Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy News for Mom - A Thankful Thursday Post

Hi - It's Abby T. Lab here with an announcement.  Mom would write this but right now her head is too big to get through the door.  Bar Har Har.

Mom just got an email that her latest book, Christian Fiction "Small Town Roads" was awarded FIVE Stars by Readers Favorite Reviews and is entered in their yearly literary award contest for 2017.  (The Book of Barkley Won Silver for Non Fiction two years ago).

She couldn't be happier as everyone said "don't write Christian Fiction, people want books like 50 Sheds of Gray (seriously, who is interested in sheds?)


or vampires and spaceships!"


Here's the review.
"Small Town Roads is a Christian literary fiction novel depicting the lives and reflections of small-town inhabitants. Evelyn, Harry, and Ruby have outlived their spouses and remain in the same homes and neighborhood. They have been friends for many decades. Rachel lost her brother to cancer, her mother to Alzheimer's and then her father passed away, leaving her the only surviving member of her family, outside of her elderly aunt, Ruby. Now, several years later, after Rachel has finished her schooling for her four-year degree in criminology, her aunt Ruby is also gone and has left her home to Rachel. Rachel moves into her aunt's home and takes a job in the local police department. Alone and a newcomer in the area, Rachel befriends her Aunt Ruby's old friends and neighbors, Evelyn and Harry. Taking care of her ill and dying family members had put Rachel's life on hold. With a home of her own, new job and new friends, can life get any better?

Small Town Roads by LB Johnson is an eloquent Christian novel portraying the introspection of a community. This literary work is a lovely depiction of the characters' thoughts and motivations, although there is no action and the story can seem to move slowly. The author has a wonderful grasp of the English language, and her words flow together smoothly, creating a beautifully formed sermon. Rachel's and Evelyn's reminiscences and musings about life and faith are almost poetic. Despite their ages and generations, each of the characters portrayed displays their personal and spiritual growth, providing a thought-provoking and insightful story. It was encouraging to see Rachel's faith progress and blossom. This is an inspirational novel that will please those who enjoy reading meaningful Christian-based, faith-inspired books. Five Stars."

We are joining Brian for the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop this week!

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    1. Thanks Casey! The main character the young police officer Rachel is losely based on what I thought would have been personality of my Mom who was Deputy Sheriff for Multnomah Co, for 18 years, when she was young (they adopted me when they were almost 40).

      LB

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  2. Wow, what an honor and glowing review! Congrats to your mom Abby!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. Mom is going to have a second glass of wine to celebrate. . Hey Mom - that's not a wine glass, that's a big gulp??!!

      Abby Lab

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  3. WOW, that is super cool and big congrats to your Mom from all of us! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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    1. Thanks Brian and thank you for the BIG fun of the Thankful Thursday blog hops!

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  4. That's just awesome!!! Congrats to your Mom!!!

    Woos – Lightning and Misty

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    1. Thank you so much! Greenies for everyone!

      Abby Lab

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  5. That's fabulous news; congratulations to your Mom!

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    1. Thank you Dona, as always, for your friendship and support.

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  6. Congratulations!!!
    xo Astro

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  7. Congratulations! Wow! What a wonderful review!


    (Who designs your book covers?)

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    1. I provide the photograph that is one that I have taken (so no copyright issues) and then the publisher does the layout with what I want printed on it. This particular photo was an old barn that I would pass on my way into Indianapolis from where I lived. I always wanted to photograph it but didn't want to trespass. One cold day there was a realtor out there putting up a for sale sign (it was just land and barn, no house) and she let me take some photos. I could not resist the railroad spike in the barn door (my husband and I are both steam engine, tractor, and train geeks).

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    2. Thanks. That's a great idea! The railroad spike on the old barn is perfect!

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    1. Thank you - this just made my day.

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  9. Congrats to your Mom, it must be very rewarding to write a book and have people like it.

    Woofs & Meows from all of us here at ATCAD

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    1. Thank you! When the first two books (non fiction) went #1 I was really nervous doing a fiction book but had so much fun writing it. But the best part is being able to donate well into six figures to a lot of small animal rescues.

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  10. That is fantastic news. We are proud of you. You are the biggest celebrity we know

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    1. Mom is weird - she doesn't think she is a celebrity, and when she's on the witness stand and someone calls "Dr. Johnson" she looks to see who is entering the room.

      Abby Lab

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  11. That is pawsome news!!!! I lift my margarita glass to your Moms!!!! And BBQ squirrel for US!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  12. a big congrats!! that is exciting!!!
    hug
    Hazel & Mabel

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  13. CONGRATS!!! we love your mom's book... she wrote about real people and things what can really happen in life... and how people live a real life... I think the mama is the only one pawson who bought all 3 books of 50 shades of crap and pushed the delete button after reading some pages...

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  14. How awesome!! A big congrats to your Mama...and let her know our Mama has this on the list of books to read at our Church Book Club in the fall!
    xoxo
    Arty & Jakey

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