Saturday, January 25, 2014

Kaboom Blog Tour

Today on my blog I have the Kaboom blog tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, and giveaway.

The interlocking stories of a typical community and the lives and drams of the untypical people who live there. Lawnville, where murders have broken hearts, mailmen and bus drivers are locked in a secret feud, loving husbands betray their wives, bullies rule the local school, dogs yearn to be free, justice happens despite the police, and a beautiful but ruthless nymphomaniac destroys the lives of the men who love her.

This book follows the lives of a small town called Lawnville. Each chapter is from a different person’s perspective in the town. But all are intertwined in one way or the other. From the feud with the mailmen and bus drivers, a school bully, murders, a dog who longs to be free, and one woman whose appetite for sex ruins so many lives.

I enjoyed this book it was a fast easy read. It’s not my usual type of book but I really liked the way the author makes all the characters seem real. They could be our neighbors, friends, or even our own family. But there was one aspect of this story I had a hard time with the most and that was Ernest the dog. He longed to be free from his chained up back yard where his family pays no attention to him. I being the animal lover I am it was hard to read. I just wanted to smack the family and bring home Ernest to live with me. But other than that the story flowed effortlessly from one character’s point of view to the next. Not once was I lost while reading Kaboom. I look forward to reading more from this author. 3/5 Bloody Fangs

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George Cunningham comes from a long line of story tellers and prevaricators.  Sitting around the living room on Sunday nights, drinking Coca Cola out of the bottle, listening to his grandfather pass down stories to his sons and their families, hearing his father and uncles tell their own stories, each one trying to top the other, and learning as a kid how to take the humor and bitter-sweet tragedy of life and weave it into a good tale.

George grew up on the West Coast of Florida, where he spent many happy hours dipping his toes into the warm waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.  He was a late bloomer who didn’t graduate from University of Florida until he was 29.  As a young man, he worked as a survey crew chief, a civil engineering aide, a short-order cook, a painter, a laborer, a construction inspector, a gardener and a seltzer bottle washer. After graduation he worked as an editor, a copy editor, a layout man, a columnist, a police reporter, a business reporter, and a feature writer. He served three years in the U.S. Army, including a year in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

George came to California in 1969 and immediately fell in love with the state.  He worked at the South Bay Daily Breeze, City News Service, the Orange County Register, and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

He is the former editor and publisher of The Cunningham Report, an electronic newsletter on West Coast ports that he and his wife Carmela founded in 1995 and ran for 15 years before closing operations in December 2010. They have now founded a new venture, Reader Publishing Group, which will represent and publish books by a select group of authors, including themselves.

George is a writer because he has to be.  There are new stories to tell, new ways to tell them and new people to tell them too.  He plans to write until he dies.

He has published two novels – The Big Story and Kaboom.

The Big Story, set in the early 1970s, is about a reporter who is chasing a story that the police, the mob, and his own editors want to kill. Kaboom is a darkly humorous look at the quirky community of Lawnville and the ripples that extend throughout that community following a brutal murder. Both The Big Story (link to Big Story page) and Kaboom (link to Kaboom page) are available in printed and digital form.

George and his wife Carmela are currently writing a book on the history of the Port of Long Beach. Look for it in 2015.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to George for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Book Nerd Tours for letting me participate in this tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.

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