. At thirty-four, he's already outlived his doctor's "expiration date," but that doesn't stop him from giving all he can to his students and his work. When he takes on Caitlin, his landlady's daughter, as a private student, the budding teen painter watches in torment as other people, especially women, treat Daniel like a freak because of his condition. To Caitlin, Daniel is not a disease, not someone to pity or take care of but someone to care for, a friend, and her first real crush. Convinced one of those women is about to hurt him, Caitlin makes one very bad decision.
There is an inviting flow to this authors writing. Life-like and not too perfect. The story plays out in front of its reader in technicolor with three dimensional moving pictures. It is an easy story to get absorbed into. Pulls you right in, right away, without pretension or too much back story. Needless to say, I was intrigued and entertained from the start and my interest only increased as I turned the pages.
Drawing Breath gives you a feel of real life with non-fictional type characters. They all come to life through what they say and what they don't. It is a slice of life that grabs hold and doesn't let go. This emotional journey pulls on your heartstrings at every turn. I was emotionally tied to this deep story and moved by the way the author wrote with such passion.
"She stops thinking. She turns and bolts for the pantry, not considering objects in her way-stairs, doors, or furniture. Later she'll have bruises, a tear in her stocking, and a pain in her toe from stubbing it against a buckled runner. None of that matters now. Bruises heal. Stockings can be replaced. What matters is this, jamming a key in a lock and running from room to room, calling his name."
The Picture of Cool (Trager Family Secrets Book 1)
Television producer Charlie Trager spends his days working with beautiful women on a daytime talk show. But underneath his cool façade, there’s a hollow spot in his heart, waiting for the right man to ease his loneliness. Then he meets the show’s next guest, a handsome young politician with a bad case of nerves—and a secret that could turn both their lives upside down. (Short novella: 14,000 words)
The Picture of Cool is written a focus on the human existence which comes out in an unusual way. This realist tale gets right to the point. The prose is sharp and precise. I was moved right away. Instantly connected to the story and the characters. This contemporary love story (or is it a love story?) pulled me in and held my attention. Miss Boris writes a very solid book. She puts her life force into her stories which makes her books intriguing no mater what subject or landscaping.
"Charley squeezed his eyes shut for a second and then took the plunge, unsure if he was making the biggest mistake of his life or opening the door to what could be the best thing that ever happened to him."
Sarah Cohen doesn't mean to hurt anyone. But lately every decision this twenty-nine-year-old graphic artist makes ends in varying degrees of disaster. Fortunately for her, nursing home orderly Emerson McCann is just a phone call away, ready to help clean up the mess. Years after their brief college romance, Emerson still longs for her. Even though she moved to Boston and left him behind in Syracuse. Even though he can only dream about being with her, stuck in the friend zone and offering comfort as guy after guy breaks her heart.
When her latest fling lands Sarah in deep trouble, she runs to Emerson yet again. Thinking a change of scene will change her luck, or at least give her the opportunity to make the right choices this time, she decides to return to Syracuse. Emerson is happy, at first, to accommodate her, and he sets her up in his rooming house. But with her history, an innocent graduate student living down the hall, and Emerson ready to boil over, Sarah may be too close for everyone's comfort. And Emerson's dream may become a nightmare.
Sliding Past Vertical is a very easy book to get absorbed into. The characters are realistic and the storyline is compelling and unpredictable. Sometimes people make bad choices and this is a perfect example of that.
I had a hard time putting this story down because I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. Even though it is not exactly a happy-go-lucky story this was an enjoyable read. The writing was clear and simple, in a good way.
"She shuddered, trying to imagine what type of husband her parents would choose for her. Someone boring, no doubt, maybe in the insurance business like her father. She saw brown shoes and an endless rack of neckties. They'd have sex on Saturday nights, meatloaf on Tuesdays, and a week at the shore every August. And then one night, coming home from a PTA meeting, she'd drive her mini-van off the side of the nearest cliff."
Don't Tell Anyone (Trager Family Secrets Book 2)
A family accidentally learns that their matriarch, Estelle, not only has breast cancer but also intended to take it to her grave. Now that the secret is out, Estelle decides to ask Liza, the daughter-in-law she once called a godless hippie raised by wolves, to kill her. A horrified Liza refuses but keeps the request from her husband and his brother. As the three adult children urge Estelle to consider treatment, their complicated weave of family secrets and lies begins to unravel. Can they hold their own lives together long enough to help Estelle with hers?
Don't Tell Anyone is a story of a dysfunctional family. It could be so many families but this one is dealing with the big C word that makes it anything but normal. There is nothing normal about cancer or a family experiencing it first hand. Even though this is an extremely sad topic there are a lot of funny undertones that keep this tale one of humor, humility and the real essence of true life. I really enjoyed large storyline and could relate on many levels from my own life experience. Having had lost both parents to the big "C" made me a bit hesitant to read this story but instead of bringing me down I was really touched on so many levels. Boy, it home but done in such a beautiful heartfelt way. I love a book that moves me like this one has. By the way, it is not just about how cancer changes a family but this is a story of relationships that feel deep and real. The dialog is so natural and the writing is ever so clear and easy to get absorbed into. There is an realness in the authors voice and the messages she portrays.
"Estelle appeared to consider her options. "The pillow would work. I saw Cary Grant do it in a movie. Or you could get me pills. Marilyn Monroe took pills. Some people think it was the Kennedy's, but I know it was pills."
Frankie Goldberg is a former actress and stand-up comic whose life in Hollywood falls apart with an exclamation mark when a mudslide destroys her hopes, her home, and her entire collection of impractical footwear. Needing comfort, she returns to her mother's B&B in Woodstock, New York, where she spent her teen years doing chores and chasing after the handyman's hot, high-school-jock son. But the joke's on her. Now she has to deal with the mess she left behind, including her non-relationship with her bossy older sister and their mother's illness. As if her new life isn't complicated enough, the handyman's son, now a minor-league baseball coach, is back in town.
The Joke's On Me Book Trailer
Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of four novels: The Joke's on Me, Drawing Breath, Don't Tell Anyone, and Sliding Past Vertical. When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for IndiesUnlimited.com. She lives in New York's lovely Hudson Valley.