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Friday, February 19, 2016

Welcome Steven Manchester--Guest Blog re: The Changing Season

Welcome author, Steven Manchester as our guest blogger today.    In THREE days, his latest book, The Changing Season will be released!!    It is more than awesome!!!

My review of this coming of age story can be found here:  http://bethartfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-changing-season-by-steven.html

In 1991, I served in Operation Desert Storm—and experience that proved to be a brutal one for

me on all fronts. I remember making myself a promise in the desert, “If I make it home, I’m

going to chase my dream of becoming an author.” And I did.

After returning home from the war, I worked as a prison investigator in Massachusetts. Needless

to say, there was great negativity in my life at that time. I decided to return to college to finish

my degree in Criminal Justice. During one of the classes, the professor talked about police work

but nothing else. I finally raised my hand and asked, “The criminal justice system is vast. What

about the courts, probation, parole – corrections?” He smiled and told me to see him after class. I

thought I’d finally done it! In his office, he explained, “There’s no written material out there on

corrections or prisons, except from the slanted perspective of inmates.” He smiled again and

dropped the bomb. “If you’re so smart,” he said, “why don’t you write it?”

Nine months later, I dropped the first draft of 6-5; A Different Shade of Blue (under the pen

name, Steven Herberts) on his desk. From then on, I was hooked. I was a writer.

Fast forward 24 years and I’ve written a dozen and a half books, with four of them (The Rockin’

Chair, Twelve Months, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island) becoming #1 national


In the spring of 2014, I met with my publisher (as well as mentor and friend), Lou Aronica in

Connecticut to discuss my next project—an emotional, highly-relatable novel for you and old, as

well as male and female. After a two hour lunch, I drove home story boarding The Changing

Season in my head.

I decided I wanted to write a coming-of-age story that addresses the time frame between high

school and college (which two of my children have recently experienced, while a third on his

way). I’d set the story in New England and create an endearing tale between a boy (Billy) and his

loyal dog (Jimmy), as they experience a summer of firsts: first love, first job and the first time

the weight of responsibility is felt. Amidst the twists and turns, I’d make Billy (with Jimmy by

his side each step) learn how one wrong decision can change the outcome of a lifetime and how

the right decision can bring as much pain as it does joy.

After several months of research, I started the writing to discover that the greatest challenge for

me would be time. First and foremost, I am a dad and my children come first. After that, there

are other responsibilities that need my attention. To overcome the obstacle of time, I made

writing a priority over watching TV and sometimes even sleeping. Once my family is taken care

of and the world closes its eyes, I’m up for a few more hours each day—creating Billy and

Jimmy’s world on paper.

In the end, The Changing Season took me eight months to complete. It is, by far, one of my

favorite novels to date—as I truly believe it is a tale that most people can relate to and feel


On Sale Date: February 23, 2016
9781611882261, 1611882265
$26.95 USD, $26.95 CAD
Fiction, Coming Of Age
The Story Plant
300 pages - 6 in | 9 in

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