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Why mess with the facts? READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


As a life-long reader, my love for the written word lead me, finally, to the exciting reality of being a rising author. What once was a pipe dream is staring me right square in the face.  Not only am I a READER, I am an AUTHOR. 

Authors love nothing more than an honest review. That review can be painful, it can be encouraging, it can be exhilarating. 

This is what happened to this author last week:



VERNITA NAYLOR FOR READERS’ FAVORITE
“If I had learned anything about life after Dad’s death, it was to expect the unexpected,” says Americka – aka Meri – in Bombs Bursting In Air by Lisa A. McCombs. When Meri went with her dad, a retired veteran, to see a war movie, she thought that she was being punished. Instead of continually hearing the loud bombs and explosions going off in the movie, Meri began to wonder why wasn’t she spending time at the mall with her friends, Holly and Janie? A simple day at the theatre turned into a tragic occurrence when a terrorist opened fire. What saved Meri was her need to go to the restroom where she met her new friend, Fiona. As Meri travels through her journey to recover from her injuries, as well as the loss of her dad, Meri discovers that Fiona will become a pivotal part of her healing. Also, Fiona becomes the glue that helps Meri to not only heal, but bring an element that neither she nor her mother knew existed since her father’s death.
As I read Bombs Bursting In Air by Lisa A. McCombs, I became engrossed in not only the story, but in the realization that in a blink of an eye life can take a turn for the worst. As we step out of our door, drive in our car, or continue with our daily routine the unexpected can occur. There is nothing in life that says we will return from whence we came, and this is the case in Bombs Bursting In Air. Lisa A. McCombs brought it home in showing that in today’s culture there is constant disruption and discord. These elements cause division and a high level of actions from terrorism and racism to other acts of violence. Bombs Bursting In Air by Lisa A. McCombs will stop and make you think about how these tragic occurrences have lasting effects, like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), on those that experience it, whether directly or indirectly.
Jack Mangus for Reader's Favorite
    
Bombs Bursting in Air is a Christian coming of age novel for young adults written by Lisa A. McCombs. Americka loved her dad, and she enjoyed doing things with him, but she just didn’t share his taste in movies. Somehow, she had gotten persuaded to go to the movies with him that afternoon, and, of course, it was a war movie. You would think that three tours in the Middle East would have satisfied his interest in war, but that wasn’t the case. He seemed to want to share his wartime experiences with his family by having them watching war movies with him, but Meri really didn’t appreciate the chaos, blood and noise that accompanied those movies. She was starting to fidget as well from drinking her soda much too quickly. Her dad really wanted her to stay for the best part of the movie, but Meri couldn’t wait another minute and rushed up the aisle to the restrooms in the lobby. As she bemoaned her pathetic life while taking care of business, she was surprised to hear a response from the nearby stall. Yes, there was a fellow sufferer escaping for a few moments from a movie they’d rather skip, but had attended for a loved one. Meri was surprised to find she had common ground with Fiona. She was older and wore the kind of makeup and hairdo one associated with goths or emo-kids. That said, they seemed to hit it off really well and found themselves giggling crazily at their messed up Saturday afternoon. As they both spent a minute or two reapplying lip gloss, which they noticed was the same brand and color, they suddenly heard the first and then two more succeeding explosions and the sounds of crying and screaming. Nothing would be the same again.
Lisa A. McCombs’ Christian coming of age novel for young adults, Bombs Bursting in Air, is a thoughtful and well-written story that addresses the impact of terrorism, both abroad and domestic, on young people. Many of them have parents who served terms as did Meri’s father, and the incidences of domestic terrorism in this and other countries can instill danger and risk into even the most ordinary and innocuous activities such as attending a movie with your dad. McCombs’ heroine, Meri, loses both her father and her ability to speak in that random matinee bombing, and seeing how she and her mother come to terms with their losses is inspiring. Meri’s path towards healing also takes her into a most unusual and welcoming church; a place where faith and song seemed to mesh most gloriously for her. Bombs Bursting in Air discusses questions many young people may have about the motivations of those who seem to delight in destructive and random acts of terror and the impact it has on so many, and it does so in a positive and life-affirming matter. Bombs Bursting in Air is highly recommended.

Bombs Bursting in Air, by Lisa McCombs, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Americka is a typical teenage girl.  She loves hanging out with her dad, even if that means watching war movies with him at the theater.  But she can only take so much of the drawn-out battle scenes.  So one day, towards the end of a movie, she sneaks away to the ladies' room.  While there she meets a gal close to her age who is intent on escaping the chick-flick her sister begged her to see.  The two learn they have lots in common, and after an extended period of side-splitting laughter they discover, to their horror, that during their time in the restroom the theater has been the target of a terrorist attack.

Author Lisa McComb’s Bombs Bursting in Air is a powerful depiction of the inherent struggles endured by those left to pick up the pieces following a senseless act of terror.  McComb addresses the physical and emotional effects of PTSD including the  pain, anger and frustration experienced by those left behind following the tragic loss of lives.  As Americka works through her journey of healing, both physically and emotionally, she comes to seek answers from God as she discovers a peace she never thought possible. Wonderfully penned, this emotionally-charged book is highly recommended and earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org


Now, THAT is exciting stuff. 

So, after turning the last page of your current favorite book (because my favorite book is always the last one I read:), gift the author and your reading compats with your opinion. Publish it on Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, your website, or on a wanted poster at the post office ( FOR ANYONE BORN PRIOR TO 2000: This is a community building where postal transaction occurs.) 

The above mentioned locations are great places to find book reviews. (Except the post office. That would just be totally weird, even for those of you born after 2000). Although I still haven't quite figured out Goodreads, I love to visit because going there is like shopping without the pressure of a sale. 

Okay, I apologize (not) for the not-so-subliminal sales pitch with my award winning reviews above, but, hey, I know where you can obtain Bombs Bursting in Air...signed AND postage free. 
LisaAnnetteMcCombs@yahoo.com

Wanna help keep that post office open? Order from www.headlinebooks.com.

Either way, I thank you now. My book. My dream.

I'm done...I promise to crawl down (slightly) from my cloud and stop tooting that horn next week. Until then, keep reading.

Lisa



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