How’s your summer going?
It doesn’t officially end until September 22nd, so here’s another Must-Read book, TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT.
Author Gina Hooten Popp is a soft-spoken woman with a funny bone that will keep you smiling if not rolling on the floor with laughter, a smile that makes you want to sit and chat with her over coffee, and a writing voice that will keep you intrigued in her stories. I know. I first heard TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT when it was still in rough-draft form and I was captivated before the end of the first paragraph.
More about Gina: A native Texan, Gina Hooten Popp was born in Greenville and now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. Her debut THE STORM AFTER is a 2014 RONE Awards Finalist. Before publication, THE STORM AFTER was a finalist in The Linda Howard Award of Excellence for Unpublished Writers Contest and the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest. Her new book, TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT was released on August 7th.
TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT
Tomorrow Comes At Midnight is a story of love, loss and redemption. Thus the inspiration for its title. Because it is true that with each setting sun there comes a chance to put the past to rest and start anew. An especially meaningful concept for the story’s hero Jayden James—a twenty-year old up-and-coming ballplayer who injures his pitching arm in a motorcycle crash. After the accident, Jayden still aspires to go pro, but through an unusual set of circumstances (mostly due to his own flawed decision making process) he finds himself living in a treehouse and dealing drugs to get by. The one bright spot in his life is his girlfriend Lula—a promising abstract artist who likes to paint bluebirds with black spots.
Set in 1979 and early 1980, this Texas-flavored drama unfolds amidst a small-town backdrop of parties by the lake, drug deals and everyday life. In short, it’s the story of Jayden and Lula. Neither have fame or wealth when they start out, but they do have two things in common…both struggle with a sense of self worth…and, both have more fun than most people. He has a razor-sharp wit and strong pitching arm, and she is a highly creative abstract artist. Together they discover the meaning of love and loss, while they work toward their shared goal of not being ordinary.
On a deeper level, the book’s storyline addresses the many obstacles one faces as they attempt to be the best at what they do . . . whether that is sports, art, etc… A person really has to jump a few psychological hurdles in addition to physical ones to achieve their dreams. And, no one else can do that for them. The inner strength and drive has to be found from within.
There’s one other thing about this book that’s a little different—the hero Jayden James has some interesting thoughts on life. For example, he would tell you this—
“You need a spiritual life most when you’re at your worst…not so much when you’re perfect.” Such is his thinking as he overcomes inner demons and physical injuries to reach his goal of going pro. So this story is a little bit about that, too. Although, I wouldn’t consider it a religious message because Jayden and his friends cuss like sailors and they do some really bad things because, after all, they are drug dealers and such. However, Tomorrow Comes At Midnight carries an overall positive message of hope and inspiration.
Back Cover Blurb: Living in a treehouse and dealing drugs is one way to overcome your fear of being ordinary. But Jayden discovers it’s not the best way, as he gets beaten-up, thrown in jail … and then beaten up again before being thrown out of jail. And that’s only a small part of the punishment the universe seems to heap on him as he makes his way from being a troubled soul who struggles with a sense of self-worth to being a confident, professional ballplayer. Set in the 1970’s, this Southern drama would be your typical small-town-boy-makes-good story.
Except that it’s not.
TOMORROW COMES AT MIDNIGHT is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00BDTRKV4
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On Twitter: @Gina_Popp
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