The Readers’ Favorite organization provides a very credible and professional service for readers and authors by conducting reviews of books. You can find them on the web at http://www.readersfavorite.com.
For 2013 we submitted two books for award consideration and in the past we have also received reviews outside the competitive process.
You can find LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/LIFES-WHAT-HAPPENS-ebook/dp/B00A14STPS/ and for the Nook on Barnes & Noble at
First, here’s the blurb for LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS and then some of the fine FIVE STAR reviews from the reviewers at READERS’ FAVORITE.
FINALIST – BEST INDIE BOOK OF 2013.
He is too young to drink (legally) but not too young to die. Don Williams is a senior at Kent State University and lives in an off-campus fraternity house. He and his girlfriend Lisa are making plans for their future after graduation when suddenly, it’s all taken away. His career, his freedom of choice and even his frat brothers who have become his family.
Life’s What Happens when you mix the hormone-fueled emotions of youth who have left home to experience the mind, mood and physical freedoms of college life with the cultural and political changes of the late 1960’s. For the brothers of Phi Psi Kappa fraternity their biggest worries should have been how to pass their classes with the least amount of studying and the greatest amount of partying and girls. Instead, they are faced with the life-and-death decision of whether they should face their fates head-on, change their plans or just run away.
It is about the year they turned from boys to men, and where their choices took them.
Here are some of the 5 STAR comments received by reviewers of this organization.
Life’s What Happens is the well-written and very poignant retelling of the days leading up to the notorious Kent State debacle. It tells of the lives of real people like Don and his fraternity brothers as they are drawn into the Vietnam conflict from the safety of their college days. Colored pictures of the fraternity men and the girls they are dating are shown at the book’s beginning along with a map of the campus at that time. The characters of Ben, Don, Frank, Fred, Barry, Jeff, Alonzo, Ted and all their fraternity brothers and the incoming pledge class are totally believable and the building of suspense and tension as Kent State’s campus is infiltrated with protesters is done well but without partiality. “Life’s What Happens” is a book that everyone will want to read, especially those who remember the tumultuous times of the late 1960’s. Names of popular songs of the era at the head of each chapter lend a feeling of authenticity. [Alice DiNizo]
I will never look at the Vietnam war the same way again. This book will open your eyes to the intensity of life during this dream altering time. I didn’t think I would actually enjoy reading a book like this but it moved me in so many ways. From characters that still your heart to writing styles that will captivate you, this is one awesome read. Thank you Kathy and Alex for an incredible read!! [Molly Edwards]
The author has done an amazing job of bringing the era to life on the pages of this book. Too often such events are looked back on, shoulders shrugged and no more thought given. However, they remind readers of the dreadful day students were senselessly shot and killed. They paint a different view of the event with carefully crafted characters. Baby boomers and those interested in history will want to soak up the knowledge found within these pages. This is a tale you will not want to miss. [Anne Boling]
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