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Review of ‘TEXAS JACK’ (FREE April 4-6 on Amazon!)


Bart Hopkin’s ‘Texas Jack’ was a tale of family, heartbreak, betrayal, and forgiveness. I will admit that it hit really close to home as Jack’s father reminded me of how mine used to be. The story switched back in forth from past to present and told the tale of Jack’s life from childhood to adulthood. I always love books that do that. It gives you more of a sense of who the character is.

Jack is a man with a family, a wife that he loves and a son that he adores. His family life is happy, regardless of the blasé attitude that everyone gives to his father, Billy, about his drinking and the excuses everyone makes for him. Jack was on the road to being an alcoholic just like his father while he was in college. He drank all the time…until he met a girl at a concert and she changed his life.

Fast forward to the future and a trip to visit his parents, and you can feel the build-up to something with every page you read. You know it’s coming, you know it’s going to be bad, but you don’t know the outcome. I laughed, I cried, I bit my fingernails, and I even found myself praying for the characters in the book (lol, God must think I’m nuts), but you just can’t help it. You get so invested in the outcome of the book that their family has become your family.

Full of characters that you wish you only had in your life, friends and family alike, this book shows that family, friendship, and love is alive…and that forgiveness may be hard, but it’s possible and worth it in the long run. I actually felt like I didn’t know if I could forgive what happened, but after hitting the last page, I knew he had done the right thing, and it changed their family forever. This book is an instant classic, a must-read, and one of those books that stay with you long after you are done. I give Texas Jack 5 STARS and would give it more if I could. A moving, heartwarming story that everyone should read!

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Author Bio:

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Bart Hopkins is originally from Galveston, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Korea, and Germany. He has also been on brief forays into Bosnia and Kuwait. He was born in the middle of the 1970s.

The author has a BS in Liberal Arts and an MA in Adult Education; he has served in the United States Air Force for nearly 19 years as a Meteorologist. For now, Bart writes when he can, in those spare moments between work, Scouts, and soccer games. One day soon, he hopes to devote all of his time to bringing the characters in his head to life.

Bart’s passions include reading, traveling, photography, writing, and sharing time with his beautiful wife and three awesome children. Texas Jack is Bart’s second novel. His first, Fluke, was co-authored with a friend during their back-to-back deployment.

You can learn more about the author, and contact him, through his website. He’s always happy to hear from readers.

Previous Publications:
Fluke by Bart Hopkins
Paranormal Anthology with a TWIST

Author Links:
Website: http://www.barthopkins.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/barthopkinsauthor

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REVIEW/GIVEAWAY of Irv’s Odyssey: Lost in a Looking Glass


Irv’s Odyssey: Lost in a Looking Glass was a groovy trip back to the 70s. As someone who was not even born in the 70’s, it was an eye opening trip to experience the life of a boy fresh out of college, who had the idealistic dreams that most of the young have, only to find out that life in not idealistic nor easy. Written in first-person narrative, it felt as if you were really there, having a not-so-normal conversation with Irv.

Irv was a film major, with big plans to be a director and make a difference. He found out quickly that getting a job was not easy and that his free ride was over as his father cut him off because he was “grown now”. With no choice but to put food on the table, and pay for his weed, Irv took the most unlikely job he could have ever imagined for himself: porn director. Lost in a world of naked girls that have sex to get paid, and have all the insecurities and problems that go along with it, Irv starts a downward spiral in the life he planned for himself.

Only looking for “real” love, Irv bumbles along the way. Through a (sometimes) drug-induced haze, shared sexual partners, free love, commune living, and a search for meaningful life, this story takes you from LA to Atlanta. From porn jobs to a job in a living community for mentally-challenged kids, Irv shows what life was like in the time of free love and drugs, when all he wants is love and all he finds is challenges. This heartwarming, and sometimes hilarious book, almost transcends times, to portray what youth goes through after leaving college and being forced to grow up. I give this book FIVE STARS and urge you to pick it up and give it a chance!

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Irving H. Podolsky resides in the mind of this writer, and within the trilogy, Irv’s Odyssey.  As your host, I wish to remain in your hearts as that forever-young YOU seeking love, joy, wisdom and adventure. 

To learn more about Irv and his books, go to IrvsOdyssey.com or www.irvingsjourney.com

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BARNES AND NOBLE

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