BOOKS by RON SHAW

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SEVEN FISH TREE

On a pleasant fall day in 2013, Rod Travis, a retired Atlanta police captain, encounters two miracles that will ultimately alter the lives of every being on earth. Beware of the questions asked; for the first time, they will be answered. Can mankind handle the ultimate truths? Time may tell.

THE YELLOW BUS BOYS

Within ten short days in 1964, a young boy’s life changed forever on his first vacation. Ronnie Shaw, a 6th-grader from the inner-city projects of Atlanta, climbed aboard the big yellow bus with thirty-three other boys for the vacation of a lifetime filled with laughter, tears, and tragedy.

In 1964, Ronnie Shaw is a recent graduate from the sixth grade with perfect attendance for the school year. Due to their perfect attendance, he and thirty-three other boys have won an all-expenses-paid vacation through The Warren Memorial Boys’ Club of Atlanta, sponsored by McDonald’s Hamburgers and The Lion’s Club. They will act as McDonald’s Hamburgers’ “Official Taste Testers” during their journey around Florida. For a few on the bus, this is their first vacation. Two adults and four teenage chaperones guide these young men on the greatest, wildest vacation ever. Most of the boys aren’t from the projects like Ronnie and his older brother, Mike, who is a chaperone. Travel with these young boys and men back to 1964; laugh and cry with them as they experience life at its best and, at times, rawest. Climb aboard the big, yellow bus; experience why and how lives can change in a mere ten days. For at least one of The Yellow Bus Boys there will be plenty of dramatic turns within the Sunshine State.

TRANSMUTATION: THE LIFE OF A TWISTED COP

What external and internal forces combine to create the perfect storm that causes a human being to become twisted? This is not a rhetorical question. Ron Shaw was molded into such a twisted boy and man. Look inside his life. Go back with Ron to the hell of his youth, the conflicts as a young man, and the desire to survive as an Atlanta police officer. Witness the struggles in graphic detail that hopefully made him into a better human being. What you will read, and with Ron Shaw live in words, is raw, rough, rude, deadly, and real. The stories contained from page one until the last typed word are precisely what transforms a man or any person into a twisted being in search of their humanity.

MARY’S TRUNK

Do you believe it’s possible to own, purchase, communicate, and come to know a ghost?

Ron Shaw does. He bought and paid for his own ghost Mary, on a crisp fall day in 2013, never having sought such a find, as he bunked and junked his way through the flea markets and garage sales of his native Atlanta, Georgia.

Warm, witty, and down to earth, you will find yourself entranced by this unique collection of stories and observations, replete with a full measure of Southern ambiance and hospitality.

You won’t want to miss this one!

MARY’S JOURNEY BEGINS

Would you believe a man and his ghost? Ron Shaw does, and what a story his Mary has shared with him!

I slept like the dead, he begins their tale – motionless and pinned down. It felt great, but as soon as sleep enveloped me, the dream began. No one could’ve prepared me for what was to come next.

Dusty rooms, indentured servitude, even a bat in the attic, all conspire as they draw Mary towards the inevitable.

Internationally recognized author and host of The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network, Ron has done it again, weaving fear, joy, and even love into a story you won’t soon forget.

You won’t want to miss this one!

MARY’S JOURNEY CONTINUES

Do you believe in ghosts? Ron Shaw does, because one named Mary entered his life with a story from the crypt that had to be told, and Mary has plenty to divulge.

Shadows of Mary and Mr. Dickens dance in the flickering flame of a single candle, as her tale unfolds.

An evil guardian, a bat in the attic, an untrustworthy poet, and a wealthy young lawyer all drive Ron’s ghost as she strives to escape the shackles that bind her.

Internationally recognized author and host of The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network, Ron has done it again in this second volume of his acclaimed Cramped Quarters series, as he weaves fear, joy, and love into a story you won’t soon forget.

Don’t miss this one!

PAUL’S STORY

Do you believe in ghosts? Ron Shaw does, because one named Mary entered his life with a story from the crypt that had to be told, and Mary has plenty to divulge.

An evil guardian, a bat in the attic, an untrustworthy poet, and a wealthy young lawyer named Paul all drive Ron’s ghost as she strives to escape the shackles that bind her.

In this, the final offering in The Cramped Quarters series, Mary finally reveals Paul’s Story.

Internationally recognized author and host of The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network, Ron has done it again in this final chapter of his acclaimed Cramped Quarters series, as he weaves fear, joy, and love into a story you won’t soon forget.

Don’t miss this one!

DARK TALES

Where can you find all the suspense, thrills, blood, and gore that reflect the dark underbelly of our world? Where do murder and voodoo curses stand alongside innocents and little children? Where do the kinder, gentler things disappear? Within the tightly crafted stories gathered for your enjoyment by Annie Acorn into Dark Tales From Gents’ Pens!

With their skillfully woven tales, the founding members of From Gents’ Pens, a cooperative of award-winning contemporary male writers, have forged a unique collection of stories that are sure to please those who enjoy a tingle running up and down their spines, as they face the monsters who no longer linger beneath their beds.

Contains:

The Halloween Clock by Annie Acorn

The Petrified Girl by Steve Cartwright

The Challenge of the Killer by Steve Cartwright

The Embalmer’s Apprentice by Steve Cartwright

The Reincarnation of Lou Gehrig by Joe Eliseon

The Horses of Paiute Canyon by D. A. Grady

The Two Hundred by K. Edwin Fritz

Shelter by William D. Prystauk

Ms. Grant by William D. Prystauk

The Dead and the Dying by Ron Shaw

THE DEAD AND THE DYING

Like to feel the hair rising on the back of your neck? How about a tingle chasing up and down your spine? Then internationally read, From Gents’ Pens author Ron Show, host of The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network, has written the perfect story for you.

Bloodied streets, voodoo curses, and a mysterious cameo all set the stage as murder, young lovers, and an act of historic cruelty all converge and head blindly towards a suspense-filled conclusion on one horrific, rainy night in Georgia.

