Tuesday, May 17, 2016

LSLL Blog Tour: Guest Post: EAST JESUS by Chris Manno + GIVEAWAY

Chris Manno
Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction
Publisher: White Bird Publications
Date of Publication: March 8, 2016
Number of Pages: 314

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In the summer of 1969, a small town in west Texas prepares to send one of their finest young men off to fight a faraway, controversial war. A parallel battle of domestic violence erupts at home as a younger generation struggles to reconcile older notions of right and wrong and even fractured family ties with the inevitable price that the fighting demands. 
Much like today's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Vietnam war is little understood by those left behind, but the lessons of strength, commitment and duty are timeless, then and now. East Jesus, the story of that national struggle today as well as back in 1969, is a plangent, soulful journey lived through the eyes of a wide-ranging, colorful array of characters, with a conclusion readers will never forget.
There's more.  "East Jesus," said one editor, "is a message of hope for our children." Too often, teenagers who've survived a young lifetime of domestic violence believe "this is the hell I was born into, this is the hell I must accept for life." East Jesus turns that notion on its ear: though there's a price to pay, there's a better way that rises above the violence.
The novel is peopled by strong characters, particularly women, in a salt-of-the-earth, small town, west Texas community. The price of a far away, unpopular war always comes due in small town America, then (set in 1969) as well as now (Iraq and Afghanistan). But the lesson of hope, sacrifice and redemption is timeless.
To read East Jesus is to live that story, to transcend the fighting at home and abroad, and to embrace the hope and faith in what's right above all else.
Experience East Jesus, live the story--you'll never forget it.


Why I Write When Print Media is Going the Way of the Dinosaurs
It was foretold that movies would kill the theater and later, that television would make motion pictures extinct and finally, streaming digital video would render broadcast and even cable otiose. Regardless, writers write for the simple reason that they can't not write, never mind the prophets of doom in all media. The stories of our time will be written and read no matter how technology morphs the widest and most popular media. As a writer, I think of and care only about one reader at a time, one smile, one tear, one omigod at a time. I think of Tennyson's Ulysses and the notion of one more journey with disregard for the darkness of mortality--good writing is its own justification, its own worthy journey and regardless of the doomsayers, there will always be readers willing to sail from Ithaca regardless. There's really no other perspective worth dwelling on for a writer, and I'm glad to be counted among the many striving and writing, no matter what.

Chris Manno matriculated from Springfield, Virginia and graduated from VMI in 1977 with a degree in English. He was commissioned in the Air Force and after completing flight training, spent seven years as a squadron pilot in the Pacific at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa and Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He was hired by American Airlines as a pilot in 1985 and was promoted to captain in 1991. He flies today as a Boeing 737 captain on routes all over North America and the Caribbean. He earned a doctorate in residence at Texas Christian University and currently teaches writing at Texas Wesleyan University in addition to flying a full schedule at American Airlines. He lives in Fort Worth.

Each winner gets an author signed copy of East Jesus PLUS 
a free download of Chris's cartoon book #RudeLateNightCartoons 

May 10 - May 19, 2016

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5/15 A Novel Reality – Author Interview #1
5/16 Book Chase – Review
5/17 All for the Love of the Word – Guest Post #2
5/18 My Book Fix Blog – Author Interview #2
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