THE EDITOR: Barbara Milbourn
THE PUBLISHER: Xlibris and Amazon Kindle Select.
SUMMARY: More excitement arrives at Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of St. Louis when former Mrs. Missouri, Shari Daniels-Donnelly, in a fluke twist of a bottle cap earns a chance to win $1 million at America’s greatest tournament, The Classic. Shari is among the fashionable nouveau-riche, a member of prestigious Old Blueblood Country Club and seeking excitement outside a stale union with real estate mogul, Tyler Cy Donnelly. After her high-powered and influential attorney, Leslie Potter, serves divorce papers it appears Shari is on the path to a luxurious lifestyle that includes young lovers, a multimillion dollar settlement and freedom from the balls and chains of a boring marriage. Events become complicated when a young Latin lover supplants a longtime friend who vies for Shari’s attention. Between threatening texts, arrest, jail time, confessions and a liaison with a U.S. Congresswoman, Shari’s pending divorce delivers chaos. When a lover is found shot to death in a carpool parking lot prior to a golf outing a detective duo is determined to find who fired the shot..
THE BACK STORY: It took a lot of living to have a compelling story. Once the words were put on paper the fingers worked non-stop. Then a funny thing happened. The characters had another story to tell. And another. And another. Well, you get the picture.
WHY THIS TITLE: Shot is a play on words. The reader gets a chance to pick the proper use.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Quirky, memorable characters offering twists and turns.
REVIEW COMMENTS (See more on the Amazon page)
“James Ross takes the reader on a wild ride of death and deception. Unlike most books where the reader roots for the main character, the reader will spend their time hoping against hope that Shari will poke her eyes out with her putter! Great book, I recommend it — oh, and you do not need to be a golf fan to read it.” — Simon A. Barrett.
“From the moment you begin James Ross’s terrific novel “Shari’s Shot” — actually, before that, as readers find themselves instantly drawn in by the alluring gaze of the woman on the book’s beautiful cover — you will enjoy a wild and totally unpredictable ride every step of the way. Shari Daniels-Donnelly is a former beauty queen who initiates divorce proceedings from her rich husband right around the same time she finds herself drawn into the middle of a high stakes golf tournament. With razor-sharp dialogue and continuously entertaining, often shocking plot twists, Ross moves his considerable action along at a breathtaking pace. Ross’s sixth book contains a bit of everything including romance, mystery, sports and drama. An avid, low-handicap golfer, Ross has proven equally adept at both studying and documenting life’s greatest mysteries on the gorgeous canvas presented by the links.” — Brad King,
AUTHOR PROFILE: James Ross was born in the early 1950s in central Illinois. The oldest son of a high school teacher/basketball coach and homemaker had a childhood dream to become a professional athlete. At age twelve he took to the links when his family moved to a golf course development in the western suburbs of St. Louis. As his passion for the game grew he became a low-handicap player.After turning fifty he decided to get in touch with his creative side and sat down to write. At the keyboard words flowed naturally through his fingertips. His first novel, Lifetime Loser, was published in 2007. An unethical businessman swindles an estate. The IRS opens a criminal investigation. Caught in the middle is a young golf pro who becomes the victim of civil fraud.
The writing bug had bitten. He continued with stories that attack social issues and delve into Midwestern life. Before his first novel was finished he had begun the second book Finish Line (2008) involving a cancer survivor and two adolescent boys. It is a continuation of the happenings in and around the fictitious setting of Prairie Winds Golf Course on the east side of St. Louis. Shari’s Shot is the newest edition to the Prairie Winds GC saga.
The novel writing pace has slowed down. Screenplay adaptation has taken center stage as an effort to bring Lifetime Loser to the big screen has demanded some attention. All the stories are centered on a sports theme, particularly the game of golf. Being a native of the Midwest they also carry references to America’s heartland. Readers love the eclectic cast of recurring characters and enjoy the delivery of the story through their dialogue.
When he is not writing, Jim is out looking for a golf game around town or traveling to some warm weather destination to enjoy life.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: “I love creating memorable characters …”
SAMPLE CHAPTER: Try the author website or the book page on Amazon.
LOCAL OUTLETS: Kindle online
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon or Xlibris
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: http://www.authorjamesross.com
Author of Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, Tuey’s Course, Opur’s Blade, Pabby’s Score, Shari’s Shot
Twitter: golfnovels and JamesRossBooks
Publisher Website: www.Xlibris.com
Amazon Purchase link: amazon.com/author/booksbyjamesross
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