You won’t want to miss this one!

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Salvation can travel in mysterious ways, arriving through unlikely vessels…even while visiting a cemetery.

As one extraordinary man’s life ends, thousands of miles away a baby girl is born into a world of little promise. In time, this orphaned child of God will discover she has received a gift greater than life itself.

During the darkest moments of their lives and deaths, three hearts and six souls will find each other.

You won’t want to miss this short story of love, sorrow, hope, despair, kindness, and faith.

RED

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It was 1967 when she entered his life. She was the perfect girl that every teenage boy dreamed of having. The dream was real for one such boy.

Entering his life, she led him into manhood teaching him how to truly live. She showed that even for him to love and to be loved was possible.

WARNING: Dangerous Curves, Turns, and Twists Dead Ahead!

Once again, you have been WARNED in the passionate letters of scorching-hot l’amore.

I can see that you’re paying me no never mind…so, read on brave souls!

This is RED.

RED (French Edition)

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AVERTISSEMENT : Virages dangereux, tournants et spirales mortelles, droit devant !

Vous êtes dûment avertis ci-dessus en gras et en rouge, que le récit qui va suivre est torride.

Le chapitre suivant ne convient pas à des lecteurs dont la sensibilité risquerait d’être fortement heurtée par ce qui se passe entre deux jeunes amoureux consentants. Si les narrations à fortes connotations sexuelles ne sont pas votre tasse de thé, alors refermez ce livre immédiatement.

Cette ardente rédaction a chamboulé l’auteur bien au-delà de son état de santé mentale, l’amenant proche d’une mort à laquelle il a finalement survécu.

Encore une fois, vous êtes AVERTIS que le récit passionné de RED, est enflammé d’un amour incandescent.

Et même si vous ne me croyez pas, cela ne me dérange aucunement… Lisez donc ce livre mes bonnes âmes !

THE YELLOW BUS BOYS GO BLUE: CANADA BOUND

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It was a fantastic time to be a teenage boy in America.

In 1967, seventeen, Atlanta, high school boys embarked on an adventure of a lifetime, climbing aboard the little blue bus on a free, ten-day, summer vacation courtesy of the Warren Memorial Boys’ Club. This year’s trip sends them to Montreal, Canada and Expo ’67.

Ronnie “Baby Whale” Shaw of THE YELLOW BUS BOYS is on his fourth such trip with several of his yellow bus boys friends. New characters will emerge during this “summer of love” vacation.

This outreach program was sponsored by the Boy’s Clubs of America, McDonald’s Hamburgers, and the Lions’ Club for local boys who had attained perfect school attendance.

Climb aboard the bus with the boys and their adult chaperones for laughs, tears, and plenty of teenage hijinks as they plunder their way from Atlanta, Georgia to Montreal, Canada and back, hitting all points of interest in between.

They’re a ragtag bunch of rowdy boys who manage to light up every tourist spot along their path. The people, places, and things they encounter will probably, never be the same.

A murder plot is hatched.

Will they all make it home in one piece?

Can the boys handle the pressure on this gantlet of a trip?

Will Niagara Falls claim an Atlanta boy?

Have the bail money handy, and be ready to laugh your primordial tail off.

Experience the metamorphosis as two of the boys are forced to grow into men while enjoying the seedy streets of the French section of Montreal.

The Yellow Bus Boys Go Blue Canada Bound is an excursion of riotous fun!

AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: TWO BADGE TOTER’S TALES

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Telling tales around campfires goes back to the beginning of cowboy days and even before. This group of tales differs in that they are told by D.A. Grady, in the comfortable role of a working cowboy, and his friend from Atlanta, Ron Shaw host of The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Network, who’s been invited to ride with him as D.A. mends fences on a ranch where he works.

Both men bring to this fictional experience an actual law enforcement background, one in the rural West and the other in urban surroundings, providing an unusual twist as they compare true cop stories – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Along the way, the reader is introduced by these two internationally read members of From Gents’ Pens to a variety of unexpected events along the trail, and nights abound with skillfully woven tales, mostly true, that tug at your every emotion. So settle into your sougans, and let the boys top off your mugs as they share with you tales from Around the Campfire.

You won’t want to miss this one!

WITHOUT FROM WITHIN: POEMS BY RON SHAW

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After publishing twelve works, from deep within me, the innate urge to express myself in an entirely different manner overtook me.

As far back as I can remember, reading poetry has always been a passion. It may well have been one of the key factors in choosing English Literature as my college major.

This collection is the result of exposing my soul and heart in a way I’d never dreamed of doing so.

While my other works in publication are integral parts of me, I now understand that poetry is the essence of who I was, am, and forever will be.

With the understanding that these are my inaugural offerings and with the compassion to allow a heart without and soul within to falter, I hope you enjoy my poems.

DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR: POEMES PAR RON SHAW

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Après la publication de douze œuvres, au plus profond de moi, est née l’envie irrépressible de m’exprimer d’une manière totalement différente.

Aussi loin que je me souvienne, la lecture de poésie a toujours été une passion. Elle pourrait bien avoir été l’un des facteurs clés dans le choix de la littérature anglaise durant mes études supérieures.

Cette collection est le résultat de l’expression de mon âme et de mon cœur que je n’avais jamais envisagé de faire.

Alors que mes autres œuvres publiées font partie intégrante de moi, je comprends maintenant que la poésie est l’essence de ce que j’étais, de ce que je suis, et pour toujours serai.

Avec la compréhension que ce sont là mes offrandes inaugurales à la compassion d’un cœur faible et sans âme intérieure, j’espère que vous apprécierez mes poèmes.

DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR RECUEIL DEUX: POEMES PAR RON SHAW

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An American Poet and his friend, an American photographer, team up to create a seminal collection of heartfelt poems, certain to grab you emotionally.

After publishing twelve works, from deep within me, the innate urge to express myself in an entirely different manner overtook me.

