Saturday, October 19, 2013

Stealing Fire


In glittery 1980's Los Angeles, Beau Kellogg, a brilliant lyricist now reduced to writing advertising jingles, yearns for one last Broadway hit to compensate for his miserable marriage and disappointing life.  
Amanda Harary, a young, idealistic singer out of synch with her contemporaries, dreams of appearing on Broadway, while she holds down a demanding day job at a small New York hotel.

When older man and younger woman meet in a late-night phone conversation over the hotel's switchboard, it is the beginning of something neither has ever found - an impossible situation that will bring them each unexpected success, untold joy, and piercing heartache... until they learn that some connections, however improbable, are meant to last forever.

STEALING FIRE is, at its heart, a story for romantics everywhere, who believe in the transformative power of love.

First, I need to add a disclaimer.  Normally I don't review books with any adult content on this site, but I committed to it without knowing in advance.  There is content that parents should be aware of before deciding if they will let their children read this book.

Now... That said, for everyone old enough to read it... I think this book is very well written.  Sloate has a wonderful grasp of words and I found myself not paying any attention to the age difference in the main characters until it was mentioned.  It is not the normal, colorful story that I usually pick, but I found it interesting and easy to follow.

The characters are lovable and realistic with imperfect qualities that only add to the realism.  The situations while not exactly familiar to me, were written in a manner that allowed me into their world and drew me along.  I enjoyed reading Stealing Fire and thank Susan Sloate for writing it.

STEALING FIRE was a 2012 quarter-finalist in the amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

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Meet the Author-
Susan Sloate is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including Realizing You(with Ronald Doades), a recent self-help novel, and the 2003 #6 Amazon bestseller, Forward to Camelot (with Kevin Finn), which took honors in 3 literary competitions and was optioned by a Hollywood company for film production.

She has written young-adult fiction and non-fiction, including the children’s biography Ray Charles: Find Another Way!, which was honored in the 2007 Children’s Moonbeam Book Awards. Mysteries Unwrapped: The Secrets of Alcatraz led to her 2009 appearance on the TV series MysteryQuest on The History Channel. Amelia Earhart: Challenging the Skies is a perennial young-adult Amazon bestseller. She has also been a sportswriter and screenwriter, managed two recent political campaigns, and founded an author’s festival in her hometown outside Charleston, SC.

Stealing Fire was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and combines autobiographical experience with her lifelong love of the musical theater. She is proud to be distantly related to Broadway legend Fred Ebb, the lyricist for Cabaret,Chicago, All That Jazz and New York, New York.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, and for the nice review - it's great to be here!

  2. It's a toss up between My Fair Lady and The King and I (I think they both started on Broadway anyway)