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$50 Amazon and Copy of The Magician-1-WW-Kathleen Shoop Ends 6/6

Thursday, May 6, 2021



It is a long and sometimes sad tale of a small town boy of an immigrant father at the time of the Great Depression. It is the story of a small town boy making it from nothing to play in the major leagues and attaining the American Dream which his father never could! If you have already read the first two books in this series it will give you a bit of the background of the town and of this family.

This novel is about the life of baseball star Stan Musial as seen through the handwritten memoirs of Mary. Patryk Rusek is attempting to escape the nursing home he has been put in with the help of his great great grandson. Unfortunately it does not work. But his grandson loves to hear about Stan Musials life and sits by his grandfathers bedside and reads the memoirs along with him. Even one of the doctors becomes interested and something from the past comes to light.

There is a lot of history in this book and a lot that the author embellished as she will state. If you have never read any books by Kathleen Shoop I suggest you start--you will not be disappointed!


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Donora 2019. 
Ninety-two year old Patryk Rusek is on the run, bath-towel flying off, with nothing but his new Nikes to carry him to freedom. His plan to escape from Blue Horizon Retirement Community is in motion. Except his great-grandson Owen isn’t at the pickup point. Resigned to his fate, Patryk returns to his room and reads from his incredible hand-drawn chronicle of Donora, luring half the nursing home’s employees and residents into the room, mesmerizing them with childhood tales of Stan F. Musial, beloved baseball hall of famer. 

Donora 1920. 
Mary Musial is expecting again. After four daughters, her husband Lukasz is losing hope for a son. But Jupiter is rising when Stanisław Franciszek Musiał is born on November 21, 1920, and the midwife predicts he will live an extraordinary life. Young Stanley’s physical talents show themselves at the Polish Falcons and on the baseball field. But rather than pride, Lukasz’s spirits plummet after mill injuries turn his American dream into a living nightmare. 

When the Depression hits and the mills close, tension grips every Donora household. Meanwhile as Stan matures, he draws attention from the press, college coaches, and professional baseball scouts. Suddenly his singular dream is set against options he’d never imagined. Every choice threatens to disappoint coaches, teachers, his girlfriend, and most of all his parents. Even with the talent to achieve his goals, doubt creeps in. Can he find the courage to leave everything he knows and all the people he loves to fulfill his destiny? Or will he wait too long and risk it all?

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"Shoop elevates the story of working-class Donorans in her carefully sculpted prose woven deftly with both historical research and fictional craft that rival any of her contemporaries. Through her words, readers are privy to the hard scrabble life lived by Stan Musial's parents, Mary and Lukasz, whose love story we followed in The Strongman and the Mermaid. The Magician is a must-read for anyone who loves baseball, small town life, and the pursuit of the American Dream." --Christina Fisanick, PhD, Associate Professor of English, California University of Pennsylvania

The Donora Story Collection Book 1 - After the Fog
Historic, environmental drama wrapped in a love story... 

It's 1948 in the steel town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous “killing smog.” Public health nurse, Rose Pavlesic, has risen above her orphaned upbringing and created a life that reflects everything she missed as a child. She’s even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her doting husband, loving children, and large extended family. 

When a stagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose’s nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she never could have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life, making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog. As pressure mounts, Rose finds she’s not the only one harboring lies. When the deadly fog finally clears, the loss of trust and faith leaves the Pavlesic family—and the whole town—splintered and shocked. With her new perspective, can Rose finally forgive herself and let her family’s healing begin?

***2013 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist*** 
***Independent Publisher Awards: 2012 Silver, Best Regional Fiction–Mid-Atlantic*** 
***National Indie Excellence Awards: 2012 WINNER-- Literary Fiction***

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The Donora Story Collection Book 2 - The Strongman and the Mermaid
2019 Donora, Pennsylvania 
Ninety-one-year-old Patryk Rusek hides in his attic, hoping the searchers think he’s escaped. When Lucy finally bursts in, she discovers her beloved grandfather clutching a fat, hand-illustrated, antique book. In it is the story of Donora, the town that shaped America, its people and Patryk himself. Before long, Lucy and her son Owen lose track of their goal to get Grandpa Patryk somewhere “safe” as they’re drawn into the book, back in time, into stories that read like real-life fairytales born of purpose, hard-work, and chance.