As far back as I can remember, reading poetry has always been a passion. It may well have been one of the key factors in choosing English Literature as my college major.

This collection is the result of exposing my soul and heart in a way I’d never dreamed of doing so.

While my other works in publication are integral parts of me, I now understand that poetry is the essence of who I was, am, and forever will be.

With the understanding that these are my inaugural offerings and with the compassion to allow a heart without and soul within to falter, I hope you enjoy my poems.

WITHOUT FROM WITHIN: DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR RECUEILS UN & DEUX

An American Poet and his friend, an American photographer, team up to create a seminal collection of heartfelt poems, certain to grab you emotionally.

This special edition of WITHOUT FORM WITHIN contains a combination of both English and French versions of my book of poems. It may prove to be an excellent educational book for those studying English or French and especially for those who appreciate poetry.

After publishing twelve works, from deep within me, the innate urge to express myself in an entirely different manner overtook me.

As far back as I can remember, reading poetry has always been a passion. It may well have been one of the key factors in choosing English Literature as my college major.

This collection is the result of exposing my soul and heart in a way I’d never dreamed of doing so.

While my other works in publication are integral parts of me, I now understand that poetry is the essence of who I was, am, and forever will be.

With the understanding that these are my inaugural offerings and with the compassion to allow a heart without and soul within to falter, I hope you enjoy my poems.

Cette édition spéciale, DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR, contient une combinaison des deux versions françaises de mon recueil de poèmes en anglais. Il peut se révéler être un excellent livre éducatif pour ceux qui étudient l’anglais ou le français et surtout pour ceux qui apprécient la poésie.

Après la publication de douze œuvres, au plus profond de moi, est née l’envie irrépressible de m’exprimer d’une manière totalement différente.

Aussi loin que je me souvienne, la lecture de poésie a toujours été une passion. Elle pourrait bien avoir été l’un des facteurs clés dans le choix de la littérature anglaise durant mes études supérieures.

Cette collection est le résultat de l’expression de mon âme et de mon cœur que je n’avais jamais envisagé de faire.

Alors que mes autres œuvres publiées font partie intégrante de moi, je comprends maintenant que la poésie est l’essence de ce que j’étais, de ce que je suis, et pour toujours serai.

Avec la compréhension que ce sont là mes offrandes inaugurales à la compassion d’un cœur faible et sans âme intérieure, j’espère que vous apprécierez mes poèmes.

DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR RECUEILS UN & DEUX: WITHOUT FROM WITHIN

An American Poet and his friend, an American photographer, team up to create a seminal collection of heartfelt poems, certain to grab you emotionally.

This special edition of Dans L’Abime Interieur Recueils Un & Deux contains a combination of both English and French versions of my book of poems. It may prove to be an excellent educational book for those studying English or French and especially for those who appreciate poetry.

After publishing twelve works, from deep within me, the innate urge to express myself in an entirely different manner overtook me.

As far back as I can remember, reading poetry has always been a passion. It may well have been one of the key factors in choosing English Literature as my college major.

This collection is the result of exposing my soul and heart in a way I’d never dreamed of doing so.

While my other works in publication are integral parts of me, I now understand that poetry is the essence of who I was, am, and forever will be.

With the understanding that these are my inaugural offerings and with the compassion to allow a heart without and soul within to falter, I hope you enjoy my poems.

Cette édition spéciale, DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR, contient une combinaison des deux versions françaises de mon recueil de poèmes en anglais. Il peut se révéler être un excellent livre éducatif pour ceux qui étudient l’anglais ou le français et surtout pour ceux qui apprécient la poésie.

Après la publication de douze œuvres, au plus profond de moi, est née l’envie irrépressible de m’exprimer d’une manière totalement différente.

Aussi loin que je me souvienne, la lecture de poésie a toujours été une passion. Elle pourrait bien avoir été l’un des facteurs clés dans le choix de la littérature anglaise durant mes études supérieures.

Cette collection est le résultat de l’expression de mon âme et de mon cœur que je n’avais jamais envisagé de faire.

Alors que mes autres œuvres publiées font partie intégrante de moi, je comprends maintenant que la poésie est l’essence de ce que j’étais, de ce que je suis, et pour toujours serai.

Avec la compréhension que ce sont là mes offrandes inaugurales à la compassion d’un cœur faible et sans âme intérieure, j’espère que vous apprécierez mes poèmes.

TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw

Poetry commands the singular ability to lay one prostrate and bare before the reader, giving safe refuge to words and thoughts of depth excavated from crevices yet explored deep within the poet. I find no other form of writing to be so utterly and beautifully invasive.

The poems that follow are my second collection of published poetry. My initial traverse into the

purest of all literature, poetry, Without From Within, has surpassed my greatest expectations. It has been well-received. I’m humbled by the praise it continues to garner from readers worldwide. I’m delighted many have found favor with my poems and the photographs contained within the book. I see no reason to alter what has been a successful combination of poetry and photography. Hopefully, each offering will please your senses as well as touch your emotions. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a poem speaks volumes.

I hope you will enjoy TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw as well as the photographs presented by my brother-in-law, J. Robert Sosby.

CHRISTMAS PAST: AN ANGEL’S STORY

Travel back to 1958 with an angel on a mission to a CHRISTMAS PAST, as we’re shown a heart-rending story of a destitute family who happiness and Christmas had all but passed over.

Do the impoverished deserve kindness, generosity, or love?

Striving to survive life’s frigid and bitter winds, a jilted mother and her four, young children will be tested like never before.

Despite the crushing odds, will one boy’s prayers be answered?

Only time and AN ANGEL’S STORY will tell.

THE REBOOTED

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At dusk, three, loud knocks at her front door scared the young, grief-stricken mother of four – the tale begins on Halloween’s eve, continuing – Huddling around her in front of a solitary space heater, Ann’s three children jumped, startling her even more. For a brief second, they shivered, fearing it was death itself that had come knocking.

