Monday, January 9, 2012

All Sorts of Good News

Happy Monday. I hope your weekend was exactly what you wanted it to be. Today, I have a couple of exciting announcements to share with you.

First, my publisher Twilight Times Books is listed in the top 100 publishers for 2012 in Writers Digest. I'm so happy for Lida Quillen. She has workd hard to publish great books and to get the word out about them to readers. Congratulations, Lida. I'm glad to be one of your authors.

Second, last summer I posted a review of The Pineville Heist by Lee Chambers. (I've reposted it below in case you missed reading it.) Anyway, Lee has great news. Actor Booboo Stewart (Breaking Dawn) is on board to take on the lead role of Aaron Stevens in the movie. How exciting is that. You can learn more at Lee's Website.

The Review

Take a wealthy, seventeen-year-old kid with an attitude, a robbery, and cops with secrets, add missing bodies, a pretty teacher who may or may not be involved in the crime, stir, and you have an adventure story with twists and turns that will keep you guessing who the bad guys are until the end.
In Author Lee Chambers’ novel, The Pineville Heist, seventeen-year-old Aaron Stevens accidentally finds a backpack from PINEVILLE SAVINGS AND LOAN full of stolen money. When he hears Tremblay, Sheriff of Pineville, and Officer Carl discussing how someone got away with four to five million dollars, Aaron decides to return the money with the help of his friends. Well, the boys have good intentions, but they encounter major problems on the way to do their good deed. Soon Aaron, Mike, and Steve are running for their lives, pursued by a gunman determined to kill them. Aaron escapes to the school where more killing is going on, and a battle ensues between Aaron and one of  the robbers. I’m not saying who because that would give away the story. However, the timid boy who was afraid to shoot a deer when he was a child, now faces a choice: kill or be killed. Will Aaron find the courage to not only protect himself but his teacher, Amanda, as well?

Readers that like a fast-paced action story will enjoy The Pineville Heist. If you’re a bit squeamish, there are dead bodies, gunfights, and some bloody scenes. This novel is better suited for older teens, 14 and up. I did have a problem with the change in point of view so often. I can see why Mr. Chambers wrote the story this way because so many characters are involved. Maybe space breaks would have warned the reader that we were in a new character’s thoughts. The Pineville Heist is a good story about a young man who faces more challenges in life than most teens and how he deals with the changes in his life. Even though I’m not big on bodies lying around, I enjoyed watching Aaron tackle each situation the way only he could. I think you’ll enjoy the read as well. Perhaps leave the lights on if you read the novel at night.


Happy Reading!


  1. Congratulations. You are up for an award and your publisher got an award!

  2. Hi Beverly
    That's great news for your publisher, and indirectly for you!
    As far as the other good news, it's always exciting when a children's book gets made into a film.

  3. Thanks, Beth. A nice way to start the new year. :)

  4. Yes, Catherine. Lida is a great publisher and I'm happy for her recognition.

    I've noticed lately that quite a few young readers books are being turned into films. I'm waiting to see them and can only imagine how excited the authors must be.