1910 Donora, Pennsylvania 
In the early dawn of Donora, Pennsylvania, the mills make and shape the steel that builds America. Mary Lancos lives in a home on the hill overlooking town and its mighty Monongahela River. That tiny house bursts with her siblings and boarders. Wind whipping through the walls and windows makes Mary determined to marry well and create a better life.

Shy Pole, Lukasz Musial, arrives in Donora seeking the clear blue skies, green lawns, and better life he’d seen pictured on a postcard. Settled in Donora’s Polish community, Lukasz secures a coveted job in the wire mill. Life is set on course to achieve the American Dream. All he needs is a wife who believes in him, in his mighty, quiet, strength.

After a series of casual, friendly meetings, fate brings Mary and Lukasz to the river under a snowy, pink moonlit sky and everything changes. Their attraction is sudden and consuming, turning the pair onto an unexpected path. With mounting disapproval from Mary’s parents she and Lukasz must decide if love is enough to risk losing everything else that matters.

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About Kathleen Shoop
Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Readers’ Favorite and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Kathleen coordinates Mindful Writing Retreats and is a regular presenter at conferences for writers.

I adore writing historical fiction (The Letter series, After the Fog and Donora Stories) but am having a blast writing romance like Home Again, Return to Love and Tending Her Heart (Endless Love series). Thank you so much for the time you take to read.

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28 comments :

bellagirl07 said...

I haven't read Kathleen's books before but now I sure want to they sound really good.
Heather

Deb PelletierC said...

The books sounds interesting. I have not read any of her books yet.

Anonymous said...

you have a very interesting site, thanks for the contest and the book The Magician sounds like it might be a good read.

Debbie P said...

Kathleen is a new author for me, but I a, really looking forward to reading her books.

Kari B said...

I haven't read any of Kathleen Shoop's books, but I do love escaping to the past so her books definitely intrigue me.

katieoscarlet said...

I have not yet read any of Kathleen's books but am definitely looking forward to it.

Rita Wray said...

I have not read any of her books yet.

peg42 said...

I have not read any of Kathleen's books as yet, but I'm looking forward to reading some.

le p said...

I've not read any of her books but plan to now. thanks

David Hollingsworth said...

I'm sorry but I've never read any of her books.

molli said...

my to be read list is so long but the magician looks great!

clc408 said...

I haven't read any yet.

Jessica C said...

I've never read any of these books before, but they definitely look interesting! Thank you so much for sharing!

Richard Brandt said...

I just wanted to hear more about the old guy.

Richard Brandt said...

Haven't read any yet.

Elizabeth Tarlow said...

I am following all of the Twitter pages except for @NickiinNC For some reason she has me Blocked :( @tarlowelizabet1

Debbi Wellenstein said...

I have not read any of Kathleen's books.

slehan said...

I have not read any of her books yet.
Thanks for the contest.

traciem said...

I am a newbie and very excited to read this book! My email is tmcooper1972@gmail.com

jjmon2012 said...

I have never read any of Kathleen's books before

Antoinette M said...

I've not read any of the author's books.

Terri. said...

I have not read any of her books yet.

Elizabeth Tarlow said...

I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of Kathleen's books, yet, but I definitely want to read The Magician + share it with my son!!

susan1215 said...

I haven't read Kathleen's books before but they sound great!

Lauryn R said...

I have never read any of Kathleen's books, but I can't wait to! They sound really good.

megana said...

I've never read this author but this does sound like a good read! Thanks for sharing and happy release to her!

lemonlaurie said...

I have not yet read any of Kathleen's books but I have her on my Amazon reccomends.

pippirose said...

I haven't read any of Kathleen's books yet, but I have some on my reading list.

 
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