Friday, November 2, 2012

Blog Tour | A Thousand Sleepless Nights by Michael King


This week, the
is introducing
A Thousand Sleepless Nights
by
Michael King



A Thousand Sleepless Nights
by Michael King
Christian Fiction / Contemporary
Available October 2012
Charisma Media
304 pages

About the Book
In the 1970s, escaping a home where he knew nothing but violence and hate, Jim Harding found work, and love, on the largest horse ranch in Virginia. The object of his affections, Nena St. Claire, is the daughter of the owner—a man who ruled his ranch with an iron fist and would do whatever it took to keep Nena and Jim apart.

Against the wishes of her family, Nena marries Jim, and after her father dies, she sacrifices everything—including her family—to keep the ranch alive. Now their three grown children have lives of their own and want nothing to do with Nena. She was never the mother they needed.

When cancer strikes and Nena is given a devastating diagnosis, can Jim reconcile the family before it is too late?

My Thoughts
A Thousand Sleepless Nights by Michael King gives a pretty realistic picture of what it's like to go through cancer. At times the book was difficult to read—both because of the cancer journey and because of the family struggles. I didn't really connect with any of the characters until nearly the end. They were just so unlikeable! But when they finally started getting their act together a little, I found myself wanting to read more about how their story turned out, to give me a little more hope! While the book was well-written and the story was moving, it was just so hard for me to read. I was glad I stuck with it, though, because there was a hint of redemption by the end. [3 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Charisma Media and CFBA in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
When Mike Dellosso won a one-year battle with colon cancer he set out to help readers of his books discover it before they had to go through what he experienced.

“I want others to avoid what I had to go through,” he says. “It was an experience that taught me a lot about myself, others, and God, but one I wouldn’t want to repeat. If I can help even one person battling this disease, it would have been worth it.”

Mike set about writing a novel quite different from what his fan base had come to expect from him. Not a thriller, but a character-driven novel, so he wrote it under a pen name, Michael King, and entitled it A Thousand Sleepless Nights. His publisher, Charisma Media, went for it and the first copies went on sale in October.

Mike’s next step was to determine whether a partnership between him, Charisma Media, and the Colon Cancer Alliance was possible. This month both announced their cooperative fundraising venture, with Charisma Media making a significant contribution to CCA and Mike committing a portion of the proceeds from the book through December to CCA.

Speaking about A Thousand Sleepless Nights Mike says, “I want people to see colon cancer (and all the other cancers) for the monster it is, but also to show it does not need to defeat us. There is hope, there is strength, and there is courage and love. And though cancer may rob us of our physical vitality, it has no power over our spirit.”

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