Woo-hoo! Talent had a write up in the Midwest Review of Books. I, Sandee Mason, was impressed with how many people will be learning about the book. Please feel free to share this anywhere and everywhere. If you have a tween or teen, I hope you’ll share my story with her or him. Talent
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The Fiction Shelf
Fifteen-and-half-year-old Sandee Mason wants to find her talent, get her driver’s license, and stop living in the shadow of her big brother, Bri, who disappeared while serving in Afghanistan. A deftly crafted novel by an experienced author with a genuine flair for creating memorable characters and a consistently entertaining story line, young readers will follow Sandee’s journey as she experiences drama onstage and off. While B. Lynn Goodwin’s “Talent” is especially recommended for high school and community library YA Fiction collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Talent” is also available in a Kindle format ($2.99).
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I went to graduation two nights ago. The graphic to the left was on the back of the program. Of course not everybody can be helped. Some people can’t handle advice or assistance. You know the type.
Rob didn’t graduate. You’ll have to read TALENT to find out why. I mean, he’ll graduate, once he takes his finals. But. . . he couldn’t be there because. . . Just click on the link above and read the book, okay?
And Nicole has another semester before she’ll graduate. Or maybe another year. I’m not sure, but I know she didn’t get to graduate with her class.
So Tessa was the only one who put on a cap and gown and walked through the ceremony. Now that I think of it, those signs apply to her too. She knows how to ask for help and advice. She gives great tips and advice. And her mom has given me and my family all kinds of assistance and guidance.
Since she’s already taking classes at Pine Mountain College, I was glad to see that she wanted to go through the ceremony. Her mom took pictures to add to the scrapbook for her sister. The one with the injury that’s kept her in a coma all these months. Still there’s more hope in a coma than in a telegram.
Miss you, Bri. I was thinking of you while I watched Tessa graduate.
You’d like her.
Poor Mom. She misses Bri so much. We all do.
But hello. I’m here. I’m not Bri, I know. That’s because I’m me, Sandee Mason, a teenager and a drama geek, who will probably never drink after what happened to Rob.
Poor Rob. He doesn’t have much common sense any more. We had a psychology unit about understanding people and I think when his dad left, he took Rob’s common sense with him. Okay, maybe not. But really, why does he think people will like him if he buys them beer?
Back to Mom, though. Dad and I took her out for dinner and bought her flowers, but she said the best part of her day was watching Lifetime Movies with me. Made me feel more like a friend than a daughter. In a way that’s a good thing. I just realized that by writing it down.
Maybe it wasn’t such a bad Mother’s Day after all. How was yours?
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Today I wrote the following 2 sentences to introduce myself to a group of writers at California Writers Club—Tri-Valley: “I got married for the first time at age 62 to a 2-time widower seeking his …
Source: Meet Guest Author B. Lynn Goodwin…
Talent is a Finalist in the Sarton Women’s Book Award. Not bad, Lynn. =)
Sandee, Diego, Rob, Nicole, Jenn, Mrs. G, Mr. and Mrs. Mason, and the drama program at San Ramos High