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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Book "Pabby's Score" by James Ross

About the Book: Pabby and Shae, teens with special needs hoping to expand their experience outside Footprints of Hope Foster Care Center, arrive at Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of St. Louis.
Innocence and youthful enthusiasm get caught in an undercurrent of sinister events. Civil injustice prompted by an unethical attorney arrives in the form of a bogus insurance claim. Alcohol and greed taint a dishonest judge. An Internet dating site feeds an affair. Shady police work attempts to stain the reputation of head pro, J Dub Schroeder. As the court spins out of control an ethics board investigation and an edgy game of instant messaging tempt the hands of fate. Savant-like tendencies, dementia and flying falcons intertwine with Native American customs, thoroughbred racing and a trip up the river road to Lighthouse Point. A retired barrister hints about a corrupt underground society.
Can revealing a dark secret settle PABBY’S SCORE?

About the Author: Known best for living life to the fullest James Ross decided early on that he was going to work to live, rather than live to work. With a persuasive demeanor and a “don’t-take-no-for-an-answer” attitude he embarked on a journey that allowed for him to live life along the way.
Born in Central Illinois in the early 1950’s James Ross grew up wanting to be a professional athlete. He was the oldest son of a high school basketball coach and a homemaker. Early in his life his dad took a job as a textbook salesman for a division of Doubleday. Soon thereafter the family relocated from the corn fields of Illinois to the Metro St. Louis area.
He took up the game of golf at the age of twelve when the family moved to a golf course development in the western suburbs of St. Louis. His passion for the game grew from that moment on and with continued practice he became a low-handicap player. Mr. Ross was a three-sport athlete in high school and accepted an athletic scholarship to go to college. After one year of that he transferred to the University of Missouri in Columbia. There he was a member and social chairman of Beta Theta Pi fraternity until he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with emphasis on real estate and finance in 1974.
After a few years of traveling and a two year stay in Los Angeles at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, Mr. Ross returned to the St. Louis area to embark on a career in sales. After turning fifty he decided to get in touch with the creative side of his mind and sat down to write. Three years later his first novel, Lifetime Loser, was published.
Upon completion the writing bug had consumed him. Before his first novel was finished he had begun the second book. Finish Line is a continuation of the happenings in and around the fictitious setting of Prairie Winds Golf Course on the East Side of St. Louis. Drawing inspiration from his characters, the third book, Tuey’s Course, was released in January of 2009. Opur’s Blade is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2009.
When he is not writing, Mr. Ross is out looking for a golf game around town or traveling to some warm weather destination to enjoy an amazing life. Many of his stories will be centered on a sports theme complete with applicable analogies. Being a native of the Midwest they will also carry references to the heartland of America.
You can visit James Ross’ website at www.authorjamesross.com.

My Review: This is the first book I read from Mr. James Ross, and definitely will not be the last. In a very well written book, Mr. Ross creates a rich environment, full of characters that you learn to love during the development of the story. The plot of this story is simple and easy to follow. Two special-need teenagers (Pabby and Shae) are hanging around at Prairie Wind Golf Course, part of a summer youth program in an attempt to learn how to socialize (they are autistic at a certain level).  The regulars at the golf course  interact with them and their caretakers (Carla and Aiesha). They have special abilities. Shae knows every information related to countries, states etc and Pabby knows everything about animals, although he is very afraid of the small ones. During their stay at the golf club, some events happened. An unethical attorney tries to sue the owner of the golf course (J.W.Schroeder) claiming his client got hurt while playing golf there. To make things worst, the administrator of the orphanage where Pabby and Shae live is the wife of a judge that has questionable behavior, being not impartial when dealing with cases from our unethical attorney's firm, as he has a relationship with another attorney from that firm. And the story goes on, full of twists and plots. You will love how the special ability of Pabby will be developed into use for benefit of the regulars of the golf club. It is a very entertaining book, easy reading, and took me around 16 hours to read the whole book.
I recommend this book to the permanent library of all readers that love a good plot, with mystery and drama and very "rich" characters, like the regulars at the golf club (Pork Chop, Uncle Woo, T-Berry and many others).

This book was written by James Ross and it was published in October 2011 by Nightengale Press. The author was kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing, through Pump Up Your Book. Thanks, Dorothy Thompson!


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Pabby’s Score Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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Tuesday, April 3
Book Review at Books and Movies Reviews

Wednesday, April 4
Interviewed at Review From Here

Thursday, April 5
Guest Blogging at Read 2 Review

Friday, April 6
Interviewed at Idea Marketers

Tuesday, April 10
Interviewed at
The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, April 11
Guest Blogging at
Allvoices

Thursday, April 12
Interviewed at
Broowaha

Friday, April 13
Interviewed at
American Chronicle

Monday, April 16
Interviewed at
Literal Exposure

Tuesday, April 17
Guest Blogging at
Open Salon

Thursday, April 19
Guest Blogging at Digital Journal

Friday, April 20
Book Spotlight at Book Him Danno

Monday, April 23
Guest Blogging at
Thoughts in Progress

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