As a result of an accident, the youngest of her sons lies in a coma at an Atlanta hospital, living only by machines. His impoverished mother and her children must make the decision when to pull the plug. Two mysterious men appear with an offer to bring her boy back from the clutches of death, but she must sign the bottom line, allowing them and their company to experiment on her 8-year-old son.

Will they save Russell?

Will they snatch him from death’s grasp?

If so, who or what will come back?

How many must die for one boy to live?

Did death come knocking that Halloween evening?

In six short days, the truth will be revealed in The Rebooted.

THANKS GIVING

For one Georgia family, Thanksgiving 2016 looms, ominously.

After their last Thanksgiving together, surviving this one may well depend on a force beyond their control.

Thirteen for dinner this year fuels those with trepidations about attending another three-alarm affair.

Can they depend on an ambulance arriving on time this go around?

How many family members will be served a drumstick-less trip to the local Emergency Room?

Through the laughs, tears, and tragic moments, this THANKS GIVING may prove to be the best… or worst ever for one Georgia family.and two new arrivals, expecting normalcy.

You dare not miss this dinner bell!

SHORT & FUN STORIES

Short & Fun Stories, Vol. 1 anthology is designed for the busy person with a few minutes to escape.

Within these pages are fourteen of the best writers in the business. You will laugh, cry and shiver, just like with any great novel. The advantage here is that you will get right to the meat of the action, within minutes, without frills.

Unlike other short story collections, this one is by several different authors, thus the variety is beyond wonderful, it is awesome!

The authors are all successful published writers with many prize-winning full-length novels to their credit. For some, short stories were right up their alley. For others, writing a short story was a new endeavor, but they accepted the challenge and came through with delightful results.

Each piece is preceded by a short editorial comment giving you a preview and an estimated duration, so that you can open one that fits your mood and reading time available.

Following each story you will find a short bio of the author and an introduction to his/her novels, for your consideration. If you find an author you like, there are easy links to more books by the same writer.

We have done our best to see that the contents are acceptable for G (General) or GP (General with parental guidance) readers.

SOUTHERN BREWED POETRY

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Southern Brewed Poetry is Georgia author, Ron Shaw’s third publication of poems. The reader will find them to be unique, at times, quite literary, thought-provoking, and intriguing. As the title indicates, the author has tapped into his Southern roots to brew an eclectic mixture of marvelous poetry certain to capture the imagination, whimsy, heart, and soul of the reader.

Like his earlier poetry books, these poems are interwoven with the superb photography of J. Robert Sosby of Atlanta, Georgia. Rob is the author’s brother-in-law. He possesses a keen, artistic, and discerning eye, reaching beyond his camera, drawing the viewer into his world of serenity and beauty.

Ron and Robert hope you enjoy Southern Brewed Poetry.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY J. ROBERT SOSBY

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This presentation is the result of a collaboration between photographer, J. Robert Sosby of Atlanta, Georgia and author, Ron Shaw of Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Ron has used photography by his brother-in-law, Rob, in three of his poetry books, Without From Within: Poems by Ron Shaw, TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw, and Southern Brewed Poetry. For the first two books of poems, a photograph by Rob was also chosen for the covers. Ron has also borrowed another for the cover of his novelette entitled J. This publication’s cover will also be created using one of Rob’s photos.

In this book, the author has attempted to present a visually pleasing showcase of his brother-in-law’s fine photography without cluttering beauty with unneeded text.

The reader or viewer will begin to appreciate the photographer’s keen eye and impeccable, artistic vision, capturing nature in its splendor. Rob’s visual voice is subtle yet strong. To Rob, photography is a passion that he continues to pursue, spending countless hours waiting for the perfect sunlight, shade, or position of his subject before snapping the shots. There is a calm presence, possibly an innocence that emanates from his photography.

Simplicity will guide this project. The book’s contents will be divided into sections, such as Flowers, Plants, Landscapes, Trees, etc.

Rob and I hope you enjoy his marvelous photography.

POETRY EAST TO WEST

I’m Georgia author, Ron Shaw.

My good friend, Richard M. Knittle, Jr. of Texas, a multiple-time, No.1 bestselling author, and I present for your enjoyment a new collaborative book of poems and photographs entitled Poetry East To West.

This marvelous project spanning from Texas to Georgia contains incredible poetry and wonderful photographs of nature by Richard M. Knittle, Jr. and Atlanta photographer J. Robert Sosby’s photos of nature and wildlife.

Richard and I present two, very different, and distinct styles of poetry. Richard’s poems mainly concentrate on his personal relationship struggles, his victories, and brutal experiences in life. He writes about what is, what was, and hopefully, what may be. My poems take an entirely different path in an eclectic mix of mental meanderings about many subjects.

In these poems, the reader will find hope, strength, perseverance, love, humor, beauty, and tragedy as a small sampling of themes.

Richard and I are certain that you’ll enjoy and treasure these poems and photographs as much as we do and did in creating them.

NOVELETTES AND SHORT STORIES

This set of four books contains three, seasonal novelettes, The Rebooted, Thanks Giving, Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story, and one short story of love and inspiration entitled J.

The first of the novelettes, almost a novella in length, is a Halloween, horror, science fiction piece entitled The Rebooted.

At dusk, three, loud knocks at her front door scared the young, grief-stricken mother of four – the tale begins on Halloween’s eve, continuing – Huddling around her in front of a solitary space heater, Ann’s three children jumped, startling her even more. For a brief second, they shivered, fearing it was death itself that had come knocking.

Thanks Giving is a warm, humorous, and somewhat tragic Thanksgiving tale.

For one Georgia family, Thanksgiving 2016 looms, ominously.

After their last Thanksgiving together, surviving this one may well depend on a force beyond their control.

Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story is a novelette that will take you back to the 1950s in Atlanta, Georgia where one impoverished family prays for a better life and a real Christmas.

Travel back to 1958 with an angel on a mission to a Christmas Past, as we’re shown a heart-rending story of a destitute family who happiness and Christmas had all but passed over.

