Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ONE LAST CHANCE

Several months ago I invited Jerry Borrowman to do a guest blog. He responded with a link to his video, two photos of the Duesenberg which is featured prominently in his new book, One Last Chance. He's also offering two free books to two lucky people whose names will be drawn from a hat next Tuesday, May 19. All you need to do to enter is respond to this blog in the comment section. In addition to the two books Borrowman is giving away, commentors will also be added to my usual book contest entries. That's a lot of chances for free books. Please leave comments on YouTube too, but the only comments I'll include in the contest are the ones posted here. The backliner of this book:

Artie Call can't get a break. Orphaned during the Depression, he steals food to survive. When mischief lands him in juvenile court, he's offered a home by fellow ward member David Boon, but then suffers under Boone's unkind and unyielding treatment. And after Artie helps the victim of a robbery gone bad, he's abandoned by Boone and is almost sentenced to juvenile hall.



Then his luck and life suddenly change.



Mary Wilkerson, the feisty widow who was robbed, sees potential in Artie and takes him into her custody. Ray McCandless, the wise yet firm chauffeur, teaches Artie about cars, life, and the connections between the two. Under their care, Artie develops the desire and the ability to leave his past behind and grasp the hope in his future, which shines like Mary's luxurious Duesenberg. But when cornered by old enemies, will he defend his honor with his life?



Jerry Borrowman masterfully combines emotion, morality, suspense, and humor in this tender coming-of-age story. Readers will struggle and rejoice with Artie as he discovers the value of integrity, the sweetness of family ties, and the reality of the American dream. And they will never forget the triumph that unfolds when a good boy with bad problems is given one last chance.



Photos courtesy of Richard Losee, owner of Duesenberg J-249 1929 Murphy Torpedo


As teenager I collected a few model cars and the Duesenberg was my favorite. I enjoyed this book too and you can read my review by going to my web page and looking at the April reviews. I had this to say about One Last Chance: "Jerry Borrowman brings readers a touch of nostalfia for a time long past, when cars were grand, movies were only shown at theaters, and life moved at a slower pace. One Last Chance delivers a subtle reminder that peronal honor, faith in God, and the love of family are the real antidotes to the worst social ills."


W. Kevin Marsh, an automotive restoration specialist, had this to say about One Last Chance, Jerry's attention to detail will bring to life the excitement of seat-of-your-pants racing down the dusty roads of Idaho. You will smile, you will laugh, and you will be reminded of the Artie Calls in your own life. So hold on! It's a wonderful ride.


11 comments:

lachish said...

Wow. What a cool car! I'll have to add this to my reading list.

Stephanie said...

One last chance sounds like a maveralous book! It is definately going on my list of books to read!Beautiful car btw!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Love the car! This book is already on my reading list.

Amy Btw M said...

That car is wicked awesome. That last picture looks like it could off the set of a movie. Like Sahara or Indiana Jones or something.

AzGirl in TX said...

The car is beautiful! The video definitely has me wanting to read the book to see the story for myself! I found it interesting... and so true, that he said that each person who reads a book reads a different book than someone else and even a different book than the one he wrote because each person brings personal experience to their viewing of the story. I have come across this many times in discussions and such about different books from different authors... sometimes I am surprised at opinions voiced and I know that I have surprised others by my comments at times. It's just another facet to the intricate and fascinating world of fiction ;^)

The Green Family said...

It is a nice car and I'd do a lot for a chance to win one of your books (Jerry Borrowman's are good too). You are an amazing woman and I'm proud to call you my friend! Betsy

Mindi said...

I read this book and really enjoyed it! I loved Artie and the way his character was developed through the book. I loved the cars, and I am not normally a car person. Great book. Go read it. I hope I win it so I can read it again!

Lori Nawyn said...

I've heard lots of wonderful comments on this book. It's on my list of must reads.

Jeri Gilchrist said...

I love Jerry Borrowman's books. He has a talent for bringing the characters in his books to life in a way that makes the readers truly relate to them. We laugh with them, we struggle with them, and we rejoice as we see them triumph over adversity.

I have always given one of Jerry's books as gifts because I know they will be well recieved.

I can't wait to read One Last Chance. It sounds like it will be a winner like all the rest of Jerry's books.

Randy and Lisa said...

I love the pictures and the synopsis of Jerry's book. "One Last Chance" is definetly going on my reading list. I love how each book I read means something to me in a different way than to someone else. My grandfather collected model cars, and I use to dust them. His Dusenburg was one of my favorites to dust and look at. Thanks for highlighting those other authors and your own books.

Cheri J. Crane said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. And I agree, the car is A-mazing, as my children are fond of saying.

Great post, Jennie.