Saturday, October 10, 2020

"King of Tennessee" by David Alan Shorts Book Tour and Give Away

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About the Book

Book:  King of Tennessee

Author: David Alan Shorts

Genre:  YA/Teen Fiction

Release Date: July, 2020

1mockup_cover_Sam_1It was an ordinary day in Tabersville, Tennessee, until nearly everyone in town disappeared. Middle-school trouble maker, Stewart Rainquest, soon turns this nightmare into a dream come true as he sets about living like a king in his small southern town.  Things take a turn for the worse as members of the biker gang Stewart idolizes commit murder before his eyes. While doing his best to keep his distance from the killers, Stewart learns how to drive a car and meets Gina, a high school student battling cancer. Their friendship leads them through wild adventures, but only time will tell if Stewart will learn the truth about what happened to everyone in his town.



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I really wanted to like this book, but I didn't.  I really thought the book was too more about evil and Stewart doing things a 12 year wouldn't do. Yes, I get that he had to survive, but there was too much killing and violence for me. 

I am glad that in the end of the book, Stewart turns to God but the book is 159 pages and only about maybe 5 or 6 pages are about faith. And, I am probably being too judgmental here but again in a book about the end of the world, there is a character that has cancer and dies from it, yes, I supposed it could happen at the rapture but since this is fiction I didn't like this as being part of the book.  

I don't like writing reviews for books that I don't like because I know the authors have a talent and put their best into a book and we as readers all like different things but I personally want a book with something other than cancer. 

This is written for teens, but I for one would be cautious when giving this book to younger teens because of the all the killing. 

I receive a complimentary copy from the author and Celebrate Lit and these opinions are my own.


About the Author

David ShortsDavid Alan Shorts has a passion to teach kids things which matter for a lifetime, rather than just the next test or Sunday School lesson. He has written many books, short stories, and magazine articles, along with musicals, plays, and songs. His three children keep him busy and constantly evaluating life through the eyes of youth. He has taught music to thousands of kids in Northern California for more than twenty years. When he’s not doing what matters most, he enjoys flying model airplanes and working out.



More from David

My son and I had just finished watching a Mad Max movie when a conversation began about post-apocalyptic movies and what the Bible has to say. The Apocalypse is real and is described in some detail in the Bible. So, why aren’t all apocalyptic stories told from a Christian world view? That was when I began creating King of Tennessee as an attempt to give depth in today’s contemporary post-apocalyptic stories. It combines action and adventure while still keeping the life-changing message of God’s salvation in the novel.

I would like this to be the book the makes “apocalyptic” a Christian word again. This can be the book that gives some kids a second thought about God, when they might have dismissed Him as meaningless otherwise.

Blog Stops

For the Love of Literature, September 28

deb’s Book Review, September 28

For Him and My Family, September 29

Girls in White Dresses, September 30

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 1

Through the fire blogs, October 2

Texas Book-aholic, October 3

Blogging With Carol, October 3

A Reader’s Brain, October 4

Inklings and notions, October 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 6

Artistic Nobody, October 7 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 8

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 10

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 11

Nancy E Wood, October 11


To celebrate his tour, David is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


Rita Wray said...

I enjoyed the post, thank you.

Caryl Kane said...

Debbie, Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts.

James Robert said...

Thanks for sharing your great  book and for the giveaway too.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your review. Don't feel bad, I agree with everything you said. This is why Thomas Nelson had to reject it. But this is also exactly why I wrote it.