J is a contemporary short story with controversial themes of life, death, and rebirth. It’s a love story filled with intrigue, love, hope, and some tragedy.

Salvation can travel in mysterious ways, arriving through unlikely vessels…even while visiting a cemetery.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ron Shaw is an Atlanta, Georgia, native who currently resides in Gwinnett County, Georgia, with his wife and daughter. He attended Roosevelt High School in Atlanta and continued his education at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia for two years. Ron met his future wife in Atlanta after his second year at Mercer and transferred his junior year to Georgia State University.

In 1973, with new responsibilities, he became an Atlanta Police Officer while attending college full time. Ron attained a BA degree in English Literature from Georgia State University in 1974. He retired from the Atlanta Police Department in 1996 after a very fulfilling and personally satisfying career.

Ron is an award-winning cover designer, best-selling and prolific author, writing in a wide variety of genres. His novels are; Seven Fish Tree, The Yellow Bus Boys, Transmutation: The Life of a twisted Cop, RED, The Yellow Bus Boys Go Blue Canada Bound. He co-authored a novel with Texas author, D.A. Grady entitled Around The Campfire: Two Badge Toters’ Tales. Ron has three novellas and a short story in his paranormal/historical romance Cramped Quarters series, consisting of Mary’s Trunk, Mary’s Journey Begins, Mary’s Journey Continues, and Paul’s Story. His published short story, The Dead and the Dying, also appears in the horror anthology, Dark Tales. Another of Ron’s published short stories, J, also appears in the anthology, Short & Fun Stories. He has two books of poetry and superb photography (courtesy of his brother-in-law, J. Robert Sosby) Without From Within: Poems by Ron Shaw (available in English and French) and TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw. His latest work is a novelette, Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story.

You can find Ron hanging out and tweeting at @RonGizmo on Twitter, pinning at Pinterest as Ron Shaw, knocking about LinkedIn (Ron Shaw), tumblr Books by Ron Shaw, G+ (Ron Shaw) and friend him on Facebook at Author Ron Shaw or Ronnie Shaw. His website is ronshawmedia.com where he posts and blogs regularly. His website contains an eclectic mix of interesting, humorous, sad, and possibly whacky posts… blogs and otherwise.

Ron has contributed articles and blogs to various publications and websites such as Southern Magazine. He has been interviewed by Fairy Tale Access for cable television and featured on a number of podcast shows like The Last Knock crashpalaceproductions.com, Talk2Cleo @Talk2Cleo, Out of My Head Radio outofmyheadradio.com, Authors-First ArtistFirst Radio Network, and Poetry Because It Matters ArtistFirst Radio Network.

You can catch Ron live every third Monday night from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. as he hosts The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network at artistfirst.com/ronshaw.htm. He interviews exceptional guests, musicians, authors, entertainers, publishers, actors, celebrities, filmmakers, and storytellers from around the world. All of his past shows are archived at Ron’s website ronshawmedia.com, at his radio website, and at his Facebook page, The Ron Shaw Show.

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Thomas Rocky Wade – a lifelong friend, fellow poet, and stellar soul!

Throughout the history of literature, many writers have presented their perspectives on what the true meaning of life is as well as that which we do or should treasure as human beings. The concept, allure, rarity, and at times, aversion to developing friendships have been constant themes in prose and poetry. At the core of these pursuits is one question. As human beings, what is it that we seek or expect from our personal relationships?

With age comes the realization that the answers to these lofty inquiries are rather simple to know, yet they remain extremely difficult to discover in your fellow man and possibly, even more so to practice.

Thomas Rocky Wade is a perfect example of the embodiment of those rare traits we covet. As if these attributes weren’t enough, Rocky is also somewhat of an enigma. During the decades I’ve known him to always be a kind, giving, caring friend, I’ve come to the conclusion he is quite unique. You’d be extremely hard-pressed to locate a man or woman with a bigger heart, giving infinitely more than he or she ever receives or would desire to. It is in this last comment about desire where the truest beauty of Rocky rests. He expects nothing while steadfastly giving to all. His smile and laughter are infectious, adding to the genuineness of this man.

To love and to be loved are universally thought of as being the most important goals of life. I’ve learned through knowing a select few people like Rocky Wade that if you truly learn how to love, to give, and to practice these as routinely as breathing, your life will be filled with love from others.

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The young man on the left in this photo is Thomas Rocky Wade of Atlanta, Georgia. As long as I can remember, he has always been called Rocky. The other, young man in this photo is my older brother, Mike. This picture was taken at Roosevelt High School, located in the Grant Park area of Atlanta.

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Rocky has been our dear friend since the early 1960s when our family moved into an Atlanta housing project named Capitol Homes. Rocky also lived there. He and Mike were the best of friends during their high school and college years. They and I also attended Mercer University in the early 70s.

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Like lots of adults after college, Rocky and I drifted apart for many years due to family, careers, and life in general. While an Atlanta Police Officer, occasionally, Rocky and I would run into each other in Downtown Atlanta or while I was attending Georgia State University and working in uniform. Regardless of how brief, every meeting was a joyous event.

I’d like to think we were recently reunited in friendship through high school reunions mainly due to serendipity combined with a newly-discovered knowledge that we shared a love for writing in general and poetry in particular. I knew that Rocky was a writer for and then head of our Mercer University campus paper, and I’ve always known that he actively struggled for the rights of his fellow man, woman, and child. That was and will always be Rocky. He’s a champion for those less fortunate in need. This innate passion became his life’s work.

I don’t think Rocky has formerly published his poetry, but I’ve read many of his poems. They are as centered and grounded within the miraculous wonders of life as Rocky. His words are rich with that which money cannot buy, and his voice has the gentle force of a placid stream, flowing slowly, purposefully to open minds and loving hearts. There’s a gentleness in what he writes that’s palpable, and at times when necessary, a soft-spoken indignation void of righteousness comes forth.

Frankly, I love this man like a brother, always have, always will. Like Rocky, his poetry is easy to love.

