Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kathleen M. Rodgers - Johnnie Come Lately - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Would life have been different for Johnnie if she'd been named after a woman rather than her dead uncle? Or if her mama hadn't been quite so beautiful or flighty? The grandparents who raised her were loving, but they didn't understand the turmoil roiling within her. And they had so many, many secrets.

Why did her mama leave? Would she ever return? How did her Uncle Johnny really die? Who was her father? Now Johnnie Kitchen is a 43-year-old woman with three beautiful children, two of them grown. She has a handsome, hardworking husband who adores her, and they live in the historic North Texas town of Portion in a charming bungalow. But she never finished college and her only creative outlet is a journal of letters addressed to both the living and the dead. Although she has conquered the bulimia that almost killed her, Johnnie can never let down her guard, lest the old demons return. Or perhaps they never went away to begin with. For Johnnie has secrets of her own, and her worst fear is that the life she's always wanted--the one where she gets to pursue her own dreams--will never begin.

Not until her ghosts reveal themselves.

My Review

Johnnie Kitchen, a forty-three-year-old mother of three, is named after her uncle, an uncle who died a mysterious death that caused her mother to run off when she was very young, leaving her behind to be raised by her grandparents.

Now Johnnie is seeking to find the answers to the many secrets that are bothering her. Her anxieties even trigger a case of bulimia, but with her husband's love and guidance she realizes that her disease is going to be a lifelong struggle and she learns how to cope with it.

I admire her, as a character, for having so much hope and optimism, considering all that she's going through—the return of her mother, her son signing up for the Army against her wishes, a rift with her beloved husband, a teenage daughter with a troublesome boyfriend, a grandmother in the hospital, a neighbor consumed with grief. The list goes on and on.

That's why this novel is definitely a page turner that will keep you interested in what happens to Johnnie all the way to the end.


Johnnie Come Lately can be purchased at:
Barnes and Noble

Special $2.99 ebook sale!
now through July 31, 2015

Formats/Prices: $4.95 ebook, $9.75 paperback
Genres: Military Family, Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction
Pages: 292
Release: February 1, 2015
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812153
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About the Author

Award-winning author Kathleen M. Rodgers is a former frequent contributor to Family Circle magazine and Military Times. Her work has also appeared in anthologies published by McGraw-Hill, University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books, Health Communications, Inc., AMG Publishers, and Press 53. She is the author of the award-winning novel, The Final Salute, featured in USA Today, The Associated Press, and Military Times. Deer Hawk Publications reissued the novel in e-book and paperback September of 2014.

Her second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, released from Camel Press February 1, 2015. Barnes and Noble in Southlake, TX hosted the official launch on February 7, and Kathleen signed copies of both novels for three hours straight. In 2014, she was named a Distinguished Alumna from Tarrant County College/NE Campus.

She is the mother of two grown sons, Thomas, a graduate of University of North Texas and a working artist in Denton, TX, and J.P., a graduate of Texas Tech University and a former Army officer who earned a Bronze Star in 2014 in Afghanistan. Kathleen’s husband, Tom, is a retired fighter pilot/commercial airline pilot, and they reside in Colleyville, TX with their rescue dog, Denton. Kathleen is working on a new novel titled Seven Wings to Glory and is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

Links to connect with Kathleen:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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  1. Dear Tribute Books Mama,

    Thank you for your generous review of Johnnie, for investing your time and emotion into my book. And jumping on the bandwagon to be part of the blog tour. I'm so very honored.

    I don't know if you have a favorite character in the novel, but I have such a soft spot for Mr. Marvel and his cats, Otis and Cleo. ;)

    I'll share away....


  2. I enjoyed the book and you're welcome.

  3. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is great blog. A great read. German Summer