Good morning campbellsworld visitors and book lovers everywhere.
This morning in the Reading With the Authors column I get to do the type of promotion I love best. I get to promote two of my totally talented Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing family members all at one time! How cool is that?
This morning author Ann Harrison-Barnes shares with us her review of author Jo E. Pinto’s ‘The Bright Side of Darkness’ and her review is one of the best I’ve read in quite a while.
I’d like to encourage you to continue reading after you’ve enjoyed Ann’s review so that you can learn about Ann and her book and where to find it as well.
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Book review of: The Bright Side of Darkness, by J.E. Pinto
Review Written by Ann Harrison-Barnes
I finished listening to a wonderful novel, written by a fellow Tell It to The World author, on Audible. The Bright Side of Darkness is written in first person and told by Richard (AKA) Rick Myers. He loses his parents in a bad car accident six months before the story takes place. He’s hanging out with his friends (the crew) at a baseball game, when Daisy and her guide dog Captain appear. Rick and Daisy become fast friends. He invites her to stay at his apartment, since she has run away from her foster parents and her deadbeat dad. Rick and the crew live in a run-down income-based housing project they affectionately call “the barn”.
An odd-looking jeep keeps appearing in places where Rick and Daisy hang out. One night while the crew is riding around town together, Rick spots the vehicle not far from where he’s parked. Who is the mysterious man behind the wheel? None other than Daisy’s abusive father. A fight breaks out and then as Rick peels off in Tim’s Step dad’s old car, the truck pulls out in front of him, causing a terrible accident.
I won’t tell you the end result of the accident, because I don’t want to give any spoilers away. However, Rick tries to throw the rest of his life away, when Judge Walter Mills and his wife Alice take him in and help him turn his life around. I’ll be honest with you, I couldn’t get this book out of my head.
Now that I’ve set the scene for you, let me give you my feedback on this book. J.E. Pinto is a talented author, who hooks you into a story and keeps you hanging on to the end. At the beginning of the book, I picked a bit of the vibe from the book entitled The Outsiders. These guys hung out on the poor side of town, whereas the rich kids stayed in their swanky neighborhoods. Although this book is totally different, the atmosphere was the same, except for the fact that the crew know how to stand up for themselves, whereas I’m not so sure that Pony boy from The Outsiders and his friends could hold their own if they’d been jumped from behind by their arch enemies. However, the Outsiders-like vibe ended when the tension ramped up and Rick ended up in jail after losing the people he dearly loves.
Rick also reminded me of one of my own characters, by the name of Jason Miller. If you’ve read A Journey of Faith, you’ll know that he’s the deputy police officer of Tensiltown. How did Rick remind me of him? Let me put it this way, this book made me think back to Jason’s younger days, when he was living with his folks and working at the diner his father owned. His father was an abusive man, who didn’t want anything to do with God and expected Jason to take over the diner after he graduated high school. Rick in Pinto’s book runs off and does his own thing, like Jason in mine. The author has given me a bit of inspiration for Jason’s back story.
One final note, I have to give special credit to the narrator. Although there were a few times when he sounded as if he were far away from his microphone, he did an outstanding job of narrating this book. At one point, the story brought out emotions that I didn’t expect. The part of the story where Rick was arrested and tried to take his own life, moved me to tears. As a mother, it’s painful to see any child go through that kind of pain, no matter whether the child is your own or not. I give this book a five-star rating.
If you’d like to read and enjoy Jo’s book you can find it by visiting: http://www.amazon.com/author/jepinto
More about Ann Harrison-Barnes
Welcome to my Media Kit. I am pleased to share the message of God’s love through compelling and entertaining stories.
A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery, written by Ann Harrison
Twenty-eight-year-old Becca Martin witnessed a tragic accident at the age of twelve. Sixteen years later, she embarks upon a journey that she believes has somehow been chosen for her by God. During this journey, she hears a voice in the back of her mind crying, “God help me!”, as memories she didn’t understand as a child begin to resurface in her nightmares and during the journey itself. Was this tragedy a freak accident, or is there more to the incident that meets the eye? The owner of Sweet Water State Park calls Zac Johnson and Jason Miller of the Tensiltown Police to investigate various incidents out on the bike and foot paths. During their investigation, Jason meets Becca along her journey and they both feel strongly drawn to each other. She longs to help the police of this small village investigate these incidents, but in order to do so, she must face her fear of climbing the rocks at Sweet Water Park, while caring for her ailing aunt and helping her uncle to run the diner. Jason vows to stay close beside her every step of the way, but can she fully trust him and the girl in the white robe that seems to pop up out of nowhere when trouble arises? Who is the real bad guy? How does God reveal what happened on that unforgettable day on the rocks with her family? Does the memory of the incident help the police solve this rock-climbing mystery? Find out more as the author pulls you into the first novel in her spine-tingling, heart-warming Stepping Stones mystery series.
In the words of Ann Harrison-Barnes, January 2019
I am the proud single mother of a beautiful daughter, who is often the inspiration for many of my stories featuring children. I have three nieces and a nephew whom I love from the bottom of my heart.
I have found music to be a great source of healing throughout rough and painful times in my life. I also find it to be a great source of inspiration through traditional means and through the world around me.
About my blindness:
Although I was not born prematurely, I was placed in an incubator and given 24 hours of oxygen, when I should have only received eight. This excessive amount of oxygen caused my optic nerves not to develop properly, resulting in my blindness. I have light perception in my left eye, and none in my right. The right eye was removed when I was eighteen months old and I have worn prostheses since then, until recently. I have used a cane since I was about five years old, accept during the period from April 2006 to March 2009, when I worked my one and only guide dog named Star. She was a black lab Golden retriever mix from Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Where I live and work: I currently live in Rochelle, Georgia near my parents and one of my two brothers, when he’s not working on the road. I have worked from home for various freelance clients, while writing my novels. These clients include Mia Bysinger from Rushcube, a web development company and Earnest Dempsey’s Word Matters Blog.
Why I write: First of all, I love creating stories that will entertain my readers. Through these entertaining stories, I also hope to either share the message of God’s love or bring back childhood memories, through my Children’s books. I journal for healing and brainstorming. I am writing non-fiction to help aspiring authors self-publish their own books through Amazon
Hobbies: My hobbies include listening to music and podcasts, reading, crocheting and sitting out on the front porch on a warm day.
Music I enjoy: I love listening to classic country music, instrumental pieces such as classical, new age piano pieces and film scores. I also find that the environment is filled with natural music.
Podcasts I find educational and entertaining: I have a variety of podcasts I listen to on a daily basis. Some of my favorites include: The Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner, The Creative Penn, I Should be Writing, Ditch Diggers, Eyes On success, how do you Write and Writing Excuses.
My favorite authors and genres: I love to read books by Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, Hope Callahan, and I love finding new authors. My favorite genres include: Christian fiction, cozy mystery, sweet romance and Romantic suspense. I’ll also read the occasional memoire.
My Faith: I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save my soul. In God’s word, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6, KJV)
A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery
Inner Vision: An Electric Eclectic Book
Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book
Stories Outside the Box
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Amazon author page:
the December Awthology light volume
Gems of Strength