Below is an example of Thomas Rocky Wade’s poetry – my lifelong friend, a fellow poet, and a truly, stellar soul!

 

Sitting quietly sharing a chilly Morn with Leonard Cohen

Rising early on a chilly Saturday morn, to meditate

To process the noise, the craziness, the chaos of the last two weeks

Seeking clarity in what seems like confusion

 

A varied tribute to Leonard Cohen in the background

Thirty different singers sharing their variation of “Hallelujah”

Jon Bovi, K.D. Lang, Susan Boyle, Alexandra Burke and

A choir of angelic voices jubilant with hope

Sitting quietly, a cold chill from the morn and the music

Remembering Leonard Cohen, sensei

 

It has been a wakeup call for many

That time when we transition it what is to be next

Without knowing what is to be next

 

“People do not mind change, they do not like to be changed”

 

We gingerly step forth, anxious, hoping that our steps are sure

So Zen in practice, each step a meditation

Seeking clarity but what most of us what is just a hug

In a time of uncertainty…

 

I reflect on my favorite prayer and mantra

Celtic yet Zen, complex yet so simple in application

 

“May there always be a warm wind to your back,

Warm sunshine to your face

A laugh to cheer a weary soul, and

Deep love to warm your heart”

 

And maybe a dram of bourbon to wash it down

 

I, too, feel like a ship afloat but I know

That this cycle will come and go and there will be more

We will survive

We will prosper

We will experience the best is yet to be

 

It is a time for humanity

It is time for us to reach deep

It is time to reach out to those unwashed, unloved, unnoticed

And show of what we are made.

 

It is time for grace, jubilee, for Hallelujah

Sitting quietly, a cold chill from the morn and the music

 

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POETRY EAST TO WEST by Richard M. Knittle, Jr. and Ron Shaw

Poetry East To West

Several months ago, while discussing poetry with a fellow author, Richard M. Knittle, Jr. of Texas, a suggestion was floated that we collaborate on a book of our poems and photographs. It would be a Georgia to Texas writing project, containing poems in two distinctly different styles.

We tossed the idea around for about two minutes before deciding to jump into the project. In addition to penning poems, Richard would showcase his photography, and I would turn to my brother-in-law for the umpteenth time for his permission to use his fine photos for my section of poems. Naturally, he agreed to allow it.

Each of us was extremely busy with other writing projects in various phases for publication. So, mutually, we agreed to allow the process to take its own sweet time… no hurries and never any worries.

Richard M. Knittle, Jr. is an Amazon, multiple-time, No.1, bestselling author. His poems and poetry books are nothing short of amazing. I don’t think he would mind me letting you know that he has been nominated to become the Poet Laureate of Texas. I wish him all the luck in the world. I know he would be an excellent choice for the Texas honor.

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Rather quickly, a title was agreed upon for our book, Poetry East To West, and the cover became a pleasant task for me to design. I’d decided to contact NASA once again for permission to use one of their spectacular Hubble images for our book’s cover. I’ve done this several times over the last year. The folks at NASA are incredible, and once again, they gave their approval for our book’s cover. Below are the Hubble image and finished cover we used.

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Richard’s poems are absolutely magnificent. I’m a big fan of his epic poetry. He has a style that draws the reader deeply into his world, feeling the hope, pain, anger, disappointment, joy, and love of which he so eloquently writes. His photographs within the book are breathtaking.

J. Robert Sosby’s (my brother-in-law) photography is a perfect compliment to my poems. His photos of nature’s beauty are splendid.

Richard, J. Robert, and I, Georgia author, Ron Shaw hope you will enjoy our book, Poetry East To West.

Texas author, Richard M. Knittle, Jr. (Amazon) can be easily contacted at Facebook at Twitter at Google+ and at LinkedIn .

Georgia author, Ron Shaw (Amazon) can be contacted anytime at Twitter at Facebook at LinkedIn at Pinterest at ArtistFirst Radio Network, The Ron Shaw Show and at Google+ .

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Southern Brewed Poetry

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Southern Brewed Poetry is Georgia author, Ron Shaw’s third publication of poems. The reader will find them to be unique, at times, quite literary, thought-provoking, and intriguing. As the title indicates, the author has tapped into his Southern roots to brew an eclectic mixture of marvelous poetry certain to capture the imagination, whimsy, heart, and soul of the reader.
Like his earlier poetry books, these poems are interwoven with the superb photography of J. Robert Sosby of Atlanta, Georgia. Rob is the author’s brother-in-law. He possesses a keen, artistic, and discerning eye, reaching beyond his camera, drawing the viewer into his world of serenity and beauty.
Ron and Robert hope you enjoy Southern Brewed Poetry.

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Southern Brewed Poetry is my latest book of poetry to be published and the second Hubble image I’ve used for a book cover. The first was used for the novelette, Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story.

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This latest offering may well be my best collection of poems to date, and the photos by Atlantan, J. Robert Sosby are incredible!
Southern Brewed Poetry is live now at Amazon.
Once again, I’d like to personally thank the fine folks at NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScl) for granting me permission to use another of their stellar Hubble images. I’ve forever been fascinated and mesmerized by the cosmos. I could not be more honored, humbled, and thrilled by their kindness.

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The Sitter by Ron Shaw

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A good book can add color and adventure to your life… one bench at a time. Take a seat, have a read, and taste life!

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The Sitter

Not so many birthdays ago
a tale was presented to me.
Every day for twenty years
my travels carried me down
and up a busy, city highway
passed an old, wrinkled man,
sitting beneath a big, lush tree,
talking to it as if it could see
and hear the stories he related.
Regardless of weather, he’d be
seated on a small, stone bench
just inside a short, iron fence,
circling the attentive pecan tree.
One evening, on my way home,
I stopped to finally learn what
this scene could possibly glean.
With back to me, a weak voice
said, “Young man, have a seat.”
After an easy step over the fence,
quietly, I took the offered bench.
“Allow me to present ‘Dog’ to you.”
Sir, I don’t see a dog, only this tree
and that stunning cane you carry.
“Dog likes to play catch and the
cane’s here more for him than me.”
I’m sorry but I don’t understand.
“No, you wouldn’t, but you will.”
“Thirty years ago to this December,
a young boy made a Christmas wish,
living not 3 front porches to our left.”
“Like most residents of these projects,
his family was as poor as you’d expect.”
“His Mom knew what he wanted but
his dream gift was beyond her means.”
“The lad wanted a dog. It was his wish.”
“The 25th arrived and Mom decided to
give her son that which he had requested.”
“Taking him by the hand, she walked him
outside, leading him to this scrawny, sickly,
little tree. Son, this is your dog and it’s
the only one we can afford to keep. He’s
yours. So name him what you will, but
know that you will be responsible for his
every need. This dog belongs to you alone.
“At first, he was confused about the whole
thing, but he named his poor, tiny tree Dog.”
“Winter turned into spring, summer coming.”
“The boy decided Dog was even better than
the real, four-legged thing because his bark
had no bite and he knew exactly where his
Dog would be, waiting for him. Over time,
he nursed his pet back to ideal health, and
every spring puppy saplings would sprout
beneath his branches. The boy would tend
the young, transplanting them when ready.”
“Look around you and see how exquisite
they’ve turned out to be. The years flew by.”
“The young boy turning into a mature teen.”
“Twenty-two years ago, the little boy, then
a teen, was struck by a vehicle, killing him
not ten yards from his Dog who happens
to be a glorious monument to a caring soul
who was willing to see the worth in another
living, grand thing that was gifted to him.”
“If you look on the opposite side of Dog you
will see a plaque, honoring a young boy and
his Dog who beautifully remains a pecan tree.”
I sat there, quietly, beside this gentle, worn man
while he spoke tenderly to Dog, teasing him
with raised cane. It was the most amazingly
serene thing I’d done during a life half the age
of the old man and puppy years to Dog, the tree.
With the sun fading away, I bid goodbye to my
new, storytelling friend. In parting, a sad smile
covered his drained and weary face. Suddenly,
dawning on me, praying that this grieving man
had found forgiveness for accidently taking a teen
away from his Dog and the tending of his trees.

Copyright © 2016 Ron Shaw

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Creative Quarterly International – August 2016

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Hi,  Georgia Author and Internet Radio Host, Ron Shaw here to inform you that the August 2016 edition of CQ, Creative Quarterly International magazine is out! I’d like to personally thank Mr. Paul White and all of the fine folks at CQ for the wonderful spread you did on me. I’m both honored and humbled by your kindness and generosity.https://issuu.com/ramblingawaymagzine/docs/cqaugust16

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The Vision of Artists… C. William “Justice” Clarke & Joseph Stalnaker

It’s somewhat mysterious and yet, always incredibly amazing how the creative, artistic mind works. Such is the case with two highly talented artists – author, poet, and radio host, Justice Clarke of Northern, USA and artist, fashion designer, Joseph Stalnaker of New York City.

Yesterday, neither of these men knew of each other. As an author and fledgling poet with a proposal for a future guest on his show, I suggested Justice Clarke take a look at my nephew’s art website at josephstalnaker.com. Justice is seeking artists, musicians, authors, and poets to interview on his new Internet radio show at Artistfirst.com entitled “The Art of the Artist with Justice Clarke.”

Justice’s radio show will air live every 1st, 2nd, and 4th Monday from 8 to 9 PM EST. This coming Monday, 8-01-16, I am very honored to be a guest on Justice’s live show.

Justice took a look at Joseph’s art, and one of his works inspired a marvelous new poem. It is listed below with the work shown.

I hope you enjoy Justice’s stellar poem and Joseph’s brilliant art, as well as their biographies and other works.

C. William (Justice) Clarke can be easily contacted and his poetry and art found through Facebook, Smashwords, and Amazon.

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Biography of C. William (Justice) Clarke;

The author C. William Clarke has been working with his imagination since he was a young boy and began writing and illustrating his own original comic book stories at the age of thirteen up until he graduated form high school.

He took a break from this while he majored in Psychology at New York University where he earned his degree . It was there that he learned due to his essays and talks with his professors that he had a knack for writing. He then spent several years working in the mental health field as a drug and alcohol counselor and a clinical therapist. Due to a near fatal car accident,personal hardships, and emotional struggles, he begin to write what he was feeling as a coping mechanism. He wrote his first public poem on Facebook under the trademarked moniker ” Thoughts of a Single Man” in December 2010 and has never stopped.

In 2011 he won the Blood Sweat and Tears poetry slam and began to concentrate on writing his first poetry book. From that time until late 2012 he has written and published six short books, “Thoughts of a Single Man-100 poems in 100 days” , “Thoughts of a Single Man Vol. 2 Poetry for the Grown and Sexy, The Erotica Files”, ” Love Letters”, “Confessions of the Pen”, ” Ink Without Fear” and a men’s mental health guide called” After She Leaves -A healing guide for the suddenly single male.” all of which are available https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Flowetic .

In 2013 he was featured in a poetry collaboration, a individual poem, and a short erotic story in the book “Hot Summer Nights” available through sharesnack.com. He also won the infamous blog radio Poetry After Dark’s ” Battle of the Metaphors” in December of that same year.

In 2014 he was featured in the P.O.E.T anthology, and was one of the four featured poets profiled in Inner Child’s year end review poetry compilation ” The Year of the Poet.” as well as becoming a internet show radio host on the P.O.E.T. talk shoe network.

This year he was also featured in Inner Child’s latest compilation ” Black Males.”. He has released his first poetry /musical Cd this year which can be found on CD baby entitled ” Sounds of a Spoken Soul- a journey in love”. He completed a graphic novel which he is also illustrated this past fall called ” Redemption Alley” which should be available on Amazon by the end of this year.

Most recently he was a former senior executive producer as well as a radio talk show host on the APRI network working alongside blog radio personality Kiler Davenport. He is now working with the acclaimed One Positive Way Radio network as a poetry and talk show host.

Currently he has released an epic compilation of his poetry entitled “Emotions in Ink ” , which is compromised of five chapters of five different styles of his original poetry which spans over five hundred pages available on Amazon.Find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/justice.clarke.5 and become lost in the endless rivers that flow from C. William Clarke also known as the “Thoughts of a Single Man”.

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In the Breath of her Art

by Justice Clarke

Her soul escapes in fragmented slivers
Whispers that slip free in traveled darkness
Where melancholy melodies
Are played on the eternal strings
Of an imagined symphony
Plucked from the teeming chords
That tremble in the torment of her soul
Her passion soars above her
Like reaching arms of rugged caliber
seeking to grace the radiance
Held in the belly of an endless sky
Her sorrow ebbs beneath her
Swimming in the pulse of the shadows
That drown her in their iron existence
Like muddy hands seizing her
In the quick of a sinking velvet swirl
Her madness purged in its perch
There on the mantle of her insanity
Etching minute expanding cracks
Claimed in the mirrors of her genius
As silent screams of her whimsy
Weave their infinite patterns
On the canvas levied in the quiet shatter
Heard in the seascape of the breaking dawn
A moment captured in the sketching diagram
Where her heart surrenders at last
And bows full as the slave to her creative will
And thus she is born again

Thoughts of a Single Man © 2016 tm

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Biography of artist, fashion designer, Joseph Stalnaker;

Born: Atlanta, GA

Lives: New York, NY

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Art Exhibitions

The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY

The Sad Summer Show, Rivington Arms New York, NY

Made in New York Jen Bekman New York, NY

Wingate Memorial Exhibition The University of Alabama Sarah Moody Gallery Tuscaloosa, AL

 

Published

Compass in Hand Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art Publishing 2009

Models & Rock Stars, V Magazine

Footballfrieze, Sepp Magazine

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All things considered…

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Have you asked yourself why you write? I won’t inquire how often. I know you do so out of your love for writing. Many would offer that they are compelled to put pen to paper or busy fingers to MS Word. It is within their DNA. But with these answers as gospel, what is the purest and probably, simplest expectation at the core of your hard work? What do you anticipate in return for the thousands upon thousands of hours you have spent putting a manuscript together for publication? Once it is out there, what is next? Is it for fame or monetary gain despite the huge odds against these?

From where I labor with words, the simple answers rest in a reader and a review. Hopefully, there will be plenty of both.

Beyond reading an author’s book, it’s well known that the best gift a reader can present to an author is a fair and honest review. Their import should never be minimized or disparaged.

There is no better feeling of satisfaction for those of us who write than knowing someone appreciates your words in print. One gracious review can fuel your pen while making those tedious hours invested worth every second.

There is no greater example of what I’m trying to convey than this magnificent review given to my novella, MARY’S TRUNK by internationally acclaimed, best-selling, Australian author, C.A. Hocking. I’m delighted she read some of my books, and it was an honor to receive her brilliant and very kind review on this one, as well as my poetry.

This alone answers every question above.

From the heart of my pen and soul of my words, thank you dearly, C.A. Hocking.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr  Shaw takes us on a delightful and original journey.

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Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Yesterday I sat in the Autumn sun here in Australia and read Ron Shaw’s Cramped Quarters Part 1 after a recommendation from a friend to whom I’d already recommended Mr Shaw’s poetry of which I’m already a devotee. All I’d been told was it was about a ghost. So I began, not sure what I was going to get. Well, what I got was a little of Mary, the Victorian ghost living inside an antique trunk purchased by Mr Shaw (and indeed I am intrigued by her story which will apparently unfold in the sequels), but what was more important was I got an insight into Mr Shaw’s world of insomnia, garage sales, squirrels, Croation beauties, high school reunions, the injustice of bullying, family health crises, and a deeply spiritual, compassionate and articulate human being in his stream-of-consciousness meanderings. His writing is a joy! Having already fallen in love with his poetry, I found his way with expressing his thoughts in prose to be naturally poetic. In every line and paragraph. He has a gift for letting us in without making us feel like intruders. I giggled at his description of the intellectual abilities of squirrels and racoons, shed a tear for his wife as they made their way through the cancer maze and cheered him on as he supported a victim of lifetime bullying. I found this little book to be fearless in revealing who the author is and refreshingly original in this era of copy-cat authors trying to cash in on the latest fads. I’ve downloaded the rest of Mary’s and Mr Shaw’s story with anticipation. And now I have to go. Got some good books to read!

 

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Readers’ Favorite 5-star Review for THE YELLOW BUS BOYS GO BLUE: CANADA BOUND

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Recently, I was delighted to receive a wonderfully kind Readers’ Favorite 5-star Review of THE YELLOW BUS BOYS GO BLUE: CANADA BOUND by Rabia Tanveer.

Thank you Rabia Tanveer for your marvelous review.

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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

The Yellow Bus Boys Go Blue: Canada Bound by Ron Shaw is the story of a teenager who went on a trip to Canada as a boy and came back to Atlanta as a man. Ronnie “Baby Whale” Shaw was one of the very lucky 17 boys who had perfect attendance at school and, as a reward, they get on the Yellow Bus and go on a trip to Canada. This free fun-filled trip was supposed to be a time to let loose and be boys again, but it turned out to be a lesson in life. There are laughs, good times, fries and burgers, and a murderous plot that can end the life of one of these boys. One thing is for sure; life will never be the same. With the vacation taking a weird turn, the only thing they want now is to make it back to their homes in one piece. But can they?

I expected this to be a children’s fiction, and to an extent it was. Nevertheless, it was so much more than that. This novel was filled with life’s lessons. It was happy at times, but sad too. Ronnie is such a cool kid; he was the guru of the group and he basked in the glory. However, he also took his responsibilities very seriously. He knew he had to take care of these boys and he did it well. This is definitely a very good novel that you would enjoy reading on vacation.

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